The newly formed collaborative duo, AD-REFLEX, consists of contemporary South African artists Johan Conradie and KarlGustav Sevenster, and was formed during 2015. Both artists draw from their rich collective histories that involve the history of art, photography, digital technologies, computer programming, painting, embroidery, as well as curating.
The merging of the two artists was prompted by a chance encounter. Previously Sevenster, a computer specialist and self taught artist, worked in isolation carving out his own artistic expression in uncharted territory at the time with no creative peer interaction. Conradie, on the other hand, with award winning expertise and artistic skill was focussed on art education and helping others in achieving their own artistic dreams.
What started off as an experimental collaborative project, rapidly turned into the most important creative partnership and subsequently resulting in the creation of AD-REFLEX and a permanent shift in career focus for both. The name AD-REFLEX refers to notions " 'Ascend' and 'Descend' " and how we respond accordingly. Our work relates to the seductive forms of the sacred. Deploying a sophisticated, poetic dialogue among these media, and plumbing the depths of art history and other cultural canons. AD-REFLEX combines complicated techniques and processes including oil painting, digital photography, photo-manipulation software techniques, Swarovski crystals and the physical freezing of objects in ice, which are then re-photographed in a studio.
Two seemingly unrelated artistic practises collide to create a new identity and collaborative energy which both artists embrace wholeheartedly.
Nina Torres Art Award of Excellence 2017 (Miami, USA) - SECOND PLACE
The 2018 "F The Art World" International Art Competition - Category WINNER Fine Art/Mixed Media
The London Contemporary Art Prize 2018 - FINALIST
RE:ARTISTE 4th Annual International Exhibition "Show Your World" - WINNER
Johan Conradie obtained a MA(Visual Arts) degree, from the University of Pretoria in 2006. He has lectured at numerous academic institutions including the University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria. Johan was a finalist in two of South Africa’s most prestigious art competitions, including the ABSA Atelier (1999, 2000, 2006, 2008) and Sasol New Signatures (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001). Apart from exhibiting his own work locally and internationally, he has also curated a number of exhibitions and received public commissions including paintings commissioned by Media Tenor International, Bonn, Germany. During May, 2013 he participated in a South African group exhibition in Paris, France at the highly esteemed ‘Orangerie exhibition Centre of the French Senate’. He was awarded the prestigious residency at the Cité des Arts, Paris during August-September, 2014.
KARL GUSTAV SEVENSTER
KarlGustav Sevenster is a self-taught digital fine artist, living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a BA (Social Sciences) degree from the University of the Freestate in 1986 and worked most of his early years as a computer programmer and specialist. In 1999 KarlGustav decided to dedicate his life to his art passion and embarked on a career as digital fine artist. With the help of digital technology (Computer software, Graphic Tablet, Infrared Pen) Karl creates original digital artworks, transferred onto a variety of media (Perspex, Archival paper, and lately C-print DIASEC facemount. Karl has exhibited his work at the RIVER ART FAIR 2013 (Miami during the Art Basel week), Art Monaco 2014 (Monte Carlo) as well as various local exhibitions in Johannesburg as well as Cape Town between 2003 and 2015.