the labor-oratory of Dr. Kali
This interdisciplinary art exhibition is on show until 15 August 2017 at The Gallery at Grande Provence, Main Road, Franschhoek
Broke-Whole opens an aperture on the mysteries of life through the lens of death.
Kali blurs boundaries between painting and photography with long exposures and a technique called ‘light painting’. Her work traverses nuanced interconnection between death and life, searching for the soul of form with light.
I am fascinated by these works by Kali van der Merwe. Especially these four images that show progression, movement and at the very same time are static and lifeless. So much of what we perceive as ‘nature’ and ‘wildlife’ are seen through someone else’s lens as a static image. But these artwork give a certain type of semi-life to these animals again – allowing them to become more animated and tell their own story to the viewer.
What’s really interested to me about this work “shape of the realm which has no form”, is that unlike the title suggests, there is much form in this. My mind keeps recognising different forms and images in it – the shape of Africa as example – in the way that we imagine and see certain images in the clouds. There is so much rawness and wildness in this artwork, and can be quite scary, but because it’s floating in space I feel like the danger is not real to me – can’t reach or touch me – I can look at the face with no/all form, with no aparent risk to me.
My favourite work has to be “illusory truth”:
The interdisciplinary works on show also includes sculptures like “Dancing Existence Atop the Florid Megalith”:
“On the surface is the broken, scarred, partially decayed state of things,
beyond is a search for deeper unity, synthesis and wholeness. The
whole is never static, nor final but is in a state of becoming.”
More works from the exhibition:
As an artist living a vegan lifestyle I can’t help but wonder about the death that each of these animals and insects experienced. And at the same time I had no reservations about sharing these works on art.love.nature, because it feels like the works themselves are saying something important. Something that Kali or I can’t even put into words. These works speak from a realm that we can sometimes sense and feel – our own origin or source… What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on our facebook page
EDIT (8 AUGUST): Now I’ve really fallen in love with her work all over again. See Kali’s comment below regarding the animals and insects used in her work.
See these works at the Gallery at Grande Provence in Franschhoek – showing until 15 August…