Eclectica Contemporary | FNB Johannesburg Art Fair
Each of the artists we have chosen utilize their own individual techniques to convey commentary on the world as they experience it. Hussein Salim, a Sudanese artist, uses motif and repetition to illustrate his understanding of spiritual, social and environmental instances – often invoking symbolism as a means of communicating cultural ritual and mythological traditions. Working largely in painting, Hussein’s works cross between abstract and figurative, often manipulating the paint through thick impasto paired with fine detailing. Mediating through identity and history, religion has played a formative role in shaping the technique and approach of imagery in Salim’s work. Influenced and inspired by calligraphy and graphic writing systems, the line work in each of his artworks is heavily layered with meaning and symbolism – often described as bringing out a lyrical quality. The work he creates speaks across borders and boundaries, it translates through languages and instincts. The narrative created in the body of work Hussein presents is one of wonder at the world and of reinforcing the importance of contemporary art of and from Africa. The works for the Joburg Art fair reflect this and connect to the mythical and narrative illustrative works of Leila Fanner while complimenting, in contrast, the stark, constructed and tactile work by Lars Fischedick.
Leila Fanner explores narrative figurative painting as well as abstract works that both draw from her surroundings and memories of her experiences growing up as a child having been born to parents from South Africa and America and living across the two spaces. Having recently returned from a trip back to the States, the work she plans to create will provide a unique insight into the various tensions and possibilities across the countries – with a focus on conversations around diaspora and identity linked to narrative. The work holds within it illustrative qualities that catalyze conversation and imagination, alluding to possibilities for our world while drawing from others. The whimsical and enchanting colours she employs in her paintings will pair well with the vivid colours in Hussein Salim’s paintings, while the deeper thematic undertones with speak to Lars Fischedick’s contructivist/formalist-inspired pieces.
Lars Fischedick is an artist with a background in architecture. As such, his highly technical and very intricate works create an interesting contrast to the more symbolic and layered approaches by the other two artists. As a German-born artist living and working in Cape Town, Lars Fischedick’s work imbues a kind of hard intensity that creates a different kind of intrigue and cause for re-looking – twisting and reconfiguring objects and forms in new ways. A major influence in Lars’s current work is projective geometry and mathematics, particularly explorations from the personal inner perspective to the geometrical infinite. Through his work, Lars gives his audience an experience of space, challenges their perceptual boundaries, and makes invisible aspects of this experience, visible.
– Clare Patrick