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Friday, August 28, 2015


("The Emancipator", oil on canvas by Corné Eksteen)

disintegration is the title of an exhibition by Corné Eksteen which opens in artSPACE durban on August 31.

This selection of works, created over the last three months, consists mainly of portraits. Utilising a distinctive approach to this tradition, these works visually explore themes relating to the deconstruction and fragmentation of identity. Through a process of drawing on conventions of both figurative and abstract painting, the works attempt to visually dissect the subject matter in the pursuit of an understanding of the dynamics and transient nature of the 21st century psyche. They are intended to evoke discussion on the idea of personal identity as a series of disjointed concepts in a continuous state of flux.

Eksteen (also working as XTN) was born at Zastron, South Africa on October 6, 1973. He studied for a BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and UNISA. He spent several years working in related fields from Menswear Designer to various positions in the Interior Decorating and Design Industry before taking up painting full time in 2003. As a visual artist, Eksteen has been actively painting and exhibiting since 1996, taking part in numerous group, two person, and several solo exhibitions. He has reached the finals of prestigious art competitions including the ABSA L’Atelier Competition. His work is currently included in a number of private collections across the world, as far afield as Germany, Sweden, the UK and USA.

Eksteen's work has gone through many phases and transformations over the last 20 years that he has been active as an artist - from large-scale male nudes to conceptual pop art. The common thread running through his work can best be described as a study of the human condition relating to the interplay between identity, gender, sexuality and spirituality. Sometimes drenched with obscure references to popular culture from PJ Harvey lyrics to David Lynch films, his work also references older cultures and religions like Paganism and Gnosticism.

disintegration opens on August 31 in the Middle Gallery of artSPACE durban which is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or