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From 'Waiting for the Seventh Day'

Joel Andrianomearisoa
From 'Waiting for the Seventh Day', 2011. Mixed media .

'Waiting for the Seventh Day That Will Bring Us Together'

Joel Andrianomearisoa at Jack Bell

Jack Bell Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Joël Andrianomearisoa. 'Waiting for the Seventh Day That Will Bring Us Together' develops themes originating from the artist's debut solo show at the Goodman Gallery, South Africa.
Andrianomearisoa frequently experiments with how paper and textiles can be used as a medium, and black features prominently:
"For me, working with shades of black offers infinite possibilities. In every piece, I have to find variations within the scope of black, different postures of black. It is not only a colour, but also an attitude... it aims toward the universal."

This exhibition is centred around a major paper installation consisting of 5,000 individual pieces.  Andrianomearisoa retains a strong interest in design and architecture, sculpture and performance and there are aspects of these disciplines present in all of his work - tactility, structure, geometry and temporality.

'Waiting for the Seventh Day' continues Andrianomearisoa's ongoing exploration of eroticism, desire and negotiations with love. How does one speak of love, or understand love in the age of reason? The artist's engagement with this contradiction is what forms the raw material of the show. The exhibition highlights the bodily presence of the viewer as itself a central aspect to the negotiation of space and ideas within his work.  

"Romantic love", he says, "is never just a private declaration or an emotional contract between two individuals - it is a political battlefield". For Andrianomearisoa, bodies are contested terrain, at times also sites of violence, disease, moral judgment and commodification, and subjected to legislation, marginalisation and criminalisation.

22 November - 15 December

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