Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.

Serge Alain Nitegeka’s Innate Black Exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town

Until 13 October 2018

STEVENSON is pleased to present Innate Black, a solo exhibition by Serge Alain Nitegeka, his sixth with the gallery.

In previous exhibitions, Serge Alain has sought to give shape to charged emotional and political spaces. In Innate Black, his immersive environments use colour and form to shift perception into an embodied process of contemplation.  Environs alternately characterised by restraint and abandon invite meditations on the nature of the relationship between the somatic and cerebral. Spanning sculpture, painting and installation, Serge Alain’s oeuvre has traditionally observed the formal and philosophical connotations of the colour black; in Innate Black he considers “what is lived but cannot be explained”.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Kyle Morland Solo Exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town

Until 13 October 2018

blank projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Kyle Morland, his fifth with the gallery.

In this, his first solo show in blank’s new gallery space, Kyle responds to its volume with three large sculptural works. Kyle, who has a penchant for working within self-imposed constraints, embraced the challenge of bringing the works into the space, solved by building them out of segmented elements. Each segment has been meticulously calculated and drawn, cut out of steel plate and bent into shape before being bolted to the next element. Added together, these straight-lined, rhomboid shapes create curved, linear forms resembling the ubiquitous air-conditioning duct, speaking to the artist’s preoccupation with industrial forms, materials and modes of production. Shot-blasted and painted with white enamel, these sculptures, although large in scale, have a light touch. They curve through the gallery, reaching to the ceiling and playfully articulating the space around them.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.

Michael Taylor’s Boy. Boat. Bat. Exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town

Until 13 October 2018

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Boy. Boat. Bat. at WHATIFTHEWORLD is a new solo exhibition of painting, drawing and installation by South African artist Michael Taylor.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

HARMONIA: Sacred Geometry, The Pattern of Existence Exhibition by Gordon Froud at Cavalli Estate

Until 14 October 2018

What better time than spring to celebrate sacred geometry, the essential pattern of all life, with the HARMONIA exhibition at Cavalli, the Wineland’s finest art, food and wine destination.

Gordon Froud, a well-known sculptor, curator and senior lecturer in sculpture at the University of Johannesburg is collaborating with Art Source South Africa to showcase a new body of work at Cavalli wine estate that investigates various aspects of sacred geometry in the world around us.

This unique exhibition extends to more than Gordon’s sculptural works to include drawings, printmaking, digital imaging, embossing and even animation. Froud looks at sacred geometry in landscapes, cityscapes, human form and in the spirit. Each of these chapters reinforces the proliferation and extent to which geometry is inherent to our existence and to the overall pattern of the universe.

For more information, visit cavallistud.com.

Material Gains Exhibition at Stellenbosch University Museum

Until 20 October 2018

An exciting exhibition, Material Gains, opened end of July in Stellenbosch, showcasing more than 50 works from Spier’s diverse collection of contemporary art.

As the Stellenbosch University Museum celebrates 100 years by looking forward, this exhibition’s artworks, when viewed collectively, represent and celebrate the “material gains” that have positively impacted the stability and sustainability of Africa’s visual arts.

Located at 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, the exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 4:30pm. Entrance is free.

For more information, visit sun.ac.za/museum.

Vestige Exhibition at Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town

Until 20 October 2018

Artists Jacqueline Griffin-Jones and Louise Almon share the walls of the historic museum in their exhibition titled Vestige. In the rooms of Irma Stern’s old home, the two painters, with their shared medium of oil on canvas, will show some of their most recent works.

The exhibition sees a maturation of their combined evolving thematic work, which looks at their expressions around the intangibles of life.

The show will run from 6 – 20 October, with the official opening from 12pm on 13 October. Entrance is free on 13 October, however should you visit outside of the opening, there is an entrance fee of R20 for adults and R10 for learners.

For more information, visit irmastern.co.za.

Palindroom at Lemon Design Studio in Johannesburg

Until 20 October 2018

Titled Palindroom, this is the first photographic exhibition for Koos Groenewald – long admired as one-half of acclaimed creative duo, Jana + Koos.

Koos has two solo exhibitions to his name – but those who have come to know his work will once again be surprised. Arresting and intriguing, Palindroom shows Koos striking new creative ground, making work that doesn’t borrow from anything he’s done before.

And in bringing his photography to the public, Koos has – not unexpectedly for this design maverick – taken an alternative approach. Specifically resisting the established gallery route, Koos is presenting Palindroom in Lemon’s production space in the basement of the studio’s new Kramerville home.

Palindroom features a selection of photographs that Koos describes as asymmetrical reflections, odd pairs, daydreams, nightmares and happy accidents.

For more information, visit madebylemon.co.za.

Rare Plant Sale at Tokara

20 October 2018

Experience TOKARA in all its natural splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive private gardens to the public for the annual Rare Plant Sale on Saturday 20 October 2018.

This popular event is a spring highlight for plant lovers. From indigenous offerings such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, the wide variety of plants will appeal to all tastes.

The Rare Plant Sale starts at 9am. Tickets cost R50 and are available at the gate. Children under 10 enter for free. The TOKARA Tasting Lounge, restaurants and delicatessen will be open as usual.

For more information, email pieterdiener@gmail.com.

Recollectionary: 10 Years of Paul Senyol & Salon Ninety One at Salon Ninety One Gallery in Cape Town

Until 20 October 2018

Salon Ninety One and Paul Senyol are truly proud and grateful to be celebrating a decade of working, growing and exhibiting together, as well as the beautiful friendship that has formed between gallery and artist over the years. Paul Senyol and Wesley van Eeden were the first artists to exhibit at Salon91 back in October 2008 in a two-man show, beautifully named Under These Skies.

The gallery and artist will be marking the event and this special relationship with an exhibition titled Recollectionary: 10 Years of Paul Senyol & Salon Ninety One. This solo show will take on the form of a mini-retrospective featuring works on paper, board, canvas, as well as found objects and more, and will be accompanied by the launch of a publication, centered around the artist’s development and innovation between 2008 and 2018.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

Francois Visser Interlude Exhibition at THK Photography in Cape Town

Until 26 October 2018

Interlude is a pictorial chronicle documenting a colorful tapestry of subjects and places across South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania – including portraits of acrobats, alluvial miners, pikipiki riders, teenagers, and landscapes recorded on the road as traveler and observer. Some of the pictures emerge from happenstance encounters, whilst others exist in collaborative concurrence.

The photographs in each series are thread together through a balance of sublimity and simplicity. They comprise an exploration of transitory encounters, conveyed by a sense of certitude across cultural boundaries – an ideal that sometimes appears in the presence of its obverse: the possibility of partition. It is often through candid conversations that the perfect collision occurs, unveiling an otherwise latent image. These collected series form a layering of stories that convey the sublime without pretense or façade. Visually captivating images present a multi-faceted memoir and tribute, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.

The current exhibition showcases a selection of these works alongside the artist edition book.

THK Photography is located at 52 Waterkant Street, Cape Town.

For more information, visit thkphotography.com.

Head First by Geena Wilkinson at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 27 October 2018

99 Loop is delighted to show Head First by Geena Wilkinson.

The artist writes:

“Below sea level, Everything is quiet And the body is loud. Telling me only to keep going up, Nothing above ground does that.

Head first, it’s how you come up for air. Always toward, without thinking.

Duck dive, head first, Practicing deep breaths and counting the quiet. But water gets heavier the longer you hold it.

Head swimming becomes night swimming, Through the black, toward the incandescent glow. Instincts of fly kick in. Heavy limbs become light; heavy thoughts take flight.”

For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.

Isambulo/Revelations Group Exhibition at Henry George Gallery in Johannesburg

Until 27 October 2018

Isambulo/Revelations is a group exhibition at the Henry George Gallery, 45, 6th Street, Parkhurst. The exhibition will feature new paintings, drawings and conceptual photographs by the Amasosha (otherwise known as the “Soldiers of Art”).

For more information, visit henrygeorge.co.za.

FOVNTAIN by Morné Visage at Smith Gallery in Cape Town

Until 27 October 2018

SMITH is excited to present FOVNTAIN, a solo exhibition by Morné Visagie in association with WHATIFTHEWORLD.

Morné graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2011. He has had several solo exhibitions, and his work has been included in two group shows at SMITH. Morné trained as a professional printmaker at Warren Editions, a fine art print studio in Cape Town. This year, he started his Masters in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Growing up on Robben Island, the Atlantic Ocean – that separated Visagie from the Mainland – became a recurring metaphor in his imagination. Furthermore, for the past eight years, the colour blue has been the primary motif in his work; a personal symbol of death, loss, nostalgia, memory, religion, sexuality, exile and distance.

Morné looks to historical accounts of Robben Island to make sense of his personal histories with the space.

For more information, visit smithstudio.co.za.

Greener Pastures by Gerald Machona at The Goodman Gallery in Cape Town

Until 3 November 2018

Stories of mobility are strongly linked to the individual and collective search for greener pastures. This yearning for a better life, place or situation is the conceptual thread that runs through Gerald Machona’s much-anticipated second solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery. This pursuit has motivated people towards social connectedness and upward mobility in search of utopian ideals. Using an intersectional approach, Gerald navigates the various ways in which interlocking systems of power impact and overlap with individual and collective aspirations. This takes the form of decommissioned currency fashioned as transnational floral arrangements and photographic reflections on the process of negotiating marital traditions across borders.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

KABOOM! by William Kentridge at The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

13 October – 10 November 2018

KABOOM! wastes little time introducing itself. The title sets the scene for the exhibition, which largely draws on work produced for two recent performance projects by William Kentridge backdropped by war: the critically acclaimed The Head & the Load, which premiered at London’s Tate Modern in July and the celebrated 2017 production of Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck.

