Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa 26 Oct 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
Rael Jero Salley, War of Roses, (Detail), 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.
Gallery MOMO presents War of the Roses, a solo exhibition by Raél Jero Salley.
It can be said that the history of painting is a history of flowers. Flowers in paintings are elusive—and in a way, empty—signifiers, fluctuating constantly in meaning and value. To use the cliché, what’s in a name? A rose by any other… A flower can be whatever the viewer wants it to be. The metaphor can be extended to Salley’s paintings in general, which inhabit worlds both familiar and uncanny, inspiring multiple possible imaginaries. Ultimately, Salley’s flowers invite the viewer to attune themselves to that which is liminal, marginal, or misunderstood, crafting an experience of seeing and empathising based not on consumption, nor recognition, per se, but radical imagination.