by André S Clements
In the exhibition ‘Æsthesia’ artist André S Clements creates a progression from the realism of photography, to almost painterly-abstract computationally produced portraits and landscapes.
Many of the pieces are composed of multiple photographic layers – in some cases literally more than a thousand. The ‘Composer Series’ gives us a distinctive composite portrait of the ‘average’ composer from each era of Western Classical Music while ‘State of Head’ combines the faces of South Africa’s last six presidents into a haunting portrait of the presidency, capturing some of the transformation from PW Botha to Jacob Zuma.
According to Clements: ‘Æsthesia’ is about perception and sensation, literally sense-ability. ‘Æsthesia’, in contrast to anesthesia and numbness, is like an essence of aesthetics and the sublime that we all crave in culture and life.