Liza Grobler at Everard Read Gallery Cape Town
“Perhaps, what one wants to say,” she wrote in her notebook, in firm and elegant cursive, “is formed in childhood, and the rest of one’s life is spent trying to say it.” – Barbara Hepworth (British sculptor)*
Trying to make sense of Life – an ongoing experience that is at the best of times only half understood – is futile. As an artist, or maker of things, one can merely hope to go on treasure hunts and perhaps share some aspects of these explorations of Reality. (But is all of it a smokescreen?) in the hope that one can invoke a momentarily heightened shared experience. Step inside the dark matter. Suspend your disbelief.
The title of this show, is derived from the popular children’s song, Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The melody was composed in 1907 by American composer John Walter Bratton and in 1932 lyrics were added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy.**
If you go down to the woods today, You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today, You’d better go in disguise.
This exhibition is a sort of mini retrospective. Many stories, from different shows meet here in the woods.
The installation explores the use of the colour black: the colour that swallowed the rainbow. I hope to invoke something of the wonder that we all had as children. Not by creating something pretty, but by constructing a simulation, a physical apparition that might be simultaneously awe inspiring and deeply unsettling. The experience of this exhibition is firstly a physical dialogue between the viewer, the space
and the fabrications that is occupying it.
This is an open invitation to all of you. Come along. Walk with me. Who knows what we may find?
*The Telegraph. 30 March 2015. Barbara Hepworth: how the Yorkshire girl became a British legend: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/11489816/Barbara-Hepworth-how-the-Yorkshire-girl-became-a-British-legend.html