Counterpoint

The Innocents I - IX

Watercolour monoprint on 300gsm Hahnemühle etching paper
50cm diameter
Ed. 1/1 - Unique work
Printed at the artist’s studio in Cape Town
February 2013

 

Planetary Platitudes I - V

Press Release

Meaning of the word counterpoint:
The term originates from the Latin
punctus contra punctum meaning "point against point".

1. Music
a. Melodic material that is added above or below an existing melody.
b. The technique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality.
c. A composition or piece that incorporates or consists of contrapuntal writing.

2. Art
a. A contrasting but parallel element, item, or theme.
b. Use of contrasting elements in a work of art.

Counterpoint is artist/printmaker Christiaan Diedericksmost recent creative offering on exhibition in Pretoria at FRIED Contemporary during April/May 2013. In this exhibition, the artist is especially showing his abilities as a highly skilled printmaker. A large selection of etchings, watercolour monoprints, linocuts and drawings will be on display.

In a nutshell, this new body of work is an environmental call to action to stop some of the brainless things we do to our environment. For many years the artists fascination with dystopia (and utopia for that matter) fuelled his work and his most recent works, lyrical and disturbing at the same time, move the viewer to some serious introspection. The title for this show was borrowed from a book with the same title by American photography duo Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, the artists favorite photographers. According to American animal rights activist Gedden Cascadia, every kind of living beings on earth has a definite quantity of time to survive before unavoidable extinction begins to affect it.

However, true to his style, there is always a second hiddennarrative in Diedericksimages. This second narrative, echoing similar issues in the artists previous work, still deals with issues of gender, sexuality and masculinity and is deliberately not disclosed by the artist.