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.
EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
Sarah Walmsley’s Absence and Presence: in Search of Memory and the Imago at StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town
Until 21 April 2018
Sarah Walmsley has just completed her Masters in Fine Art Sculpture at Nelson Mandela University, and in April 2018 will be bringing her Master’s exhibition to StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town.
Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and the viewer. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin.
For more information, visit stateofteart-gallery.com.
Izandla Zethu Exhibition at Ukhambabeerworx in Cape Town
27 April 2018
Izandla Zethu is a collective exhibition that aims to promote the narrative of working together within a community of artists and creatives. It further promotes the culture of making art accessible in different spaces and on different platforms, other than traditional spaces like art galleries.
The exhibition features work by artists Khaya Witbooi, Andile Dyalvane, Viwe Mfaku, Siphe Bobani, Abongile Ntsane, Lynette Thabo, Madoda Fani, Ronald Muchatuta and Dathini Mzayiya.
The exhibition will be held at Ukhambabeerworx, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town on 27 April 2018 from 5:30pm until 8pm.
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The Lure: a solo show by Olivié Keck at The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House in Cape Town
Until 27 April 2018
Olivié Keck’s oil-based and watercolour monotypes were created by the artist last March at the internationally-acclaimed Belgian print studio, Frans Masereel Centrum. Keck’s latest show brings attention to the rise of the online phenomenon of “clickbait” through a playful approach to print-making.
“My intention has been to depict the visual and literary devices used in clickbait through the aesthetic of printmaking.” says Olivié. “In recontextualising and reimagining the content taken from various digital platforms, I have attempted to address some of the ways in which clickbait exploits the general consumers inherent ‘lazy brain’ inclination and the psychology of the human ‘curiosity gap’.”
For more information, visit thevoorkamergallery.com.
Half-Imagined Exhibition by Dylan Culhane in Cape Town
Until 30 April 2018
Artist and photographer Dylan Culhane will be exhibiting new work on 12 April at POST, Old Castle Brewery in Woodstock.
This will include a collection of large, limited edition prints, on paper for the first time. More information on this series will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Lizza Littlewort It Seemed To Throw a Kind Of Light at 99 Loop in Cape Town
Until 28 April 2018
99 Loop will exhibit work by Capetonian artist, Lizza Littlewort.
It seemed to throw a kind of light is Lizza Littlewort’s latest collection of paintings, which explores the need for a re-enchantment of cultural paradigms in order to cope with the crisis of climate change. As a result of the drought in the Western Cape, new priorities have been established to cope with the threat of the taps running dry. Such a crisis of supply of one of the most fundamental of human needs, water, confronts society with its own system failure. This is akin to reaching the farthest point of navigation for an explorer, beyond which lies the unknown.
Littlewort’s paintings explore the complex mix of feelings of dread and hope that a position in crisis engenders. In the night-time of our social order, Littlewort suggests that a new and promising light, an alternative way forward, is possible. Somewhere within the darkness of failure a new clarity of direction can emerge. The title of this group of works refers to the narration of Marlow from Joseph Conrad’s novel The Heart Of Darkness. In an attempt to express the impact of his experiences beyond the pale, Marlow can only say that “It seemed somehow to throw a kind of light”. – Natasha Norman
For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.
Decorex Cape Town 2018
27 April – 1 May 2018
Unharnessed creativity and the latest in quality design trends are set to flow through the Mother City as the 20th edition of Decorex Cape Town kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May 2018.
This well-entrenched exhibition is the ideal place for those looking to interact with leaders in the field of decor and design while drawing on world-class inspired creations and sampling the latest in lifestyle products. For home renovations, office refurbishments, the establishment of world-class boutique hotels – and everything in between – Decorex Cape Town offers a range of inspired decor solutions, all in one setting. The trade-focused day will be on Monday 30 April 2018.
Adults – R 110
Student/Pensioners – R95
Kids under 12 – R20
Trade – R95
Exhibitor – R95
For more information, visit decorex.co.za.
Deborah Poynton – The Human Abstract Exhibition at STEVENSON Gallery in Johannesburg
Until 4 May 2018
The Human Abstract is the ninth solo exhibition of new paintings by Deborah Poynton at the gallery. This body of work is titled after a poem by William Blake, from his Songs of Experience, published in 1794.
“In this poem Blake says that each virtue requires its opposite to exist at all, and thus that truth is a kind of self-deceit; goodness requires evil to be seen as good, and human love thrives on control and selfishness. Moral order requires moral disorder to have any meaning. Born out of our own fear of what we can’t explain, this system of certainties blinds us to nature, to the divine. Our very nature makes us unnatural.
