The process is always more rewarding than the result. Engaging with the art of creation on a constant basis gives one a very different view of the world, "paint" and "canvas" are open for interpretation, the boundaries of these elements need to be constantly redefined. With my experience I have learnt the benefit of limitation. Time and materials available create the "rules"which I must work with to realize a vision of the finished result. Too many options can be overwhelming and dilute the message inherent in the works emotion.
With the work demonstrated below, I have extended the concept of natural materials and used broken shards of tile from a pile of building rubble to represent the eternal tension of creation and destruction. The skull icon brings us closer to realizing our own mortality and the lifespan of that which we create. The degeneration of our environment a mirror of our compulsive need for development.
Simon Max Bannister, Fractured Reality, 3m x 3m,
Earth and broken Tiles, 2011
More info and works to see here: http://simontothemax.blogspot.com/
Richard Long is exhibiting at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town from 9 November 2011, and giving a public presentation on his work on the 10th of November at 6pm. Read more about his Karoo Highveld exhibition on Artslink
or on the IZIKO website.
These Eucaplyptus trees are in Koekenaap, close to Vredendal in the
Northern Cape, about 30km from the West Coast of South Africa. The trees
are not indigenous and are thus chopped down in South Africa to
preserve and make way for indigenous plant life. While these trees
are still alive and well I created a clear space around each - wishing
that they could be sucked into a hole and transported into a place where
they can grow and prosper.
I am relishing reconnecting with my beloved Table Mountain.
After my years in pristine peace on my tiny remote farm, squatting in the city does not sit comfortably. She stinks, she can be too hot, polluted and windswept, but this 'Mother City' is very definitely powered by the energies of The Mountain in its midst.
Somehow wandering on her flanks really grounds me and I'm loving juxtaposing city and nature.