Archive: Issue No. 56, April 2002

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CAPE TOWN
24.04.02 Raymond Smith at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
17.04.02 William Scarbrough's 'Trials of Dr Kawalski' at Michaelis Gallery
17.04.02 Nikodemis and Carolyn Seawright at the E-Centre
17.04.02 Lallitha Jawahirilal: Lunchtime talk and studio visit
17.04.02 Jonathan Comerford at the Irma Stern
17.04.02 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery
10.04.02 Fritha Langerman, Judy Moolenschot and Charl Gräbe at the AVA
10.04.02 Pieter Badenhorst at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
03.04.02 'Italy, the One and Only' at the Castle
03.04.02 TheAntsNest.com at Bang the Gallery
03.04.02 Julia Tiffin and Delise Reich at João Ferreira Gallery
27.03.02 Jacqui Sinclair - 'A Body of Work' at the Chelsea
27.03.02 'The Loom of Life' at the National Gallery
20.03.02 'Art Kites Project' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
24.04.02 Uwe Pfaff at the Framing Art Gallery
03.04.02 James Webb - 'Phonosynthesizer' at US Art Gallery
27.03.02 'Photo/Art' at the Sasol Art Museum
CAPE TOWN

Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith
'Spot the Dog'


Raymond Smith at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

Raymond Smith's first solo exhibition is entitled 'Spot the Dog' and comprises a sculpture-based installation using canines as a metaphor for the human condition. The family pet becomes the focal point in dealing with issues such as migration, immigration, the effects of violence and abuse of power. Smith examines the paradoxical nature of the pet whose loyalty is only discarded when its space or survival is threatened. The installation consists of an arrangement of slip-cast clay sculptures.

Smith, an interior architect/designer by profession, has previously taken part in group shows including the District Six Sculpture Project and 'Memorias Intimas Marcas'.

Opening: Wednesday May 1 at 6.30pm
Closing: May 25

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


William Scarbrough

William Scarbrough
'The Trials of Dr Kawalski'
Installation detail


William Scarbrough's 'Trials of Dr Kawalski' at Michaelis Gallery

New York artist William Scarbrough's interactive multimedia work entitled The Trials of Dr Kawalski (www.geocities.com/drreginagarcia) documents the life and career of Dr Kawalski from early childhood through to old age with incredible attention to detail and nuance. This massive and thorough production convincingly blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction and questions the role of the media in delimiting and defining reality for us. Prior to this, the work was shown at The | Premises in Johannesburg (see Review by Sean O'Toole) and on 'body II: sublimation' curated by Kathryn Smith at the Klein Karoo Arts Festival.

Opening: Monday April 22 at 6pm
Closing: May 3

Michaelis Gallery, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 37 Orange Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 480 7107
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm


Nikodemis

Nikodemis


Nikodemis and Carolyn Seawright at the E-Centre

Nikodemis (full name: Nikodemis van Rensburg) and Carolyn Seawright show bold, colourful paintings at the E-Centre in Hof Street.

Opening: Tuesday April 23 at 6pm
Closing: May 31

E-Centre, 46 Hof Street, Gardens




Lallitha Jawahirilal: Lunchtime talk and studio visit

Currently artist-in-residence at Greatmore Studios, Lallitha Jawahirilal was born in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, has a Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London, and has participated in residencies in Johannesburg, London, Berlin, Spain and the Himalayas. She draws inspiration for her mixed media and conceptual work from the "spiritual activity and energy of different cultural landscapes".

She will give a talk on her work and her involvement in outreach programmes in South Africa at the National Gallery on April 17 at 1pm (Friends R10, guests R15).

Friends of the National Gallery will host a studio visit on Saturday May 4 at 3pm (Friends R15, guests R20). Jawahirilal is also willing to give workshops in her studio while she is visiting Cape Town and can be contacted direct at 072 258 1819.

