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Fourie, R.
Art Exhibition: Electric Reflections: Electronic Permuations of an Inner Landscape
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1. Oranges near a Window: (Fused acrylics and electronic media; 30”x40”, 38mm). These oranges near a windowsill cast a shadow of darkness, while the reflection on the bowl counter-intuitively reflects what is behind it through the window. The landscape is subsumed into the interior;and what is beautiful exists only against and with reference to the shadow. Like the fragments of ourselves, "good" and "bad" rejected and cast into the darkness, serve to create the beauty which is the outer and explicit reality of who we are. Perhaps the image suggests an embracing of the darkness as a key to authentic being. 2. Against the Wind:(Fused chalk drawing and electronic media; 24” x 30”, 38mm). In this image, the traveller pauses momentarily in the inclement weather to reconsider his relationship to his temporary goal: reaching shelter. The icy North wind plunges his consciousness back into the despairing depths of Winter. Although it is Spring, he momentarily doubts that Summer will ever come and he therefore enters a dark inner goal-lessness in which even an overarching purpose seems absent. Perhaps in this moment he realises the absolute truth of existence, which I am not at liberty to share with you. 3. Texting – (Electronic media; 24” x 30”, 38mm). This image represents the unconscious and antagonistic struggle between virtual cultural identification and the positionality of the human within natural constructs. Invariably humans are entering into an abstract war between virtual materialism and material virtualism. The ego therefore becomes subsumed under the solipsistic hegemony of inchoate self-virtualism; thus rejecting its contextuality within standard Newtonian relationships. 4. Abandoned Ship (electronic media; 16” x 20”, 38 mm): Individuals with abandonment complexes will resonate with this image. It brings to mind the story of the Marie C้leste, a brigantine merchant ship discovered on the 4th of December, 1872 and referred to by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. On discovery, the boat was empty of its crew, though all their belongings, both valuable and mundane were still in place; and the ship had enough supplies for 6 months of sea travel. What happened to the unfortunate crew remains a mystery. 5. St Finnbarr's Cathedral in the Moonlight - (Fused photograph and electronic media; 30”x40”, 38mm). The image represents the fragmentation of mythical virtues. 6. Red Chameleon - (Electronic media; 20”x16”, 38mm) - Expressing how the Self is constructed and re-constructed in the consciousness of the other; and how the Self works to guide that construction within the Other. However the question this image asks is: Does the true self have any true relationship to this constructed other; or does the constructed Self have only a fleeting similarity to the true Self? And is there really such a thing as a “true self”? Or is it simply an ongoing construction built up moment by moment? Perhaps there is no meta-narrative, thus rendering the idea of alienation as meaningless. 7. Boat in the bay – (Electronic Media; 16” x 20”, 38 mm). This image is of a boat with its sails down in the moonlight. Behind, the boat, one can see the hazy outline of land jutting into the sea. This image created 20 years ago probably symbolises some form of unsettled wanderlust. Boats always do. 8. Houses on Friar Street, Cork – (Fused photograph and Electronic Media; 16” x 12”, 38mm). This image is uncharacteristically grey. Yet it captures the mood on Friar Street Cork on a Winter’s day. Perhaps the colourful doors suggest that hidden behind the grey is a colourful inner reality. 9. Cat – (Electronic Media; 16” x 20”, 18 mm). This image of a cat probably has no meaning. It is just a cat, waiting patiently for something. What it is looking at is open to the viewer's imagination. Perhaps it is looking at a refrigerator door being opened. Perhaps it is witnessing a murder. Or perhaps it is simply noticing a door handle being turned. Nobody really knows what goes on inside the mind of a cat. One thing is for certain though: a cat's thoughts have nothing to do with human thoughts. Its thoughts are secret -- and that is probably a good thing; for I do believe that if we knew, we might not like the cat so much anymaoi. 10. Boy with Duck: A self-portrait – (Electronic media; 16”x20”, 38mm). This is an image of the artist at age four or five, drawn from a photograph. The duck is patiently hauled up under the arm for the photograph, perhaps quacking somewhat in complaint. The artist was in love with that duck, which later was eaten. Enough said. 11. Seagull – (Electronic media; 16” x 12”, 38mm). A fusion of fractal images and a seagull image. The image is meant to represent post-post modernist virtual freedom, as humankind transcends the paradoxical desire for freedom through captivity within the virtual. 12. Italian Houses – (Fused Acrylics and Electronic media; 16” x 12”, 38mm). This image is an image of some farm houses taken from the perspective of the “imagined Other”. Perhaps it is the scene which the Seagull looks down on during his journey. Perhaps the farm houses is where the oranges in the bowl reside, or where one of the sailors in the abandoned boat should be. Or perhaps it is the home of the man in the wind. 13. Zygote – (Electronic media; 16” x 12”, 38mm). This piece is an altered image from the Mandelbrot set (a mathematical equation which generates a very complex organic image). I noticed that it looked very similar to the process of mitosis and meiosis in biology, which produces a zygote. Things sometimes have to break up into many things to create a coherent unity.
Jennings Gallery, University College Cork
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