Nexus: A solo exhibition by Corne Eksteen

In contemporary culture, the term ‘nexus’ is often used to indicate links or associations between groups, objects or abstract concepts. Eksteen examines this link in his double and multiple portraits of sitters who occupy a singular space – an added layer of symmetry is utilized to evoke an amplified emotional connection with or response to the image. This visual tactic mimics methods used in the Rorschach test, a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Collectively these works explore links between the sitter, the artist and finally the viewer in search of the nexus of their combined experience.