/ PAST Exhibitions
Mike Edwards & Jonathan Edwards
11 July 2015 to 29 July 2015
Walkabout: Saturday 19 July 2015 at 11h00
The organic forms, in contrast to the geometric and rigid counter-parts in the paintings, are symbolic of the fight or conflict that exists between man and his environment. This conflict with our environment is real but at the same time, man can and could, still, have a balance and respect for his environment. The colour, form and composition in the paintings become more than just these three basics and are a means to deliver the message about man and the environment. Harmony can be achieved. Furthermore, the combination of technology, the easy access to satellite pictures of farmlands, circular agricultural crops, beef feeds lots and the massive tracks and earth works that man is responsible for, all serve as inspiration. The magnificent Drakensberg Mountains in and around the Ladysmith and Bergville area where we often spend time are a further source of inspiration.
Sculptural invention and creativity, for me, is the manipulation of form and space using a variety of materials and methods, relying on a personal response to natural forms as well as man-made objects while taking cognisance of ‘day to day’ incidents, developments and happenings within society. I hope to evoke clues to those joyous walks on the beach or the sadness on experiencing the devastation after a veld fire for example. So I have tried, with various materials, to create exclamation marks in spaces, to divide and to activate spaces and involve the viewer in my sculpture both in thought and action. I have also enjoyed grappling and struggling with the given material in the fabrication process, leaving my tool marks, like brush strokes in painting or pencil marks in drawing. The result is this small collection of my sculpture presented on this show, is exclusively that of my non-representational work. The making of this work has been my most important sculptural thrust from my earliest public work in 1963 to the present time. My hope is always that the viewer can become one with them in thought and contemplation.