Zander Blom: The Travels of Bad
Zander Blom was born in Pretoria in 1982 and currently lives in Johannesburg. Working as an artist since 2002, Blom’s physical output includes painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and photography (primarily as a means to document the development of his physical works).
Text below from: www.rookegallery.com
“The Travels of Bad” documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fuelled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.
The Travels of Bad comprises a 48-page mini-novella with 17 photographic works and a 17-track album soundtrack. The exhibition includes a selection of sculptures and merchandise.
The works will also feature prominently at the JoBurg Art Fair from 3-5 April 2009 at the Rooke Gallery stand and the exhibition will travel to WhatIfTheWorld/Gallery in Cape Town to open on 27 May 2009 and close on 27 June 2009.
This catalogue for an exhibition of his work is in the form of a rock and roll merchandise/memorabilia catalogue.
Artist’s statement: “The Travels of Bad is essentially a satire that looks critically at the influence that exotic cultures and their artifacts have had on the avant-garde system of European visual art from the end of the 19th century onwards.” Zander Blom (b. 1982) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. His physical output includes painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and photography. Accordion-fold pamphlet/poster; 8 panels; color reproductions throughout; 4.75 x 13 inches, folds out to 19 x 13.
Softcover, 48 pages