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MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 48 AUGUST 2001



Cape Town
28.08.01 'Eat-Drink-Love-Think' by Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery
28.08.01 'YDETAG' at the SA National Gallery
28.08.01 Marie-Claire Yung Hing Nosmas and Erik Schnack at the Chelsea
28.08.01 Larry Scully, Russell Sacks and Mike de la Harpe at the AVA
28.08.01 Slide show and talk by Kevin Brand at the AVA
21.08.01 Michaelis lunchtime lecture: Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa
21.08.01 'Telling Tales' at the 3rd i Gallery
14.08.01 'The Short Century' - Michaelis lunchtime lecture
14.08.01 Slideshow by nature photographer Frans Lanting
07.08.01 Bonita Alice at the Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
07.08.01 Kevin Brand and Greta Matthews at the AVA
07.08.01 Michaelis lunchtime lecture by Shelley Sacks
31.07.01 Linocuts at the Cape Gallery
31.07.01 'Myself.write MyCode' at Bell-Roberts Contemporary
31.07.01 'Michaelis lunchtime lecture by Thembinkosi Goniwe
31.07.01 'Work by female students from Michaelis'
31.07.01 Landscape art at the Chelsea
24.07.01 Sandra Hanekom at the Arts Association of Bellville
24.07.01 World Press Photo 2001 at the Castle of Good Hope
10.07.01 'Painters Painting Our Paintings' at the Michaelis Collection
26.06.01 'Change No Sorry' at João Ferreira Fine Art
17.04.01 'Exchange Values' - Shelley Sacks at the SANG
Stellenbosch
14.08.01 Bridget Baker at the US Art Gallery


Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton




'Eat-Drink-Love-Think' by Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery

Inspired by a recent trip to Mallorca, Barcelona and Prague, Alex Hamilton has produced a new body of work to be exhibited at his own gallery. Of his experience he says: "Whether it is the beautiful pride of the Barcelona market, the sadly majestic windmills of Mallorca, the wacky Gaudi and Gehry architecture, the kitschy iconic Toro or Jesus Child, or the strangely suppressed atmosphere of Prague, to me these elements blur into one exciting and creative experience."

Opening: Sunday September 9 at 6pm
Closing: September 29

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Email: alexh@bangthegallery.co.za
Website: www.bangthegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


YDETAG

Softserve 3 at the SANG



YDETAG

Archie Birch
Promomoney - a work for YDETAG




CAPE TOWN

'YDETAG' at the SA National Gallery

This year's Softserve event is called 'YDETAG', the 'YDE' a thank-you to sponsor Young Designers Emporium, and the 'TAG' a reference to the theme - advertising and branding. Like the previous two events, this has been initiated, planned and produced by the Cape Town based non-profit company Public Eye.

For six months, 100 artists have been preparing for the event. 'YDETAG' fosters collaborative culture, stimulating new "intermedia" work that dissolves traditional boundaries and categories, and consciously develops new cultural hybrids. Every piece produced for this year's show has been made collaboratively, with contributors messing about across disciplines in small crews. Disciplines represented include fine art, graphic design, fashion, copywriting, videography, graffiti, architecture, food art, soundwork and performance.

The early-evening event at the National Gallery spills over into a late-night thrash: a club-culture after-party at Rhodes House nightclub. DJs (including Krushed 'n Sorted), sound artists and veejays will take the art-vs-advertising jinx of the main event one step beyond. If you miss the National Gallery event, there's a two-day exhibition at the SA National Gallery on the Saturday and Sunday following the big night.

Contributors include conceptual artist Peet Pienaar, sound artist James Webb, videographer Edward Young, graphic designer Gabby Raaff, filmmaker Berlin East, painter and animator Pete Eastman, graphic designer and animator Matt Hindley, sound engineer Galen Hossack, conceptual artist Tom Schwarer, photographer Kim Stern, sculptor Karin Lijnes, American food artist Paco Rodriguez, graffitists Mak1, Falco, and Ice, the Malpitte, the students of UCT's School of Architecture, the second year design students of the Michaelis School of Art, videographer Archie Birch, the Lomographers, graphic designer Gareth Chisolm, copywriter Mukunda Michael Dewil and painter Chris Slack.

