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BROEIGROND: FERTILE GROUND FOR GOLDEN REGRETS

KANNA AWARD WINNING

MULTI MEDIA SOLO EXHIBITION

 

KLEIN KAROO NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, OUDTSHOORN

5 – 15 APRIL, 2017

IMAGE: Ronél de Jager

OVERVIEW

 

“Incalculable eons tumble past. The earth shifts, shrugs, stretches. One year, one day, one hour, a great upflow of magma gathers a seam of crystals and drives it toward the surface, mile after burning mile; it cools inside a huge, smoking xenolith of kimberlite, and there it waits…”

 

– Doerr, A. All the light we cannot see (2014: 520)

‘Broeigrond: Fertile Ground for Golden Regrets’ is a multidisciplinary exhibition by Ronél de Jager, inspired by the Karoo landscape, geology, infrared photographic process and cosmology. 

 

In this series of works, the artist constructs fictionalised landscapes which oscillate between the familiar and the alien; De Jager constructs artefacts of paintings, light-boxes, glass orbs with brass and copper electroplated flora and time-lapse film gathered from previous expeditions in the Karoo. 

 

These artifacts present fertile landscapes with an energy potential, at the cusp of its revelation; they incubate our imagined future, thoughts and potential regrets. Beginning as a photographic process of experimentation, De Jager, uses infrared photography to investigate the characteristics of the landscape and found flora. These flora represent the biota of a specific landscape, period and people. These are then re-interrogated in her studio as she translates this into paintings and multimedia works. These images are painted as part of a meditative process of ‘searching’, contemplating these notions of latent landscapes.

Like a heat seeker the infrared analyses its components, tapping into magnetic fields which we cannot see as humans, providing us some kind of alternative universe where we may see these energetic fields and imagined futures through the landscape. It is this very mediation between scientific process and fine art object where De Jager actively teleports her viewer. 

 

These artefacts consider time and space and play on the notions of memory as transcendental, ephemeral and intangible. 

 

As an alter ego exists so it seems De Jager wishes to reconstruct herself through the reconstruction of these familiar spaces. The landscape becomes her internal universe; the infrared becomes the electromagnetic wave seeker, searching for the obscure, inspecting within the unknown.

INSTALLATION VIEWS

 

SELECTED WORKS

 
 

ABOVE & BELOW (VIDEO STILLS)

 

CITIZEN OF GLASS (SELECTED WORK)

PRESS

 
  • ABSA ART COLLECTION

    Studio News
    ABSA Towers
    Johannesburg
    November, 2019

    In 2017 De Jager won the award for best visual art exhibition at KKNK National Arts Festival. This was a multidisciplinary exhibition which included her painting series ‘Aeon’.

    In this series of works, the artist constructs fictionalised landscapes which oscillate between the familiar and the alien; the works present fertile landscapes with an energy potential, at the cusp of its revelation; they incubate our imagined future, thoughts and potential regrets. Beginning as a photographic process of experimentation, De Jager used infrared photography to investigate the characteristics of the landscape. These images are painted as part of a meditative process of ‘searching’, contemplating these notions of latent landscapes.

    Like a heat seeker, the infrared photography analyses its components, tapping into magnetic fields which the human eye cannot detect. The results provide us some kind of alternative universe where we may see these energetic fields and imagined futures through the landscape. The series considers time and space and play on the notions of memory as transcendental, ephemeral and intangible.

    A selection of De Jager’s ‘Aeon’ series was acquired by ABSA, adding her work to a collection of South African art luminaries. The ABSA collection is one of the most enviable corporate collections on the continent, proving the brand’s commitment to South African contemporary art and artists.

    Image: Ronél de Jager. 'Aeon X' (detail), 2017

  • DE JAGER WINS KANNA AWARD

    Press
    Maroela Media
    Cape Town
    16 May, 2017

    The KANNAs, which annually rewards creative excellence at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, announced their 2017 winners at a ceremony held at Nasdak, Media24 in Cape Town on Monday, 15 May 2017.

    Each winner of this year’s KANNA Award received a trophy commissioned by artist Danélle Janse van Rensburg and a cash prize. A total prize money of R160,000 was awarded, sponsored by Media24, ATKV, NATi, Arts Unlimited, ABSA, Huisgenoot, SARIE, Castle Lager and Ton and Anet Vosloo.

    Acknowledged for her efforts, Ronél De Jager was awarded a KANNA for Best Visual Art Exhibition with the solo exhibition 'Broeigrond: Fertile ground for Golden Regrets'.

  • KKNK KANNA AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

    Press
    litnet.co.za
    April, 2017

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