I am an
established professional artist that also creates art that crosses boundaries
of traditional art disciplines. Cross
disciplinary fine art practice with painting, multimedia and drawing (within a
conceptual and visual research framework) as main interests. Exposures
PIETER BURGER is a South African artist and tutor
of fine art. Pieter’s work has been exhibited nationally at venues
including the Oliewenhuis National Gallery and Johannes Stegmann Gallery
in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
“As an artist I am assumed to reflect on the world of today as far as I know it, and seen it.
As a painter I am assumed to be aware of the Western painterly tradition.”
About his work: The “universal image” to which he referred, was created
by means of collage, sampling or hybridization. The word “Universal”
is used because he tend to use images from all possible sources.
“My initial idea was to create images that could be seen and understood by anyone, anywhere, in any context.”
The images are a rich combination of collected Art History and personal
pictures, magazines, the www, movies (stills), etc. When choosing these
images he doesn’t make any distinction whether the images come from
high or low culture, DIY or academic art, commercial images,
illustration, street-art, etc.
“What is fascinating for me is when I take these images from their
original context and put them in a new context or composition where they
get a new function. The dialog between the different images creates a
new image, a new story. By combining different visual quotes I create a
network, itself as a reflection of today’s world.”
Bio / Resumee / Statement:
Employing aesthetic interaction in order to give an
account of a method whereby the artist and the viewer's sharing of each
other's horizon of understanding can be used as a factor in the
revelation of truth.
As alternative to modern and post-modern autonomy in the visual arts, my
work focuses on an interactive relation as point of departure that
offers a suitable optional method of interpreting truth. The productive
aesthetical participation of viewers involves critical consideration and
revelation of unforeseen possible truths, as well as the ability to
improvise with scant data, enabling them to transform their established
perceptions of truth.
Apart from the important influence on the visual arts, it also has an
important influence on visual communication in the broader sense. An
aesthetical participation approach incorporates ideological criticism
and offers mankind diverse visual viewpoints, contradictions and
many-faceted alternative truths to enable the development of
self-understanding on the basis of moral understanding of the viewpoints
"If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed."