28 May – 25 June 2015
Colijn Strydom’s '7,8,9,10' presents four new large-scale paintings that explore the classical subject matter of ‘The Four Seasons’: summer, winter, autumn and spring. The paintings combine an eclectic mix of references from art historical movements and natural phenomena to chaos systems and glitch art. In these combinations, the form and rhythm of the marks are directed through different moments in time and history, allowing multiple explorations of form, landscape and season, and the various moods that arise from them. Each painting spans 3-metres in length and is rendered in high detail. Tension is created in the complex arrangements of vectorised and near-typographic patterns that dissolve into painterly washes. Compositional dialogue between interior spaces and the natural environment echo the conversation between our internal, psychological and emotional realms, and the external world.
Colijn Strydom (b.1979, Pretoria) graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria in 2002 and completed a MA in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2008. His charcoal drawings, ink drawings and animations have been exhibited widely throughout galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town including: Artspace, the AVA, Brundyn+, Grande Provence and the University of Stellenbosch Gallery (GUS). Strydom is currently a lecturer in drawing at the University of Stellenbosch.