Deborah Poynton’s “Memory of What Never Was” at STEVENSON, Cape Town

STEVENSON is showing an exhibition of new paintings by Deborah Poynton titled, “Memory of What Never Was.” The exhibition is on view through August 10, 2019.The artist writes, “It’s as if we are forging through the present like fish through water, fragments of now streaming past our eyes, the trail behind us composed of unknowable moments. Memory doesn’t come in an ordered net of known cause and known effect. In the words of the artist in John Banville’s novel, ‘The Blue Guitar,’ ‘Painting, like stealing, was an endless effort at possession, and endlessly I failed.’ Painting is a failure to grasp the present, but there is relief in failure. Tiny detail by tiny detail, painting gives a beautiful, imaginary shape to the flowing hours, the flowing years.”For “Memory of What Never Was,” Poynton presents five large panels that hang closely together, each containing a figure or scene in a separate yet continuous world; these are painted with passages of acute detail, for which she is renowned, thrown into stark relief against areas of white canvas. “This major series is accompanied by two large single panels and a group of miniature-like paintings of scenes from day and night, real-life and the imagined,” states the release.A survey of her work will be presented at the Drents Museum – which has a particular focus on contemporary Realism – in Assen, Netherlands, in 2020.The exhibition is on view through August 10, 2019, at STEVENSON, Buchanan Building 160 Sir Lowry Road Woodstock 7925.For details, visit: on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks. Louise Blouin


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