“What I came here to feel and attempt to capture has worked on me. I am standing in the sideways rain, smiling.” Jordan Sweke is concerned with the connection between people and the natural world. He believes that detachment from nature corrodes the disposition of our interactions with the environment and that this relationship with nature needs to be reconstituted. Sweke’s practice may extend to other media, but painting is something he cannot live without. A painting holds physical demands for both the artist as painter and the viewer as reader of the tactual surface. Sweke identifies a tactile emphasis on materiality as being helpful in breaking illusions and revealing certain truths, while scale assists him in accessing the sublime nature of the natural world. His works emerge as a quest to realign notions of nature and the self. Sweke’s large and emotive representations of nature that often employ numerical patterns to distort spatial perceptions to the level of abstraction, urge the viewer to explore a critical reassessment of our relationship with our planet. The mathematical and the abstract, the geometric and the organic, the peaceful and the dreadful, the holy and the tainted: it is in the kaleidoscopic web of these dialogues that this Michaelis Graduate seeks to unfetter our binary assumptions of manmade and natural. He is currently travelling nationally and working extensively with South African landscapes before moving into an international research domain, focusing on endangered natural areas.
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; The Antidote, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 – Paint it Black, a group exhibition of young South African painters at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg; Cape Town Art Fair with Everard Read Gallery; EMPIRE at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town; Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town Winter Exhibition.