Exhibitions and Art Fairs

John-Michael Metelerkamp | Keepers | 2017: Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg

31 August - 13 September 2017
VIP Viewing Thurs 31st 18:30 

Candice Berman Gallery, Bryanston

Keepers | 2017

With this body of work as with all my artistic practices I undergo a process of deconstructing my past, present and
future in the hope of learning about who I am and where I find myself in the moment.

The surface of anything is a mere manifestation of the viewers ideology in whatever form that takes. So I chose to represent the true self of the protagonist in an additional face of either blue, white or red. Colour plays a huge role in my work. I use it to create juxtaposition between dark subject matter and my whimsical sense of humour.

The big forms and small figures are not totally aware of one another. A spiritual battle is taking place in these paintings.
Although I am not a Christian I have read much of the bible. The subject of faith is brought up many times. Faith means belief. And perspective alters belief. So with most of my work I analyze the subject of perspectives. Whether or not these opposing figures choose to acknowledge each other doesn’t change the fact that they do exist and will play a role in the story that unfolds.