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Our Realities

7 March – 1 April 2006 

34 LONG is delighted to present a collection of Wendy Anziska's recent paintings in a show entitled Our Realities, opening on March 7, 2006. 

Wendy, the daughter of a well-known sculptor of the 1960s Parisian art scene, has a growing international reputation and is listed in the International Who's Who in Art. She has been painting for many years and is represented in most South African public collections and in numerous private and corporate collections abroad and locally. She has a considerable following in Cape Town, and her return to the local exhibition circuit should be a notable event on the calendars of the city’s serious art collectors and more casual art lovers alike. 
 
In recent years she has produced numerous works for exhibitions in Bonn, London and Paris, and for a highly acclaimed show in Johannesburg in 2004. Despite her physical absence, she has retained her long and solid association with Cape Town and her firm position in public consciousness here by showing selected works in group shows, maintaining her popularity with the art public.
 
Wendy produces her works slowly and meticulously, spending much time and effort in absorbing new experiences, travelling, visiting world art centres and exhibitions in order to expand her personal visual idiom. The world is her source, contemporary life her inspiration. She is fascinated by people: what they do, what they yearn for, how they go about achieving their hearts’ desires. Art, fashion, the media, family life, memories and dreams inhabit her fertile imagination and animate her art. She has an insatiable appetite for diversity and fantasy. Her work is often humorous, bordering perhaps on flippant, but it never loses its reflective subtext. Her imagery is gleaned from diverse ideological, visual, and personal sources and she often composes her works in panels in order to invest them with layers of visual and narrative complexity. By working intensely with deeply personal and intimate experience, she paradoxically achieves a rich universality of expression that invites and compels.
  
Cape Town is in for a fabulous surprise. Wendy’s new work is bold, inventive, personal, observant, critical. Her spectacular manipulation of colour, always one of her strongest aspects, has matured into an even more unwavering intensity and freedom of handling, saturating her canvases with vibrant power and energy. Her imagery provokes and enchants, and her commentary calls forth a myriad realities and ways of being that reconstitute contemporary human experience in a densely poetic painterly dance.

 

 
The exhibition opens on 7 March 2006 19h00

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