StArt Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia 30 Jul 2020 - 02 Aug 2020
Nicky Marais, Connections 4 (Detail), 2002. Acrylic and ink on paper.
StArt Art Gallery presents a virtual launch of Namibian painter Nicky Marais’ latest solo exhibition titled ‘Connections’. ‘Connections’ launches via Zoom on Thursday 30 July at 6PM (GMT+2) and is open to all who wish to attend. All you need to do is RSVP via this link to receive the Zoom invitation on the day of the opening.
Nicky Marais is a Namibian artist, educator and activist who lives and works in Windhoek. Marais is well-known for her abstract artworks created using a personal vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships derived from everyday life as well as the socio-political history of Namibia and icons from around the continent. These forms are often layered using a mixture of stencils and traditional painting techniques. Marais describes her practice as a “constant hunt for significant shapes”, which are subjected to a process of near-obsessive repetition, appearing multiple times in different combinations. Much of her work explores the relationship between physical and spiritual worlds, which extends into an investigation of the relationship between the tangible and the intangible, the signifier and the signified. Speaking about Marais’ work, Rosa Namises said “Sometimes we are trapped between the gates and the snakes. We have to choose to go through the path of knowledge, to learn what the snakes have to teach us, and not allow ourselves to be trapped by the gates” (2017).
At the virtual launch, there will be hosting a short talk by the artist explaining her latest work and artistic process. This will be followed by a video tour of the exhibition which is hung in the gallery of our collaborating partner Guns & Rain art gallery in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Anybody in Johannesburg, SA, can book via appointment to attend the exhibition in person from 31 July – 2 August 2020. Book in-person visits here. All visits will be subject to covid-19 conscious regulations. Masks required for entry, hand sanitizer provided on site. That’s not all! – By booking/rsvping to attend either virtually or in-person, and attending, you stand a chance to win an original painting by Nicky Marais!