Apart / A Part

A group exhibition showing socially distant art

It can feel heavy with longing, and heavy with longing, in my mind, is preferable to hollow, which one also feels. If I'm heavy with longing, at least I have some idea of what I want.
― Robert Pinsky

This year has forced us to live, create and become apart. As the pandemic crept across the globe, the reality of living separate lives crawled into the global consciousness, like an ever-advancing flood. Yet, as humanity have been forced to be Apart, we remain A Part of the greater whole. The uncertainty, the loss of surefootedness, the general feeling of the very earth shifting constantly only served as confirmation that nothing will ever be certain again. We, the storytellers, illustrators, creators responded by observing, researching, reflecting the new social reality. We did what we do best, we made meaning of an utterly incomprehensible reality. Months into the pandemic, the first Lockdown themed exhibitions started appearing. Galleries both locally and abroad strove to regain some footing by launching online exhibitions, almost universally with a lockdown theme. Calls went out across the world for artists to submit work they created during lockdown, all social platforms were flooded with masked portraits, scenes from mundane life, even horrific reflections of the impact of the pandemic. Recent comments and reactions on social media reflect a sense of lockdown art Ad Nauseum, leaving you, the reader to wonder what new sense could still be made from this “fresh hell“(Meade 1989:i).

Apart / A Part is not intended to explore the banality nor the cliché of lockdown art. The intention of this group exhibition is to delve into the human psyche, to explore the longing, the reflection, and the horror of living social distant lives: as artists we almost universally create in isolation. Solitude provides rich and fertile soil for creation, we are no strangers to it. However, what has become apparent over the past few months is an interesting manifestation of the longing of the human psyche for connection. Within the pandemic zeitgeist, three universal themes have emerged as indicators of where the human soul searches for connection. These themes: The Mundane, The Sublime and The Abject, are reflected in the work created by selected invited artists. Within these spheres, we see the reflection of the human condition as it manifests when connections are stretched, severed or temporarily suspended. As the artists submitted work for this exhibition an interesting phenomenon emerged: the themes overlapped, they intermingled, it became a beautiful organic process, completely unplanned. I have come to realize that all of life is essentially a dance on the precipice between the mundane, sublime and abject.

Laurette de Jager (Curator)

Opening of exhibition: 11 November 2020

To view and purchase any of the art please follow the guideline set out below.

  1. Click on the "View artwork" button below to access the viewing room.
  2. Artists will be listed alphabetically. You can click on the individual image of the art for a larger view.
  3. To purchase the artwork, please click on the "Purchase artwork" button below, this will redirect you to the Purchase Form page. (Be sure to remember the name of the artist and title of the artwork you wish to purchase.)
  4. Complete your details and make your selection by using the tickbox provided.
  5. You will also be able to make multiple selections, so we suggest you have a look through the entire exhibition before clicking on the "Purchase Artwork" button.
  6. Art.b will contact you using your details provided, in order to send through our banking details and arrange payment.
  7. You will not be able to see the details - in the list of tickboxes - for any artwork that has already been sold.
  8. For more information pertaining to this exhibition you may contact Anne on 072 380 7268 during office hours, alternatively please email artb@artb.co.za. We have also provided a comments section in the purchase form should you require more details.
*Please be advised that a proof of payment will need to be provided to secure an artwork and we advise that this is done after you have been contacted by art.b so that we can ensure that we do not receive any double payments.

*Delivery and delivery charges not included in the sale price listed on the website, and are subject to quotation and agreement by art.b.

Online exhibition now open:

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Exhibition catalogue


Apart / A Part - Webinar

Apart / A Part - Exhibition Opening

Apart / A Part