13 Apr „Green Room“
A Solo Exhibition @ Whatiftheworld Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
16 March – 30 April 2016
Olaf Hajek’s work is an exploration of the liminal space between imagination and reality in the context of western cultures. His intricate painterly compositions are rendered in acrylic on board and embrace influences as diverse as folklore, mythology, religion, history, and cartographic imagery.
Using distressed and exquisitely fine mark making to create rich surface patinas, Hajek explores wonder, heroic acts, hallucinations, and fairytale motifs, by relocating and recombining dreamlike versions of reality he imbeds his imagery within new and mystical connotative frameworks.
Through juxtaposes the human figure with an incandescent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, Hajek’s surreal tableaux’s speculate on humanities fragile relationship with nature and its cycles of birth and death.