Tickets cost R20 for entry to the gallery and further R20 for entrance to the afterparty. There are a limited number of tickets for the main event and after-party. Tickets are available at YDE stores (Cavendish Square and Century City) and TicketWeb outlets, and at the Annexe (next to the SA National Gallery) on the night.

Friday September 7, 6-10pm at the SA National Gallery, Government Avenue, with an after-party at Rhodes House, Queen Victoria Street

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For more information contact Andrew Putter at andrewputter@hotmail.com or Robert Weinek at 082 774-9233, (021) 448-1087 or bobman@iafrica.com


Marie-Claire Nosmas

Marie-Claire Yung Hing Nosmas
Aura's Dance
Paint, metal and wood




Marie-Claire Yung Hing Nosmas and Erik Schnack at the Chelsea

Marie-Claire Yung Hing Nosmas is from the South Pacific island of New Caledonia. Her relief sculptures, made by drawing into sheet metal with a cutting torch, won her the Year 2000 Award of Distinction in Sculpture from the John Muafangejo Art Centre in Namibia. Themes that occupy her include motherhood, death and the sea. Namibian artist Erik Schnack uses metals, wood and found materials to reveal a secret society, inspired by rural African and South Pacific art and not without a hint of humour.

Opening: Tuesday September 4 at 6.30pm
Closing: September 22

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel: (021) 761 6805
Fax: (021) 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: http://home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm


Larry Scully

Larry Scully
Lagoon (detail), 2001
Oil on linen
1.5 x 3m



Russell Sacks

Russell Sacks
Pet market, Moscow 1994
Black and white photograph



Larry Scully, Mike de la Harpe and Russell Sacks at the AVA

Three one-person exhibitions open at the AVA this week. In the main gallery, painter Larry Scully presents his 70th solo show; in the long gallery are new mixed media works by Mike de la Harpe, and upstairs Russell Sacks shows black and white photographs.

Larry Scully was born in Gibraltar in 1920. After moving to South Africa and gaining a Masters in Fine Arts, he held his first one-person show in 1962 at Vorster's Gallery in Pretoria. He represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale in 1966 and at the São Paulo Biennale in 1967. He held various teaching positions before he was appointed Professor of Fine Arts at Stellenbosch University in 1976. His new body of work comprises six large oil paintings, in Scully's characteristic semi-abstract style. The works are informed by the landscape of the Cape, especially the sea, and Scully describes them as "visual music".

Mike de la Harpe is a newcomer to the Cape art scene and this is his first one-person exhibition. Entitled 'The Improbability of Flight', this collection of spaceships, flying machines, wrecks and parts thereof adds up to a fun, playful body of work. De la Harpe's unlikely machines appear to fly on faith alone, and involve both the representation of serious issues and the techniques, tactics, language, symbols and devices of fashion-conscious popular culture.

Upstairs on the Artsstrip, Russell Sacks presents a photographic exhibition in conjunction with Street Universe, whose mission is to create opportunities and structures for street children and youths. 'The Street, the Universe and the World' is Sacks's first one-person outing. He was born in Johannesburg in 1965 and embarked on his photographic career in Israel in 1983. Work has taken him to Northern Ireland, Moscow, Jerusalem, London and Boston. In addition to working for newspapers and magazines, he has also documented humanitarian aid in Azerbaijan for the International Red Cross and for Medecins Sans Frontières. Sacks is now based in Cape Town and continues to pursue his photographic interests.

Opening: Monday September 3 at 6pm
Closing: September 22

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Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Kevin Brand

Kevin Brand
Babble (detail), 2000




Slide show and talk by Kevin Brand at the AVA

One of the works on Kevin Brand's show at the AVA is Babble, produced for the Havana Biennale in Cuba last year. Brand will give an illustrated talk on this work and his experiences at the biennale on Thursday at 1pm. The work is loosely based on Breughel's Tower of Babel and questions the notions of communication and co-operation that were the focus of the biennale. Entrance is free. The show closes on September 1.

Thursday August 30 at 1pm

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Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm





CAPE TOWN

Michaelis lunchtime lecture: Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa

Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa is an artist and director of the Africus Institute for Contemporary Art. She is a major figure in the contemporary South African scene, having curated and organised a number of major international exhibitions. She was responsible for facilitating the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale.

Wednesday August 22, 1-2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Gardens
Tel: (021) 480 7111
Email: cperez@hiddingh.uct.ac.za





'Telling Tales' at the 3rd i Gallery

Described as a group exhibition of narrative art, this show includes work by Kevin Brand, Lien Botha, Jean Doyle, Randolph Hartzenberg and Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman.

August 30 - September 21

3rd i Gallery, 95 Upper Waterkant Street (corner Buitengragt), Cape Town
Tel: (021) 425 2266
Email: fcinciii@iafrica.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm


Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander's Butcher Boys on 'The Short Century' in Berlin




'The Short Century' - Michaelis lunchtime lecture

Angela Zehnder, painting conservator at the South African National Gallery, will present an illustrated talk on 'The Short Century', the touring exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta II. The exhibition encompasses the many faces of African Modernism and redefines Africa's place in the annals of 20th century history. Three works from the SANG, including Jane Alexander's The Butcher Boys, are on loan for the exhibition. Zehnder traveled to Germany to oversee their safe passage and installation at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and will share her experience through a slide presentation. A virtual tour of 'The Short Century' can be viewed on the Universes in Universe website.

Wednesday August 14, 1-2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, Michaelis Building, Hiddingh Campus, Gardens
Tel: (021) 480 7111
Email: cperez@hiddingh.uct.ac.za




Slideshow by nature photographer Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting, hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time, will present a slide show of his work prior to beginning his assignment to photograph the Cape's fynbos and the floral wonders of Namaqualand.

Lanting has contributed thousands of pictures to publications such as National Geographic, Life and Stern. He is particularly well known for his National Geographic work in Antarctica, Madagascar, Botswana, and the rainforests of Borneo, Belize, Peru and the Congo Basin. According to the magazine's director of photography, Thomas R Kennedy, "[His] aesthetic vision and knowledge of the subject matter are unlike those of any other natural history photographer [National Geographic] has used. He's able to understand and anticipate animal behavior with the same kind of alacrity that a photojournalist would who is making pictures of people. The animals are unconscious of his presence, and, as a result, he can get closer." His work can be viewed online at www.lanting.com.

Lanting's slide show is jointly hosted by the Botanical Society of SA and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Proceeds will go towards the Fynbos Conservation and Outreach Greening Projects. Tickets are available from Kirstenbosch Visitors' Centre at R30 per person.

Friday August 24 at 7pm

Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch
Tel: (021) 797 8782


Bonita Alice

Bonita Alice
Untitled, 1987
Jelutong, pine and oils
Approx 68cm long



Bonita Alice at the Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

Johannesburg-based artist Bonita Alice opens at the Bell-Roberts with a solo show of work made since 1996, titled 'Giving and Not Giving'. Alice examines the suspicion that there is "an essential connection between personal identity and place". However, the artist writes, she has come to believe "that our material relationship to place is so impermanent and historically so arbitrary that it is doubtful whether there is such a link, or rather that it is so essential to who we are. Historically, the paths of human migration are arbitrary and determined less by the heart than by considerations of survival. If one looks back far enough in any family's history, one encounters connections to cultures and places now unfamiliar and even forgotten. Yet, ideas of nationhood and motherland suggest that there is somehow a complete identity that can be derived solely from place."

Alice explores her own history as a third generation South African, whose original heritage in another country has been completely lost to her, through works in three different media - the more traditional approaches of oil painting and wood carving, and documentation of site-specific "grass paintings". These works, realised with the help of a Cape Town sign company, consist of images applied directly to the landscape, as, for example, the logo of a sponsor is placed on the pitch of a televised sports event. Alice's work is well-represented in public and private collections around the country.

Opening: Wednesday August 15 at 6.30pm
Closing: September 15

     See Reviews

Bell-Roberts Art Gallery, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1100
Fax: (021) 423 3135
Email: suzette@bell-roberts.com
Website: www.bell-roberts.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Greta Matthews

Greta Matthews
'Birdsong'



Kevin Brand and Greta Matthews at the AVA

The AVA hosts two one-person shows this month. In the main and upstairs galleries, Kevin Brand, who recently showed sculptures at Bell-Roberts Contemporary, will exhibit 2D work in an exhibition entitled 'Something Old Something New'. In the long gallery, Greta Matthews, who currently lives in Amsterdam, will show mixed media works and paintings in a show entitled 'Birdsong'.