Greatmore Studios, 47-49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock
Tel: 021 447 9699
Email: artmore@mweb.co.za




Jonathan Comerford at the Irma Stern

'Riding the South-Easter' is the title of Jonathan Comerford's show of paintings and linocuts. It is also the title of the work which won him the Volkskas Atelier award in 1995. Comerford is a printmaker and joint founder with Judy Woodborne of the Hardground Press. He produces etchings, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs. This show consists of Comerford's actual linoleum blocks which he has painted after producing a small edition of prints from each. The works draw on the wealth of Cape Town fables and characters and the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the region.

Opening: April 17
Closing: April 27

UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank
Tel: 021 685 5686
Fax: 021 686 7550
Email: bpettit@protem.uct.ac.za
Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm


Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
Heathen Wet Lip
1997
Dried and salted elephants' ears and feet
Installation view, South African National Gallery


Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery

'Beyond the Material' is a rare showing of conceptual art from the National Gallery's permanent collection. Works have been selected by curator Emma Bedford in order to exemplify or raise questions about the nature and significance of conceptual art.

Artists whose work will be shown include South Africans Willem Boshoff, Alan Alborough, Neil Goedhals, Kendell Geers, Malcolm Payne and Sue Williamson, South Africans living abroad such as Shelley Sacks and Gavin Jantjes, UK artist Roger Palmer and American Martha Rosler. Works include Payne's Rorschach Test (1973-74), which he has donated to the collection, and Alborough's Heathen Wetlip, previously shown here on the Johannesburg Biennale.

The exhibition opens incrementally from April to August as rooms become available, with a section of Boshoff's Blind Alphabet already on show.

Walkabouts of 'Beyond the Material' will be held on Thursdays April 25, May 2 and June 13 at 1.05pm.

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Email: ebedford@iziko.org.za
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Fritha Langerman

Fritha Langerman


Fritha Langerman, Judy Moolenschot and Charl Gräbe at the AVA

Fritha Langerman's second show at the AVA is entitled 'Black Boxes', and will comprise 99 shoebox-sized units accompanied by a limited edition book of prints. The exhibition deals with issues around modes of cultural representation, specifically those of anthropological display and language in South Africa. Langerman asserts that while culture is mutable, cultural classification is an inorganic and divisive process. Langerman has compiled a system of classification referring to linguistic and geographical divisions in SA. Each box relates to this system of classification and contains groups of editioned objects made of various media including paper with recent government department speeches. By way of explanation, Langerman offers this definition of a "black box" - a generic device with known characteristics but unspecified means of operation, with internal mechanisms mysterious to the user.

Langerman graduated from Michaelis in 1991 and currently lectures there in the Print and Media department. She has taken part in many group and curated shows including several Absa Atelier shows (she won a merit award in 1999), and 'Bloedlyn' at the KKNK in 1998. Her work is in several public collections.

Judy Moolenschot recently obtained a BAFA from Unisa and was previously a primary school teacher. She began exhibiting in the mid 1990s on various group shows, but this is her first one-person outing. 'Control Room' departs with an investigation into the history of the old house in which she currently teaches art, once called the Margaret McGregor Children's Convalescent Home. The light-boxes she has created are hybrids of archives, files, museum dioramas and X-ray viewers which protect, conceal, reveal and institutionalise information.

Charl Gräbe is up on the Artsstrip with a show titled 'Message in a Bottle'. His work makes reference to the Surrealist/Dadaist Berger and Max Ernst's glass works. Gräbe, however, bypasses Dada's nihilism and offers, instead, messages of hope. The work takes the form of letters, fragments and objects preserved in resin.

Opening: Monday April 15 at 6pm
Closing: May 4

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: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Pieter Badenhorst

Pieter Badenhorst
'Plaas'
Colour photograph


Pieter Badenhorst at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

'Plaas', a photographic exhibition by Pieter Badenhorst, follows hot on the heels of Dave Southwood's show as yet another component of the Month of Photography.

