29 April – 30 May 2019
National Arts Club  | New York, USA

Art uses water as a mirror for the interplay between abstraction and reality. Whether at rest or in motion, colorless or iridescent – the nature of water triggers emotions. Water widens our view to the horizon and into the depths. Even in a drop, images can be created as in a whole ocean. Underwater is a space for associations and life. Water has been documented and photographed time and again, yet it is always different and – hopefully – never finite.In his photographs, SaySay.Love celebrates the beauty of water and everything that hides and is reflected in it. In SaySay.Love’s photographs, movements and colors are juxtaposed, meet, attract, or fall apart. Shapes dissolve or re-emerge, and they can just be beautiful, holding on to a moment worth living as a photograph. SaySay.Love amplifies the moment in which he changes light or shadow with the possibilities of iPhones, he turns on garish or pastel-colored elements, he changes reality like a painter until it corresponds to his experienced moment.The artist thus crosses the boundaries of photorealism, his works approaching abstract painting. On the border between realism and abstract art, photography and painting, an ideal place has been created for artistic mediation, catharsis and enjoyment.

20 March – 30 April 2019
AGOG Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa

The project is an exploration of the uncanny valley separating the visceral experience and the unbridled expression of our innermost fears and desires. Using an AI-assisted painterly approach in combination with digital photography the artist shines light upon the archetypal twins of the psyche, dancing on the edge of the raging chaos while moving gently to the tune of the tamed and civilized mind.

Each canvas shatters a dark mirror of restrain and breaks the window wide open into the wilderness of each subject’s soul, bringing it out of the shadow and onto the surface – a self-portrait of the Unconscious.

 

Looking at these pictures for a moment, they take me on a journey into the deepest darkest parts of my psyche. The place where all the pain, anguish and dark thoughts, has at some point resided, the childhood bullies, the manipulators, the abusers, the people who willfully harmed for their own gain, my own dark desires, which at times more fearful than living perpetrators. My voice roars, standing tall, upright and strong…As my roar ends, my eyes find the woman, light, pure, full of love and I’m reminded as always, that no matter how far I travel down into the madness, that there is always a chink in the darkness where life shines in; and I know with every fiber of my being, that love always wins, me a human filled with unfathomable love.. Equilibrium is restored”  

 

27 February – 23 March 2019
Ballery Gallery | Berlin, Germany

The project is an exploration of the uncanny valley separating the visceral experience and the unbridled expression of our innermost fears and desires. Using an AI-assisted painterly approach in combination with digital photography the artist shines light upon the archetypal twins of the psyche, dancing on the edge of the raging chaos while moving gently to the tune of the tamed and civilized mind.

Each canvas shatters a dark mirror of restrain and breaks the window wide open into the wilderness of each subject’s soul, bringing it out of the shadow and onto the surface – a self-portrait of the Unconscious.

 

Looking at these pictures for a moment, they take me on a journey into the deepest darkest parts of my psyche. The place where all the pain, anguish and dark thoughts, has at some point resided, the childhood bullies, the manipulators, the abusers, the people who willfully harmed for their own gain, my own dark desires, which at times more fearful than living perpetrators. My voice roars, standing tall, upright and strong…As my roar ends, my eyes find the woman, light, pure, full of love and I’m reminded as always, that no matter how far I travel down into the madness, that there is always a chink in the darkness where life shines in; and I know with every fiber of my being, that love always wins, me a human filled with unfathomable love.. Equilibrium is restored”  

 

23 November  – 7 December
GUS Gallery | University of Stellenbosch, ​South Africa

German artist SaySay.Love returns to South Africa to show his latest body of work which highlights issues of loneliness and intimacy.

Intimate Loneliness I Sex with Things is running from the 22nd of January to the 1st of February at GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch. It aims to focus attention on the fact that humans have become what the artist refers to as, “dehumanised, controllable and easy to manipulate.”

The exhibition is a form of visual activism as SaySay.Love hopes to bring back romance. Having grown up in a world where courtship happened face-to-face, this is SaySay’s attempt to remind us what it means to have real human connections. Dating sites and apps allow users to create personas for themselves, a constructed image based on societal ideals of perfection. We separate from our true selves, and in doing so separate from each other leading to loneliness and a loss of Intimacy.

