Uitstalling Art Gallery

Adriaan Diedericks

Allegorical Elegies II
October 8th - November 14th, 2021

ALLEGORICAL ELEGIES II

Diedericks’s work is allegorical in the sense that it draws on a rich repository of mythological signifiers from a number of sources – including Ancient Greek, Portuguese, South African, and Biblical symbols – in order to weave insightful observations and reflections on the nature of human existence. Importantly, Diedericks’s usage of allegory aligns with what American postmodernist art critic Craig Owens refers to as the ‘postmodern allegory’, defined by “a conviction of the remoteness of the past, and a desire to redeem it for the present”. What this means in a nutshell, is that Diedericks draws on these archetypal historical signifiers and the particular language of classical bronze sculpture in order to recontextualize them to speak about the present moment. 

Adriaan Diedericks
Adriaan Diedericks

Allegorical Elegies II

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Allegorical Elegies II

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Adriaan Diedericks
Adriaan Diedericks

Untitled II, 2017

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ADRIAAN DIEDERICKS

"My work attempts to mimic the expansive landscape of my youth. This is evident in the manner in which my practice continually spills forth from drawing into three-dimensionality. Through sculpture I attempt to manipulate the messages inherent to scale and material, having worked in povera substances such as found wood and plastic, often solidifying it in permanence through the use of bronze.

The body as a vessel for power, glory and inevitable humiliation is a key concept within my work - a thought which binds my reflections on masculinity and heraldic histories.

I sculpt with wax, clay and rotten wood which I then cast into resin or bronze and recreate to mimic the original putting my viewer under false pretense and allowing them to question."

"Visually I have a “revealed - concealed” like approach to my work. I also draw inspiration from the Hegelian “master-slave” concept, which combined plays on the notion of creating optical illusions. From one angle someone might see something entirely different to another angle.

Practically my work mostly manifests from objects and materials found within my surroundings such as scraps of rotten wood. I find the dry rot wood due to excess water seeping into the center quite symbolic. I use this in correlation to the Foucaultian theory of “Knowledge is Power” and “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, in the same way the water corrupts the wood over time.

My work has an organic approach, one piece informs the next. Therefore my work acts as proposed pieces rather than final destinations."

FIGUREHEAD DISPOSITION I, 2013
Bronze on Steel base, ship (bronze plated)
Edition of 8
1030 x 470 x 570 mm

ECHO BUST (MAQUETTE), 2016

Bronze
Edition 9 of 12
350 x 330 x 200 mm

Adriaan Diedericks, Burden, 2015

BURDEN, 2015

Bronze on Steel base

Edition of 12

1070 x 400 x 600 mm

+/- 49 kg bronze

UNTITLED (SASHA), 2016

UNTITLED (SASHA), 2016
Bronze on Steel base
Edition of 12
​900 x 370 x 200mm

TRANSFIGURATION (OBSOLETE), 2017

Bronze on Steel base

Edition of 12

430 x 170 x 440 mm

CROSSED SHIPS, 2017

CROSSED SHIPS, 2017
Bronze
Edition of 12
335 x 330 x 130 mm

TORSO I (Large), 2017

TORSO I (Large), 2017

Bronze on Steel base

Edition of 6

2450 x 1680 x 1200 mm

ECHO BUST (LARGE), 2018

ECHO BUST (LARGE), 2018
Bronze
Edition of 8
900 x 700 x 400 mm

 

UNTITLED II, 2017

Bronze on Granite base

Edition of 12

580 x 540 x 350 mm

CORPUS, 2017

Bronze on Steel base

Edition of 8

1720 x 900 x 250 mm

UNTITLED I (STOIC), 2017

Bronze on Granite

Edition of 12

630 x 320 x 250 mm

REFRACTION, 2017

Bronze on Granite base

Edition of 12

760 x 320 x 380 mm

CONTEMPLATION, 2017

Bronze on Granite base

Edition of 12

1100 x 800 x 800 mm