29 April – 31 May 2019
“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. My art highlights water as our most precious natural resource, I hope that it evokes thoughtfulness and awareness.”
About the Exhibition
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.
Selection from the exhibited artwork
SaySay seeks out the beautiful complexity of nature presenting it in emotive and mesmerising motifs that draw the viewer in – compelled on a journey lured by the visual clues that take you further and further away from your existing reality. This is SaySay’s universe. He unlocks familiar memories and experiences from our subconscious – time spent as a child exploring rock pools, walking with a loved one in a familiar setting, or times when you were inspired by the unlimited beauty and flow in nature.
Anna Kolodzei Days of Art series present: SaySay.Love: Water exhibition at the the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, April 29 – May 31, 2019. Art uses water as a mirror for the interplay between abstraction and reality. On the border between realism and abstract art, photography and painting, an ideal place has been created for artistic mediation, catharsis and enjoyment. 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.
“My work strives to disseminate the idea that water has a memory and forces 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”
about the artist
Saysay.Love is a visual activist who spends his time between Cape Town and Berlin. He has made a name for himself with the series entitled the ‘Gift of Water’ which brought attention to the water crises facing the Western Cape in 2018 and will see him present a new body of work in 2019 touching on themes such as “Faked Perfection”, “intimate loneliness” and “Sex with Things”
SaySay.Love shares his unique way of seeing the world through the work he creates. Born with an optical disability that affects his ability to see the world three-dimensionally, SaySay.Love has a different perspective which comes across in his suggestive and provocative work.
His photography is layered with symbolism and based on his emotional experiences and reflections on the social issues. SaySay.Love is passionate about education and the role it plays in social change, supporting a number of charities with the proceeds of his work.
The National Arts Club
The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.
The National Arts Club hosts both members-only and public events, including exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures and readings. Feature programs focus on all disciplines of the arts. All of these programs, as well as other activities, are coordinated by volunteers from the membership who serve to enrich the Club’s artistic heritage.
In addition to weekly public events, each year The National Arts Club host our prestigious Medal of Honor galas honoring exemplary leaders in their chosen fields of art.
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York
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