“We have lost touch with romance and nature. We are separated from this in our digital world” – SaySay.Love takes a critical stance against the lives we have constructed for ourselves via internet portals.

20 March – 30 April 2019
One11 Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa

The project is an exploration of the uncanny valley separating the visceral experience and the unbridled expression of our innermost fears and desires. Using an AI-assisted painterly approach in combination with digital photography the artist shines light upon the archetypal twins of the psyche, dancing on the edge of the raging chaos while moving gently to the tune of the tamed and civilized mind.

Each canvas shatters a dark mirror of restrain and breaks the window wide open into the wilderness of each subject’s soul, bringing it out of the shadow and onto the surface – a self-portrait of the Unconscious.

Looking at these pictures for a moment, they take me on a journey into the deepest darkest parts of my psyche. The place where all the pain, anguish and dark thoughts, has at some point resided, the childhood bullies, the manipulators, the abusers, the people who willfully harmed for their own gain, my own dark desires, which at times more fearful than living perpetrators. My voice roars, standing tall, upright and strong…As my roar ends, my eyes find the woman, light, pure, full of love and I’m reminded as always, that no matter how far I travel down into the madness, that there is always a chink in the darkness where life shines in; and I know with every fiber of my being, that love always wins, me a human filled with unfathomable love.. Equilibrium is restored”  

Faked Perfection

26 September – 7 October 2018
Berlin Art Week | Berlin, Germany

“SaySay uses the photographs of mannequins as the symbolism of the world we currently live in, emphasising this disconnect from reality. Their exterior representing a fake perfection of what women and men think they should look like, flawless with perfect smiles living perfect lives we misleadingly portray on social media. He says we can all take the perfect selfie, show the world
we are social beings, out having fun in trendy places, living the dream, but asks the question; are we truly happy?

Curated by Anna Sarre, well known visual and performance art curator from Berlin, the exhibition will show a selection of photographs accompanied by philosophical messages and video installation.”

Exhibition starts on the Wednesday 26th of September at 6pm and runs until the 7th of October. Art Fabrique hosted by Music.Art.Berlin, SaySayLove SBKG.

For further information contact us on the official event page.

15 May – 6 June 2018
Zdes Na Taganke Gallery | Moscow, Russia

The exhibition hall was established in 1988 in the Central administrative district of Moscow. During the existence of the Gallery, 700 Russian and foreign, personal and collective exhibitions with the participation of more than 15 thousand artists were held. The Gallery “ZDES na Taganke” is the center of youth art where young artists realize their creative potential under the leadership of professional artists. Priority direction of exhibition is the development of Andrei Bartenev art workshop.

ZDES  Gallery is a member of the official Moscow City Gallery Network
Taganskaya str., 31/22, “Taganskaya” subway station, Moscow, Russia

20 – 26 May 2018
coningsby Gallery | London, UK

‘Artist SaySay.Love was born in Berlin and now spends half his year in Cape Town, South Africa. It was here that he, along with over three million other residents, recently experienced the worst drought in the city’s history. “Being European, water shortages are outside my life-experience. Until now water has always been in abundance, something that I took for granted, an almost invisible resource, like air.” He said. The drought changed all this and inspired the artist to embark on a journey of discovery into water itself. SaySay.Love spent six months photographing water across the world, from Africa to Poland, in settings varying from oceans and rivers to inside plumbing and bottles.

The resulting series of images show the artist’s interpretations of the mercurial structure and beauty of water and its integral relationship to environment.’

“For me, photography is both an intentional and a spontaneous medium. My works strive to disseminate the idea that water has a memory and force us to look back at the past (as birth), and ahead to the idea of the waterless future as death itself. But it’s not that simple and clear cut. Water shapes history. It is a record imprinted in nature. Bodies of water, like photographs, contain memories, cultural and biological. Maps do not present merely a visual space, they are interactions between the existence and non-existence of water: Green lush landscapes with flowing rivers, to warm-coloured dry arid terrains.
They allow for culture to flourish and the historical record of habitation and migration. In dendrochronology trees reveal historical imprints of water allowing us to discover the history of droughts and weather patterns. An abstract documentary of seasons in the truest sense. The existence and non-existence of water, the micro-printing in seasons, as ring patterns are translated through secular patterns. Such abstraction, visual and complex, I aim to capture in photography.” SaySay.Love

Established in 1994 in London’s thriving Fitzrovia, The Coningsby Gallery has become renowned for its dedication to outstanding contemporary illustration, graphic art and selected fine art. Collaborating with both upcoming and internationally recognised artists, the gallery showcases a diverse range of fine, bold and innovative work.

