Opening on 24 March and running till 26 May, Southern Guild’s Cape Town gallery will host more than 100 thought-provoking sculptures and paintings by renowned French assemblage artist Philippe Bousquet. Philippe, who has lived in Johannesburg for close on 13 years, and known for his intricately constructed jewel-like sculptures, will introduce new directions in his work, including portraiture, fine art and larger-scale structures.
The solo show, titled Between Dusk and Dawn, presents the artist’s intellectual foray into the space between these two states. ‘When it’s not dark, it’s not light,’ he explains of the title. ‘There’s actually no dark or light, they’re just concepts of our mind, and we only notice them because of our perception and adaptation to our environment.’
Between Dusk and Dawn invites audiences to look beyond what they would normally see, and to search for meaning within the grey areas, because, as the artist views it, ‘truth is not real, it’s an individual concept of life’. Each piece, made from found objects and waste materials in traditional assemblage spirit, tells a story that is open to interpretation based on personal experience, religious views, political leanings and social commentary. ‘It’s my way of telling stories about how I see people and the world,’ Philippe says. ‘Each story has more than one side to it, and will be received differently by each person.’
Between Dusk and Dawn will run from 24 March to 26 May. Visit Southern Guild at Unit 1, 10 Lewin Street, Woodstock, Cape Town. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (Saturday by appointment only). For more information visit southernguild.co.za.