rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town is pleased to present, for our first show of 2014, an exhibition of new works by rosenclaire titled Colour Theory. The exhibition will feature a characteristic mix of collaborative and individual works by Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky, presented in conversation.

The exhibition takes its title from a desire on the part of the artists to open up a discursive space between theoretical engagement and visceral response, between contemplation and surprise. Colour Theory can be understood in a social and political context, referring to racial categorisation and discrimination, as well as the ways in which we have been trained to “read” colour culturally. But colour, and our relationship with it, also exists in a place outside of these linguistic and cultural constructs. As the artists write: “Colour… has a voice and impact of its own, directly on the senses and emotions. It resonates in the silence when language reaches its limits, when words fail in the face of overwhelming joy, great suffering and pure aesthetic pleasure”.

Shakinovsky and Gavronsky work together and separately, but their artistic practice is symbiotic – the work, whether solo or collaborative, comes out of individual responses to the same stimuli, individual answers to the same questions. Often emerging from a pictorial dialogue, the content – or the question – dictates the shape and medium of the work, which ranges from unapologetically humble ready-made images to site specific installations. The ambivalent authorship of the works resulting from this dialogue – and their conversation, in turn, with the canon of art history – acts as a challenge to the notion of uniqueness and identifiable style as a signifier of artistic integrity.

Children feature prominently in many of Gavronsky’s paintings and drawings, acting alternately as a pair of naive and truthful eyes for the viewer to look through, and a source of mischief and daring, unhappy with the status quo and prepared to attempt the impossible. In Shakinovsky’s small abstract oils fashioned out of cut and bent canvas and paper, and other mixed media works, she is interested in shifting the viewer’s perspective – whether it be visually or conceptually – to notice or think something not thought a moment before. She often uses found quotidian objects and ready-made images, stripped of their original context and placed in unexpected relationships and combinations.

Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, collectively known as rosenclaire, were born in South Africa and now live and work between Florence, and Cape Town. They have exhibited extensively both in South Africa and abroad. Together they established and run a prestigious art residency program in Tuscany, and they regularly conduct artist workshops in the United States, Italy and South Africa. Colour Theory is their third solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery.

  • Bridging the Gap

    Claire Gavronsky

    Bridging the Gap, 2013

    Oil on paper map

    140 x 105 cm

  • Life Guard

    Claire Gavronsky

    Life Guard, 2013

    Oil paint on vintage map

  • Green Circle

    Green Circle, 2013

    Coloured pencil on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Red Cross

    Red Cross, 2013

    Coloured pencil on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Pink Triangle

    Claire Gavronsky

    Pink Triangle, 2013

    Coloured pencil on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Permanent Green Deep

    Permanent Green Deep, 2013

    Pencil and tempera on paper

    24 x 20 cm

  • Lamp Black

    Lamp Black, 2013

    Pencil and tempera on paper

    24 x 20 cm

  • Colour Coded

    Claire Gavronsky

    Colour Coded, 2013

    Oil on linen

    70 x 50 cm

  • What Laure Saw

    Rose Shakinovsky

    What Laure Saw, 2011

    Photograph

    100 x 180 cm

    Edition of 10

  • Way after Manet (Victorine and Laure)

    Way after Manet (Victorine and Laure), 2011

    Oil on canvas

    179 x 130 cm

  • Post Linguistic (Diptych)

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Post Linguistic (Diptych), 2011

    Oil paint and mixed-media

    100 x 70 cm (per panel)

  • Pivot

    Claire Gavronsky

    Pivot, 2013

  • Out of this world

    Out of this world, 2013

    Oil on cotton

    60 x 50 cm

  • Bated Breath

    Claire Gavronsky

    Bated Breath, 2013

    Oil on linen

    50 x 50 cm

  • Rose of Temperaments (for Goethe)

    Rose of Temperaments (for Goethe), 2013

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 50 cm

  • Not So Solid 1

    Not So Solid 1, 2013

    Paper on paper

    46.6 x 35 cm

  • Shocking Pink: India, Uganda, Nigeria and more will follow

    Shocking Pink: India, Uganda, Nigeria and more will follow, 2013

    Ink and tempera on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Plato's Children

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Plato's Children, 2013

    Paper on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • Somehow It's Poignant

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Somehow It's Poignant, 2013

    Paper on paper

    70 x 50 cm

  • Sanguine

    Claire Gavronsky

    Sanguine, 2013

    Charcoal and pastel on paper

    100 x 70 cm

  • It's a matter of taste

    Rose Shakinovsky

    It's a matter of taste, 2013

    Paper on paper

    46.6 x 35 cm

  • Rabbit

    Rabbit, 2013

    Paper on paper

    46.6 x 35 cm

  • Simultaneous Contrasts of Colour: 1960/61

    Simultaneous Contrasts of Colour: 1960/61, 2013

    Paper on paper

    70 x 50 cm

  • A Pinch of Snuff

    A Pinch of Snuff, 2013

    Paper on paper

    70 x 50 cm

  • Rolling up the Borders

    Rolling up the Borders, 2013

    Oil on paper map

    140 x 105 cm

  • A Ha

    rosenclaire

    A Ha, 2013

    Cards and oil on paper

    100 x 70 cm

    Available

  • Sleight of Hand

    rosenclaire

    Sleight of Hand, 2013

    Cards and oil on paper

    100 x 70 cm

    Available

  • Simultaneous Contrast of Colour - 2

    Simultaneous Contrast of Colour - 2, 2013

    Paper on paper

    46 .5 x 35 cm

  • Simultaneous Contrast of Colour - Tonal Graduation (SA ID)

    Simultaneous Contrast of Colour - Tonal Graduation (SA ID), 2013

    Paper on paper

    46.5 x 35 cm

  • Rose Spectrum

    Rose Spectrum, 2013

    Pencil on paper

    36 x 28 cm

  • Blue Lode

    Claire Gavronsky

    Blue Lode, 2013

    Pencil on paper

    36 x 28 cm

  • Hear Blue Word

    Claire Gavronsky

    Hear Blue Word, 2013

    Pencil on paper

    36 x 28 cm

  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Colour Theory / 2014]