Slimen El Kamel and Neil Wright: Now
From April 6 to May 6, 2017, Sulger Buel Lovell will present Now, a joint exhibition by Tunisian artist Slimen El Kamel and South African artist Neil Wright. The exhibition alludes to the connection between these two contemporary artists from opposite ends of the continent, Tunis and Johannesburg.
Inspiration for both artists comes from the happenings of the present day, from their urban environments and evolving cultures. Both artists create visual worlds that draw from contemporary life – from what they observe and how they feel about it but combine and recreate these real elements to present chaotic, blended scenes that express their ineffable visions of their world.
In these works, none of the artists attempts to suggest solutions, they simply present a view, a sense of their take on what Now in their space feels like, and invite the viewer to respond, forming his or her own questions.
Slimen El Kamel, born 1983 in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia holds a Masters in painting from the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts. His studies has allowed him to crystallise this literary and intellectual heritage into a singular artistic practice. A practice whose genesis opens through a writing and draws its resources from its texts, sometimes poetic or literary, sometimes memorial or improvised. His more recent work considers the links between the human body and everyday consumable objects.
El Kamel has participated in exhibitions and art fairs in Africa and Europe, he was an art resident at the Living Arts Center at Rades for a year and paid multiple artistic and research visits to Paris, Algeria, and Bahrain. In 2016, he was a finalist of the inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize in partnership with.
Neill Wright, born 1985 is a multidisciplinary artists based in Johannesburg. In 2007, Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art, from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town Wright explores various mediums; such as sculpture, printmaking and painting as modes of expression, drawing inspiration from the interconnected worlds of media, popular culture, politics and societal interactions in an attempt to create panoramic views of current issues, hardships, complexities and paradoxes present within South African and to some extent African society as a whole.
In 2007, Wright was co-awarded the Simon Gerson Prize at the University of Cape Town for an outstanding body of work, also The Times named him one of the 10 emerging South African artists to watch in 2013. He has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows as well as at numerous South African and international art fairs. Neil Wright’s works are housed in private collections in Europe, the United States, Australia and South Africa.
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