Coningsby Gallery 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ, UK

9 May – 13 May 2018
Rutger Brandt Gallery | Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The gallery’s mission is to showcase contemporary art by emerging young artists as well as established international artists in a multi-generational program. We aim for a long-term commitment in developing the artists’ career and the gallery acts as a liaison with other galleries outside The Netherlands.

One of the connecting factors, how varied the outcome may be, is socially committed and narrative art to be found in various disciplines. Political, social actuality and individualism are key ingredients to reflect the spirit of this age. Confronted with the many aspects of human relations, especially those of alienation, isolation, absurdum and the raw side of life, these works call for self-reflection. These artists seek new ways of representation that make us aware of unexpected aspects of everyday life. Our exhibition program is dedicated to aesthetic, progressive and thought-provoking shows.”

10 March – 7 April 2018
AGOG Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa

“Following the success of his previous exhibitions, ‘The Gift of Water l,ll & lll’ at Gallery One11 and AVA in Cape Town, and the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg – artist and activist, SaySay.Love, is heading to Maboneng with a new showcase entitled ‘Simulacrum: Re-imagined Realities?’. This exhibition thematically places the life-force that is water at the centre of this showcase of work, and challenges us to question our mortality – where we come from, and where we are going – and what reality we envision for ourselves in the near, and distant future.

‘Simulacrum: Re-imagined Realities’ takes us on a journey of the artists own relationship with water starting with the artwork Baptism, which reflects on the genesis of life – emoting images of DNA – the sequencing of all living things – which ultimately shapes our destiny.

The exhibition is also supplemented by works from ‘The Gift of Water’ which reflect the journey and relationship SaySay has with this life-giving element – captured in its various forms and guises – highlighting the scarcity and preciousness of this valuable resource.

Founded in 2017, Agog Gallery is located in Maboneng – arguably the cultural capital of Johannesburg – and finds its inspiration in the belief that the meaning of art is also the meaning of the artist. Agog gallery is dedicated to the promotion of both local and international artists, and sets out to connect artists with collectors while maintaining a standard of high-quality, yet affordable art.“

22 February – 4 March 2018
Melrose Gallery | / Johannesburg, South Africa

Our 4th event in South Africa at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg.

“SaySay’s work was shown together with the work created by children from the Lalela Project. All proceeds from the sale of work went to this worthy organisation inspiring our children through Art. We are proud that Ms Africa United Nation 2018 Velaze Vinolia Mabele was gracing our pre-opening charity exhibition event at The Melrose Gallery on the 21st of February.”

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28 December 2017 – 13 January 2018
Gallery ONE11 | Cape Town, South Africa

 

“Inspired by the natural world around him, it was only fitting that saysay would return the favour to his source of inspiration, as well as the global source of life; water. ‘Chapter Two’ promises to be a creative extension of saysay’s unique style, including larger than life images and awe-inspiring compositions.Saysay has been documenting nature’s most precious and inspiring occurrences, translating his experiences into an aesthetic feast for the eyes. His visual abstraction achieves a mystique that is often undocumented within photography – a medium most known for its realism and accuracy.”

23 Novembe – 4 December 2017
Gallery ONE11 | Cape Town, South Africa

“SaySay.Love – a fine art photographer working only with his iPhone – sees the limitations of using his phone as both a challenge and an opportunity. Born with an optical disability that hinders his perception of depth, speed and distance, SaySay’s artistic vision remains pure. It is vibrant, quick and eclectic, and transports his viewers into the very fabric of our being, lending an insight and breakthrough into the very workings of our complex planet. SaySay’s photographic works present a calm and considered observation of nature, expressed through his own personal painterly style as feeling throughout the various images.”

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