Archive: Issue No. 59, July 2002

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CAPE TOWN
01.07.02 AVA Members Exhibition 2002
01.07.02 World Press Photo Exhibition at the Castle
17.06.02 'Grime' at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
17.06.02 Pierre Crocquet at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
17.04.02 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery
27.03.02 'The Loom of Life' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
17.06.02 Andrew Verster at the Dorp Street Gallery

NIEU BETHESDA
01.07.02 'Silence' - a 'Pulse' project
CAPE TOWN



Members Exhibition 2002 at the AVA

More than 120 AVA members will take part in this annual exhibition, which occupies all three galleries and will be opened by AVA vice-chair Eunice Geustyn. The exhibition is not curated: any paid-up member of the AVA can show a single original work in any medium. As ever the result will be a mixed bag encompassing diverse subjects and techniques, "a choice as wide and far-ranging as the AVA members themselves", who include both established artists and amateur enthusiasts.

Opening: Monday July 8 at 6pm
Closing: July 26

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


World Press Photo Exhibition at the Castle

The World Press Photo Exhibition annually showcases the top photojournalism of the past year, with winning works in a variety of categories from world events to human interest stories.

Opening: July 4
Closing: July 27

The Castle, Darling Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 469 1160
Hours: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4pm



Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith
"There was nowhere to go; the small of her back was pressed up against a writing desk." (with apologies to Kathryn Smith)
Detail, 2002
LED sign and lambda prints


'Grime' at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

Curated by Retha Erasmus, 'Grime' is the follow-up exhibition to 'Clean', held at the Millennium II Gallery in Johannesburg in October last year (see review by Brenda Atkinson). Where artists were previously challenged to get minimalist in relation to form, colour and content, here the same group is invited to revel in abject dirt. Participating artists are Hanneke Benade, Wim Botha, Frederik Eksteen, Retha Erasmus, Gordon Froud, Antoinette Murdoch, Christian Nerf, Marcus Neustetter, Kathryn Smith, Alex Trapani, Diane Victor and Berco Wilsenach.

Opening: Wednesday June 26 at 6.30pm
Closing: July 20

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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


Pierre Crocquet

Pierre Crocquet
Black and white photograph from 'Us'


Pierre Crocquet at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

This is a combined book launch and exhibition of photographic images entitled 'Us'. Born in 1971, Pierre Croquet studied photography at the London College of Printing and works as a professional photographer based in Cape Town, specialising in commercial, portrait and editorial work.

Says Crocquet: "[T]his book is about people - just ordinary people who happen to live in South Africa." He began working on the body of work on his return to South Africa after living overseas for five years. He found the lack of self-consciousness he saw in people here tremendously appealing - something he ascribes to the "madness, lawlessness and confusion" which permeates our society. The book sets out "to capture some of South Africa's character - its quirks, its wildness and its innocence". In obtaining these uplifting images, Crocquet states that his subjects were always aware of the camera, but that none of the scenes were directed, nor were the images cropped.

The photographs will be on view in the main gallery for a week, after which they will move to the walls of the Bell-Roberts' new coffee shop and bookshop.

Opening: Wednesday June 19 at 6.30pm
Closing: July 19

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


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.

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




'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

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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



Andrew Verster at the Dorp Street Gallery

Durban-based Andrew Verster brings down another haul of recent paintings to the Western Cape, this time to Stellenbosch. The work looks to be a continuation of the beautifully hued and saturated paintings he began producing after a trip to India some years ago. Intense hues of paint are boldly applied to the canvas and then thin lines are delicately and confidently scratched into it, revealing gorgeous patterns, figures, statuary and fabrics in contrasting colours and tones.

June 15 - July 3

Dorp Street Gallery, 176 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Tel/Fax: 021 887 2256
Email: dorp@adept.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

NIEU BETHESDA

Greg Streak

Greg Streak
Video piece based on the film 'Witness'


'Silence' - a 'Pulse' project

International artists have jetted in from Argentina, India and Brazil to participate in Greg Streak's latest 'Pulse' project (also see News). Planned to open simultaneously in Durban and Nieu-Bethesda on July 5, 'Violence/Silence' hopes to engage with the many separate and connecting faces of its title.

Marco Pollo Rolla (Brazil), Bharti Kerr (India) and Adriana Lestido (Argentina) joined the South African contingent of Luan Nel, Carol-anne Gainer, Paul Edmunds and Greg Streak for a minibus journey to the town of Nieu-Bethesda in the Great Karoo for the first leg of the project. Ivan Grubanov, who experienced visa problems in Amsterdam that prevented him catching his flight, is the last member of the team and was to arrive later. They form the core of Mark Wilby's !Xoe biennale which takes on a different look this year.

In its completed form the exhibition 'Silence' will take place in and around Nieu-Bethesda while 'Violence' will take place at the NSA Gallery in Durban. Both shows will involve the same group of artists and the shows will open simultaneously, albeit 1200km apart. 'Violence' and 'Silence' will come together as one exhibition in a space still being decided on in Cape Town later in 2002.

A mini conference will be held in Durban on July 19 and will explore the diversity of these themes. A publication/video documentary will be launched at the opening of the culmination show in Cape Town. 'Pulse' is currently upgrading its website at www.pulseprojects.com where more in-depth information regarding the project will soon be found.

Opening: July 5 at 6pm
Closing: July 28

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