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Hello dear First View readers,
It is Laurence happily back from a long hiatus, and thrilled to introduce you to a new ArtWeLove edition.
Hieroglyph is our second collaboration with established South African artist Clive van den Berg.
I find Hieroglyph particularly fitting with the spirit of our times, and recent events.
Like many of us, I’ve been reflecting on the legacy of the iconic Apple co-founder. I’ve also followed with great interest the introduction of the next generation of the Facebook profile. Both Jobs and Zuckerberg have paved the way to an increasingly wired life, one that our grandparents could have never imagined.
Clive’s work addresses head on some of the issues raised by the always-on life, such as the relationship between the individual and space, and the fine line between our public and private lives.
While these issues have always existed, they’ve become exponentially more important. Yet, as we go through our daily grind, we barely realize that the history of our digital lives is in the making. Hieroglyph’s timeless resonance and visionary outlook help me pause and reflect on the meaning of it all.
Until next time, happy collecting!
About Clive van den Berg:
A contemporary to Willliam Kentridge, Clive’s art is deeply influenced by the post-apartheid era in South Africa, where he has created some of the most iconic and thought-provoking public art projects in his home country.
Clive van den Berg received a B.A.F.A. from the University of Natal (South Africa). He has exhibited works at N.S.A. Gallery (Durban, South Africa), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg), and the Museum of African Art (New York). He has had two major exhibitions and commissions from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Clive van den Berg has also earned several major prizes, including, internationally, a Civitella Ranieri fellowship and the Michelin International Art Competition. His work has been collected by the South African National Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, among public institutions, and is included in numerous corporate and private collections in South Africa and abroad. Clive van den Berg completed a residency at Columbia University in 2009, working with the Engendering the Archive group and with the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. Clive van den Berg has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for 2010/11.