The artist duo, AD-Reflex, was formed in 2015 and consists of contemporary South African artists Johan Conradie and Karl Gustav Sevenster. Exploring duality and unexpected juxtapositions of beauty and decay, AD-Reflex’s work resists and transcends perceptions of traditional boundaries morphing effortlessly between abstraction and representation. The more abstract works celebrate the mimetic qualities of 'paint' as a medium (both in its traditional form and through digital painting), together with process-led abstraction. Through the experimental nature of their processes and the use of the oil medium with various binding mediums, the work borders on the ‘alchemical’. Mythological landscapes, drips and digital elements appear, then melt away in an endless mimicry, where no clearly drawn distinction between the painterly and the digital. AD-Reflex undermine the idea of flawless progress in the contemporary moment, that the right direction is always known. Instead, everything can mix with everything; everything is possible and in perpetual transformation. Triviality mingles with glamour, banality with sophistication, and despair with beauty.
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