Brand needs little introduction - his work is to be found in most major public collections in South Africa, and in 1996 he was joint winner with Jane Alexander of the FNB Vita Art Now Award. He represented South Africa at the Dakar Biennale in Senegal in 1998 and presented work with Dutch artist Rob Moonan at the Havana Biennale in Cuba last year.

Here Brand exhibits both older and newer 2D works, including Tower of Babel, which he showed in Cuba last year. Brand has also made a new group of seven works entitled the 'Observer' series. Resonating as much with his famous 19 Boys Running as his Here 17 piece, this series depicts seven adolescent boys of 10 to 16 years old. The works are based on clippings from newspapers dated December 9 (the artist's birthday) from 1994 to 2000. Like their media source, and most of Brand's 2D work, they are rendered in large pixels.

Greta Matthews, who was born in Wellington in 1970, holds a BA Fine Art in Printmaking from UCT. For the past two years she has lived in Dublin and Amsterdam, where she has participated in a variety of group exhibitions, as wel as holding solo shows in Northern Ireland and Holland. 'Birdsong', her second one-person show at the AVA, consists of a series of mixed media, non-figurative paintings, drawings and collages. Within the work, lines and cellular shapes appear with underlying traces of earlier formations which are both obscured and revealed by the semi-opaque surface. Says Matthews, "'Birdsong' can be seen as metaphor for a migrating spirit, memory of landscapes and (be)longing; a lamenting poem or aria which wants to communicate and move the senses. The work can be a visual poem or song which echoes feeling and thought; we are as birds in that we speak languages which we don't always understand ... It is a painterly journey which yearns to celebrate and distill moments of feeling, transformation and insight."

Opening: Tuesday August 14 at 6pm
Closing: September 1

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Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm


Shelly Sacks

Shelley Sacks
'Exchange Values'
Mixed media
Installation view



Michaelis lunchtime lecture by Shelley Sacks

Shelley Sacks left South Africa 25 years ago and works between here, Germany and the UK, where she has lived since 1990. She is currently Head of Art at Oxford Brookes University. Like Joseph Beuys, with whom she worked, her focus is on "social sculpture", facilitating creative exchanges that empower people and lead to new ways of engaging with our lives and the world around us. In doing this she emphasises the link between the aesthetic and the political, particularly in relation to the struggle for a sustainable and democratic society.

Sacks's 'Exchange Values', on view at the South African National Gallery until August 26, was produced in collaboration with banana farmers in the Windward Islands, seeking to create an interface between producer and consumer in the global economy.

Wednesday August 8, 1pm - 2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, Michaelis Building, Hiddingh Campus, Gardens
Tel: (021) 480 7111
Email: cperez@hiddingh.uct.ac.za


Patrick Holo

Patrick Holo
To catch the tail of a dove
Linocut



Linocuts at the Cape Gallery

Artists selling linocuts on St George's Mall are familiar to Capetonians and visitors to the city alike. Patrick Holo, one of the first artists to sell his work there, is regarded as a mentor for many of the artists who feature on this exhibition, titled 'Movement'. These artists, and others including Cecil Skotnes and Billy Mandindi, exhibit new work illustrating traditional Xhosa proverbs.

The opening promises to be a festive occasion with a show of African fashion hosted by Afrographic and live music by Project.

Opening: Monday August 6 at 4.30pm
Closing: August 25

Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel/fax: (021) 423 5309
Email: cgallery@mweb.co.za
Website: www.capegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm


Peet Pienaar

'Myself.write MyCode'



'Myself.write MyCode' at Bell-Roberts Contemporary

This brief show has chosen to publicise itself with an exe file, which is enough to get you worried - especially when you see Peet Pienaar's name attached to the press release. On opening the file the hapless user reads: "Hey daddy'o, did you just open an attachment and release a malicious WORM onto your computer system? Now the sleazy thing is wiggling around your hard drive and replicating its ooey-gooey self every chance it gets! Eeeuuuw! Relax, it's nothing you haven't seen before, just a slightly more malicious example of Nike's 'Just do it!' campaign, or Coca-Cola's 'Coke is life' downshifted to the speed of the counterfeit."

