Online exhibition 

Liza Grobler

Disobedient Landscapes
March, 5th - May 30th, 2021  

DISOBEDIENT LANDSCAPES

'Disobedient Landscapes' is a celebration of the unforeseen, by Liza Grobler. These paintings and fibre works, created between June 2020 and January 2021, are propositions for an environment that is temporal and in flux. Whilst traditional landscape painting provides a constructed view of space, 'Disobedient Landscapes' offers a multitude of options, with no ordered conclusion. It does not adhere to the conventions of landscape painting. There is no sign of a horizon.

At a time when our globally constructed physical and emotional landscapes are transforming behond our wildest imagination, 'Disobedient Landscapes' offers a glimpse from within this landscape. One can see details and intuitively sense aspects, but it is a difficult position from which to reflect on the picture as a whole. It is begging to be experienced, rather than rationally analyzed. It is a search for new routes, not a destination in itself. The viewer is invited to be an active participant, searching for their own way within these works. It is a process of 'moving through' rather than 'arriving at'.

Navigate the paintings like you navigate the current landscape: with caution, hope, a renewed lust for life and pause where and when you choose.

CUTTING CORNERS, SEEING SCREAMS

Oil and mixed media on canvas 

120x120cm

2020

DISOBEDIENT LANDSCAPES

Oil and mixed media on canvas 

120x120 cm

2020

DEEP BREATH

Oil and mixed media on canvas 

120x120 cm

2020

THAT'S A THOUGHT

Oil on handspun cotton

30x30cm

2020

A RUNNING HORSE HAS NOT FOUR LEGS, BUT TWENTY

Oil and mixed media on canvas

120x120cm

2020

CLEAR AS A CLOUDLESS SKY

Oil on handspun cotton

30x30cm

2020

THIS LIFE IS NOT A STILL-LIFE

Oil and mixed media on canvas 

130x170cm

2020

AFLOAT

Crocheted mixed media fibre sculpture 50x105x50cm
2020

FIELDS OF FOOL’S GOLD

Woven rope and mixed media 76x129cm
2020

TOOLS OF THE TRADEWINDS

Oil and mixed media on canvas 

120x150cm

2021

INFORMATION CLUSTER (bite sized)
Fibre and mixed media

25x65x15cm

2020

LUSH

Oil and mixed media on canvas 52x111cm
2020

PARAGLIDING INTO THE WEEKEND

Oil and mixed media on canvas 130x170cm
2020

SOLILOQUY 2

Fibre and pipe cleaner tapestry 23.5x22cm
2020

SOLILOQUY 4

Fibre and pipe cleaner tapestry 23.5x22cm
2020

FINDING A WAY

Oil and mixed media on canvas 290x156cm
2020-2021

THE DANCE OF EARLY MORNING LIGHT

Oil and mixed media on canvas

278x150 cm
2020-2021

LIZA GROBLER

Liza Grobler is a South African artist who works with a variety of media often exploring ideas that bring together physical and psychological spaces and historical and ecological scapes. Her practice is built around process, putting materiality and ephemerality of the objects and media she works with in tension.

In 2016, she was a recipient of the Africa Centre Award and a IZIKO Museums commission to create a site-specific work for the National Gallery. Other career highlights include: a solo project for Cape Town International Art Fair (2017), a commissioned public artwork for Cape Town International Design Capital (2015) and the screening of her video work at the ADDIS International Video Arts Festival (Ethiopia) and at MOFO for Forever Now (Tasmania and Deep Space, 2015). She was nominated for the Helgaard Steyn National Award for Contemporary Painting (2015), as well as short-listed for the Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award(2006). She attended residencies in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Mexico, India, the United States (ARTOMI and Residency Unlimited) and initiated an international residency and exhibition ‘Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo’ in South Africa (2017). Exhibitions include, solo exhibitions nationally and international group and site-specific projects. Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time (2014), travelled to various museums in South Africa. Her most recent solo at Everard Read Cape Town, ‘A rainbow in my pocket’, concluded in November 2019 and her short film, ,‘Voices at a Divided Fountain’ debuted in Belgrade in the same month and is currently on show in Zrenjanin (Serbia) as part of Hybrid Narratives hybrid histories. Her beaded work in collaboration Qaqambile bead studio was showcased at the Context Art Miami Fair in December 2019.

She is represented by Everard Read Galleries (Cape Town, Johannesburg, London)

 
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