Ross
Passmoor

 

As part of the artist’s creative PHD at the Wits School of Art, Ross examines some of the ongoing moments of making that constitute artist practice. His exhibitions, Afterlife, currently on show at the Wits Art Museum, seeks to offer through an ongoing series of alterations and engagements, a cross section of this particular research process that is without beginning or end. Afterlife Builds on Tunnel Vision, a solo exhibition at The Point of Order in 2017, which explored an 800-metre abandoned train tunnel running under suburban Hilton in KZN. Taking the experience of walking through the tunnel as a starting point, Ross Passmoor interrogated the relationship between past and present by exploring the tunnel as a ruin in addition to a monument. The result was a series of installations and sculptures made from materials he worked with at the original site, as well as materials found in his garden in Blairgowrie and surrounding suburbs.

This entanglement of past and present is further developed in his practice as he explores some of the ways in which the use of discarded materials can generate a sense of history and a rootedness to place. Through display, Ross questions the materials previous life in relation to an as yet unarticulated future. The problems and potentials of translating time and space find resonance in the accumulated afterlife of found materials collected around Johannesburg suburbia.

 

 

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