'Hellfire, Final Jeopardy' and 'Who Are The Villians'
by Roelof Louw at the NSA Gallery
Presenting an evocative installation of neon, bone and anthracite is Roelof Louw, an artist living and working in Cape Town. In the exhibition, which occupies both the Main and Mezzanine Galleries of the NSA complex, the artist investigates existential questions, and creates an environment where the viewers are invited into an experiential space.
The installations in the Main Gallery are titled 'Hellfire' and 'Final Jeopardy', and refer to living in present to future predictions of mayhem, ecological disaster, systems burnout and entropic rundown.
The Mezzanine Gallery will house 'Who Are The Villians', consisting of
outlines of faces in neon, the result of manipulated lines, shapes and colour.
''Hellfire' and 'Final Jeopardy' work as the landscape of our time,'
states Louw, 'The sun has been replaced by neon lighting - ultra-modern and artificial . Instead of earth there are bones or anthracite - age old carbonised organic matter. The one reality feeds on the other.'
Louw studied at St Martin's School of Art in London. Later he taught at the same institution and was appointed the Director of Studies for sculpture. During this period he exhibited in Europe and represented England at the Tokyo Biennale and the British Avant Garde exhibition at the New York Cultural Center. He moved back to Cape Town, his birthplace, in the late 80s and set up a studio on Frances Street, District Six, and has since exhibited both locally and internationally.
Opens: 6 pm, October 5
Closes: October 24