Jenkin Van Zyl
Watermelon and cabbage cocktails served at his openings, Van Zyl’s creations go beyond your regular immersive installation; they are part ‘violent cowboy re-enactment film’, part sci-fi horror theatre.
As if a rave has petered out mere moments ago, this carefully crafted disorder is painstakingly pieced together with a level of detail that would make a props manager wince.
One such ‘set’ is complete with old car seats, with appliquéd matching imagery, each topped with a flattened prosthetic mask, offering the viewer a part in the unnerving surroundings, as a hyperreal western unfolds on the screen.
A fascination for fancy dress, Van Zyl embodies his work, becoming character from his world, and recently receiving attention individually from fashion publications noting his creative output on social media.