The Cape Gallery: Phenomenal Cape
A celebration of life and the environment in Cape Town, the Phenomenal Cape exhibition opens at The Cape Gallery on Sunday 30 January 2022, at 4pm.
The way we perceive natural events heightens our experience of the world. Seasonal change, weather, growth and the cycles of life add drama to our existence and narrative to our lives. Cape Town has a ‘Mediterranean’ climate and a unique, rich floral kingdom. A port city, the population consists of many cultures. Life in Cape Town and its surroundings engages all our senses. Vivid memories are thus made here. And we therefore have exceptional artists capable of endorsing this sensational place.
Cape Town does not only express the phenomenal through its weather, it also manifests in its People. Kim Mobey’s portraits bring the subject’s inner radiance to the forefront. Kim Mobey, therefore, asks the question, what do you see in a portrait? Can you see the raging energy that swirls within all of us like a cape storm? Can you see the way the seasons of our lives change? What narrative is written on a face? Are we, like coastline shaped by the shifting tides of our phenomenal lives? Does the Cape make us who we are, or do we make the Cape what it is?
The term ‘phenomena’ has many meanings. It can subsequently be applied to weather, to the supernatural, to singular and unforgettable people, and to something which is known through the senses rather than by thought or intuition. Pamela Silver thus presents the world around her in riotous bursts of colour. Her work conveys the idea of everyday scenes through the lens of her own artistic perception. The familiar vista of a garden at sunrise is rendered anew to the viewer after it passes through the kaleidoscope of feelings that it evokes.
All the artists in this exhibition perceive the world in their own unique ways. These are subsequently informed by their experiences of the world. As they cycle through their lives they allow us the privilege of experiencing their phenomenal works.
Phenomenal Cape includes work by Katrin Dorje, Bridget Heneck, Juli Jana, Mandy Lake, Kim Mobey, Shelia Petousis, Helen van Stolk, and Pamela Silver.
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