Maheke has just opened a solo show at South London Gallery and it corresponds with Green Ray Turns Out To Be Mauve… Both are and will incorporate various illuminations of purple and both allude to the artist’s failed attempt to glimpse the phenomenon of the ‘green ray’ at Réunion Island last year, as the sky was obscured by troubling clouds: Instead he saw it illuminated with an amazing purple hue.
The temporary curatorial project space Green Ray describes Maheke’s show with them as a visual poem, occupying the mezzanine so that viewers can either look up at or be immersed in the work via a ladder.
The show’s title, which absorbs in an instance the connotation of the clean, context-less green screen method of making video and image, turns it inside-out to feel open, mauve and messy as both a title and an understanding of green screens.
Like I Lost Track of the Swarm at South London Gallery, this show is an embodiment and further investigation of the artist’s interest in the laws of desire and attraction, as well as the power of poetic forms and politicized affect to create new subjectivities.
See the Green Ray website for further details**