Monday, 24 February 2014

In the Weave: Walter Oltmann @ Standard Bank Art Gallery until 29 March

In the Weave: Walter Oltmann – working over three decades

Curated by Neil Dundas, In the Weave celebrates three decades of work by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa's finest and most intriguing artists. It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa.

Oltmann's imagery includes skulls, skeletons, cut flowers in vases, serpents, beetles, caterpillars, locusts, moths, silverfish and coelacanths. Many of Oltmann's works are monumental and are scaled-up translations of small objects, such as insects. This startling distortion of scale that characterises much of his work renders the familiar unfamiliar, provoking the viewer to see these objects afresh.

For more information go to Standard Bank Gallery

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