EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Bruno Brincat

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2010 – “You know, that when the tourists arrive home with broken giraffes…” (Wood, 170 x 90 x 30 cm)

2010 – “You know, that when the tourists arrive home with broken giraffes…” (Wood, 170 x 90 x 30 cm)

Artist's Statement

When first viewed from the front, this hanging wall sculpture appears to be a simplistic statement about wood and the beautiful year rings that are revealed when wood is cut across the grain. On closer inspection, one discovers that the pieces of wood are actually the sawn off legs of giraffe curios. This brings into play a rather strange juxtapositioning of popular craft and fine art. It is this dichotomy that has generally infused most of my creative pursuits. The reference to 2010 is done in jest. I have no feeling of contempt, or any other feeling, for this event or for the visiting tourists. There is however an implied bitter-sweet suggestion that the after-effects will linger long after the games are over.

Artist's Biography

Born: Durban, 1960. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received his BA(FA) from Technikon Natal and his Diploma in Fine Arts from Technikon Pretoria. He also studied photography through the International Correspondence School and did multidisciplinary studies through UNISA.