A concept of relative simplicity, – nano 1.3 invites artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works with an exact height of 20cm and a maximum width of 30cm.
The exhibition – nano 1.3 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 in – nano 1.3, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
WHEN: 28 May – 25 June 2019 Opening reception on Tuesday 28 May from 6:30 pm onwards
WHERE: Barnard Gallery 55 Main St, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700