Joao Ferreira Gallery   Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry dates and their usage has come to an end, they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or take on new meaning as  objets d’art .  In  RE-CON-TEXT , De Wet alters the appearance of objects to challenge institutionalised perceptions about them. New meaning is revealed by concealing the original meaning. By tracing and documenting the histories of found objects, such as domestic furniture and appliances, De Wet attempts to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their potential as carriers of meaning despite their obsolescence.  For example, heaped mattresses marked “Condemned” in a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of ‘condemned’ souls. What once provided warmth and comfort reflects society’s neglect of those on the periphery, and reveals the discomfort, responsibility, and guilt felt when faced with the avoidance thereof.   RE-CON-TEXT  explores the possibility that an object could have multiple meanings. When one element is removed from the whole, the character of the remaining parts of the object changes. In the case of the mattress, while springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, their harsh materiality and potential to cause pain or discomfort is revealed when their cover is removed. Similarly, a burnt-out, scorched heater gives new meaning to the energy that previously powered it; that which originally gave the heater life also caused its death.  Such found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are the basis and inspiration for the mixed media works in  RE-CON-TEXT . These pieces are supplemented by photographs and drawings in this body of work.
       
     
Record cards
       
     
Transformed
       
     
Discomfort and scorched
       
     
Discomfort - detail
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail
       
     
Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin
       
     
Injection cabinet
       
     
Keyboard
       
     
Keyboard - detail 1
       
     
Keyboard - detail 2
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Scorched object
       
     
  Joao Ferreira Gallery   Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry dates and their usage has come to an end, they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or take on new meaning as  objets d’art .  In  RE-CON-TEXT , De Wet alters the appearance of objects to challenge institutionalised perceptions about them. New meaning is revealed by concealing the original meaning. By tracing and documenting the histories of found objects, such as domestic furniture and appliances, De Wet attempts to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their potential as carriers of meaning despite their obsolescence.  For example, heaped mattresses marked “Condemned” in a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of ‘condemned’ souls. What once provided warmth and comfort reflects society’s neglect of those on the periphery, and reveals the discomfort, responsibility, and guilt felt when faced with the avoidance thereof.   RE-CON-TEXT  explores the possibility that an object could have multiple meanings. When one element is removed from the whole, the character of the remaining parts of the object changes. In the case of the mattress, while springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, their harsh materiality and potential to cause pain or discomfort is revealed when their cover is removed. Similarly, a burnt-out, scorched heater gives new meaning to the energy that previously powered it; that which originally gave the heater life also caused its death.  Such found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are the basis and inspiration for the mixed media works in  RE-CON-TEXT . These pieces are supplemented by photographs and drawings in this body of work.
       
     

Joao Ferreira Gallery

Ordinary objects have hidden lives that are not apparent when found in their original environments. When these objects have reached their expiry dates and their usage has come to an end, they are destined for the junk or scrap metal yard, or take on new meaning as objets d’art.

In RE-CON-TEXT, De Wet alters the appearance of objects to challenge institutionalised perceptions about them. New meaning is revealed by concealing the original meaning. By tracing and documenting the histories of found objects, such as domestic furniture and appliances, De Wet attempts to draw analogies and parallels between the original use of objects and their potential as carriers of meaning despite their obsolescence.

For example, heaped mattresses marked “Condemned” in a psychiatric hospital could tell the silent tale of hundreds of ‘condemned’ souls. What once provided warmth and comfort reflects society’s neglect of those on the periphery, and reveals the discomfort, responsibility, and guilt felt when faced with the avoidance thereof.

RE-CON-TEXT explores the possibility that an object could have multiple meanings. When one element is removed from the whole, the character of the remaining parts of the object changes. In the case of the mattress, while springs gave support and comfort to the sleeper, their harsh materiality and potential to cause pain or discomfort is revealed when their cover is removed. Similarly, a burnt-out, scorched heater gives new meaning to the energy that previously powered it; that which originally gave the heater life also caused its death.

Such found objects, manipulated as works of art in their own right, are the basis and inspiration for the mixed media works in RE-CON-TEXT. These pieces are supplemented by photographs and drawings in this body of work.

Record cards
       
     
Record cards

Mixed-media on cards
7 X 12 cm
2004

Transformed
       
     
Transformed

Mixed-media and found object
55 X 55,5 X 95 cm
2004

Discomfort and scorched
       
     
Discomfort and scorched

Mixed-media, photographs and found objects

Dimensions variable
2004

Discomfort - detail
       
     
Discomfort - detail

Photographs and found objects
153 X 78 mm
2004

RE-CON-TEXT
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT

Work on paper
153 X 78 cm
2004

RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail
       
     
RE-CON-TEXT Melted - detail

Mixed-media and plastic on paper
2004

Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin

Mixed-media and found objects
2004

Municipal bin
       
     
Municipal bin

Mixed-media and found objects
55 X 61 X 93 cm
2004

Injection cabinet
       
     
Injection cabinet

Found objects
84 X 29,4 X 63,4 cm
2004

Keyboard
       
     
Keyboard

Found objects and resin
125,8 X 278,4 cm
2004

Keyboard - detail 1
       
     
Keyboard - detail 1

Found objects and resin
2004

Keyboard - detail 2
       
     
Keyboard - detail 2

Found objects and resin
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

15,3 X 7,8 cm
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

15,3 X 7,8 cm
2004

Discomfort - detail of photographs
       
     
Discomfort - detail of photographs

15,3 X 7,8 cm
2004

Scorched object
       
     
Scorched object

Mixed-media and found objects
2004