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Timba Smits

Role Models

18 May — 11 June 2016

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Role Models by Timba Smits — a series of exquisite portraits.

Movie culture has become part of our collective lifeblood. We live and breathe movies. We worship the people who star in them and the people who make them like earthly gods. Much like other human beings, Timba grew up surrounded by movies. His earliest memories involve bingeing on the cinema of Arnold Schwarzenegger, an obsession which led him to create his own remixed versions of Chuck Norris action spectaculars, with the help of his similarly entranced brothers. This fixation on film reached its apex when he cued up his 20th viewing of Forrest Gump — an influential, all-time favourite.

Role Models is a new show that explores nostalgia for the way movies shape who we are and the whimsical nature of screen acting, whereby a real person assumes the identity of a fictional doppelgänger. In this cine-pop-culture print exhibition, Timba’s fascination with icons of the screen manifests in the mixing together of the key characters that have inspired his own life and work. The show includes a star-spangled cast of legends: Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Uma Thurman and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. From Forrest Gump to Conan the Barbarian, he has created new, multi-tiered portraits of these icons as exquisite corpses — a reference to a drawing game he played as a young artist in training. The results evoke the colourful world of modern movie devotion, coupled with the disquieting undertow of a major identity crisis.

Words by David Jenkins, editor, Little White Lies.

Role Models opens Wednesday May 18, 6-9pm, and continues until Saturday June 11.

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