David Brits’ practice spans printmaking, drawing and video, but over the last three years he has, in his own words, “devoted his time solely to formal investigations in public-scale sculpture”.
From the artist:
“is the pursuit of form at the intersection of sculpture and modern material research. Carbon fibre is an embodiment of the great advances in material technology to which late-mercantile capitalism has borne witness. Raw carbon fibre is combined with a plastic resin to form carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer composite which, once cured, is eleven times stronger than steel. The sculpture’s hypnotic arrangements of serpentine curves seem to writhe and flow in constant movement. The effect is a sense of the wild and methodical working in harmony and unison - a kinetic energy feeding itself.
“The form of the sculpture evokes the “”, an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Although the symbol has been used and interpreted widely for several millennia, it is Jung’s understanding of as a ‘symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow’ that is most relevant to Brits’ potent sculptures.”
carbon fibre, resin, pigment, aluminium | height 53cm | width 50cm | depth 50cm
Cape Town artist David Brits (b. 1987) graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2010. In 2019 he released his first public sculpture commission for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Masiphumelele, Cape Town.