Thursday, May 21, 2009
WHATIFTHEWORLD/GALLERY/"SING INTO MY MOUTH"
THE TRAVELS OF BAD
A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ZANDER BLOM
PREVIEW: WED 27 MAY 2009 16H00 - 19H00
OFFICIAL OPENING: THURS 28 MAY 2009 18H00 - 21H00
After two years in the making, Zander Blom’s latest solo exhibition and publication travels to Whatiftheworld / Gallery in Cape Town this June. The show documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fueled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.
The Travels of Bad comprises a 48-page mini-novella with 17 photographic works and a 17-track album soundtrack. The exhibition also includes a selection of sculptures and merchandise.
The Travels of Bad is essentially a satire that looks critically at the influence that exotic cultures and their artefacts have had on the avant-garde system of European visual art from the end of the 19th century onwards. The critique comes in the shape of mini-novella that is illustrated by a series of photographic works and accompanied by a pseudo rock-opera type symphonic drone hrash metal rock album. Click here for more info.