Time: May 31, 2012 at 6pm to July 3, 2012 at 7pm
Location: In Toto Gallery
Street: 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 st. Andrew Street
Website or Map: http://www.intotogallery.co.za
Phone: 011 447 6543
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Megan Amy Kidd
Latest Activity: May 30, 2012
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." C.S. Lewis
Collaborating with Otto de Jager, In Toto Gallery presents a thought-provoking exhibition that is more of a sensory experience than a standard show. One of the most familiar pleasures of art is the sense of being transported into another time and space. The Other World places emphasis on artworks that hark to another universe entirely-sometimes horrific, sometimes euphoric, all pieces explore the monsters and enchantments of spheres not completely known to us.
The Other World also explores the SteamPunk movement that, through fashion, music, art and various other forms of media salutes the misapplied technology and anarchy of Victorian aesthetics and inventions, applied to a modern context. The movement investigates a time before the age of homogenization, the domestication of electricity and the competence of internal combustion. SteamPunk rejoices in the era’s handsome and monstrous machines and their temperamental, seemingly alive characters; commemorating a time where art and craft were cohesive, where exceptional wonders were invented and forgotten.
The idea of the “monster” in art was the starting point for the research for The Other World; the notion that many infamous masterpieces are an investigation into the atrocious side of human nature, dreadful events and terrifying imaginary creatures. The intellectual design of the show then shifted to incorporate the view of seeing beauty in the appalling and then eventually expanded into a celebration of all that is “otherworldy”.
Tumble down the rabbit hole and step into The Other World.
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