Carla van der Merwe, 31 May 2016
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate invites you to the opening of the joint exhibition by Jimmy Law and Janko de Beer, Breaking Imagination: Deconstructing Countenance on Saturday, 11 June from 2pm to 5pm.
This exceptional joint exhibition forms part of this year’s Hermanus FynArts Festival. The Hermanus FynArts, currently in its fourth year, is an initiative of Hermanus Tourism takes place from the 10th to the 19th of June and promises to delight all visitors. Benguela Cove has been involved in FynArts for the past two years and has an even bigger calendar of events planned for this, their third year.
The list of events at Benguela Cove includes an art exhibition, pop-up champagne bar, gala dinner, cooking demonstration, French cheese and wine pairing and the results of their national art and design competition.
Jimmy Law has always been fascinated with the human face, features and what lies behind a person’s eyes. He focuses on creating larger than life, energetic and engaging portraits and his current works have a somewhat darker and more mysterious undertone that raises questions regarding identity. Some of his works touch on social issues such as the state of the human condition and in particular issues such as guilt and innocence, vulnerability and fragility.
Jimmy’s painting style and technique is self-taught and his approach to painting was to eliminate the use of small brushes. His brushes now range between 6cm and 15cm in width, this has forced him to refrain from perfectly controlled detailed strokes and instead focus on performing bold, strong strokes using only larger brushes. He aims ultimately to create energy and life in his work.
Janko de Beer’s work is inspired by the natural shapes and textures of dried-out bull kelp stems collected from various beaches around South Africa. His sculptures are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting.
The sculptures are constructed by first creating a metal armature, which is shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins, whereafter details and depth are added using non-drying modelling clay. The final product is then moulded and cast into limited editions of bronze and RPS resin. Janko’s sculptures are not only visually stimulating, bold and dramatic but also convey the history of the medium with strong individual characters and a subtle touch of surrealism.
Visit www.benguelacove.co.za for additional information on the festival events and information on booking.