Brooklyn Artists Gym is pleased to announce an artist talk with South African Lynette Bester, a sculpture finalist for the Celeste Award, who is also showing at Invisible Dog Gallery in Brooklyn, November 11th-13th.
Bester explores the materiality, meaning and gathering of found objects and alters them through amputation, arrangement, and binding, reinventing them as sculpture. Subjecting the object to process changes meaning, not only physically challenging its original function, but also de-contextualizing it. Bester aims to expose ordinary purpose, asking the viewer to create a new narrative. In her third and most recent solo exhibition, “Stalking the Familiar” 2010, she explored the concept of artist as scavenger or gleaner. She also aims to challenge the idea of the artist as isolated genius as the artwork is meant to invite the viewer’s interpretation on the object’s new arrangement.
She will be speaking about her work at the Brooklyn Artists Gym on 8 November 2011 while in New York, visiting from South Africa.
About Lynette Bester
She participates actively in the art world in South Africa and abroad. She has been on residencies in Egypt, 2008 and England, 2009, and has been a finalist in national art competitions: The Sasol New Signatures, 2006 and the ABSA l’Atelier, 2007 in South Africa. After graduating from Stellenbosch University completing an M.A. in F.A. (Cum Laude), 2002 she has participated regularly in group exhibitions in South Africa as well as abroad in Brazil in 2005. Bester's third and most recent solo exhibition, entitled Stalking the Familiar, 2010 received positive critical review. Lynette Bester also lectures in theory and discourse at tertiary institutions in Cape Town.