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.
Isabella Kuijers CODEX Exhibition at 99 Loop in Cape Town
Until 21 October 2017
A codex is a collection of parchment leaves, compiled by hand and stitched together to form an early resemblance to the modern-day book. It served to replace the scroll and lead to great advancement in the spread of knowledge throughout the world. The artworks featured in Codex are like chapters in a larger narrative, seeking insight into the pitfalls of communication and understanding in the age of Information Technology, and our perilous relationship with that precious historical emblem of expansive learning so revered by the Gutenberg mind: paper.
For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.
AO Group Exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town
Until 21 October 2017
AO is an abstract exploration into the Japanese colour word by the same name, which signifies what English-speakers would call Blue and Green. Using traditional and non-traditional mediums, drawing inspiration from the natural environment and the mutable character of the sea, the artists investigate beyond the surface and into the great depths of AO.
Featured artists: Black Koki, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Jade Klara, Sean Gibson and Tahiti Pehrson.
For more information, visit salon91.co.za.
Katherine Spindler – To Hold Time Solo Exhibition at The Barnard Gallery in Cape Town
Until 24 October 2017
Barnard Gallery presents Katherine Spindler’s third solo exhibition, TO HOLD TIME. Katherine Spindler’s artistic process is essentially one guided by intuition before and above concept. As such, it is difficult, and perhaps inappropriate, to attempt to describe an overarching impetus for this new collection of work, entitled TO HOLD TIME. The very title indicates an impossible act, which is nevertheless ubiquitously attempted, in the ways we continually endeavour to contain and explain time, to endow it with meaning and parameters, to master it, direct it.
Spindler’s consideration of time is one played out on a personal, empathetic and phenomenological scale rather than one concerned with objective or scientific measuring. Time becomes a question of our ways of being, of understanding, of navigating. The artist looks to how we navigate life through gesture, ritual, routine and rhythm. Fragmentary gestures are made monumental, while monuments – such as Spindler’s reoccurring lighthouse – are rendered fragmentary and diaphanous.
For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.
Against The Grain – Kelly John Gough Solo Exhibition at the Oda Gallery in Franschhoek
Until 25 October
Kelly makes use of bold, rich oils on a raw backdrop of wood panel; elegant, classical figures with a provocative, erotic edge – Kelly John Gough’s artwork embodies a breathtaking joining of juxtapositions.
“Artists of the Italian Renaissance, during the 15th and early 16th centuries, usually painted on thick panels of poplar wood composed of several boards that were glued together. Wooden dowels were sometimes used to reinforce the joins, and then the panel was planed smooth by specialist carpenters or woodcarvers.”
“Chiaroscuro, yet another Renaissance technique appears, the art of using strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect.”
While these techniques enforce the very classical aspect in Gough’s work, his birch or pine wood panels in fact wear their sophistication and history lightly and carry the rather edgy, postmodern realism well. Dramatic, and at times, large-scale portraits or nudes in oil demand a focused attention yet exude silence, calmness and create a contemplative state in the viewer.
For more information, visit odagallery.co.za.
POP UP // JOBURG: Warren Editions at 44 Stanley
Until 28 October
Warren Editions will be presenting a selection of work as a pop-up exhibition at 44 Stanley in Joburg. The show will be on view from 8 September, opening to coincide with the Joburg Art Fair weekend and running for two months. The show will include a selection of recent work produced by the studio in collaboration with various artists, including Brett Murray, Dan Halter, Diane Victor, Georgina Gratrix, Hugh Byrne, Katherine Bull, Mia Chaplin, Michael Taylor, Sanell Aggenbach and Wilhelm Saayman.
Following a global trend among smaller-scale galleries and studios, Warren Editions has embraced the pop-up exhibition as an alternative model to the high-stakes gamble of an art fair. Some of the artists that they work with are not readily available in Joburg, therefore it also makes sense to give time for the appreciation of their work by an audience beyond the Cape Town market. Their emergence into a new city comes at an appropriate time for the studio, as 2017 marks their 10th year of cooperation and collaboration in Cape Town.
For more information, visit warreneditions.com.
Ghost In The Machine: a Solo Exhibition by Richard Smith at EBONY/Curated in Cape Town
1 November 2017
With a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 40 exhibitions, Richard Smith will soon be presenting his 18th solo exhibition, Ghost in the Machine, at EBONY/CURATED in Cape Town on 1 November, from 6pm – 8pm at EBONY, 67 Loop Street, Cape Town.
