Exhibition: Skin Deep by SaySay.Love at AGOG Gallery open until 30 April
SaySay.Love is a pioneer in the field of visual activism, ‘Skin Deep’ has once again challenged audiences to re-evaluate what they perceive as beautiful. The work delve into the darker side of the psyche, away from perfection.
The artist has explored the discourse of perfection in his work shown at the GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch in February entitled ‘Intimate Loneliness: Sex with things’ whereby his pictures highlighted the extreme loneliness and alienation brought about by our digital personas linked wholly to a “fake perfection.” In his current series ‘Skin Deep’ he wants to steer away from perfection and coax his audience to consider a view that is everything but perfect. The works are deliberately manipulated to show imperfection.
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 to the shadow and onto the surface – a self-portrait of the unconscious.
Yaya Mavundla Consultants