The Daville Baillie Gallery presents THE NEW NEW, a combined exhibition by partner-artists Mrs + Mr Luke. Faatimah Mohamed-Luke and Al Luke (ALFA) are a wife-and-husband artistic team creating objects and print works that clearly shift the focal points of contemporary African art from character-based portraits exploring identity, to situationist-like explorations of the individual in relation to time and place.
About THE NEW NEW, Al Luke says, “My intention is to create and expose a new African style which challenges the definitive global views and opinions of art on the continent. My hope is that this style will expand and transcend into various design disciples.”
Working in a multidisciplinary vein, the two have forged combined, yet separate, practices that include pop elements, abstraction, product design and enhancement, as well as social comment.
Faatimah Mohamed-Luke is a founding partner of successful designer brand, adam&eve. She has seen her work evolve through fashion and interior design, incorporation graphic art and elements of traditional, non-Western craft. Her current focus is on creating large-scale art made of plastic building blocks, a style originally inspired by the porcelain tiling of Morocco. Practically, Faatimah practices a version of the art of Tessellation, a highly symmetric, edge-to-edge tiling using a simple shape.
For the exhibition THE NEW NEW she will explore three traditional art genres: abstract geometric, watercolour botanicals and landscapes.
According to Faatimah, “My landscapes are urban cityscapes of South African hubs, highlighting the beautiful peace that comes at dawn and dusk when many South Africans are at work. The geometric hyper-patterned buildings protruding outward represent the multiple hustles and hard work needed to succeed in the environment.”
Al Luke (ALFA) is a Cape Town native who has been working as creative director of Blacksheep Design Studio since 2008. He has worked creatively in all aspects of the advertising industry all the while experimenting within multiple creative fields with varying techniques.
His current focus makes use of an expressive abstract style to visually translate personal and societal connections between humanity and theories within the fields of science, biology and mathematics. The current aspect of his ongoing project makes use of original works on paper and canvas but will continue to evolve with a variety mediums and executions.
For the exhibition THE NEW NEW, Al has created three series’ investigating routes to fulfilment:
An Equilibrium Series looks at themes of struggle and the constant work it takes to try and maintain balance physically and emotionally. An Elements and explores the journey we all take to individuality and the enhancement we go through being part of a bigger group or ideology. A Root System series references the purpose of a root system: to nourish, support and reproduce.
The large-scale Root System series defines the complex relationships and interactions we as a society face on a daily basis. About this series, Al says: “As people we all find ourselves in varying circumstances and yet as a group we find a way to make these connections work whether positive or negative. The positive and negative play within the work can be seen by the interaction of colour, shape and line intensity.”
PRESENTING NEW SCULPTURE BY FURIO TEDESCHI
The exhibition THE NEW NEW at the Daville Baillie Gallery is accompanied by a concurrent exhibition of sculptures by Furio Tedeschi.
Tedeschi is one the world’s foremost designers and sculptors of special effects figures. His personal projects include the reimaging of mythical figures, and characters of antiquity. The exhibition at the Daville Baillie Gallery will consist of lifelike, yet imaginary masks and heads.
“Skulls are out-of-place artifacts,” Tedeschi says. “My themes are usually based on life bringing death, and vice versa, embedded with ancient dark arts. Through this I reflect and explore a technological ancient past – or even future.”
Please join us for the opening on Saturday 7th of April at 11am