Archive: Issue No. 58, June 2002

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CAPE TOWN
01.06.02 Sue Williamson - 'From the Inside' at João Ferreira Gallery
01.06.02 'Aisle 5' at 21 Pepper Street
01.06.02 Marthie Kaden at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
01.06.02 Godfrey Setti, John Murray and Masha du Toit at the AVA
17.04.02 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery
27.03.02 'The Loom of Life' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
15.05.02 Strijdom van der Merwe at Dorp Street Gallery
CAPE TOWN

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson
'From the Inside', 2002
Installation view


Sue Williamson - 'From the Inside' at João Ferreira Gallery

'From the Inside' comes to Cape Town straight from a showing at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg last month. Williamson's body of work began with a commission for the international HIV/AIDS conference in Durban in 2000. The artist identified the silence and shame surrounding the subject as major obstacles to addressing the pandemic. Making contact with a number of people living with AIDS, she began an extraordinary process whereby quotes from these people were graffitied onto walls in public spaces, signed with name of the speaker. In this way, Williamson sidestepped the issue of "Who speaks for whom" and produced public statements which ring with more truth than any advertising campaign. The work is presented in the gallery as large-format prints featuring a black and white portrait of the speaker flanked by photographic documentation of their graffitied statement.

Opening: Wednesday June 5 at 6pm
Closing: June 29

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


Heath Nash

Heath Nash
Drawstring concertina lampshade


'Aisle 5' at 21 Pepper Street

'Aisle 5' is an exhibition in which "art becomes product and product becomes art". All the work promises to be accessible, ready to take home, ready to hang or ready to wear - in other words, ready to consume, at affordable prices. The 21 participants include painter, illustrator and jeweller Peter Eastman, artists Doreen Southwood and Julia Clarke, and clothing designer David West. Brett Murray and Conrad Botes' collaborative lamps will be on show as will the very consumable paintings of Frances Sanders. Products as diverse as bronze and resin toy soldier pins, digital landscape drawings, paper jewellery, toys, lampshades and interactive origami boxes are promised.

The show was conceived by Michaelis graduate Kim Stern and graphic designer Jacki Kaye, whose intention is to "establish new opportunities for artists by recontextualising their work in a commercial environment". Don't forget your wallet.

Opening: Saturday June 1 at 8.30pm
Monday June 3: 10am - 3pm
Tuesday June 4: 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm
Wednesday June 5: 10am - 2pm and 7 - 9pm
Thursday June 6: 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm
Friday June 7: 10am - 2pm
Saturday June 8: 10am - 2pm

The same times apply the following week, with the shop closing at end of business on Friday June 14.

21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: Kim Stern 083 285 7571 or Jacki Kaye 082 805 3230
Email: aislefive@hotmail.com


Marthie Kaden

Marthie Kaden
Moerland (detail)
Mixed media
2800 x 1970 cm


Marthie Kaden at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

A University of Stellenbosch lecturer and postgraduate student, Marthie Kaden exhibits strange and beautiful "drawings" patinaed with motorcar grease and charcoal, sewn with fabric and detailed with rubbings. Kaden writes that the work is "concerned with alterity and paradoxes relating to language and representation". She continues: "In these works I explore the materiality of language as a means of contact and understanding ... This is extended through the use of different and diverse materials; technique as process; and the play between light and darkness."

Opening: May 27
Closing: June 15

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


John Murray

John Murray

Godfrey Setti

Godfrey Setti


Godfrey Setti, John Murray and Masha du Toit at the AVA

In the latest trilogy of shows at the AVA, John Murray shows a series of charcoal drawings, and Masha du Toit has produced handmade puppets. In the main gallery the AVA pays tribute to Godrey Setti, who died recently at the age of 43, showing his most recent paintings.

Setti was born in Kitwe, Zambia, in 1958 and was completing a PhD in Fine Art at Rhodes University, where he obtained his Master's degree in 2001, at the time of his death. He also held an Honours degree in Art from Reading University in the UK, an Art Teacher's Diploma from Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka and a Primary Teachers Certificate from Kitwe Teachers College. He was the author of a book, Art and Artists in Zambia, and spent most of his professional life working as a painter, primary school teacher, art teacher and senior lecturer at Evelyn Hone College in Zambia. His first solo show took place at the Mpapa Gallery in Lusaka in 1988, and he exhibited at the AVA in May 2000.

John Murray's third one-person show in as many years is entitled 'Black and White', referring as much to its monochromatic media as the issues the work explores. The work, he says, "creates a merry mix of notions surrounding visual overload, melancholy, violence, ambiguity, religion and more". Murray has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch. He has worked as a freelance illustrator for the past five years.

Masha du Toit has a BA in Fine Arts from Michaelis and completed a Higher Diploma in Bronze Casting at the Natal Technikon's sculpture department. At that time she also learned to embroider, which had a significant bearing on her work. Her series of puppets, entitled 'The South Africans', consists of 12 figures, each representing some aspect of what it is to be a South African. The figures include the Street Kid and the Car Guard, the Prostitute and the Story Teller. In these embroidered and embellished objects, Du Toit grapples with serious issues such as our obsession with crime and security as well as the sense that we live in a cruel and unjust world.

Opening: May 27
Closing: June 15

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


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




'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

STELLENBOSCH

Strijdom van der Merwe

Strijdom van der Merwe


Strijdom van der Merwe at Dorp Street Gallery

Strijdom van der Merwe is best known for his site-specific outdoor "earthworks" but also presents documentation of these in gallery spaces. Alongside this he has made a number of installations in galleries with both man-made and naturally occurring materials and has also produced a number of permanent installations in public spaces. In all of his work he brings together a sensitivity to his vast range of materials and a graphic sensibility developed in his study of this discipline. Van der Merwe has produced work and exhibited extensively in South Africa, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was joint co-ordinator of the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial.

Opening: Saturday May 25 at 11am
Closing: June 12

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

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