Opening: Friday April 5 at 6.30pm

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


Italy, the One and Only

Image from 'Italy, the One and Only'


'Italy, the One and Only' at the Castle

'Italy, the One and Only' shows the story of Italian photography during the 20th century. Curated by Cesare Colombo, it comprises 240 images by internationally renowned photographers such as Steiglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Capa, Klein, Leiss, Alinari, Giacomelli and Basilico, selected from the collections of the Alinari Museum and Archives and other important Italian and foreign museum collections. The exhibition includes 22 thematic sections, beginning in the early 1900s and narrating the development of the nation through architecture, design, fashion and portraits of influential poets, writers and philosophers.

The exhibition, which is under the patronage of the president of the Italian Republic, has been organised in co-operation with the Italian Embassy, Pretoria; the Italian Cultural Institute; the Italian Consulate, Cape Town; and Fiat Auto, South Africa. It has already traveled throughout Italy and many major cities worldwide.

Opening: Tuesday April 9 at 5.30 for 6pm
Closing: May 3

Good Hope Gallery, the Castle, Darling Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 469 1160/462 3751
Hours: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4pm




TheAntsNest.com at Bang the Gallery

TheAntsNest.com is an online design company whose primary focus is to find local creative talent and market and promote it overseas. The company represents practitioners of architecture, graphic design, web design, multimedia, fine arts, interior design, fashion design and the photographic industry. This exhibition follows last year's launch party at Bang which served as a showcase for all ANTS (as registered members are called), giving them a chance to cross from the virtual world and to enter a real exhibition space.

For more information, contact Anthony Scholte at 021 686 9887 or 083 414 0567 or visit www.theantsnest.com.

April 5 - 12

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


Julia Tiffin

Julia Tiffin
'Buried Alive'
2001

Delise Reich

Delise Reich
OOPS! (kortbroek, onderbroek, sonderbroek?)
2001
Ceramic sculpture
25 x 21 x 14.5 cm


Julia Tiffin and Delise Reich at João Ferreira Gallery

An exhibition of photographic works by Julia Tiffin, titled 'Buried Alive', opened on April 1. Tiffin writes: "We may take the photograph as a record, we may imagine it to be a representation of a real lived moment. But its status as fact is paper-thin and behind that veil is a matrix of secret storytelling that turns fiction into fact and back again. ... The photographs do the work of remembering: destroying fact, writing the stories that become the truths of the present, bringing the past to life again."

Running simultaneously, with an opening on April 3, is an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Delise Reich, titled 'Fowl Play and Other Capers'.

Opening: Wednesday April 3, 6-8pm
Closing: April 27

See REVIEWS

João Ferreira Gallery, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: 021 423 2136
Email: info@artjoao.co.za
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm


Jacqui Sinclair

Jacqui Sinclair
'A Body of Work'


Jacqui Sinclair - 'A Body of Work' at the Chelsea

Jacqui Sinclair's 'A Body of Work' forms part of the Month of Photography (see full listings). She says: "My work exclusively involves the use of handmade photographic emulsions coated onto art papers. Brush strokes and irregularities make each photograph an individual work. Coating large pieces of paper with my emulsions is very physical and lends itself extremely well to my chosen subject, the human form."

Opening: April 2 at 6pm with guest speaker George Hallet
Closing: April 30

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




'The Loom of Life' at the National Gallery

Selected largely from the gallery's African collection, 'The Loom of Life' intends to show how flat, formless textiles and natural materials are transformed into costume with a uniquely African aesthetic. The "missing third dimension" is, of course, the human body. Photographs, works of art on canvas and on paper will show how textiles, handwoven or designed in southern, central, east and west Africa, are worn.

Opening: March 28
Closing: July 31

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Thembeka Qangule

Thembeka Qangule
Art Kite


'Art Kites Project' at the National Gallery

An eclectic mix of South African visual artists have decorated and customised kites to be auctioned in support of Cape Mental Health. The 'Art Kites Project' is at the National Gallery until April 21, after which the kites will be moved to the Lindbergh Arts Foundation in Muizenberg and auctioned on the evening of April 27. This is the second such project and forms part of the annual Cape Town International Kite Festival. This year's theme, "Let's Fly Together", explores how sharing, acceptance and co-operation are key elements for good mental health and healthy communities.

