Archive: Issue No. 59, July 2002

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01.07.02 FNB Vita Art Prize at the Goodman Gallery
01.07.02 C3 presents 'Kick-Back'
01.07.02 'Chance Encounters' at The Art Space
01.07.02 Eleni Couvas at Art on Paper
01.07.02 Mickey Korzennick at Millennium II
01.07.02 Graeme Williams and Hannelie Coetzee at PhotoZA
17.06.02 Luan Nel and Joachim Schönfeldt at Art on Paper
17.06.02 Lori Walselchuk - 'African Nights' at MuseumAfrica
01.06.02 'Ten Magnificent Men' at the Manor Gallery/WSSA
01.06.02 'Untold Tales of Magic: Abelumbi' at Standard Bank Gallery

01.07.02 Ceremonial Dinner Revelry at the Association of Arts
01.07.02 Pretoria Photographic Fleamarket
17.06.02 Judith Mason at the Association of Arts
01.05.02 Max Liu at the Pretoria Art Museum
27.03.02 'Transmigrations' at Pretoria Art Museum

FNB Vita Art Prize at the Goodman

We're all counting down to noon on July 13 when the winner of this year's FNB Vita Art Prize will be announced. Nominated artists are Alan Alborough, Abrie Fourie, Usha Seejarim, Jeremy Wafer and a collaborative team of Bronwen Findlay, Faiza Galdhari and Daina Mabunda. The judges are Julia Charlton, Natasha Fuller, Clive Kellner, Frank Ledimo and Kathryn Smith.

Opening: July 13 at 12pm with guest speaker Mac Maharaj
Closing: August 3


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: 011 788 1113
Fax: 011 788 9887
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4pm

C3 presents 'Kick-Back'

Four young Gauteng artists show work at C3, the ex-nightspot now transformed into a full-time exhibition space. 'Kick-Back' showcases recent work by Sotiris Moldovanos, Carine Zaayman, Johan Thom and Sarel Janse van Rensburg. It's a one-day show, opening at noon, so to adopt an appropriate colloquialism, "walala wasala" (you snooze, you lose).

Check out the new website at

Opening: Sunday July 7 at 6pm

Tel: 011 614 4682

Chris Diedericks/Anni Snyman

Work by Chris Diedericks and Anni Snyman

'Chance Encounters' at The Art Space

Karin Preller, Chris Diedericks, Anni Snyman and Frank Ledimo show new work. Gordon Cook, School Navigator of the Vega Brand Communications School, will open the exhibition.

Opening: July 7 at 5.30pm
Closing: August 9

The Art Space, 3 Hetty Avenue, Fairland
Tel/fax: (011) 678 1206 Cell: 082 651 4702

Eleni Couvas

Eleni Couvas
Subliminal Hovering

Eleni Couvas at Art on Paper

'Absolute Space' is the title of Eleni Couvas' exhibition exploring the production of space across the imaginary and the real. While the exhibition is concerned with philosophical and conceptual issues, Couvas gives these ephemeral and abstract concerns physical and often precious form, working in gold leaf and acrylic on canvas.

Opening: July 6 at 3pm with guest speaker Karel Nel
Closing: July 25

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: 011 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Mickey Korzennick

Mickey Korzennick

Mickey Korzennick at Millennium II

Born in 1930 in Cape Town, Mickey Korzennik's career has spanned five decades, incorporating architecture, commissions and wall murals, graphics and sculpture both locally and internationally in both private and corporate collections.

This is Korzennik's first solo exhibition in Johannesburg in many years and he presents a comprehensive body of new works that he considers the peak of a long career. On show are small bronzes, "heroic" pieces and large installation works. He draws on the language of minimalism but makes reference to the human form. He is driven by issues that affect life in South Africa and says: "The struggle for a place in the sun and social justice which dominated and still dominates my 'weltanschauung' (universal world view) can easily be transposed from the milieu of my Jewish background and those historical times, to the struggle of the previously disenfranchised people in South Africa. I am a child of Africa as they are, and wish above all that this exhibition will traverse cultural and racial boundaries and have meaning for all young people who have a feeling for the muse of the creative experience from whatever segment of our 'Rainbow Nation' they may come."

Opening: July 3 at 6pm
Closing: July 27

Millennium II, 19 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: 011 880 5270
Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat 12pm - 5pm

Graeme Williams

Graeme Williams
Black and white photograph

Hannelie Coetzee and Graeme Williams at PhotoZA

Hannelie Coetzee's 'Bossie' exhibition which debuted at Bell-Roberts Photographic during Cape Town's Month of Photography, returns to Johannesburg for the launch of the bigger, better and slicker PhotoZA, now in the old CD Wherehouse store.

