South African artist Lionel Smit will be exhibiting at Cat Street Gallery opening today till 8 November. Tagged as one of the young investment artists, Smit is best known for his contemporary portraits done in monumental canvases and sculptures. His work tonight explores duality in identities with mirrored portraiture pulled in opposite directions on canvas, sculpture and silkscreen.
Curator’s talk will begin at 6pm today followed by cocktails till 9pm.
Yesterday it hit me during my mid-term presentations that I was doing an all black collection. I must say, I love colour a lot. I can get a rush from seeing colour and for my 21st birthday present, I requested my mom to get me the pantone set which till today, is one of my most valuable gifts.
Then this quarter, I decided to try stripping down my strength in colour to doing an all black collection. A main reason for that is the nature of the collection. We were required to chose an ethnic group and match it with a sport. I eventually chose to do fishing and… blind people. I have interacted with the blind on a personal level and believe me, they are an ethnic group themselves! Although they do not have a specific geographic location, they have their own culture and language (braille).
Doing this collection exposed many of my flaws. It made me very stressed too, having to think about merging functionality with fashion. Most of the times, these two don’t meet very well. Fashion is usually seen as a form or something frivolous like decoration with no meaning while function serves a purpose. By choosing to look at fishing gear, doing a menswear collection and creating clothes for the blind, I got myself trapped in creating functional clothing which to be frank, looked absolutely like a robber’s get up in the night when it’s all black.
Moving forward, I have started to create some textures and prints in braille which I am excited to show you soon! This would keep the collection from looking like a robber’s wardrobe 🙂