The Road to Natural Selection is Fraught with Random Mutation

Solo Exhibition
7 December - 31 January 2019

Exhibition Opening: Friday 7 December 2018
Exhibition Closure: Thursday 31 January 2019

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present The Road to Natural Selection is Fraught with Random Mutation, a new body of work by Paul Edmunds. 

Artist Statement

“I began with a box of foam-core scraps from the studio up the passage. Working with a cutting knife and hot glue, I soon developed a series of small, latticed structures, made from diamond-shaped sections of the material. The nature of these seemed to lend them to sand-casting in metal, and the constraints of that process bore further influence on the objects I went on to produce. A selection was cast in bronze, and one was enlarged to be produced in cast-iron.

While these non-representational objects owe much of their appearance to the process of their production, each plays with conventions of depicting three dimensions in two-dimensional space. Such illusionism holds the eye in both an ideal entry point and perfect resting place.”

Artist Biography 

He was born in 1970 in Johannesburg, and currently lives in Cape Town. He graduated with an MAFA (cum laude) from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1996.

His first solo show, Elemental, at WHATIFTHEWORLD was presented in 2015 with successive solo exhibition, Braids, in 2016. Edmunds previously exhibited at the Stevenson Gallery in 2013, 2011 and 2009. Earlier shows included Aggregate at Bank Gallery, Durban (2008); Array at Art on Paper in Johannesburg (2007); Phenomena (2005), Cloud (2003) and Houding (2001) at João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town; Scale (1999) and Once, again at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town. He had his first US solo exhibition at RH Gallery, New York, in 2011. Edmunds was also included on Impressions from South Africa at MoMA, New York in 2011.