Also showing is a series of images of two dogs by Graeme Williams, of which the photographer says: "[These] were taken during two summer holidays at Pringle Bay in the Cape. Every day when I walked on the beach I would see the dogs playing together. They seemed completely in tune with each other, and even though their games would vary they both seemed to know what the other wanted."

Check out PhotoZA's clean and stylish new-look website, designed by new curator Reney Warrington, for a peek at their collection of fine photographers -

Opening: July 1
Closing: July 27

PhotoZA, upper level, The Mews, Rosebank (the old CD Wherehouse)
Tel: 083 229 4327
Hours: Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Joachim Schonveldt

Joachim Schönfeldt
Untitled (Transport yellow)
Paint and varnish on hand-embossed paper

Luan Nel and Joachim Schönfeldt at Art on Paper

Luan Nel and Joachim Schönfeldt's new work is described as a kind of conceptual minimalism. It undercuts the two principal characteristics of art as it has come down to us through art history, namely the production of objects to look at, and the act of contemplative looking itself.

Nel exhibits two series of work, namely 'Milk' and 'Paper'. The "words" that previously filled his picture plane ('Paper') - old school report cards, advertisements, travel brochures, maps - have made way for a virtual blank piece of white paper with minimal painterly intervention ('Milk'). Minute figures are drawn in milk - a type of invisible ink - and brought to life by burning the images out of their subsuming backgrounds into our consciousness. The act of producing art in this way subverts the act of looking because Nel's delicate imagery can all too easily be mistaken for crass scorching marks.

Schönfeldt's work has likewise moved away from the conceptual use of captions, his omnipotent Materialist View of Art, interrogating the perennial debates between art and craft. This facile debate has made way in his new work for isolated, minimalist multiples of prefab houses and taxis, presented as painted images on hand-embossed paper. Schönfeldt's work compels us to look beyond the embossed images to a social world of changing private, public and civic lives, a social world reminiscent of the great change of being in the 19th century.

Opening: June 22 with drinks at noon
Closing: July 11

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: 011 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Lori Walselchuk - 'African Nights' at MuseumAfrica

While travelling on assignment through Africa, documentary photographer Lori Waselchuk produced this collection of images that reflect African nightlife in a frank, fervent and often poignant way. A documentation of human interaction, pleasure-seeking, recreation and entrepreneurship across the continent, Waselchuk's subjects are shot with available light on standard film with quite astonishing results. A riot of colour, glowing light and shadow, 'African Nights' present a very collectable interpretation of contemporary urban life in Africa that manages to avoid all the usual clichés. Also showing until July 14 is Gideon Mendel's 'A Broken Landscape', an intimate account of responses to living with HIV/AIDS.

Opening: June 20 at 6pm
Closing: September 22

MuseumAfrica, 121 Bree St, Newtown
Tel: (011) 833 5624
Fax: (011) 833 5636
Hours: Tues - Sun 9am - 5pm

'Ten Magnificent Men' at the Manor Gallery/WSSA

Paul Botes, Guy Cunningham, Jonathan Davis, Eddie Heyneke, Wim Kosch, Sam Maduna, Chris Patton, Richard Rennie, Snahrekerliw and Giorgio Trobec are the 10 magnificent men of the title who show a collection of work in a variety of media including sculpture, ceramics and photography.

Opening: June 14 at 6pm
Closing: July 28

Manor Gallery, WSSA, Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways
Tel: 011 465 7934
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 4.30pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Thafa Dlamini and Ceaser Mkhize

Thafa Dlamini and Ceaser Mkhize
Isiphambano - The Cross of Evil
Beads and fibre

'Untold Tales of Magic: Abelumbi' at Standard Bank Gallery

Curated by Jill Addleson of Durban Art Gallery, 'Abelumbi' gives a fascinating insight into myths, legends and stories from South Africa, the East and the West. Of specific interest is the myth of the Night Rider, or Umthakathi in Zulu, which tells the story of how, in the dead of night, a witch or wizard, usually masked, rides a specially trained baboon, seated facing backwards so as not to be recognised by his/her enemies. Riding the baboon, he goes about his task sprinkling magic herbs around the homes - often on the doorsteps - of those he wishes to cast an evil spell on. The Night Rider is the very antithesis - the evil version - of the sangoma-healer in the Zulu culture.

