BLACK / NOIR – exhibition at Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek / satellite exhibition at Galerie DE MEDICIS, Paris, France
Black is much more than the opposite of white or the absence of light: it is also the complete absorption of all light, of all colour, and perhaps even of opposites and polarities.
This exhibition is a meeting of two distinguished but distinct artists. André Nadal and Christelle van Zyl met in Paris during van Zyl’s residency at the Cite in Paris. She was drawn to his precise and architectural geometries, so foreign to her own trajectory while he developed an affinity for the organic lines and diffuse light in her work that he found so little of in his own.
The show is also the obvious meeting of two countries, two galleries and two cultures.
Christelle van Zyl describes Nadal as an energetic personality , absorbed in the creative process. He works with only black oil paint on a stretched canvas with a white enamel coating. Paint is dragged, twisted and turned on the surface with his own hand-made tools. Van Zyl uses compressed charcoal to create dramatic light contrasts – black pigment gives shape to white linen.
Intimate space, the private, yet universal theme of an unmade bed is juxtaposed against clinical geometric compositions.
This exhibition runs till: 10 Augustus 2014
Gallery hours: 10:00-18:00 daily
Christelle van Zyl, Unmade Bed 8 (charcoal on paper) (60 x 90 cm)
André Nadal BW40211 (oil paint on canvas) (80 x 80 cm)
Christelle van Zyl, Unmade Bed 3 (charcoal on paper) (80 x 120 cm)
André Nadal BW150813 (oil paint on canvas) (80 x 80 cm)