Part of the fun of attending a big exhibition is the opportunity to people-watch. I’ve noticed that visitors often wear extravagant, eye-catching outfits and jewellery to this event. Whether they’re wannabe Trendies, art critics, fashionistas, or plain old exhibitionists I have no idea. I doubt very much that they’re artists. The days of flamboyant artists – think Salvador Dali with his sharp suits, hats and waxed moustache, – are over. My artist friends usually adopt the casual/scruffy/work clothes style. They’re way too busy working in their studios to be messing around with fashion statements.
Some people are working, and having a chat during a rare quiet moment.
Others are also standing around, but stuck on the wall:
I spotted Mondrian socks. I want some!
Delightful Minnie Mouse bows:
And stunning jewellery. Or is it wearable art?
I don’t recall seeing any hats other than these ones on the wall:
I was admiring the pin-striped suited gent’s textured pink socks when I realised the painting on the opposite wall offered a mirror image, with the pensive woman in an almost identical, abstracted posture.
Next I saw this man, working on an exhibition stand – he presented an almost ecclesiastical image, don’t you agree? I think it was the thin white rim of tee-shirt at his neck, together with is clothing, lanyards around the neck, monkish haircut, and clasped hands that reminded me of a cleric.
Then I discovered this quirky series of pics, a sort of strange amalgam of botanical illustrations and old sepia portraits by Alida Rodrigues “The Secret History of Plants.”
I was blown away by a wonderful black and white series of figures, executed by Sungi Mlengeya. The brilliant use of negative space was dazzling.
Tucked away in a corner I spotted these this lovely little blue retro radio. I particularly liked the knitting needle antennae – or are they ears? I’ve been a radio fan all my life, so I was enchanted by this exhibit. I have a feeling the little radio’s name is probably Max. Whatever it is, top marks for inanimate personality!
The next photo is a marvelous study in movement by Manuel Braun Alexandria on Stage II.
Lastly I loved this quiet photograph of an offering of two walnuts, it exuded generosity and dignity.
WATCH THIS SPACE, I’M NOT DONE YET! MORE TO FOLLOW .It was a very big art exhibition and I was clicking away merrily.
P.S. If I haven’t mentioned the artists names in some of the pics above, its because I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a pic of the display card alongside the work; in some cases I looked but couldn’t find the card.