Jessica Webster curates Turbine Art Fair graduate show

Webster, in collaboration with Amber-Jade Geldenhuys and MC Roodt, curates Touch , the Emerging Painters exhibition at Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg (13 – 16 July). The exhibition, which returns for a second year after a sell-out success in 2016, showcases the best post-graduate paintings from university fine arts departments across South Africa.

According to the fair organisers: “It brings a wide variety of painterly forms into focus such as how thick layers of paint may heighten a sense of the psycho-somatic or how painting in ultra-thin layers provokes an experience of the ethereal. Alternatively, painting in hyper-realistic ways can capture the visual textures of objects and figures. The show is aimed at evoking a deep impression of sensuality in material methods of painting.”

The curators foreground how the choice of material and technique causes certain processes, which inform the concept and effect of particular paintings. “Moreover, references to the art-historical canon are also a significant means by which contemporary painting comes to have potency. The show will therefore be accompanied by a critical and explanatory piece of writing on each artist exhibited, which will suggest possible readings the viewer may take from the work “ says Webster.