Well-known KwaZulu-Natal artists, including Bronwen Findlay, Julius Mfethe and Siphiwe Zulu, have interpreted 'Abelumbi' in a wide variety of media including glass, fibre, oil, wood, animal hide, clay, bronze, copper wire and silver. The exhibition is supported by an illustrated catalogue including all works on the exhibition as well as articles by Addleson, Ashraf Jamal and Juliette Leeb-du Toit, among others.

Opening: June 4 at 5.30pm
Closing: July 20

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks Streets, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 636 4231
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm



Invitation to Dinner

Lowther Technologies Ceremonial Dinner Revelry at Association of Arts

For this performance art event, a number of prominent celebrities have agreed to put the proverbial shoe on the other foot by participating in a project that is a metaphor for the gluttonies, excesses and philanderings of media, entertainment and advertising. Curator Franci Cronje has convinced nine men, including Jacques du Preez (presenter, Geraas) and Thabo Leshilo (Editor, Pretoria News) to sit three-a-side around a triangular table groaning with an excess of edible and inedible delicacies. They will be fed these treats by prominent women including Helena Hettema (singer), Patricia Glyn (presenter, SAfm), Esmeralda Bihl (presenter, Geraas), Jennifer Ferguson (singer and songwriter), Sandra Prinsloo (actress) and Vanessa Carreira (Miss South Africa). The entire event, including the performance antics and chefs' activities backstage will be filmed and projected on four large screens. As the eaters have no control over what they are fed, this performance and spectacle is designed to "accentuate the inherent cannibalism of daily information while we gullibly sit in front of the television, read billboards while driving on the highway, and study our daily printed matter". The event goes live on and is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please call Franci on Tel: 082 557 3647.

July 11 - one night only

Association of Arts, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346 3100
Fax: (012) 346 3125
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Pretoria Photographic Fleamarket

The next Pretoria Photographic Flea Market will be held on Sunday July 7 between 8am and 12.30pm. These flea markets, where amateur and professional photographers are guaranteed to find good equipment at bargain basement prices, are held on the first Sundays in March, May, July, September and November, which means there are only three left until the end of this year.

If you have equipment to seel, you can book a table at R30 each with Harold Carlsson on 082 376 0840.

Photography School, Technikon Pretoria Arts Campus, 24 du Toit Street

Judith Mason at the Association of Arts

Judith Mason's first exhibition in Pretoria in 10 years comprises recent paintings and drawings. Some works relate to her emotional experience of life in inner-city Johannesburg, while in others she uses an ammonite as a starting point to describe the brooding and often evasive spirit of the Himalayas.

Mason was born in Pretoria in 1938 and obtained a BA in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1960. She has works in all the major South African art collections, and public commissions include tapestries in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens. Recent commissions include stained-glass window designs for the Great Park Synagogue in Johannesburg.

Opening: June 23 at 6pm

Association of Arts, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346 3100
Fax: (012) 346 3125
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Max Liu

Max Liu

Max Liu at the Pretoria Art Museum

Max CW Liu's solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (Preiss Hall) is supported by Hsin Tien City Hall, assisted by Taipei Liaison office (Pretoria) and Taipei Liaison office (Johannesburg). It is an occasion tinged with sadness, as Liu died on April 12 2002, only one month before his South African opening. He was 92.

Well known in Taiwan as an electrical engineer, watercolorist, cultural anthropologist, writer and adventurer, Liu published more than 30 books on art. Inspired by "exotic" cultures' and the dreamlike imagery of Paul Klee, Liu painted semi-abstract imagery with a mystical bent which was once described as "innocent and humorous without academic seriousness". He was 38 when he started painting and learned what he knew from friends who were lecturers at the local university. He has been exhibiting in Taiwan since the late 1960s, having served with the American forces in Vietnam.

Opening: May 8 by Ambassador Du Ling of Taiwan
Closing: July 7

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: 012 344 1807/8
Fax: 012 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm



'Transmigrations' at Pretoria Art Museum

Artists' collective Dasart, headed by Ashley Johnson, initiated 'Transmigrations' as an exhibition that is concerned with story-telling "in the belief that the many levels within myth and enchantment are vital to our well-being. Western ways of seeing accept the culturally familiar and reject as superstitious that which is culturally 'divergent'." Thirteen South African artists, among them Rookeya Gardee, Nhlanhla Mbatha, Diane Victor and Wim Botha, are joined by one Canadian artist and one American artist, picked up on the show's journey from here to Los Angeles and Tijuana.

After Pretoria the exhibition will travel to the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein (Sept - Nov 2002), the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London (Nov - Jan 2003), the Durban Art Gallery and the Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

Further information on 'Transmigrations: Rituals and Items' as well as archival information on Dasart can be accessed at

Opening: April 6 at noon
Closing: July 21

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm