David Jacobson (Sculptor), London

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updated on 18 January 2020

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A country more than double the size of the United Kingdom, population just over 1, 000, 000, there was a lot of space. But not enough! SWA was ruled by South Africa under the abhorent apartheid system. There was no such thing as a South West African passport. The space was explained by the shifting dunes of the Namib desert, a dramatic and constantly changing landscape. Bone dry, sandy, river beds that became ranging torrents for five days out of 365 or, might not have any water for three years. A lunar landscape, caves, with extraordinary paintings and marks on stone.
Flat rock surfaces the size of a tennis court with spoor picked or carved into them. Boulders with chevrons, circles, grids, and mythical man beasts engraved all around them. Rhineland castles appeared in the middle of the desert next to mud huts. Cardboard and corrugated iron shanty towns grew next to 19th century German, Colonial or Cape Dutch style architecture. After working as a reporter, chicken farmer, actor and director in Africa, Australia, Israel and Europe, I came in 1973 to London to study sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts.
The art paradigm of the seventies included minimilism, conceptual art, performance and installation. Galleries were large white spaces with as little as possible in them. Artists took journeys into deserts to record their presence, made land art and site specific sculpture. I moved from the desert.


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