The Underword


The Underword

03 – 31 August 2017 Opening at 18:00

‘The Underword’ is an artist’s book and book object exhibition with an erotic pretext. Artists were prompted to respond to a vague curatorial text, charged with erotic undercurrents and references, and, without any definitive description to play, as artists do, creatively.

Eroticism has both a presence and value that is often overlooked an energy and closeness to our humanity. When Marcel Duchamp was asked why the erotic features so consistently in his work he replied; that the erotic was definitively human, more than any philosophical question more than any other drive the erotic was constantly manifest. Our very presence/existence is evidence of this basic human imperative which often manifests in the most curious, irrational and playful ways whilst not excluding the ‘other’ side of our desires; mortality, death, etc. In a nutshell; the erotic is implicitly human.”

Contributing artists:

Maaike Bakker….. Olaf Bisschoff….. Jayne Crawshay-Hall…. Suzanne Erasmus

…….. Guy du Toit….. Mandy Johnston….. Shenaz Mahomed…. Wayne Matthews…… Oliver Mayhew…….

Emma Minkley…… Neil Niewoudt……. Jennifer Ord…… Wilna Panagos……….. Revolver… Alison Jean Shaw….. Daandrey Steyn…. Frank Van Reenen