In Toto, Johannesburg is thrilled to present Jean du Plessis’ solo exhibition, Beauty Awakens the Soul to Act. For the past 4 years, this South African born artist has based himself in Marshalltown at the heart of the Johannesburg CBD. He has participated in numerous exhibitions with likeminded gallerists and has an upcoming show in Porto, Portugal later in the year. About his work Du Plessis says, “ the pictorial language is the physical trace of my artistic ego and thus the abstract gesture becomes the metaphor for my isolated search as an individual.
Philipp Pieroth explores the idea of Paradise in his solo exhibition at In Toto Gallery. After a residency in Barbados, Pieroth dug a little deeper into the local history and found a sad and hellish history of slavery and misery. On the surface the island life is blissful with a population mostly of African descent. The native rhythms of the island give the illusion of a paradise while tourists are in denial about the truth of how the locals settled in Paradise. He believes that the west consumes places without fully understanding the history of a destination. Pieroth confronts this idea that traveling comes with a responsibility and humbleness, not only in the Caribbean but in South Africa as well. In his paintings he hopes to draw attention to the circumstances in which the locals came to settle in “Paradise" and create tension and disruption with his contextual discrepancy.