Fixing Time

05 Dec 2007 – 27 Jan 2008

SMAC gallery is proud to host a large scale solo exhibition by Kay Hassan, one of South Africa’s most consistently innovative and affecting artists. Over his long and impressive career Hassan has exhibited his paintings, paper constructions and installations extensively, both locally and internationally, as well as being awarded accolades such as the prestigious 2000 Daimler/Chrysler Prize for Contemporary Art in South Africa.

Hassan’s exhibition, Fixing Time, at SMAC includes a series of his beautifully delicate watercolours, paper cut-out constructions, a photographic series and two intricate installations: one a collection of old spectacles and a similarly fused-together amalgamation of broken clocks.  These works, like all of Hasan’s, reflect the fragility of the world around them. How much has time really changed? What has been seen by the former owners of these spectacles throughout South Africa’s troubled past, and the world’s? What do they see now? Certainly the view we imagine is an uneasy one, as evident in the complex visions of Hassan’s torn paper constructions, delicate watercolours, sensual photography and, of course, his disquieting installations.