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 WAYNE BARKER & DON SEARLL ﷯
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WAYNE BARKER A colorful, playful and subversive, internationally renowned artist and curator Barker was born in 1963 in Pretoria. He studied art at Pretoria Tech and in ‘76 he became an apprentice woodcarver. In 1984 Wayne Barker finished his BA in Fine Arts at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town and in 1998 attained a Postgraduate degree in Fine Art from the Ecole des Beaux Art, Luminy Marseilles, France. Barker uses his art to interrogate and confront orthodox South African perceptions and beliefs. By subverting popular imagery and iconography and thus creating new meaning Wayne does not cease to comment on social, political, economic, race and gender issues affecting the South African context and the art world. His artistic career spans over 25 years and is rich with anecdotes, controversy and successes. In 1989 Barker alongside Gunther Herbst and Morris La Mantia, initiated the Famous International Gallery (Fig) as a platform for young and emerging artists, thus challenging the role and domination of commercial galleries thus playing the center off the periphery. From ‘Images on Metal’, which marked his first solo show at the Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, in 1987 to date, Wayne Barker’s list of achievements is endless. In 1990, also stood out for his open commentary on the fear of marginalization of white artists during the transitional years in South Africa. Barker submitted artworks to the Standard Bank National Drawing Competition, under his own name and that of a fictitious Andrew Moletse, and it was the latter’s work that was accepted. In 1995 through his curatorial project, Laage, presented at the 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Barker again stood out by reflecting on South Africa’s traumatic history by deconstructing the image through the eyes of the participating artists. The fringe event involved the use of 14, 12 meter shipping containers in a circular structure to represent the laagers of the Voortrekkers, each ‘encamped’ by mainly white artists. Having gained major accolades for the installation, Laager was later shown at the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art in Chile, with the support of the United Nations. He won the Volkskas Atelier, Merit award winner, 1998 and in 1992 With pivotal shows and works interrogating the role of popular culture and imagery, South African Identity, gender and race, reconciliation, Ubuntu, and the plight of the poor he has also acknowledged the role of historical and contemporary figures such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Miriam Makeba, Jackson Hlungwane, Enoch Sontonga, CJ Langenhoven and JM Coetzee. Seen as a shameless self-promoter by some and an honest commentator by others, today Barker is at the epi-center of art making in the country. His most recent exhibitions include his 2010 Mid Career retrospective titled ” Super Boring” at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch its presentation in 2011 at the Polokwane Art Museum & at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. As Adrew Lamprecht comments on his latest exhibition “The show is typical Barker fare, carrying all his trademarks – the abstract painterly gesture, the boundless energy, the digital manipulation of modern South African art, the incorporation of traditional craft, subtle Expressionist gestures beside neatly outlined Afro-Pop imagery, and the ever present neon signage. In May 2011, Barker also participated in the group exhibition “ Alias” in Krakow, Poland and has just returned from his Berlin where he holds a studio and will exhibit in 2012. Wayne Barker’s energy and unapologetic commentary is infectious while his art does not seize to challenge convention. DON MAXWELL SEARLL A Johannesburg based artist who uses technology as his preferred medium. According to the artist technology is a natural evolution of the art medium. He is known for having introduced five technologies of art into South Africa: Laser graphics, Holographics, computer graphics, virtual reality and stereoscopic movies. Inspired by his father’s early 3d technical approach towards photography and his mother’s interest in the arts, by age 12 Searll was already shooting 3D stills. And by age 16, he had shot his first short film on 16mm film stock. Don has collaborated and exhibited with some of the top South African contemporary artists including Norman Catherine, William Boshoff, Richard Smith, Dylan Lewis among others and now with Wayne Barker. Internationally, Don has developed a reputation as a world leader in 3D technology, Searll has received numerous international awards and accolades including: • BMI Best Video of the Year 1992, for Seal’s “Killer”,. This video is now featured at the Museum of Rock Video in Piccadilly as one of the top ten music videos of the decade. • BMI Best for technical excellence in 1992 for Seal’s “Killer”,. • ITVA Mobie Award Australia. • Created the Taung Skull hologram for the cover of National Geographic Magazine. • In 1985 and in 1991 Don was commissioned by De Beers to create the “Mona Laser”, one of the first holographic portraits in the world. • Most Recently he was commissioned to conceptualize and produce a 3D film for the 2006 & 2010 Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola. was shown at the Stereoscopic Displays & Applications Conference in California and rated the Best of Show. He continues to innovate at the cutting edge particularly in his use of auto stereoscopic displays. He has always believed that integrating the medium and the message makes for powerful communication. Don utilizes technology as part of the art itself, exposing the fallibility of the perception and the means of communication.
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