Richard Smith (b. 1947) began his artistic career as a political cartoonist in the ‘70s. To date, Smith has had over 14 solo exhibitions both locally and internationally. Smith refers to his paintings as accidental, allowing the act of painting to be foremost while form and content are secondary. Although his finished works are richly layered, he wants, in his own words, ‘the brush to spend as little time on the canvas as possible.’
For more information, visit ebonycurated.com.
Christy Lee Rogers Hybrid Exhibition at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery in Johannesburg
Until 4 November
From new life to death, from purity to passion, flowers have had many meanings throughout time. From youth, enlightenment, the divine and beauty to chastity, fertility, fragility and rebirth, these blossoming, fragile creatures can be described as the most beautiful life forms on the planet, and yet one of the most transitory in terms of life span. In Hybrids, Rogers goes underwater to crossbreed the human form and its many varying ethnicities with an expansive collection of flowers; many indigenous to South Africa and her native home of Hawaii.
For more information, visit grahamsfineartgallery.co.za.
Gregor Jenkin’s Solo Exhibition at Southern Guild Gallery in Cape Town
9 November 2017 – 12 February 2018
Gregor Jenkin is widely lauded as one of South Africa’s foremost designers. A self-proclaimed ‘maker of things’, his interest in engineering, intervention and re-imagining has shaped unique and storied pieces and a pared down vernacular that is at once nostalgic and highly contemporary.
His solo show at the Southern Guild Silo gallery in Cape Town promises a broad spectrum of work that will provide visitors with a snapshot of his studio as it is today. New work inspired by the incidental shapes of heritage steel salvaged from the Silo district will be shown alongside well-known furniture and subtly adjusted Jenkin’s classics.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
Kenrick McFarlane ANIMA Exhibition at Gallery MOMO Johannesburg
Until 18 November 2017
This is Kenrick McFarlane’s first solo exhibition in South Africa, ANIMA. McFarlane uses painting as a language to express his political and personal thoughts, desires, emotions and fears. ANIMA is a concept developed by analytical psychologist Carl Jung that refers to an archetype that influences the relationship amongst men and women. It is a kind of innate guide, a personification of the unconscious, which leads one through the ambiguous path of engaging and interacting with the feminine and one’s own body.
McFarlane summons this archetype to guide the spirit of his making, taking form through the visual techniques of Renaissance painting layered with synthetic, and often off-kilter, coloured cartooning. His work presents a keen awareness of the historical paucity that surrounds the representation of the black body within the practice of painting. McFarlane uses formal devices excavated from European painting to allude to the unseen black influence within the history of painting.
For more information, visit gallerymomo.com.
Cameron Platter’s ZOL Exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town
19 October – 25 November
Incorporating aspects of sculpture, drawing, video, collage, poetry, tapestry, and web, Cameron Platter’s practice appropriates and filters, in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way, the enormous volume of information available today. Blurring the distinction between high and low, his eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach to art making, typically draws from sources as disparate as fast food, art history, photography, psychedelics, landscape, advertising, therapy, collage, and consumerism.
For more information, visit blankprojects.com.
GUILD’s BRAVE Exhibition and Auction in Cape Town
23 November 2017
Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural BRAVE dinner and exhibit in July 2016, GUILD is hosting the second annual BRAVE exhibit and auction at its flagship store and gallery in the new silo district in Cape Town. On Thursday, 23 November, guests will be treated to live music, with canapés by The Yard and drinks by Spice Route, followed by enthralling stories from extraordinary explorers, leaders and adventurers, including two of the all-female Black Mamba anti-poaching team; acclaimed artist Justine Mahoney; National Geographic Explorer of the Year, paleoanthropologist Marina Elliot; visionary GUILD director, Trevyn McGowan; the first female conservation student from African Leadership University (ALU); and Rock Girl spoken-word poet Miche Williams.
At the auction, artists and designers, along with luminaries from across South Africa, will come together to raise funds for scholarships for the very first young women to enrol in the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation, and to support the fifth Rock Girl Road Trip. At the event, the first ever BRAVE mobile studio will be on hand and a BRAVE award will be given to a woman or girl who lives the mission of BRAVE, to build a just, equal and safe society.
For more information, visit rockgirlsa.org.
A4 Arts Foundation – You & I Inaugural Exhibition In Cape Town
Until 30 November
The A4 Arts Foundation will open a dynamic new contemporary arts project space in Cape Town on 13 September. The new gallery and project space (middle) is situated at 23 Buitenkant Street. A4 is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the arts across Southern Africa; and the new project space will act as a central hub for its diverse activities. Connecting people, ideas, and practices, A4 will showcase creative work from across the region and around the world.
The inaugural exhibition You & I will demonstrate A4 Arts Foundation’s investment in collaboration, with a group presentation that considers how people come together, exploring the conditions and dynamics of collectivity. Curated by Ziphozenkosi Dayile and artist Kemang Wa Lehulere, You & I showcases work by artists including Zanele Muholi, Glenn Ligon, Yoko Ono, Goddy Leye, Santu Mofokeng, Haroon Gunn-Salie with James Matthews, Eugene Paramoer and The Propeller Group, amongst others. The exhibition includes a public programme of live performances, screenings and discussions.
For more information, visit a4arts.org.
Prince Albert Open Studios
15 – 22 December 2017
Prince Albert is an historic village with a strong sense of place, an oasis situated at the foot of the magestic Swartberg Mountains. The area is home to many talented artists working in a variety of mediums and genres. From 15 to 22 December 2017 resident artists will be opening their studios, inviting the general public to engage on a personal level.
For more information, visit princealbert.org.za.
FOOD / OUTDOOR EVENTS
WORDS 2017 at NIROX Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp
21 – 22 October
An annual festival dedicated to the power and promise of words in every incarnation: written, spoken and sung. They bring together multiple disciplines to celebrate and examine the world of WORDS. This year’s title Why the World… invites artists and audiences to finish the question as they may… the challenge and the joy… why is it at all?
1. In Conversation
4. Outdoor Sculpture
6. In Other Words
8. Artbooks & Indoor Sculpture
9. Book Central
10. Words for Children
12. Eating & Drinking at WORDS
For more information, visit niroxwords.com.
Durbanville Hills at the annual Season of Sauvignon
28 – 29 October
Durbanville Hills is once again part of the wine valley’s most anticipated celebrations – the annual Season of Sauvignon. Providing guests with the chance to explore Durbanville, the festivities will consist of delectable food, great entertainment and award-winning wines. Tickets are available to purchase via Webtickets at a cost of only R100 per adult and R50 per child.
Guests are encouraged to grab a glass, sit back and relax on the lawns while enjoying the soulful sounds of Paige Mac, a fan favourite at the winery, as well as a performance by The Renegades.
A variety of Cape Town’s best food trucks will be on site to offer guests everything from burgers and tacos to sandwiches and oysters, as well as cheese and charcuterie platters.
For more information, visit durbanvillehills.co.za.
Stellenberg Gardens Charity Open Days
11 – 12 November 2017
Stellenberg Gardens, owned by Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone, will once again be open to the public to raise funds for St. Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children, over the weekend of 11 and 12 November 2017.
The five-acre garden, set in the heart of Kenilworth, surrounds one of the Cape’s classic Cape Dutch homesteads. The garden is divided into a series of garden rooms, each of which form part of the evolution of the whole garden over the last thirty years. As the gardens evolve there is something new to see every year.
Tea and cake will be on sale in support of the charity and the Stellenberg Nursery will be open, selling plants, the beautiful book about the garden, as well as Stellenberg Candles.
The event will be held at 30 Oak Avenue – Kenilworth. Entrance fee is R50, children under 12 enter for free. Opening hours are from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
For more information, visit stellenberggardens.co.za.
GCRO at The 2017 Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism
2 September – 5 November
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory will be participating in the Cities Exhibition at the inaugural 2017 Seoul Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism. The GCRO exhibition, entitled Shifting Borders and Building Bridges, explores the making, shifting and bridging of urban borders. In recent years we have seen the continued relevance of international borders and how these affect the lives of people in different places. While political borders remain as pertinent as ever, this exhibition examines kinds of “urban borders” in the context of the Gauteng City-Region (GCR).
The exhibition observes these urban borders through four perspectives: spatial, social, institutional, and resource via four interactive story maps. Each story draws on a combination of previous research and new innovative content including videos, interactive visualisations and experimental maps. Using touch screens and tablets, visitors can scroll through each story map or play with the live maps and visualisations and is fully bilingual (English and Korean).
For more information, visit gcro.ac.za.