Please note that due to the nature of the surface of oil paintings, there is a sight reflection off the works when light is projected onto them from certain angles in the documentary video.
As a starting point to this extensive new body of work, De Jager explores the transient qualities of time, space and memory. Imagery and music are juxtaposed in this interactive video installation combined with paintings to capture the elusive quality of time.
On entering the darkened space, one is confronted by the text visual 'Sit.' projected onto a grid of panels, prompting one to sit down on the seat placed opposite the projected installation.
As one takes one's seat, the video starts to play and the panels, with details of interior and exterior scenes, come to life through the staggered choreography of an illuminating projector and video footage of light shimmering through leaves and branches. The blocks of light projected over the panels appear at first to be light boxes, flashing one by one, but when examined more closely, actually reveal themselves to be framed oil paintings. The “cadence” of their appearance - slowly, then quickly, then slowly again - follows the rhythm of a delicate piano piece composed in collaboration with Marelize Koch. An emotive mood is set as the video projection focuses first on single works and then flashes over a number of works as the music becomes more dramatic.
After three minutes, all the works are lit up, giving the viewer the opportunity to view the paintings up close and in detail.
The presentation was made possible through the collaboration with Marelize Koch on the soundtrack, Carly Whitaker on the interactive component, Thomas Pretorius in the editing process as well as videography and the support of the ROOM team.
First installment in a three-part solo exhibition
Installation view of A Prelude exhibition at ROOM Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Commentary from visitors at
A PRELUDE exhibition:
"A.M. (After Midnight) - What a spectacular exhibition! "
"An excellent show beautifully executed with subtle images and poignant sound.”
" I love that it's an immersive experience for the audience, the art is prime and center. "
" The seemingly random collection of paintings, music and video is beautiful in that it is a sort of exploration of the world through moments. "
" This exhibition reminds me of the voyager, a spacecraft carrying a golden disc with information about earth."
" ... it forces the audience to examine their own planet through the mundane but beautiful. This is a truly inspirational piece. Immersive. Thought provoking. Beautiful. "
"De Jager's approach is captivating, giving her work the edge over many more traditional projects in the same genre." - Saturday Citizen, 30 June 2014
"One imagines that Edward Hopper would do something similar if he were alive today.” - Chris Thurman, Business Day, 19 June 2014