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Archive: Issue No. 41, January 2001

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Cape Town
23.01.01 'Juncture' at the Granary
09.01.01 Doreen Southwood at Bell-Roberts Contemporary
09.01.01 Jill Trappler at the AVA
09.01.01 Anna-Trix Zgraggen at the Cape Gallery
09.01.01 Two New Shows at Bang the Gallery
09.01.01 Important Historical Exhibition for the Michaelis Collection
05.12.00 Holland South Africa Line Project at the Cape Town Castle
28.11.00 'Cast', work in bronze at The Bronze Age Foundry
28.11.00 Broad selection of work at João Ferreira
28.11.00 Cross Pollination at the Hänel
01.11.00 Hoerikwaggo- Images of Table Mountain at the SANG
Nieu Bethesda
28.11.00 Christine Dixie at The Ibis Art Centre

Harold Offeh

Harold Offeh
Video still


'Juncture' at the Granary

'Juncture', the title of this group show, is defined as a "joining; place where things join; a concurrence of events; a state of affairs". It is co-curated by Robyn Denny and Frances Goodman, and as well as their work, it includes work by Don Bury, Moshekwa Langa, Harold Offeh, Ben Pruskin, Robin Rhode, Bernie Searle and Erika Tan. These nine artists represent a diverse collection of practice, positioning, and politics and the common theme is the investigation into notions of identity made by each artist within their own specific context. Particular emphasis is given to the gendered body, racial myths, personal phobias and urban youth culture.

Don Bury (Canada) is showing a video installation which re-frames segments of films from cherished popular culture such as 'Top Gun' and 'The Sound of Music' which have been re-edited through a homoeroticised lens. Robyn Denny (South Africa) will show a four-screen video installation, which encloses the viewer in an exploration of the female body consumed by the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Frances Goodman, (South Africa) has created a disturbing sound installation, which explores the terrain of phobia and discomfort at the traces left by bodily contact. Moshekwa Langa (South Africa) has been commissioned to make an installation, which will map and trace a terrain in a ceaseless desire to explore the anonymity of urban sprawl. Harold Offeh (Ghana, Britian) will show a video that exposes physiological distortions, which recall historical and current racialised myths. The camera is used as a tool to manipulate the spectators' perceptions. Ben Pruskin (Britain) deals with the glamourisation of sex and violence in popular fiction. His multi-monitored video installation takes a semiotic form to work subliminally on the viewer. Robin Rhode (South Africa) will present a performance at the opening. He explores rough Johannesburg street life and its Nike/Television generation through performance. Documentation of this will be projected for the duration of the show. Bernie Searle (South Africa) has been commissioned to make a photographic work dealing with her preoccupation with using her body as a ground for transformation through the use of dyes and spices. Erika Tan (Singapore, Britain) will construct a sculptural/sound installation, which works on the viewer in a visceral manner. Her work explores the cross-cultural phenomena of exportation/exploitation.

The notion of the exhibition as a meeting place/crossroads of cultural expression at a particular point in time is addressed. This theme is further explored as the exhibition moves from Cape Town to London where it will show at Studio Voltaire. It seeks to instigate a debate on the repositioning of South African artists within an international context and to facilitate a creative dialogue between Cape Town and London. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue, which will include a critical essay by Jacqui Nolte, as well as a statement, by each artist.

Opening: Wednesday January 07
Closing: Saturday February 24

The Granary, 11 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Tel: 083 694-5385
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Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm

Doreen Southwood

Doreen Southwood

Doreen Southwood at Bell-Roberts Contemporary

'Too Close for Comfort' is the title given to the body of work Doreen Southwood will show at the Bell Roberts, the culmination of several years' production for her Master's Degree at the University of Stellenbosch. Southwood examines her status as a white, middle class woman making art in South Africa today. In doing so she explores the conservative Afrikaans society in which she was raised. She unearths the social pathologies which arise in a way which is both social commentary and autobiographical. No details are spared in this exploration of the comfort of domestic isolation, illnesses and dependencies that attend such a situation in her poignant works which are beautifully produced. The works often depend on devices such as repetition and the careful use of unsaturated, rather anodyne colour to produce a feeling of dislocation and claustrophobia in a viewer.

Opening: Wednesday January 17
Closing: Saturday February 10

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Bell-Roberts Contemporary, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422-1100
Fax: (021) 423-3135
Email: or
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler
Brand New Day, 1999
acrylic on canvas
82 X 120cm

Jill Trappler at the AVA

Well-known Cape Town artist and art educator, Jill Trappler is holding a one-person show, her first since January 1999. In the work she focuses on an ongoing interest in "abstraction" in art. She has made paintings, drawings and a number of prints which are characterised by her use of strong vibrant colour, the interrelationship of form and surface texture as well as her investigations into space, line and mark-making. William Kentridge will open the show.

Opening: Monday January 22
Closing: February 10

AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424-7436
Fax: (021) 423-2637
Website: :
Tue - Fri, 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Anna-Trix Zgraggen

Anna-Trix Zgraggen
Free-Styling Africa

Anna-Trix Zgraggen at the Cape Gallery

Swiss-born Anna-Trix Zgraggen exhibits this project which she has entitled 'Free styling Africa'. Arising from her recent travels through South Africa and Namibia, the works reflect the diverse culture and terrain of these regions. Bright polycentric designs on canvas negotiate the area between art and functional object in this celebration of diversity and playfulness. The paintings are accompanied by photographic documentation of her travels by Brett Alyward.

Opening: Sunday January 28, 4:30pm
Closing: February 27

The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel/ fax: (021) 423-5309
Website: Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat 9.30 -1.30

Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton
Invitation image for Worn World: Fashionable icons

Two New Shows at Bang the Gallery

Prolific artist and co-owner of the gallery Alex Hamilton has produced a show entitled 'Worn World' which consists, as he says, of "fashionable icons". At the same time, contemporary botanical artist Tamlin Blake presents a show she has entitled 'Exploring Cremnophytes'.

Opening: Monday January 15
Closing: February 02

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Pieter Coecke van Aelst

Pieter Coecke van Aelst

Important Historical Exhibition for the Michaelis Collection

Entitled 'Retable Re-United' this significant and unusual exhibition presents a reconstruction of an altarpiece originally created by Antwerp Renaissance artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Constituent pieces of the work have been found in collections in Lisbon, Berlin, Maastricht, Trier and Cape Town. South African Airways together with the Museum Simeonstift in Trier and the Bonnefanten Museum, whose Chief Curator, Drs. Rik van Wegen will present an introduction to the display on the opening evening, have made this exhibition possible.

Opening: Wednesday January 17
Closing: March 15

Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Tel: (021) 424-6367
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

Nadja Kim Daehnke

Nadja Kim Daehnke
Globalisation (financial year 1999-2000)

Holland South Africa Line Project at the Cape Town Castle

The Holland South Africa Line Project is an exchange programme between seven Dutch and seven South African artists. The first part of the programme took place Amsterdam in July and August this year when the South Africans stayed there and produced work which was shown together with that produced by the Dutch group during the same period. Currently, the Dutch artists are in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town producing work for the show which will take place here in Cape Town. The South African artists are Bridget Baker, Kevin Brand, Nadja Daehnke, Abrie Fourie, Isaac Nkosinathi Khanyile, Dorcas Mamabolo and Stephen Maqashela. Their Dutch counterparts are Tiong Ang, Paul Bogaers, Clea Daiber, Femke van Heerikhuizen, Judith Krebbekx, Jurgen Meekel and Sandra de Wolf.

Opening: December 20
Closing: January 31

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William Fehr Collection, Castle of Good Hope, Darling Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 469-1160 or 462-3751
Or email Jedithja de Groot, the co-ordinator of the project in the Netherlands or Mrs. Mirjam Asmal in Cape Town.


Invitation image for 'Cast'

Work in bronze at The Bronze Age Foundry

'Cast' is a slightly unconventional exhibition of work in bronze by a group of young artists. The exhibition serves to launch a new exhibition space in the old manor house adjacent to the Bronze Age Foundry in Simonstown. Most of the artists on the show do not normally work in this traditional material and the exhibition intends to showcase a fresh engagement with the medium. The group includes both well-established artists and others who are widely regarded as up-and-coming. Kevin Brand, Julia Clark, Brendhan Dickerson, Paul Edmunds, Justine Mahoney, Brett Murray and Doreen Southwood from Cape Town will be joined by Ilse Pahl from Gauteng for the show.

Opening: December 16
Closing: January 31

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Bronze Age Foundry, King George Way, Simonstown
Tel: (021) 786-1816
Fax: (021) 786-2237

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
From '26 Acts of Balance'

Broad selection of work at João Ferreira

João Ferreira is showing a collection of work by a variety of artists. Although some has been seen before, there is fresh work which will receive a first showing. Dorothee Kreutzfeldt has sent down some new paintings from Johannesburg, which will hang alongside work by William Kentridge, Stephen Inggs and Justin Anschütz.

Opening: December 06
Closing: Febuary 28

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136

Cross Pollination

Karin Dando and Günther Obojkovits
Cross Pollination

Cross Pollination at the Hänel

'Cross Pollination' is a collaborative show between wife and husband Karin Dando and Günther Obojkovits. Although apparently very different, the exhibition reveals common threads in the work of these two who have produced the exhibition on their farm outside Tzaneen in the Northern Province. Obojkovits has made sculpture from found objects which he assembles and composes to produce new objects open to various interpretations. Dando has produced large black-and-white prints of farm workers. Obojkovits showed a body of work at the Hänel last year and Dando's work was last seen at the AVA, also last year.

Opening: December 10
Closing: January 25

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Hänel Gallery, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-1406
Fax: (021) 423-5277
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm

Nicolaas Maritz

Nicolaas Maritz
Untitled, 1991
enamel-paint on wood

Hoerikwaggo- Images of Table Mountain at the SANG

Comprising a diverse collection of images and objects from the collections of Iziko- Museums of Cape Town, this exhibition explores the very familiar icon of Table Mountain. Travel pictures and maps from the 17th and 18th Centuries will be shown alongside more recent landscape paintings and other articles. The exhibition has apparently taken a lot of organisation and arrangement and will remain on show for a long time. Considering that this was one of the reasons we won't be seeing Steve McQueen's Turner Award winning show in Cape Town, it ought to be something special.

Opening: November 25
Closing: April 01

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     See Artthrob No 40 for a review of the catalogue

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465-1628
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Christine Dixie

The invitation image for Christine Dixie's latest show at the Ibis Art Centre


Christine Dixie at The Ibis Art Centre

Following on from her previous shows 'Fronttears' and 'Tracks', Christine Dixie explores the territory of our place upon the land. She uses as a starting point a letter written by her great-grandfather, an early Eastern Cape farmer, detailing the many crops he was unsuccessfully trying to grow. As a result, he and other settlers turned to stock farming. Cattle theft and losses sustained in the frontier wars eventually lead the farmers to sheep farming. Cape wool became the colony's principal export commodity and by the end of the 1830's, wool production was the primary source of wealth and political influence. Dixie explores the confluence of memory, history and landscape in these events. In exploring ownership, labour and surveillance and how they are marked upon the land, she draws a parallel with the modern-day counterparts of these - security, surveillance and armed response.

Hide will be opened with a verbal installation by Robert Berold and the artist at 18h00 on Saturday December 16.

Opening: Saturday December 16, 6pm
Closing: January 27

Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda 6286
Tel /fax: ((049)8411623