Igshann Adams the tapestries are made of colorful nylon ropes, gold and silver chains, seashells, wood and glass beads. Even more intriguing, they are all inspired by the remnants of decaying linoleum floors. His exhibition “Veld Wen” is presented at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York until July 30e, 2021.
The title of the exhibition “Veld WenIs an Afrikaans phrase meaning “to gain ground” and can be read both figuratively and literally. Born in South Africa, Adams refers to the worn linoleum flooring in the homes of childhood friends and neighbors, uplifting the repetitive daily movements within them. After removing the floors for reference, the artist provides his neighbors with new flooring.
Each tapestry is a surprise on your approach. The variety of materials often triggers memories or personal experiences, but also offers unexpected visual treats. Muted brownish colors suddenly explode in color when standing a few feet away, while other areas reveal themselves as highly polished gold or silver chains.
Adams’s own upbringing is multi-layered and complex. He was born a Muslim and raised by Christian grandparents in the former “Cape Colored” township of Bonteheuwel, South Africa. Its reworking of the original linoleum pathways examines its own intricate history while offering an invitation to viewers to explore their own unique paths.
Throughout the exhibition, five cloud-shaped sculptures created from fences and other vestiges of the workshop. They are inspired by a celebration dance once performed by his grandparents called “Rieldans”. Traditional dance kicks and incorporates dust for a stunning effect in the performer’s movements.
“Veld Wen” is an exhibition that arouses curiosity at every turn, sparkles with every step and finds a heartwarming connection in all of our unique paths.