My work investigates post apartheid realities in South Africa and their effects on social dynamics, spatial aesthetics, and communities, both within South Africa and in various African diasporas. This body of work focuses on the economics and aesthetics of leisure and security in suburban Johannesburg using the swimming pool and the vibracrete wall as characters that witness and participate in these conditions.
As one of the most unbalanced economies in the world, the palette tries to convey the absurdity of these inequalities through a rendering of nonsensical colour choices that contrast and compliment one another.
Jarrett Erasmus (b. 1984, Cape Town) is a Johannesburg-based artist and educator working across the media of painting and social practice. A member of the Burning Museum collective, he completed a MA in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017, and and in 2016 participated in the Summer School programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdk). Erasmus has presented his solo work and collaborative projects in a variety of institutional and public contexts, including at the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2019), the Festival d’Art Urbaine, Antananarivo (2016), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014) and at the African Art Forum in Venice (2017). Erasmus remains active in several community art initiatives that were instrumental in facilitating arts education for people of colour under the apartheid regime, and is currently Chairperson of the Thupelo Arts Trust, a foundation dedicated to fostering artistic experimentation and international exchange.
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