Investec CT Art Fair 2019: Sculpture

Investec CT Art Fair 2019: Sculpture

Now the 5th blog on the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. We’re going to concentrate on sculpture in this one. Although some sculptural-like works were already discussed under our ‘Construction’ theme, the medium of these sculptural works, in this blog, are more traditional.


Note: All their names are hyperlinked if you want to read more about them or see more of their work.

A. Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraq)

Born in Iraq, Sadik now lives and works in the Netherlands. We were immediately drawn to his simple, strong, graphic and almost life size figure ‘Cloud in Trousers’ in bronze. The offset of the metal figure against his huge figurative painting in black ink, ‘Cocoon’ 2′, was an interesting display. It almost felt like the sculpture was physically alive and the painting, a thought: playing body against mind. The fluid, black lines of both connected the pieces harmoniously.

B. Rafael Barrios (USA)

In complete contrast to Sadik’s work, Rafael’s bright, clinical and edgy work created an optical illusion that was more 3D than it truly was. In his ‘Curve Nimbus (Code F 233)’ he used highly lacquered steel to create his graphic sculpture. On outset it looks like 5 curving, red cubes balancing on the edge of each other, but on closer inspection each ‘cube’ is a single, almost flat piece of steel with an ever-so-slight kink in it – just enough for the light to create shadows and fool the eye. As one moves around the piece, the shadows change and therefore the shapes change too. It was quite a fun, interactive piece.

C. Massimiliano Pelletti (Italy)

Massimiliano was born in Italy and he still lives and works there. His approach to sculpture is more traditional and the ones on display at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair were reminiscent of the great masters, but with a modern twist. We realised this straight away when we spied a beautiful white marble bust, with a gold fly on her nose! … There was an old woman who swallowed a fly, perhaps she’ll die … came to mind. 🙂

On doing a bit more research, we realised his quirkiness runs deep and we loved it. He works both in rough stone, polished marble and other interesting mediums.

D. Asemahle Ntlonti (South Africa)

Asemahle was born in Cape Town and she graduated from UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her piece, titled ‘Imvuseleleo’ was a sculptural installation of a set of giant matches, with ubiquitous ash markings on the wall behind. Asemahle has used ordinary wood to carve and burn her matches to create her ensemble of gigantic, used and unused matches. Like Massimiliano, her work put a smile on our faces. Who knew small insignificant, throw-away articles could be so appealing?

There were many more varied sculptures on display but these 4 were the ones that ‘talked’ to us. Every time we think of ‘fly-lady’ we laugh and every time we see a fly now, we think art. Who knew? It just reminds us that absolutely everything, mundane or magnificent, is inspiration if we want it to be and it’s all around us, we just need to look.

NOTE: Feature photograph is a close up of Massimiliano’s bust.

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  • “Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.” – Pablo Picasso

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NOTE: We would like to state that we are not professional art critics! We, love all kinds of art and we love to share our experiences, picks and preferences and make comments on them.

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