Shape-shift by Johann Moolman opens today at Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. The exhibition features a selection of works spanning nearly three decades, representing forms, materials, themes and concepts mostly related to time and space. Here, the works refer to the human form, its situation and predicament, as well as conjures images of ancient rites enacted long ago, brought into present time. Titles refer to time and place, which positions the viewer in a future space. Also through these titles, the art making process is referred to with some of the works supported and mounted in a museum-like presentation, which at once becomes an artefact on display—an artwork of a bygone era, the archaic reference combining symbolic forms of ancient cultures with the reductivism of contemporary art.

Johann Moolman’s art is stimulated by an interest in archeology, archaic and primitive art, classic African art, as well as a keen interest and awareness of international artistic movements and trends.

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