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A PRELUDE

MULTI MEDIA SOLO EXHIBITION

FIRST IN A THREE PART SOLO PROJECT

 

ROOM GALLERY & PROJECT SPACE, BRAAMFONTEIN, JHB

 

5 JUNE – 5 JULY, 2014

IMAGE: Ronél de Jager. After Midnight (2015)

OVERVIEW

 

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. 

Ronél de Jager’s debut solo exhibition, After Midnight, forms part of her larger ongoing project exploring the transformative power inherent in the constant, shifting presence of cast shadows and filtered light. 

 

Taking her cue from the Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘A.M.’ meaning ‘between midnight and midday’, shadows become a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of reality, a world both present and absent, simultaneously formed and diffused by the play of light in the hours extending across night and day. 

 

This multi-media, multi-spatial exhibition unfolds in three parts, spanning a series of divergent spaces. As each new element of the project is unveiled, its previous incarnations exist in memory. 

 

De Jager’s practice utilises diverse mediums ranging from Painting, Video and Public Art installations, to depict her perspective on light, shadows, movement, time and the nature of the transcendental, ephemeral and intangible. The mediums and contexts in which the work is displayed play a fundamental role in the narrative thus echoing her aim to capture an ever-evolving moment and/slice of time, as the artists states :” …fleetingness of memory, its flashes, and the process of becoming aware of the movement of time and the elusiveness of the memory of images.” 

In the presentation of this carefully crafted and extensive body of work, ROOM has the pleasure to host the first of a three-part exhibition titled: ‘A.M (After Midnight): A Prelude’. 

 

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. 

 

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: Megan Mace, Nyaki Maleke, Mpho Mokgadi & Andrew Wessels. 

 

The exhibition is be followed by: 

 

II An Interlude Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg. 17 – 20 July 2014

 

III A.M. (After Midnight) Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Parkwood, Johannesburg. February 2015 

INSTALLATION VIEWS

 

VIDEOS

 

SELECTED WORKS

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

PRESS

 
  • A MOMENT'S SILENCE

    Press
    Article by Genevieve Veira
    Saturday Citizen
    28 June, 2014

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  • TRICKS OF LIGHT AND SHADE

    Press
    Article by Chris Thurman
    Business Day
    19 June, 2014

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  • RSG RADIO INTERVIEW: A PRELUDE

    Press
    Interview with Christelle Web-Joubert
    RSG, Radio
    June, 2014

    Listen to the podcast of the interview with Christelle Webb-Joubert from RSG KUNS. De Jager talks about her personal experience and meaning behind the 'A.M. (After Midnight): A Prelude' exhibition.

    The interview was recorded for the Afrikaans Radio station "Radio Sonder Grense" (RSG) and broadcast in Afrikaans.

    Image: 'A Prelude' (Installation view), 2014