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Jody Paulsen - Water Me

Dec 8 - Feb 9 2019       Keyes Art Mile, 19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank
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Multi-award-winning Cape Town-based artist Jody Paulsen brings his latest solo exhibition Water Me to SMAC Gallery in Keyes Art Mile. The exhibition takes its name and inspiration from the slang phrase “Water Me” which refers to when a man or woman is intensely attractive, and RnB singer Lizzo’s 2017 hit of the same name which is “a celebration of black beauty and the meaningful freedom of water”, with Paulsen adding a new motif - bouquets of flowers - to his ongoing exploration of ageing and death. 

A tongue-in-cheek reference to the age-old practice of using bouquets as memento mori and reminders of death and change, Paulsen subverts the still life art genre interrogating its use as a way to capture the “spirit of now”. He also parodies himself as the ever-lasting millennial, coming to terms with living, dying and being successful through the lens of material consumerism and ironically complaining about life’s challenges and uncertainty. Each artwork is also infused with layered symbols; for example a phoenix displayed in its traditional archetype surrounded by the names of anti-anxiety medication. 

 

Date

Venue

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 09:00–17:00, Sat 10:00–15:00. Closed Sun. Dec 8 2018 - Feb 9 2019
SMAC Gallery
Keyes Art Mile, 19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank
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Price/Additional Info

Entrance is free

Website

smacgallery.com www.facebook.com/SMACGallery/
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