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Bruce Murray Arnott - Into the Megatext

Bruce Murray Arnott - Into the Megatext

Author: Mari Lecanides-Arnott and Sven Christian

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Bruce Murray Arnott: Into the Megatext provides the first comprehensive overview of one of South Africa’s most significant sculptors. His influence as an artist, scholar, designer, curator, and educator runs deep; intuited through the work of many of South Africa’s leading contemporary scholars and practitioners in the visual arts.

Through an intrinsic understanding of the human condition, and the balancing of the intellect with creative endeavour, Arnott bridges continents, space, and time. This is reflected in the monumental scope of references embedded in his work, and in his view that "All sculptures are 'points of entry' into the great sculptural megatext." Similarly inspired by history, mythology, psychology, philosophy, education, ecology, and sustainable design, this publication serves as one such point of entry.

It includes contributions by a range of authors who delve into different aspects of Arnott’s life’s work; a selection of Arnott’s own writings, chosen to represent the breadth and depth of his oeuvre; a chronological catalogue of Arnott’s sculptures from 1961 to 2018; and a visual timeline that contextualises his long and multi-faceted career.

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Mari Lecanides-Arnott and Sven Christian

MARI LECANIDES-ARNOTT lives and works in Cape Town South Africa. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, University of Cape Town (UCT), and a Masters of Technology in Design on the topic of multidisciplinary design education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Mari is a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies in Design, previously Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Design Foundation Course, Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) in the Faculty of Informatics and Design at CPUT. She has presented conference papers and published academic journal articles on multidisciplinary education in design nationally and internationally. She has participated on a number of national and international panels for the double-blind peer review of Design Education conference papers. Mari has exhibited drawings and paintings on group shows, has had two solo exhibitions (South Africa 1996 and France 1998) and continues to write and engage in her own creative work.

SVEN CHRISTIAN is a curator, writer and editor. In 2022 he was appointed Curator of the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture at the Nirox Sculpture Park. Recent exhibitions include Noria Mabasa: Shaping Dreams (2022), and Afropolitanism (2022). He is editor of Ashraf Jamal’s, (SKIRA, 2021) and co-editor of Carol Bijoux: Dreams as R-evolution 2020); William Kentridge: Why Should I Hesitate Putting Drawings to Work (Zeitz MOCCA, 2019); and Five Bhobh: Paintings at the End of an ERA (Zietz MOCCA, 2018). He holds an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practices, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which focused on the curation of Dumile Feni’s scroll. The accompanying curatorial project, ‘You wouldn’t Know God if he spat in your eye’: impressions from Dumile Feni’s scroll was published by Elipses: Journal of Creative Research (2020). His writing has also appeared in The Garage Journal and OnCurating, amongst others.