The work of Andrew Verster is currently on a major retrospective exhibition touring national museums. In his show at the KZNSA, he extends on the visual language highlighted by the retrospective; a visual language developed and refined over the past fifty years of production. On show is a new series of paintings and assemblages based on his signature collage technique. Again, the art of Verster works its magic through the simultaneous congruency and incongruency of his disparate iconographies, where vastly different images combine in a celebration of fluidity and heterogeneity.
Also on show are selected examples of a new body of work produced for the Joburg Art Fair. It is here where Verster’s love for and celebration of colour show his true mastery. Presented as patterned bodies, the inner thigh muscle of a Greek god jostles against a West-African fetish, the Phoenix with its feet in the ashes has its beak in the crook of a Roman armpit; an Indian deity vests its undulating intercostal muscle-bed with a meditative feverish glow; further along, past where the wrist meets the hand, a nebulous constellation spirals into a stigmatic wound: a point of trauma transformed into a point of beauty.
For collectors and students of Verster’s work, this new exhibition presents an important marker in the continual development of the visual language by Durban’s most celebrated artist