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Clocks, spray cans and explosive colour

Tue, 24 June 2014 16:01
by Andreas Kathindi


 

Artists such as Scotty B Uker aka Brave 1 have proven that graffiti has not only served as a constant nuisance to building owners but has gone on to become a respected skill within the arts. Margit Callegari continues on with the tradition in her new exhibition, Variation of Times, showcasing at Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC)’s La bonne table restaurant.
Variation of Times opens you up to a colourful world of clocks, living shapes and patterns, and a multihued reminder that time is all around us. The dimension of the abstract is not every art lover’s cup of tea, however Callegari eases passage thereunto with a welcoming array of spirited art, combined to a degree with a touch of craftsmanship as she weaves live into each clock, which is a recurring theme for many of her pieces.
I had to take a look at the time display on my cell phone to confirm my suspicious feeling that the time on the clocks was wrong, and indeed it was. But as I look around at the rest of Callegari’s art, I start to doubt that this was sheer oversight. Her work is meticulously executed, and her dancing circles would make any global topographer jealous. And as the clocks belatedly tick on, around sprayed images of the African continent, the Namibian flag and even a barcode, I’m reminded of the popular meme known as African time, and how human beings, myself not excluded, can often times undervalue time itself.
The lyrics of one very uncommon rapper, Timothy Brindle, struck me then; “Most spend the time of their lives trying to have the time of their lives.” But like the swirling colours of Callegari’s spray cans, time is unbridled. If you step into La bonne table restaurant between now and 6 July when the exhibition ends, and have the time to either ponder this deep reality, or simply appreciate the skill of her art, you will only do yourself a favour.