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Cape Times. 17 February 2014. Dion Cupido Exhibition Review
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Shades of memory shaping us
February 17 2014 at 12:20pm
NOT A PRETTY PICTURE. An exhibition of paintings
by Dion Cupido. At the Worldart Gallery until
February 27. LUCINDA JOLLY reviews.
A SUNNY lunch hour in the CBD has drawn out a
steady stream of human traffic. Tourists, buskers, the
homeless and the workers emerge. A variety of
foraging is taking place. Not just the hunt for
essential victuals and the sun, but also something to
feed the eyes and maybe the soul.
The outsized window fronts of the Worldart gallery
are magnets for the gaze of the passing parade.
It never really leaves you.
They work as clever gateways, allowing sneak
previews to passers-by en route to more pressing
concerns. This generates a ripple effect and
everyone wants to know what the others are looking at. They also provide an easy and unselfconscious
transition into the gallery from the outside, breaking a perceived psychological threat of the gallery
space as hallowed ground.
This gallery is the perfect spot for Not a Pretty Picture, Dion Cupido’s third solo exhibition. For it is via
the picture windows that the gallery becomes an extension of the square and the streets. And although
he was never one of the well-known graffiti artists, Cupido’s artistic roots lie in the street culture of
Mitchells Plain where he grew up. Traces of these roots remain in the scale of his works.
Cupido was recognised as one of three “Bright Young Things” by the Art South Africa magazine Big
Painting and has paintings in Spier and Nando’s collections. He says he found his previous exhibition
Mooi Kinnes and Jas Laaities (Beautiful Girls and Horny Boys) more therapeutic and open ended than
the structured approach of this exhibition.
His painting background includes a youthful stint as a graffiti artist which ended due to the costs of cans
and that as his amateur artist uncle pointed out “you can’t sell a wall”. He also worked as a lucrative
abstract painter much to the amusement of his uncle who felt one couldn’t start as an abstract artist
suggesting that one should start figuratively and then develop towards abstraction.
Cupido’s fascination with memory, and in particular its
retrieval and the question of its accuracy, power this
exhibition. This is seminal in the painting titled I was
here was I found in the front room. This piece
dominates the exhibition and indicates a shift in
Cupido’s work.
The title I was here was I has been roughly sprayed
on to the painting in gold. The title and graffiti-type
lettering are suggestive of the graffiti that prisoners
leave on the walls of their cells. The implication is that
we are all prisoners to our memories whether they
are inaccurate or true.
This paining pulls the viewer into the flat, matt
darkness of a forest sparsely populated with thin,
grey leafless trees whose trunk surfaces are vandalised by graffiti scored on their flesh.
The forest contains the figures of three young girls who are placed between trunks on the ground
littered with understated debris including a line drawing of underwear. They appear vulnerable to the
forest’s atmosphere of menace. The only colour in this painting is in the hot pink and orange splashes of
soft edged, spray painted words which marks their young flesh.
The forest, now a parking lot, in I was here was I is an evocation of Cupido’s childhood. It was forbidden
space and dangerous for this was the time of the notorious Station Strangler and it was here that he
disposed of his victims. Cupido explained that this was in strong contrast to the low bushes which were
the type of vegetation of his childhood, hence the attraction. To the child Dion it didn’t feel like Mitchells
Plain, but a fairy-tale forest. Of course there also were broken wine bottles evidence that someone else
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had been there, but having to share his special place with others didn’t bother him. Of the torn
underwear he cannot be sure whether this was imagined memory or real.
As a child Cupido’s innocence or naivety around what was happening in his neighbourhood seemed to
have protected him from being mugged or stabbed as he walked long distances to hook up with friends.
Even his friendships with the local gangsters never comprised his safety. But there is one area where he
is profoundly affected, and that is beautiful women. Since boyhood they have had a hold on him.
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Cupido may not like the title “portraitist” considering it
too old school, but it’s these images painted on either
a plain black or white background, similar to
photographic studio shots, where he comes into his
own.
He combines sensitive images of vulnerable young
women with an industrial street art approach to
produce pieces of interesting tension. Cupido
believes “we have all been written on whether by our
parents or our friends”
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