Vivian van Blerk is a South African artist based in Paris. After graduating from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 1996, he worked extensively in photography. His recent ceramic and photographic collection, On the Beach reflects on recycling, regeneration, and the continuity of life cycles. It is inspired by ancient human remains stored by archaeologists in La Courneuve, in the northern suburbs of Paris, where the artist has his warehouse studio space.
Recent solo exhibitions include Life Stories, Beirut Design Fair (2018) for which he received the Fair’s Talent Award; Interior Kingdoms, Wunderkammer, Brussels (2017); After Empire, Chris Boïcos Fine Arts, Paris (2016); When Worlds Collide, Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Chicago (2016). Group shows include Beyond the Bushes, Art Sablon, Brussels (2019); Vanities and Still Lives, Chris Boïcos Fine Arts (2019); Myth, Material and Metamorphoses, Messums Wiltshire (2018); a Fin Feather Fur, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg (2016).
Photo: Sylvain Deleu