In a fresh, hyper-contemporary take on urban culture, Asha Zero produces obsessively worked metaphors for a world of dissolved, disappearing and reappearing stimuli. Dead-pan and provocative, his acrylic on board works are at the same time aggressive and vulnerable, desirable and repulsive. His sense of absurdity is razor-sharp, complex and idiosyncratic.
Reminiscent of Berlin Dadaist Hannah Hoch’s collaged imagery, Richard Hamilton’s cynicism and the solemn wit of Banksy, Asha’s odd fragments and combinations function within a global and historical frame of reference as much as it remains rooted in the present-day sidewalks of South Africa. His many disparate allusions are kept in balance by compelling technical mastery and the gravitas of devoted manual labour – the images are entirely hand-painted.
A group show upstairs will add variety to your visit to 34 Long Fine Art.
34 LONG FINE ART
34 Long Street
tel. +27 82 354 1500