say for me fragile police 2008
acrylic on board 100x120cm
zansi nib 2008
acrylic on board 80x70cm

 

PRESS RELEASE

say for me 

Solo exhibition of paintings by Asha Zero in the main gallery, 34LONG FINE ART

11 March 19h00 to 12 April 2008

34 Long hosts the first Cape Town solo show of paintings by Asha Zero, a young South African artist whose work is now entering the international art circuit. 

In a fresh, hyper-contemporary take on urban culture, Asha Zero produces obsessively worked metaphors for a world of dissolved, disappearing and reappearing stimuli. Dead-pan and provocative, his acrylic on board works are at the same time aggressive and vulnerable, desirable and repulsive. His sense of absurdity is razor-sharp, complex and idiosyncratic. 

Reminiscent of Berlin Dadaist Hannah Hoch’s collaged imagery, Richard Hamilton’s cynicism and the solemn wit of Banksy, Asha’s odd fragments and combinations function within a global and historical frame of reference as much as it remains rooted in the present-day sidewalks of South Africa. His many disparate allusions are kept in balance by compelling technical mastery and the gravitas of devoted manual labour – the images are entirely hand-painted. 

A group show upstairs will add variety to your visit to 34 Long Fine Art.
All images © ASHA ZERO, 2008
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