Heliostat, an exhibition of works by South African artist Wim Botha, brings together key works in his two decade career, and is organised around the idea of refraction.
The principle of refraction is used by Botha both literally, by applying dichroic filters to glass surfaces throughout the exhibition, and metaphorically, for the transformation of canonical artworks and symbols of Afrikaans identity. A keen pupil of the history of European art, Botha has wrestled with the legacy of seminal art objects from antiquity, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque throughout his career, searching for their relevance within a contemporary South African context. Simultaneously, he has taken symbols associated with his Afrikaans identity and shifted their meanings in subtle yet powerful ways.
In a visual language that articulates the contradictory, complex nature of being human, Botha has created works that are both poignant and humorous, using media that includes polystyrene, bronze, glass and even bibles and mielie pap. As such it is an exhibition that is likely to be enjoyed by aficionado and novice alike.
Venue: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 4 Steenberg Rd, Cape Town
Opening times: Wed – Mon 10am to 5pm | During summer early opening on Wed @ 8am & late closing on Sats at 8pm
Cost: R140 | U18s free