We are eternally caught in this dilemma. Society thunders on in a mad, self-destructive fury of things, sounds, poisons, excesses, hurts and outrages, spouting certainties from all sides. Nature is ravaged while we water our pot plants and cook supper, try to bring up our children well, and seek out small reassurances.
There is an absence of certainty in these paintings; they don’t lay claim to relevance. Passages lead to and from nowhere in particular, and yet everything is particular. I can only offer those small reassurances that I crave for myself: light at the end of the tunnel, nostalgia for the idea of an image, funny moments, an attachment to place and stuff.”
For more information, visit stevenson.info.
Zander Blom Paintings and Posters at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town
Until 5 May 2018
Paintings and Posters signals another radical shift, this time away from abstraction, as figurative elements previously confined to his drawing practice enter his canvases for the first time. Born of a growing disillusionment with the limitations of his old, self-imposed rules, this exhibition of new works represents Blom’s desire for a new pictorial language.
A small group of paintings retain the minimalist impulse that preceded this body of work. These hybrids, in which Blom starts to make use of oil bar in addition to his usual oils, show the transition from the focus on materiality and space to figurative reference and humour. More recent paintings are composed from painted fragments, stuck together as in haphazard mosaics; allusions both to the history of art and Blom’s personal history proliferate, like visual quotations realised in figurative scrawl. A single painting may combine a multitude of references, from Josef Albers to Maggie Laubser, from memories of 1990s Pretoria to childhood obsessions with monsters and knives.
Zander Blom will give a walkabout of his exhibition on Saturday 17 March at 11am. Entrance is free and all are welcome.
For more information, visit stevenson.info.
Winter Sculpture Fair at Nirox Sculpture Park in Johannesburg
12 – 13 May 2018
An enchanting sensory journey awaits at the 6th edition of the Winter Sculpture Fair. Feast your eyes on beautiful sculptures, feel the crisp winter air on your cheeks and taste the finest produce from Franschhoek within the pictuersque Nirox Sculpture Park.
The Franschhoek Valley is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. The Winter Sculpture Fair affords the Joburg audience an unparalled opportunity to sample the magnificent produce from a selection of the very best chefs and vignerons hailing from Franschhoek.
In 2018, Nirox has partnered with curators Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell from Wanås Konst, Sweden to present the 2018 edition of Winter Sculpture Fair. Wanås Konst Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way.
Tickets will be available online from 26 February 2018 and will not be available at the door.
For more information, visit wintersculpturefair.co.za.
Kudzanai Chiurai’s Madness and Civilisation at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town
Until 12 May 2018
In November 2017, Kudzanai Chiurai’s first solo exhibition in his home country, We Need New Names, went on view at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe just as the country’s former President Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in a military-led handover of power. Continuing his collaboration with curator Candice Allison, Madness and Civilisation re-stages elements of this timely exhibition, giving unique insight into the ongoing research underpinning Chiurai’s creative projects over the past two years. Long recognised for his politically driven work, he combines art historical imagery with references from popular culture and archival material to present searing works that explore the visual language and tropes of myth and myth-making; history and history-making; power and power-making.
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Re-worked K9 Exhibition at RK Contemporary in Riebeek-Kasteel
27 April – 23 May 2018
A unique collaborative art exhibition featuring the works of Theo Paul Vorster and Hennie Meyer will put man’s best friend in the spotlight.
Entitled Re-worked K9, the exhibition, which is taking place at RK Contemporary – Riebeek Kasteel’s newest art gallery – will see these two renowned artists depicting reworked artworks of real and fictitious dogs belonging to celebrated artists through the ages.
“It is a tongue in cheek depiction of the dogs that never featured in the works of their famous owners,” explains Theo Paul Vorster, who is well-known internationally for his bold and colourful linocuts. “We are using the dogs as a metaphor to remind us not to forget the special things in life that are not recorded or shared.”
Hennie Meyer, an acclaimed ceramist who works predominantly in earthenware, carving into the clay and then using a printing technique to transfer images on to the clay, explains that although he and Vorster have known each other for many years this will be the first time the two artists will be working together.
For more informationm visit rkcontemporary.com.
Margaret Nel – Best Before Exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein
Until 27 May 2018
Artist Margaret Nel explores complexities of female identity, age and abuse of power in this exhibition.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Nadine Lake, Programme Director and Lecturer in the Gender Studies Programme at the University of the Free State, at 7pm on Thursday 19 April 2018. A walkabout will be conducted by the artist at 10am on Friday 20 April 2018.
Comprising 27 paintings completed between 2009 and 2018, Best Before confronts the viewer with three investigations of the same theme: cuts of meat, baked goods and fresh produce, all depicted on an oversized, visceral scale. While these representations of packaged consumer goods may certainly be interpreted as contemporary still life, their scale and candidness encourage the viewer to assess the works on a number of additional levels.
