"The inventiveness with which he tackles materials locates Taylor as a post-modern artist making reference to traditional crafting techniques but using them in a contemporary manner and style."
A group exhibition acknowledging 20 years of conjunction and reciprocity at Dionysus Sculpture Works’ studio and foundry
Curated by Elani Willemse
NWU Gallery - Potchefstroom - 19 May 2016
'Tacit knowledge’ is attained as personal knowledge through creativity which cannot be easily vocalised or instructed. Through hands-on experience, sharing and implicitly guiding one another, artists harness and refine their skills to reach a level of sensitive technical proficiency. This ‘know-how’ is the undercurrent stream that flows through the collective called DSW.
Now 20 years old, DSW finds itself in a constant state of development; growing and maturing with every project produced within it. Its contemporary and fluid work-ethic allows for change and progress and this is indicative of its relationship with the artists; former and current.
Tacit commemorates the collective artists who have been affiliated with the studio since its establishment in 1996 by the sculptor Angus van Zyl Taylor. First functioning as a finishing school for young aspiring sculptors, artists have had the opportunity to mentor and hone their skills within the studio space. The integration of artists and the opportunity to work with knowledgeable sculptors has been of paramount importance with regard to tacit learning within the studio environment.
Today the studio serves as a creative hub where artists and sculptors alike can come together in an interactive space to share and grow as contemporary creatives. Although DSW continues to evolve in size and technological equipment, its ethos of respect for materials and the pursuit of knowledge in the tacit form remains.
Angus Taylor's work at the Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair 2016
Angus Taylor's work in Botswana - Reflective Resonance
Banner photos by ENABA Productions and Carla Crafford
8-11 September: Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre
20 September: Cool Capital DIY Guerrilla Biennale kicks off
29 September: Surgeons for Little Lives charity gala event and auction
13 October: Tacit, a group exhibition acknowledging 20 years of conjunction and reciprocity at Dionysus Sculpture Works’ studio and foundry at DSW at William Humphrey’s Gallery, Kimberley
20 October: Art Angels charity auction for the Click Foundation, Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
29 October: Open Foundry Day, as part of the 2016 Cool Capital Biennale
31 October: Cool Capital DIY Guerrilla Biennale ends
1-3 November: 80th SAMA National Conference and AGM
18 November: Make A Difference (MAD) Foundation Charity Auction
4 May 2017: Solo-exhibition at Circa London
Should you require any information on any of the above events, please do not hesitate to contact the Dionysus Sculpture Works studio at email@example.com