Rodan Kane Hart at Biennale Arte 2017
Former artist-in-residence Rodan Kane Hart is presenting some of his work at the Biennale Arte in Venice.
The artist has assembled forty masks made from stainless steel with a polished mirror-like surface. Each work has been molded from classical Roman busts used for educational purposes and readily available at art stores in Shanghai, China; these works attempt to represent the proliferation of European artistic influences in China under colonialism, similarly found in his native South Africa. The title refers to the symbolic death of the west, suggesting that western ideas and artistic ideals are to be scrutinized. By mirroring viewers’ faces in the surface of each work the artist invites them to reflect on their history.
Rodan Kane Hart studied at Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg and Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town and continues to live and work in the two cities. Hart has shown his work in three solo exhibitions: “Structure” (2013), “Pattern Language” (2013) and “Forms (South/West)” (2014), further taking part in numerous group exhibitions. His sculptures, drawings, and photographs are held in multiple public and private collections in South Africa, Europe and Asia.
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