'Myself.write MyCode' sees the ever-controversial Pienaar teamed up with fellow members of the Daddy Buy Me A Pony initiative, Heidi Pietersen and Stacy Hardy, together with Dror Eyal, "a bitmap b/boy", and Gareth Chisholm of Radarboy. The show touts itself as a multimedia culture jam that explores advertising through the guise of a malicious computer virus worm.

Art, technology and cybercrime rub shoulders here in the form of an advertising campaign for the code of this worm, specially developed by the artists of the show. Frighteningly, it's not all tongue-in-cheek pay-off lines and seductive imagery: an interactive CD-ROM containing the code for the nasty little virus will be on sale at the exhibition. A disclaimer on the CD reads "WARNING. MALICIOUS CODE! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! This is a code for a dangerous virus that could potentially wreak wide-scale havoc on computer networks. It is a criminal offence to convert the code into an active.vbs and release the virus."

Opening: Sunday August 5 at 6.30pm
Closing: August 9

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Bell-Roberts Contemporary, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1100
Fax: (021) 423 3135
Email: dps@icon.co.za or suzette@bell-roberts.com
Website: www.bell-roberts.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Thembinkosi Goniwe

Thembinkosi Goniwe
Face Value: Bona, 1999
Computer manipulated inkjet poster print
150 x 120 cm


Michaelis lunchtime lecture by Thembinkosi Goniwe

Thembinkosi Goniwe, just announced one of the winners of the MTN New Contemporaries prize, graduated from Michaelis where he also taught from 1998 to 2001. Before completing a BAFA, MFA and Honours in History of Art there, he attended part-time classes at Nyanga Community Art Centre and Community Arts Project in Cape Town. He also taught at Community Arts Project and facilitated numerous children's and youth workshops in printmaking, drawing and mural painting. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally. He has travelled abroad on a number of occasions to participate in exhibitions, workshops and conferences. Last year ArtThrob ran a piece written by Goniwe in response to Peet Pienaar's proposal to undergo circumcision under the guise of partaking of an African initiation ritual.

Wednesday August 1, 1-2pm

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, Michaelis Building, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street
Tel: (021) 480 7111
Email: cperez@hiddingh.uct.ac.za




'Work by female students from Michaelis'

A brief showing of "work by female students from Michaelis" opens at the Centre for African Studies on UCT's Upper Campus on July 30. No further details available.

Opening: July 30 at 7.30pm
Closing: August 3

Centre for African Studies, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch
Tel: (021) 650 2310


Lynette ten Krooden

Lynette ten Krooden
Fossil Ridge



Landscape art at the Chelsea

Margaret Gradwell and Lynette ten Krooden are the next exhibitors at Wynberg's Chelsea Gallery under the rather arch title of 'Priceless'. The title seems to refer to the objects and values which fulfil the spiritual needs of people, wherever they are and of whatever millennium. Ten Krooden's paintings and drawings are of landscapes of a metaphysical nature, while Gradwell represents objects of significance, sometimes placed in landscape, sometimes as a still life.

Opening: August 6
Closing: August 28

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel: (021) 761 6805
Fax: (021) 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 1pm


Sandra Hanekom

Sandra Hanekom
Caucasian Dream (detail), 2001
Oil on board



Sandra Hanekom at the Arts Association of Bellville

Sandra Hanekom, a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, is best known for her work on textiles of the 1980s and 1990s, often commemorating heroes and events of the struggle era. Since then she has been fairly quiet, apart from an exhibition in 1999. Here she shows a new body of work entitled 'muf', which she describes as "an exploration of the myths surrounding my own existence; the semi-truths that determine my perceptions".

Opening: Wednesday August 1 at 7.30pm
Closing: August 25

Arts Association of Bellville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville
Tel: (021) 918 2301/2287
Fax: (021) 918 2083
Email: artb@icon.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm


John Hrusa

John Hrusa
Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation After Oil Spill, South Africa




World Press Photo 2001 at the Castle of Good Hope

The World Press Photo of the Year exhibition is the result of a worldwide press photography contest administered by the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for international press photography founded in 1955. Each year an international jury (this time including South African Juda Ngwenya) assesses the entries, submitted by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over of the world. This year's competition attracted 3 938 photographers from 121 countries, and an enormous total of 42 321 entries. The exhibition travels across the world, subject to the condition that all prizewinning entries are exhibited without any form of censorship.

