Gabrielle Raaff is a painter who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Working with the ephemeral qualities of watercolour and ink, Raaff explores certain spatial conditions of figurative and architectural form within the urban realm. Her latest works see a return to oil and a more intuitive, visceral exploration of the internal landscape of the subconscious.
I will be participating in a new group show called
nano-presented by Barnard Gallery
July 19 - August 16, 2016
Opening reception: Tuesday July 19 at 18h00
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 40 x 40 cm. The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.
Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
Over 50 amazing South African artists will be participating.
Work currently on display:
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