Featured artist: Isabelle Grobler (South Africa)
The Meatgrinder Madrigal
curated by Andrew Lamprecht
The latest exhibition by young South African artist Isabelle Grobler is likely to provoke, intrigue, shock and delight, in equal measure. Known for her sculptural installations which metamorphose industrial found objects into fleshy organic forms; here Grobler focuses on two-dimensional works for the most part. In 'The Meatgrinder Madrigal', the artist spins a dense and complex web of narrative, allusion and dark humour to create a new mythos, making classical works from art history serve as her ‘found objects’. Paintings, drawings and prints operate in a space that uniquely reflects this innovative and exciting artist’s inimitable imagination and quirky take on “the life we live now”, conveyed in the form of a magnificent and meandering creation epic.
Reflecting and critiquing the banalities, complexities and eccentricities of suburbia, Grobler creates a larger-than-life tableau of creation, self-discovery and inevitable fall. Typical of her work, dark humour suffuses these works, jockeying with a real sense of revulsion for the trappings of contemporary consumerist society and the compromises required to appear as ‘normal’ in the modern world.
The exhibition stands as a painterly sculptural installation: a story conveyed on canvas. In its defying of the strictures of its two-dimensional bounds, it is an exercise in organic growth (perhaps gone wild). 'The Meatgrinder Madrigal' promises to give a heady insight into the way that contemporary painting is able to defy language and to present commentary without recourse to words.
The AKAA Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017 takes place at the Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller, Paris, France.