Throughout the series, Nel chooses to depict her subject matter in relation to a thin membrane of plastic wrap, a now-ubiquitous material that has been associated with the packaging of edible items since the mid-twentieth century. Represented as either intact (and therefore sterile) or breached (and thereby rendering its contents vulnerable to decay), this film becomes an interface between an outer and inner reality, and a means for Nel to explore how sexualisation, abjection and the abuse of power inform the female identity.
The Oliewenhuis Art Museum is located at 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein and is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm, and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 9am and 4pm.
For more information, visit nasmus.co.za.
Well Worn Fashion X Art Group Exhibition at Cavalli
Until 27 May 2018
If art serves as a mirror to our civilisation, what truer way is there to reflect on our zeitgeist than to examine art in its closet form to us – through fashion and textile. Participating artists examine and explore the way in which fashion and textile art plays an important role within contemporary art practice.
Exhibited artists include Megan Taljaard, Rozanne Vos, Hannalie Taute, Marianne Kemp, Themba Mbuyisa, Nicola De Jager, Caroline Tomlinson, Andie Reeves, Gregory Stock, Pierre Le Riche, Dominique Edwards, Brooke Schafer, Nadja Daehnke, Rosie James, Laylaa Jacobs, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Ludwich Olivier, Ilene Bothma, Marguerite Roux and Katja Abbotts.
For more information, visit cavalliestate.com.
MJ Lourens – Views on Entropy Exhibition at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town
24 April – 29 May 2018
Entropy, a thermodynamic concept, can be most simply defined as a measure of disorder, used to explain transfers of energy and processes of time by registering the passage from order to disorder within a given system. Being an invisible entity, the title Views on Entropy sets up an interesting contradiction. Enclosed within this title is Lourens’ ongoing desire to capture the hidden and the liminal, forces out of sight, even as he faithfully records and meticulously depicts the apprehensible world in his signature photorealism. Lourens remains fundamentally concerned with the relationship between land and subject, and the degrees of separation between them. Land, memory and subjectivity remain inextricably intertwined, representing a relationship which is never without tension and unease. As his career progresses and his practice evolves, Lourens captures ever more subtleties within this relationship, this calibration of subject, landscape, sky and light. This new body of work represents an increasingly abstracted practice as well as an extension into film media and sculptural canvases. Lourens is thus able to further extend his complication and confusion of surface, while still maintaining the emotional charge and evocative stillness which has always characterised his virtuosic scenes.
For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.
Nest Group Ceramics Exhibition at the Henry George Gallery in Joburg
3 – 31 May 2018
Join Bob Wagener, Caroline Schulz Vieira, Charleen Brunke, Claire Waters, Colleen Lehmkuhl, Dale Lambert, Lalage Hunter, Michelle Legg, Retief van Wyk, Richard Pullen, Sandy Goercke and Sandy Godwin at the Henry George Gallery in Parkhurst from 3 – 31 May for a group ceramics exhibition titled Nest. Opening night is on 3 May from 6pm.
In this exhibition, leading and emerging local ceramicists explore the “hygge” trend via a selection of ceramic vessels made from clay, porcelain and glass, with various distinctive finishes. Curated by Darryl Gray and Amanda Walker, these works reflect a current global inclination towards re-turning, inward – to seek a cosy, pared-down and more authentic, peaceful mode of being.
From Danish culture, the word “hygge” infers a state of mind that expresses a yearning for and learning to be happy with the simple things in life. The exhibition also features selected digital photographic works by Sandra Legg.
Ceramics mentor and teacher Michelle Legg will host two workshops – for experienced and novice ceramicists alike – at the gallery during the exhibition, at R550 per person. Find the Henry George Gallery at 45, 6th Street, Parkhurst.
For more information, visit henrygeorge.co.za.
Paravent – Paintings by Olaf Hajek & Bifurcation – Functional wooden sculpture by Adam Birch at GUILD in Cape Town
25 April – 12 July 2018
Paravent – which means “folding screen” in French – is Olaf’s third solo show in Cape Town, which the internationally renowned German painter calls his second home. This new body of work, presented in collaboration with WHATIFTHEWORLD, depict lush still-lives, vibrant interiors, and mesmerising landscapes whose theatricality is heightened by the recurring motif of a folding screen.
Bifurcation by Adam Birch is a collection of functional wooden sculpture, both minimal and monumental in size. It is a first solo exhibition for Adam, whose sensitivity to the unique forms, patterns and imperfections of each tree is carried through into pieces that are highly sought after at international design fairs and auctions.
For more information, visit theguildgroup.co.za.