Pretoria-born MJ Lourens’ talents are
extensive and varied. His body of work includes paintings, sculptures, and film
- his 2006 PA/FATHER was screened at the Commonwealth Film
Festival and was in the official selection of the African International Film
Festival in Spain. Lourens started sketching at a young age and found that it
helped make sense of the world around him – he is fascinated by constant change
and how it can be viewed and understood from a distance or in passing. This
curiosity and attention to the small things that others may miss results in
striking, photo-realistic artwork that evokes feeling and nostalgia.
For Appearances, Lourens is
exploring South Africa’s contemporary landscape as a place we live and move in.
“It is both marred and burdened with the perceptions of the current outlook and
the history it contains,” he explains. His pieces for Appearances
reflect how inevitable change takes place as humans claim their place in
nature, visible from the battlefields to railway graffiti signage as we try to
understand the appearances of our times.