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First Cape Town solo exhibition for Stephen Rosin
20 September 2013

Panopticus: Land of the One-eyed King is the title of award-winning artist Stephen Rosin's debut Cape Town exhibition that opens at The Black Box on Monday 23 September 2013.

Drenched in satire and subtle innuendo, the mixed-media works comprising the show reflect Rosin's penchant for stinging socio-political commentary. His use of branding and elements common to advertising serve to lull the viewer into a false sense of security, belying the darker message concealed beneath their multi-layered facade.

His artistic practice is characterized by a conceptual approach to issues involving globalization, the central banking system, the superstition that he believes is government and the staged-show that surrounds it all. He sees his work as a vehicle for exposing this 'show' as the spectacle that it is and is fast fashioning himself as somewhat of an cultural court-jester.

Rosin was born into the turmoil of the Bush war in Rhodesia in 1975. He graduated cum laude with a B.Tech degree in Fine Art from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 1999 and was the 2009 winner of the Absa l'Atelier art competition.

His work is held in the Sasol, Telkom and Absa corporate art collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

He currently lives, works and hides in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape.

Rosinís exhibition opens at The Black Box, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, on Monday 23 September and closes on 18 October 2013.