However, is not a nationalistic survey – it does not specifically seek to speak about the condition of being South African, nor about current concerns and trends in South Africa. Instead, the works were chosen to represent a diversity of approaches and interests, with conversations between the different art-pieces. Having said that, a sense of context is always unavoidable and is always subtly and surreptitiously present in any engaging artwork.
The title However, references this inevitability. However, suggests an unfinished utterance, a continuation of a conversation or dialogue. However, suggests something said, something pre-existent, something to which to respond.
However, also implies a doubt and hesitancy. Syntactically the word ‘however’ follows a statement and modifies, qualifies, or expands on the preceding statement. As such it introduces pluralism in options and thoughts. It conveys not the surety of an absolutist pronouncement, but the hesitancy of qualified and discursive dialogues.
The exhibition consists mainly of works on paper, and hence many works speak to a sketching and doodling, rather than to the supposed permanence of canvas or board.