The Michael Stevenson Contemporary gallery is hosting an
exhibition by Jeremy Wafer entitled Topographies
from Wednesday July 23 until Saturday August 16. This will
be the first major exhibition of Wafer's work in Cape Town.
The exhibition includes new work and some older pieces.
Topographies is the first major exhibition of
Wafer's work in Cape Town. The exhibition includes new work
and some older pieces. The title Topographies
derives from the landscape motifs which run through most of
the work on exhibition. While the landscape has been
represented more obviously in photographic pieces, either
close ups of the ground, stones or in images made from
aerial photographs the more abstract sculptures can also be
read as alluding to land or landscape. Most of the work is
simple in composition and generally regular and symmetrical
in form which reduces the amount of incident and emphasises
inwardness and quietness The repetitive marking of the
surfaces or the repetition of similar images in a series
relates to a growing interest in musical rhythm, more
specifically the kind of repetition of simple motif found
in, for example, Zulu walking songs or in some contemporary
"minimalist" art music. So while Topographies
relates to landscape it also relates in a more metaphorical
way to things being marked or measured, a way of trying to
find the measure of ones place in the world.
Jeremy Wafer was born in 1953. He has a Masters degree in
fine art from the University of the Witwatersrand and a
career in academia which spans 20 years. After teaching for
many years at the Natal Technikon, Jeremy Wafer recently
took up the position of Head of the Department of Fine Art
at the Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg where he
lives with his wife Colleen and his two children.
Recent commissions include the design of a Memorial Wall
for the Gugu Dlamini Park in central Durban, and sculptures
for the new Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town.