Participants include Kevin Brand, Jean Doyle, Gavin du Plessis, Velile Soha, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Angela Macpherson, Billy Mandindi, Thembeka Qangule, Solomon Siko, Jill Trappler and Mandla Vanyaza. Each has decorated a Japanese rokkakau, a six-sided kite traditionally used for kite battles, with the exception of Jean Doyle and Kevin Brand who have constructed their own kites.

Contact Sandra Ellis at Cape Mental Health on (021) 447-9040, email sandra@cmhs.co.za or visit www.kitefest.co.za.

Opening: March 26
Closing: April 21

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

STELLENBOSCH
Uwe Pfaff

Uwe Pfaff
Continuity of Time Inside My Head with Forbidden Fruit 1
Stainless steel
72 x 102 cm


Uwe Pfaff at the Framing Art Gallery

The Framing Art Gallery opens in Stellenbosch with an exhibition by Uwe Pfaff, who shows works produced since his last one-person exhibition in 2000. Consisting of both free-standing steel sculptures and wall-mounted steel pictures, the work continues and refines the exploration he began in those earlier pieces.

Pfaff's recent works are all made by cutting through steel with a cutting torch, which leaves in its path a lacy configuration of designs. In this way, the entrail-like convolutions inside a head reveal the upright figure of a man, while the doodles inside a figure evoke a brain's complex surface. The line between negative and positive, figure and ground or night and day is blurred in works where the spaces between are as important as the forms they border.

Pfaff was born in Rye, Denmark, in 1947 and grew up in Germany, moving to South Africa in 1970. He has held several one-person shows and taken part in many group exhibitions including 'Images of Wood'. Pfaff's work is to be found in the Sanlam, Friends of South African National Gallery and Durban Art Gallery collections.

Opening: Saturday April 27 at 11am
Closing: May 17

Framing Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 887 6273

James Webb

James Webb
'Phonosynthesizer'

James Webb - 'Phonosynthesizer' at US Art Gallery

Sound artist James Webb's first solo show is titled 'Phonosynthesizer'. Webb will exhibit two new sound installations, as well as the 2001 work Prayer which gets its first gallery outing. Webb will create a site-specific sound installation looking at the relationship between technology and nature, using digital errors and technological "noise".

Webb writes: "My immediate reaction on seeing the space was a desire to juxtapose electronic technology with the pristine whiteness of the gallery. I wanted to mix the old with the new, the natural with the digital, and create a futuristic sound garden against the backdrop of a white Lutheran church surrounded by oak trees and stone streets."

Webb has participated in several exhibitions, recordings and performances both nationally and internationally. A previous sound piece, 'thesexworks', can be accessed via Artthrob's November 2001 Project page.

Opening: Tuesday April 9 at 6.30pm
Closing: April 25

See REVIEWS

US Art Gallery, cnr Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 808 3524/3489
Fax: 021 808 3669
Email: sld@sun.ac.za
Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/usmuseum
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundrit
Reclaiming the City
2001/2002
Pinhole photograph
1m x 3m

'Photo/Art' at the Sasol Art Museum

This exhibition, part of the Month of Photography, consists of photo-based art works made by staff and students in the Fine Art Department at the University of Stellenbosch. There are two components to the exhibition: work by students is thematically linked under the title of 'Excess', while the staff component reflects lecturers' individual areas of research. With contributions from the visual art, jewellery design, visual communication and art theory departments, the exhibition promises to "explore diverse approaches to photography and extend the boundaries of photographic art-making practice". Staff members include Jean Brundrit, Alan Alborough, Keith Dietrich, Katherine Bull and Vivian van der Merwe.

Opening: April 3 at 6.30pm
Closing: April 28

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Email: usmuseum@sun.ac.za
Hours: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4.30pm, Wed 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 17pm

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