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Sun, 4 November 2012 21:18
by Linekela Halwoodi

My kind of art is often the type I don’t understand what it stands for no matter how hard I try; the type that takes a little intellectual input to sink in.
This is what Ramon Leyendecker currently offers at the Goethe Centre, Windhoek, for the next 10 days. There are wooden silver-painted sticks used to make the disfigured creatures featured in the exhibition, which makes them give off an electrifying aura.
The figures have been pasted on the wall in such a way that they look like they are coming to life.
Some are just your ordinary paintings, yet are so confusing. There have no titles, so I could not make out if in one of them was a human form or a robot. Maybe this is what superman will look like in 2090, I thought.
The same painting is a trilogy of different colours, which give each painting an abstract effect.
Leyendecker must have a very complex sense of creativity. The giant metal figures in his paintings and photographs are proof of this.
Above all honesty, I am not sure in which part of your house you would put these. Again, this is a collection for the weirdoes. It’s the kind of artwork you would normally [only] see in Roman museums, because the work appears to be very ancient. It all looks like it was painted by people who lived in the ages when the sun was worshiped and volcanoes were feared (aren’t they still?).
As you continue to admire the artwork on the centre’s wall, you will notice there is more wood used to make colourful paintings that scream with life. The last painting has a lot of colours, all featured on the same iron board to give the picture a desert-like effect.
Pragtig werk!