The fleeting nature and light and shadow

Art Source South Africa
01/23/2015 09:38:13

A.M (After Midnight): the final exhibition in a three-fold debut project by Ronél De Jager.

Lizamore & Associates presents their first exhibition for 2015, A.M. (After Midnight) by Ronél de Jager on Thursday 5 February 2015. A.M. (After Midnight) is the final exhibition in a three-part debut solo project for De Jager. This ongoing exhibition consisted of A Prelude, exhibited at Room Gallery & Projects in June 2014, An Interlude, exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair 2014 and A.M. (After Midnight). Artists and art writer, Karin Preller, will open A.M. (After Midnight).

This three-fold project explores the transformative power inherent in the constant, shifting presence of cast shadows and filtered light. Across this evolving body of work, the recording and capturing of light acts as a register of moments of silence, movement, flux, transition and metamorphosis. As the works develop over time and across location, images might trigger recollections of the experiences, images and spaces gone before. In this way, De Jager’s artworks, like the traces of light from which they evolve, become fragments of a greater whole – chance encounters that either resonate and linger, or are seen and forgotten.

Taking her cue from the Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘A.M.’ meaning ‘between midnight and midday’, shadows become a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of reality, a world both present and absent, simultaneously formed and diffused by the play of light in the hours extending across night and day. A.M. (After Midnight) draws together the contrapuntal cords of the two previous exhibitions. Featuring an installation of paintings, and video projections interacting with each other, this multi-media exhibition draws on the conceptual narratives brought to light by the project as a whole. The artist explains: “By means of a process through which filtered light is captured and translated into paint as it moves across the blank canvas. The painted image becomes a ‘trace of the real’, refigured and retraced, the site of a process of transformation, of working through trauma.” Tensions between form and formlessness, consciousness and sub-consciousness are played out on the painted surface. These pieces are at once abstract and recognisable, photographic and painterly.

Ronél de Jager studied BTech Fine Art at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she obtained distinctions in Painting and Printmaking in her final year. She has been a regular finalist in national art competitions such as Sasol New Signatures (in 2007, 2008 and 2010), Absa L’Atelier Art Awards (in 2008 and 2013, and Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards (in 2006 to 2011) and has participated in curated group exhibitions at South Africa's major art festivals, including the KKNK, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and Aardklop. From 2007 to 2013, in addition to pursuing her career as a visual artist, De Jager acted as Gallery Manager and Assistant Curator at Artspace Gallery (now Lizamore & Associates) in Johannesburg under the guidance of curator and director Teresa Lizamore. In 2012, De Jager made her début as a young curator with New Voices, Lizamore & Associates’ annual end of year exhibition. The past five years have seen a dramatic increase in interest in her work and she is now represented in the art collections of Sasol, Telkom, Spier, Rand Merchant Bank, South African National Library and Nando’s UK and Malaysia, with various works in private collections nationally and internationally.

A.M. (After Midnight) opens at 18h00 on Thursday 5 February and ends on 28 February 2015 at Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Rosebank.

Please join us at the opening for drinks.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10h00 - 17h00
Saturday 10h00 - 15h00

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Lizamore & Associates gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue Parkwood Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa