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Hidden Con(In)tent, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen

Hidden Con(In)tent

An original artwork by Corné Eksteen | 2016


Full title of artwork - Hidden Con(In)tent
Period of creation - August 2016
Medium - Oil on Canvas (Gesso primed Canvas)
Dimensions - 60 x 60cm (On a 4,5cm deep wood stretchframe with no wedges)
Authentication - Signed "XTN" bottom center of artwork | Not dated
Series - Assimilation
Sub-series - Not Applicable
Copyright Owner - Corné Eksteen Artist
Publications - None
Current Location - Pretoria | South Africa
Availability / Status - Available


Artist Statement about the "Assimilation" Series

Assimilation is traditionally defined as the process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group. However within the social dynamics of the post-information age, the factors that define a group, a culture, even a national identity has much wider reach and influence. We live in a hyper-connected society where we are willingly submitting to the values and opinions of the group, where our sense of personal identity and cultural values are subject to public scrutiny and constant evaluation. Our traditional sense of community has been replaced by a "hive-mind" mentality that doesn't tolerate or embrace alternative opinions, opposition and sub-cultures.

Through the use of portraiture the works explore how our own sense of personal and cultural identity is being subjected to the expectations, values and norms presented by the group / collective / "hive-mind". Through the creation of new archetypes / stereotypes it will explore the undermining of individuality, otherness, sub-cultures and traditional culture through group pressure towards a homogeneous culture and world view.

Detailed Images of this Artwork

Close-up details of Hidden Con(In)tent, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen


Artwork Exhibition History

(All exhibitions that this artwork has been shown at)

  • Assimilation | artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | September 2016
  • Transition | Breathing Space / Grace Kotze Projects | Durban | South Africa | December 2016
  • Vryfees 2017 | The Showroom Art Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | July 2017
  • Decorex 2017 | The Showroon Art Gallery | Johannesburg | South Africa | August 2017
  • Figures & Faces | The Showroon Art Gallery | Pretoria | South Africa | September 2017
  • Aardklop Arts Festival | The Showroom Art Gallery | Potchefstroom | South Africa | October 2017



Work In Progress (WIP) Images for this Artwork

Work in progress images of Hidden Con(In)tent, an original artwork by Corné Eksteen