Not Written in Stone
13 March - 16 April 2014
Commune.1 is proud to announce Lorienne Lotz’s first solo show in Gallery ll. ‘Not written in Stone’ attempts to find an open-ended post linguistic space, a space for the inconceivable and a space for all possibilities. Lotz will be re-installing a previous installation ‘Headstones: A grave disservice’ (2013) in the gallery. The installation is made up of 16 sandstones; each of these has been censored by black oil paint. ‘Headstones’ is an explicit commentary on the Secrecy Bill and works as a point of departure for the rest of the exhibition. Lotz’s new paintings question the power of language; how we are “immersed in the culture of the statement, [and] that this language is coercive and forces a separation between the senses and understanding”. (Martinez, 2012)
The paintings encourage “liquid thought” (Elkins, 2000) by merging daily nuances, proverbial sayings, the media and political events into a stream of consciousness that settle as a combination of abstract and formal marks onto her large canvasses. Through her paintings Lotz extends a re-connection with the viewer’s primordial narrative and in the process attempts to manifest the unconscious and the visceral: a place where the hand seems to know more than the head.
Lorienne Lotz (b. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) studied under Bill Ainslie in the 80s at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Since 2008 Lotz has taken part in the Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (Rosenclaire) annual workshops in both Italy and South Africa. Recent group shows include ‘Domestic Departures’ at Kalk May Modern and and ‘My Mother’s Garden’ at Parts and Labour/ Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Lorienne has recently completed a Postgraduate diploma at Michaelis (UCT). The artist lives and works in Cape Town.
Elkins, J. (2000) What Painting Is. New York, Ny:Routledge.
Martinez, C. (2012) When a Tadpole becomes a Frog. The Book of Books dOCUMENTA 13 Catalog 1/3: dOCUMENTA und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltung