Entitled Slices of Life, Rosenthal’s new show brings together a broad selection of his photographic work from the last two years. Architecture and interiors dominate, sharing space with occasional landscapes and, in one instance, a Douglas DC-3.
Rosenthal’s precise framing and measured manipulation of colour bind the collection.
The centre of the show in every sense — a stark, monochrome panorama entitled “Royal Naval College, Greenwich” — commands viewers’ attention with its scale and immersive perspective.
In 2011 Rosenthal took part in a two-man show with another Johannesburg artist, Andrew Sprawson at Main Street Life that saw Rosenthal (using analogue and digital cameras) and Sprawson (using the decidedly analogue black Bic ballpoint pen) examine the city they call home.
Rosenthal’s first solo show, The Push and Pull of the Urban Giant, was held at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery at Alliance Française in August 2010 and curated by Tallula Esterhuizen. — CW
The Cow Artworks is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 until 17:00, and Saturday’s from 10:00 until 14:00. Slices of Life runs until 30 October 2013.