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Gallery Delta Foundation for Art and the Humanities concluded their full calendar of exhibitions recently with the hosting of their annual premier art show called the “Summer Exhibition”. The show has been in existence since the Gallery’s inception in 1975 and has proved popular with various generations of the gallery’s loyal artists, art lovers and dealers. The multi media group show featuring 80 artworks by a mixed bag of the loyalists has some works of intrigue evolving from the artists’ core chambers of imagination whilst at liberty of not working within the jurisdiction of a theme.

Even some rare participants made their presence felt amongst some veterans, the mid-career and the enthusiastic young and upcoming with unforgiving offerings.

Veteran participants who have experienced all the changes since the mid-1970s without revealing any signs of fatigue included Arthur Azevedo, co-founder and director Helen Lieros, Thakor Patel, Kate Raath to mention a few. Arthur Azevedo continued with his endless exploration of both the domesticated and untamed animals simplified to the bone in steel welding and ink drawings.

His widely fancied small “Bull” in both media alongside “Little horse” and “Owl” in steel and “Elephant” in ink drawing are some of his magnificent featured works whilst Helen Lieros had her Greek origin influence on “The Seal” and “The Missing Link” both in mixed media.

Thakor Patel the Indian Zimbabwean had his neat graphical glass framed paintings in the “Knife and Fruit” and an “Untitled” with Kate Raath exploring her small intrinsic landscape paintings.

New kid on the block Wallen Mapondera continued with his magnificent linear string drawings in the use of socio-political symbolisms of animals and their disposition, to explore human oligarchy and power structures in which power rests with a small number of people. He had extremely simplified in coloured sawing thread a series of small works such as “Familiar Faces”, “Long Rope”, “The Hat”, “Play Time I and II” and “Tug of War A and B”. One of the rising stars with powerful work is young three dimensional artist Johnson Zuze who explores the wide use of found objects especially liquor bottles of shapes and sizes that he interweaves with used tying wire and sometimes with various exhausted and retired data cables and electric wires both stripped and unstrapped.

For the “Summer” show he featured a “Cameleon” and “Take Me There” a comical pair of mating dogs all in exhaustion.

Recently he participated in another high profile exhibition in which his installation was the most outstanding.

He created two reasonably big figurative sculptures in use of various found objects dominated by tying wire in which he also used to firmly affix into his desired positions the several 750 millilitre liquor bottles he used to represent mostly the chunky body parts. All the construction objects seem caged by the wire haphazardly.

The installation comprised of the two figures on a sleeping bed covered by titanium white bed sheets with clean fluffy pillows.

The female figure in high erotica impatiently lay in waiting with her torso supported from the clean sheets by her elbows whilst the emotionally excited head tilts slightly to the right from the vertical axis.

Her flabby legs slightly apart but not stretched to the fullest she wondered when it will be that her chosen suitor will make his aances.

The suitor seemed to be stuck kneeling also in nude at a safe ostentatious distance overwhelmed by eroticism gazing the renowned beauty ahead of him.

He learned heavily backward with everything seeming erected from the dirty black brittles of the huge cadmium yellow house painting brush that made up his mask-like head, the ends of the tying wire down to his tough cracked toe nails.

The stage seemed to be all set for a man and woman intimacy but it was only the artist’s ability to capture and portray some of the various facial expressions that are not found formed with keyboard characters and used in email and text messages to convey the writers’ feelings.

Source : The Herald

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