Ross Passmoor – Artist’s Bio and C.V
Ross was born in Durban in 1984 and raised in Pietermaritzburg. After completing his Masters in Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he taught art at St. Benedict High School in Pinetown. After two years he left teaching, in favour of a full-time art career and has been living and working as an artist in Johannesburg since the beginning of 2012. Having had residencies at Assemblage’s NewARC studios and the Bag Factory Studios, as a David Koloane Award winner. He is currently completing a PhD at Wits School of Art, while working on his art practice from the Bag Factory. Ross has shown work at the Turbine Hall Art Fair, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Gallery 2, Lizamore and Associates, Washington Print Gallery, Bayliss Gallery, KZNSA, Wits Art Museum and others. He has also been a finalist in various competitions including Sasol New Signatures, Absa Atelier, Nivea Art Awards, the SA Taxi Art Awards and he previously was awarded the David Koloane Award.
Suburban detritus forms the starting point for Passmoor’s work. He collects throwaway materials from in and around his suburban home and reworks these materials into sculptural installations. Beyond these sculptural pieces, he uses collage, painting and printmaking as a way of processing the material visually to assist in both the building of the installations and as a kind of archival document of the larger works. His work explores the pastness of materials and challenges modernist assumptions surrounding nostalgia. In working with these materials the artist roots himself in the suburban space and builds a new, imperfect and somewhat broken history for both himself and the material. Through this engagement with the material, Passmoor reworks his own perceptions of the mundane materiality of the suburb and teases out the potential for narrative, myth, sacrality and a loose non-specific plural history in the form of pastness, situated uneasily at the intersection of satire and epic.