The exhibition is organised around Kentridge’s ongoing interest in juxtaposing fragments for both coherent and absurdist ends. The result is a showcase of work in various mediums, which includes a new three-channel film related to The Head & The Load, shown alongside never-before-exhibited charcoal drawings used for projection in that production, as well as others produced for the opera, Wozzeck. In addition, KABOOM! features composite drawings made for Williams’s recent performance of Kurt Schwitters’s 1932 sound poem, Ursonate, at Performa 17 in New York and a new set of bronze sculptures that form part of his Lexicon series.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Greyton Artwalk, Greyton, Western Cape

16 – 18 November 2018

The second annual Greyton Art Walk, which takes place from 16 to 18 November this year, promises to again offer residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy all things art in the picturesque Overberg town in the Valley of Grace.

With its narrow streets and historical houses, Greyton is turned into a massive art gallery for the weekend.

For more information visit greytontourism.co.za.

Maonero Angu (My Reality II) Solo Exhibition by Richard Mudariki at the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

9 October – 20 November 2018

Barnard is pleased to present Maonero Angu (My Reality II) by Richard Mudariki. The artist’s work has long been interested in the intersection of personal and political worlds, a theme succinctly captured in the title of his latest body of work: Maonero Angu (My Reality II).

While the artist often tackles societal issues and public personas, rendering them in absurdist, theatrical milieus, his work nevertheless always maintains a highly personal dimension, providing a space for personal reflection and examination. In moving away from classical allusions and into the more intimate space of the artist’s studio, Maonero Angu (My Reality II) re-orientates the artist’s on-going discussion on the nature of painting into a more personal, self-assured space, allowing the viewer a window into the processes of creation and inspiration. While these new works may give the viewer a new insight into a more personal space, the artist has not abandoned the humorous play with politics and power for which he has become increasingly more acclaimed. Drawing on such recent events as the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the water crisis in Cape Town, and the fallout of Brexit and Donald Trump, Richard displays an ever more astute ability to capture the absurdity of contemporary social reality, a theatricality and playfulness, which contains within it a searing understanding of the volatility of global politics.

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.

Centennial: A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918 – 2018 at the Sanlam Art Lounge in Joburg

Until 14 December 2018

From Botha’s devastating Butterfly Box and Kentridge’s eerily abandoned Stadium to the perpetually discharging pistol of van der Merwe’s Gaste and the #RhodesMustFall reference behind Mudariki’s The Model, is art the most truthful documentation of a nation’s history? And if so, what does Sanlam’s Centennial exhibition say about the transformation of SA? The exhibition commemorates Sanlam’s centenary and is one-of-a-kind in its objective to showcase SA history. Curator Stefan Hundt takes visitors on a journey through the last 100 years, with guided tours available by appointment on set dates. A journey that brings one face-to-face with chapters of colonial hegemony, political repression, a triumphant democracy and the economically unbalanced society that followed.

The exhibition can be viewed from 5 September to 14 December at the Sanlam Art Lounge at 11 Alice Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm. Free guided tours will be offered on 5 September at 4pm and 6pm and on 7 September at 10am, 2pm and 4pm.

For more information, please contact the curator, Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359 or email stefan.hundt@sanlam.co.za.

Woven Forms at Southern Guild in Cape Town

Until 30 December 2018

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Renate Müller – Universe

Southern Guild launches Woven Forms, a collection of limited-edition rugs by leading international designers, presented by R & Company and Amini.

The rug collection – a collaboration between New York gallery R & Company and Milan-based carpet producer Amini – was presented to the public for the first time at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

Foundry Proof at Southern Guild

Until 30 December 2018

Foundry Proof

Jesse Ede, Orbit. Image credit: Hayden Phipps

Southern Guild and Bronze Age Studio co-curate Foundry Proof, an exhibition that casts a 21st-century light on the age-old material of bronze.

“Bronze is a material to live with – tactile, warm and transformative, with the comforting knowledge that it will last generations,” says Julian McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild.

Joining Julian as co-curator of Foundry Proof are Otto du Plessis and Charles Haupt of Bronze Age Studio, in celebration of the close working relationship the gallery and studio have enjoyed over the past 10 years.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

Wim Botha: Heliostat Exhibition at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town

Until 22 January 2019

Renowned South African contemporary artist Wim Botha is set to enthral visitors to Norval Foundation in Tokai with Wim Botha: Heliostat, a brand-new exhibition exploring the transformation of light.

The theme that unites all work in Wim’s exhibition is refraction, understood in optics as the transformation of light by splitting into visible rainbow spectrum or distortion through material such as glass or a prism. This principle is used by Wim both literally, by applying dichroic filters to glass surfaces throughout the exhibition, and metaphorically, for the transformation and manipulation of canonical artworks and symbols of Afrikaans identity.

Wim transforms familiar symbols and icons, suggestive of the artist’s ambivalence towards European and Afrikaans culture, in which he is at once deeply invested, but of which he is also critical in terms of South Africa’s colonial and Apartheid histories. Within this ambivalence, Wim continues to search for a visual language that articulates the contradictory, complex nature of being human.

For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org.