/ PAST Exhibitions
Potter of the Month
an exhibition of paintings by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts
1 November to 20 November 2019
'Jaarringe' is the third duo presentation by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts and, as with the previous two (Spieëlkamer and Spoorlyn), the show is both individual and collaborative. Both artists try to define a distilled line that runs through their respective body of work. A line that is clear, yet subtle and attempts to navigate, untainted, through the noise of digital imagery.
Swarts states that every object has its own visual language, with logic and internal references and therefore a history. As a figurative artist, she uses objects as metaphors and changes their language to provoke a new narrative. For this body of work her paintings are exercises in imagining memory - the paintings themselves becoming a space of perpetual present tense, defining specific clear captured moments filled with images personally related to her, but open to the viewer’s subjective interpretation.
Kloppers on the other hand says his work in essence deals with landscape. They’re not merely landscapes in the traditional sense. They should not be read as windows to the outside world, nature scenery or vistas of nature. They should be regarded as monuments or chosen images of natural elements that act as conduits to an inner landscape. They represent the moment when what the eyes see in the landscape is translated into thoughts, stories, histories, memories, visions, the unexplained, the stirrings of emotions, cultural or linguistic symbols or metaphors. One can better describe them as doorways into the inner landscape. They are all moments of reflection.