24.10.2013 – 16.11.2013, Walkabout 16.11.2013, 13h00
GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct
This project represents Opper’s most recent pursuit, in an on-going body of artistic research, housed under the working-title of “Undoing Architecture”. Separ(n)ation discloses the ostensible harmlessness of palisade fencing, the ubiquitous readymade element so present in the way it is (in)formally ‘woven’ into the fabric of the city.
The project attempts to ‘collect’ and re-frame a range of fence-driven scenarios of delineation and (re)territorialisation. It aims to demonstrate and unpack a peculiar ‘curtain wall’-like phenomenon which has emerged, particularly against the silhouettes and facades of Johannesburg’s inner city, but also more generally across the larger urban-scape, over the last two decades or so. These material depictions will be translated into a series of re-manifestations and constellations which begin to ‘talk’ to and ‘cross’ each other, physically and symbolically, within the GoetheonMain project space.
Separ(n)ation seeks to provoke a radical rethinking of existing discourses and clichés associated with Johannesburg’s well-known preoccupation with ‘security’ and ‘defence’. It aims to amplify the uncanny translations of difference alluded to above, focus critical views onto, into and through this material condition of off-the-shelf separation. In other words, the project explores the potentialities of the palisade as a ‘thing’. Through a series of shifted, reinterpreted and congested representations of this product’s material real, the intention is for the emergence of new relations, new spaces and objects of possibility.
Second Walkabout with the artist:
Date: Saturday, 16 November 2013
Time: 1pm - 2pm (the artist will be available in the space until 4pm, for those who would like to discuss the exhibition in more detail)
Venue: GoetheonMain, Arts on Main, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct
At the walkabout of the exhibition (which ends on Saturday, 16 November 2013) a signed exhibition artist's book (Title: Separ(n)ation (ISBN No.: 978-0-620-58585-9), limited to one-hundred copies) will be available.
All work on the show is for sale.