The exhibition does not only show the best in press photography in the past year, but also serves as an historical document of many important international events of the previous year. A record six South African photojournalists won prizes this year. The Cape Town leg will be opened by Jon Hrusa, the South African photographer who obtained third prize in the category Nature and Environment: Stories.

Website: http://www.worldpressphoto.nl/

Opening: July 28
Closing: August 18

William Fehr Collection, Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope
Tel: (021) 462 3751
Email: lmeltzer@iziko.org.za
Hours: Mon - Sun 9.30am - 4pm


Detail from the invitation




'Painters Painting Our Paintings' at the Michaelis Collection

Following the example set by London's National Gallery, the Michaelis Collection has invited local artists to interpret old Dutch masterpieces from the museum. The new works will be displayed alongside those from which they have drawn inspiration, and will hopefully entice new visitors to explore this unique collection. Participating artists include Erik Laubser, Jan Vermeiren and Diana Page.

Opening: July 13
Closing: August 15

Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 461 9592
Email: hfransen@iziko.org.za
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm


Nicola Jackson

Nicola Jackson
Change No Sorry, 1999
Enamel on found wood
45 x 165cm



'Change No Sorry' at João Ferreira Fine Art

The title of this show is taken from a work by Nicola Jackson, on exhibition alongside pieces by Sue Williamson, Tracy Payne, Mustafa Maluka, Lisa Brice, William Kentridge, David Brown, Mark Hipper, Kim Stern, Bridget Baker and Doreen Southwood. Not a curated show as such, this is more a diverse collection of quality work, much of which has been seen here before.

The exhibition runs till the end of August.

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136
Email: joao@iafrica.com
Website: www.artjoao.co.za


Shelly Sacks

Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives
Mixed media
Installation view



'Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives' at the SANG

Shelly Sacks grew up in South Africa and moved to London some time ago, where she continued to produce art. She is exhibiting what she terms a "social sculpture". This term was first used in the 1970s by Joseph Beuys, to describe an expanded conception of art in which thought, speech and discussion are core "materials". Given that social sculpture arises out of the perception of all human beings as artists, it requires us to shape a democratic, sustainable and free social order in tune with our creative potential and our right to develop and express this potential. Expanding our conception of art in this way lifts the aesthetic out of its confines to a specific sphere or media, relocating it in a collective, imaginative work-space in which we can see, re-thing and reshape our lives.

In this installation, Sacks deals with the threatened banana trade of the Windward Islands. The work is made from dried banana skins and the story is told by recorded testimonies of the island growers. The problems faced by small scale producers of bananas are brought to the fore. The GATT agreement on world trade stipulates exact and limiting specifications for bananas that are to be sold internationally. This effectively cuts out smaller scale producers and reduces the varieties available. Bananas are a politically charged commodity and their trade forms part of complex networks influenced by politics and drug trafficking. Those who unite against the unfair trade restrictions are often threatened with violence.

Shelley Sacks is Head of Art at Oxford Brookes University. She worked for many years with Joseph Beuys in Germany, and lectures widely on both Beuys' and her own social sculpture activities.

Opening: April 21
Closing: August 26

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South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465-1626
Fax: (021) 461-0045
Email: sang@gem.co.za
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang


Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker
'An Official BB Project'



STELLENBOSCH

Bridget Baker at the US Art Gallery

Bridget Baker has been working for this show in the window of the Kwikkleen Dry Cleaners in Stellenbosch, punching oak leaves from transactions slips collected at auto teller machines. Now the invitation for 'An Official BB Project', as she is calling her exhibition, has arrived - and it's decidedly lo-fi, printed on cheap computer paper with dot matrix printing and various rubber stamps, resembling a bank transaction slip.

Baker last held a one-person show in the Western Cape in 1997. Since then she has exhibited in Germany and the US. She spent six months on a residency programme in Germany last year. Capetonians have seen her work on 'Channel' at the AVA in 1999 and at the Castle earlier this year, where she showed a piece produced while resident in Holland as part of the 'Holland South Africa Line' project.

Opening: August 22 at 6.30pm
Closing: September 12

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US Art Gallery, corner of Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808-3524
Email: usmuseum@maties.sun.ac.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

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