Our Mein Kampf
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Due to the lack of exhibition space in Cape Town, especially for minor first years. Two heroic unnamed individuals [oops!] have taken upon themselves the task of pioneering a new exhibition space(without permission): The Michaelis Entrance Hall Contemporary...
The Gallery is situated at The Michaelis School of Fine art and has previously housed semitic'ally' significant exhibitions such as 'The Winning Smile of Jonathan Kope'. 'Our Mein Kampf' was the result of finding a series of letters then on display at the gallery, and re-arranging them to more noble purposes than that of spreading the gospel (amen), rather spreading the gospel of the greatest struggle of them all: The Struggle of the First Years (hence the title which directly translated from German means "our my struggle").
The work God is an Ewok (2006) has strong pop-cultural and biblical themes and draws on the work of George Lucas and God himself to create a refreshingly cynical and humorous look at the worship of big bearded guys in white robes and small furry midgets with god like spirit. The viewer is startled by the sudden arrival of these works expecting instead to be faced with a dirty brick wall. The influences of the artists are unashamedly represented, evident in works such as Ed Young is a Wookie (2006) although rumours persist that the almighty Mr. Lamprecht played a part in the creation of this work which initially started as comparison between Mr Young and a certain deep dish chinese cooking utensil...any guesses?
In keeping with contemporary practice of the temporary nature of the physical work, the many pieces in this exhibition were promptly removed by the Michaelis cleaning staff, accidentally confusing them with vandalism. This resulted in only a select few being able to engage with the works and thus making them all the more exclusive. Two works, First Qear (2006) and Secunt Year(2006) managed to survive the shameless removal and are still viewable. If anyone wishes to purchase any of the photo's (taken by the esteemed Hugh Upsher) that documented the exhibition please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , they are available in unlimited high quality ink jet colour prints at any size and prices will be considered on enquiry. Please support the "Re-arrangerist" movement. Don't be cheap and copy paste from Artheat, that's as bad as buying a framed "Picasso" from that framing store near the Kloof Street Mugg and Bean!
P.S save Melvyn MINnaar!