Deon Redman reopens Deepest Darkest in September with an exhibition titled Close that examines the sense of intimacy that we have lost during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Deon Redman reopens Deepest Darkest in September. The title of the show – ‘Close’ – is a fitfully precise wager and exploration of what we feel and think we’ve lost – intimacy. For Redman, however, the three artists on show are not preoccupied with ‘solace, isolation, introspection’, but with a ‘physical and psychological disconnect’. The realisation that we are not as connected as we imagined ourselves to be is not the result of a globally enforced isolation, it was always the gnawing crux of our unease.
The artists he has selected are markedly different in their practice. Rossouw van der Walt is a sculptor, Johannes Wewetzer a photographer, Talut Kareem-Black a graphite artist. However, while the mediums differ, what connects them is the naked human body – its classical perfection, and imperfection. Anthony Gormley sums up the focus at Deepest Darkest, ‘what it feels like to be alive, dealing with the body … from the inside, exploring it as a place rather than an object’.” Ashraf Jamal