Monday, 03 March 2008

Say For Me

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{pp}34 Long hosts the first Cape Town solo show of paintings by Asha Zero, a young South African artist whose work is now entering the international art circuit.

11 March 19h00 to 12 April 2008.

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.

Contact Details:
34 Long Street   
Cape Town   
South Africa
Andries Loots:
tel. +27 82 354 1500
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