"The poetry of the human body, remains my only playground."
I’m currently enjoying Marke Meyer’s body of work: the stillness between hanging on and letting go. He is currently showing at Candice Berman Gallery as part of the Solo program. This is a program profiling the works of talented, up and coming as well as established South African artists.
The Solo program is consistently well curated; featuring relevant contemporary works of art from some of our very best in the country.
My favorites include:
- Jazz aficionado Stompie Selibe, particularly his showing of the Musical Sheet Series - self described as a deconstruction & reconstruction of musical sounds.
- Abstract visual artist Thomas Ngulube showing a collection of oil paintings which showcase his process of breaking away from naturalistic renderings.
- Master collage maker; John Vusi Mfupi showing ashes to life series where he creates sepia like portraits from burnt white paper.
- and now sculpturist Marke Meyer.
His current work is inspired by the poetry of the human body, often he uses live models as a reference. His sculptures are moulded from clay and later cast in bronze.
This is him:
‘Figures fascinate me….I prefer the nude figure as it is free of context allowing for an open ended expression of abstract concepts and emotions. The human body, either in frenetic movement or caught at rest, remains my only playground.”
My favorite pieces from the collection include ‘a breath of whimsy’ a 32 kg bronze piece he made in 2013 and ‘blown away’, a 4.5kg bronze on Caesar-stone piece made in 2015.
You can find Meyer, Selibe, Ngulube, Mfupi and many more amazing artists at the Candice Berman Gallery in Bryanston.
A breath of whimsy - Marke Meyer