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The Spangle Maker, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen

The Industrialist

An original artwork by Corné Eksteen | 2016

Full title of artwork - The Industrialist
Period of creation - October 2016
Medium - Oil on canvas (Gesso primed Canvas)
Dimensions - 120 x 120cm (On a 4,5cm deep wood stretchframe with no wedges)
Authentication - Signed "XTN" bottom center of artwork | Not dated
Series - Assimilation
Sub-series - Not Applicable
Copyright Owner - Corné Eksteen Artist
Publications - None
Current Location - Unknown
Availability / Status - Sold

Artist's Statement about the "Assimilation" Series

Assimilation is traditionally defined as the process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group. However within the social dynamics of the post-information age, the factors that define a group, a culture, even a national identity has much wider reach and influence. We live in a hyper-connected society where we are willingly submitting to the values and opinions of the group, where our sense of personal identity and cultural values are subject to public scrutiny and constant evaluation. Our traditional sense of community has been replaced by a "hive-mind" mentality that doesn't tolerate or embrace alternative opinions, opposition and sub-cultures.

Through the use of portraiture the works explore how our own sense of personal and cultural identity is being subjected to the expectations, values and norms presented by the group / collective / "hive-mind". Through the creation of new archetypes / stereotypes it will explore the undermining of individuality, otherness, sub-cultures and traditional culture through group pressure towards a homogeneous culture and world view.

Detailed Images of this Artwork

Close-up details of The Industrialist, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen

Artwork Exhibition History

(All exhibitions that this artwork has been shown at)

  • South Facing | Eclectica Design & Art | Cape Town | South Africa | November 2016
  • Durban Artists | KZNSA Park Gallery | Durban | South Africa | September 2017
  • SPACE | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | December 2017

Work in Progress (WIP) Images for this Artwork

Close-up details of The Industrialist, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen