JUSTIN DINGWALL

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

ALBUS BY JUSTIN DINGWALL 

Albus developed into an exploration of the aesthetics of albinism in contrast to the idealised perceptions of beauty, beginning with an interest to capture something not conventionally perceived as “beauty”. Dingwall began this project with the ethereal portraits of Thando Hopa, a legal prosecutor who is using her visibility to address the negative perceptions surrounding albinism. Dingwall’s inspiring new work uses specific elements to foreground the symbolic meaning behind each work. These symbols, like water, butterflies and snakes, have inspired his perceptions as an artist, and are significant in his intention to affect the viewers’ perspective.

Dingwall uses water as a symbol to reflect society’s perceptions. Water suggests self- reflection and it is often used in literature as a symbol of change. As in the title of one of his works “In with the new”, Dingwall reinterprets the old English saying as “out with old ideologies and in with a new perspective”. Alongside the use of water, the use of snakes connotes transformation - as in the shedding of old skin to make way for new and also, as in medical discourse, to represent healing. The symbols of light and dark are a reflection of his medium. Dingwall uses the characteristic nature of photography to capture a unique frame of reference. Dingwall paints with light in such a way as to represent the revealing of the unseen. Light represents truth, and it is contrasted against the element of darkness to emphasise the unenlightened state of mind of previous misconceptions.

Dingwall’s intention is for the images to become a celebration of beauty in difference. “They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful”. The artist’s interest lies in the unique and the different. “To me diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful.” says Dingwall. 

CATALOGUES

2015 - Joburg Art Fair

MEDIA

2016 - Huffigting Post

2016 - Featureshoot

2016 - SBS

2016 - Slate

2015 - IOL

2014 - L'oeil

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 - Albus, NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2015  - Albus, FNB Johannesburg Arts Fair, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, South Africa

2014  - Albus, Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014  - Albus, M.I.A Gallery, Seattle, America

2012 - Incurious,  Sibisi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005 - Portraying Life, Image Hub, Pretoria, South Africa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 - This is not a Black Swan, Woodstock, That Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, South Africa

2016 - Albus, Cape Town Art Fair, ARTCO Gallery, South Africa

2016 - “Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design”, CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona

2016 - TARGETS | Paris - the unseen works, ARTCO Gallery, Aachen/Germany

2015 - Sasol New Signatures Top 100, Pretoria Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2015 - TAF, Turbine Arts Fair, Art Source, Johannesburg, South Africa (ALBUS)

2015 - Absa L'atelier Top 100, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 - TWENTY: Art in time of Democracy, curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg and the Pretoria Art Museum on behalf of the University of Johannesburg

2015 - Representations of Otherness and Resistance in collaboration with the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) from the 20th of May to 19th of June 2015. Presented by The Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery co-curated by Annali Dempsey and Angela De Jesus

2015 - Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2015 - Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, Virta Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

2015 - Can’t fool me now, Curated by­_ Collective, Berlin (Snake)

2014 - Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award 2014, Top 5 FInalist, South Africa

2014 - Sasol New Signatures Top 100, Pretoria Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2014 - Absa L'atelier Top 100, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa,

2014 - TAF, Turbine Arts Fair, Art Source, Johannesburg, South Africa (ALBUS, 3 Marys)

2014 - Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic Launch, Lincon Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, USA (48 artists selected from around the world)

2014 - Twenty, Contemporary Art From South Africa, Turchin Center for the Visual                                       Arts, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA, Curated by Gordon Froud and Professor Karen Von Veh(ALBUS: 2 Vulnerables and Black Veil)

2014 - Art 14 London, Rooke & van Wyk Gallery, Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

2013 - 1:54 Contemporary African, MIA Gallery, Art Fair, London, United                       Kingdom

2013 - FNB Johannesburg Arts Fair, Rooke & van Wyk Gallery, South Africa

2006 - Positive, Sun City, North West Province, South Africa