Stevenson Gallery announces the opening of two solo art exhibitions by Deborah Poynton, Memory of What Never Was, and Edson Chagas, Factory of Disposable Feelings.
For this exhibition, Poynton presents five large panels that hang closely together, each containing a figure or scene in a separate yet continuous world; these are painted with passages of acute detail, for which she is renowned, thrown into stark relief against areas of white canvas. This major series is accompanied by two large single panels and a group of miniature-like paintings of scenes from day and night, real life and the imagined.
This is Poynton’s 10th solo exhibition with the gallery. A survey of her work will be presented at the Drents Museum – which has a particular focus on contemporary realism – in Assen, the Netherlands, in 2020.
In a shift from the nomadism of Chagas’ acclaimed series Found Not Taken, Factory of Disposable Feelings offers a meditation on place through a sustained interaction with a singular factory in the Angolan capital of Luanda. For Chagas, the project exists as a poetic exploration rather than a documentary one. Images from the interior, exterior and perimeter of this industrial plant, established at the height of Portuguese colonisation, suggest different ways of approaching history, the present and the passage of time that connects them.
Chagas, recipient of an African Art Award from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in 2018, is currently exhibiting in Mask: The Art of Transformation at Kunstmuseum Bonn and Sixth Nature, part of the Porto Photography Biennial. This is his second solo exhibition at Stevenson.
Venue: Stevenson Gallery, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Time: 6pm to 8pm