Archive: Issue No. 57, May 2002

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CAPE TOWN
15.05.02 Deborah Bell at João Ferreira Gallery
01.05.02 Artists in residence at Greatmore Studios
01.05.02 'Marks on Paper, Marks on Clay' at the Chelsea
01.05.02 Claude Bouscharain and Heike Davies at the AVA
01.05.02 Peter Friedl at 22 Long Street
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 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery
10.04.02 Fritha Langerman, Judy Moolenschot and Charl Gräbe at the AVA
03.04.02 'Italy, the One and Only' at the Castle
27.03.02 'The Loom of Life' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
15.05.02 Strijdom van der Merwe at Dorp Street Gallery
01.05.02 'After Apartheid: Nine SA Documentary Photographers' at Sasol Museum
24.04.02 Uwe Pfaff at the Framing Art Gallery
CAPE TOWN

Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell
Journey Home I, 1999/2000
Mixed media on paper
160 x 120cm


Deborah Bell at João Ferreira Gallery

Deborah Bell's exhibition 'Unearthed' comprises drawings and sculptures, some of which were shown at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg last year. Over the years, moving easily between sculpture, printmaking and drawing, Bell has consistently explored archetypal and mythical themes in her excellently produced and presented figurative work. Of this body of work she says: "I see these figures as resurrections of histories and ideas that we have forgotten."

Opening: May 8
Closing: June 1

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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




Artists in residence at Greatmore Studios

Greatmore Studios is hosting an exhibition by current artists in residence Lallitha Jawahirilal (South Africa/UK) and Ann-Marie Curran (Ireland). Greatmore is currently advertising its residency programme - see Exchange.

Opening: Wednesday May 10 at 5.30pm
Closing: May 18

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




'Marks on Paper, Marks on Clay' at the Chelsea

'Marks on Paper, Marks on Clay' examines the relationship between marks, gestures and images on the surfaces of both two and three-dimensional works. Featured artists working on paper include Gail Catlin, Keith Dietrich, Gregory Kerr, Judith Mason, Cecily Sash and Lyn Smuts, while ceramic artists include Laura du Toit, Louise Gelderblom, Tamar Mason, Hennie Meyer and Wiebke von Bismarck.

Opening: Tuesday May 7 at 6.30pm
Closing: May 25

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel/fax: 021 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm


Claude Bouscharain

Claude Bouscharain
The Geode and the Submarine
Oil on canvas
78 x 116 cm


Claude Bouscharain and Heike Davies at the AVA

Next up at the AVA, Claude Bouscharain holds her first solo exhibition since 1995, while in the long gallery Heike Davis will hold her first solo show. Both artists will exhibit figurative oil paintings in colour, but executed in very different styles.

Born in France, Bouscharain studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at the Academie Montmartre under Fernand Leger. She moved to South Africa in 1951, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Cape Town and around South Africa. She has also exhibited abroad in Belgium, Zimbabwe, Australia, Namibia, and in 2002 at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. She is the subject of a monograph by Bruce Arnott, published by Struik, and is represented in various collections including that of the National Gallery.

Davies, born in 1976, obtain her BA in Fine Art from Michaelis in 2000, and works as a partner at the Michaelis Art Shop. She has exhibited on several group exhibitions in Cape Town. Of her first solo exhibition, 'Perfect - Imperfection', she says: "This corpus of work stems from a yearning and an infatuation with deconstructing a man I hardly knew, but who keeps having a profound and intimate effect on my identity. These paintings attempt to explore the ephemerality of memories that exist in the continuously shifting, intangible space of recollection."

Opening: Monday May 6 at 6pm
Closing: May 25

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


Peter Friedl

Peter Friedl
Still from King Kong
2001


Peter Friedl at 22 Long StreetA

Presented by the Institute for Contemporary Art at three venues across South Africa during May, Berlin-based artist Peter Friedl's project, which manifests as video, interventions, interviews and further research, asks the following burning questions: "How can artistic practice be redefined as a strategy to disarm power, in its widest sense? How does artistic practice relate to institutional practice in its various manifestations: exhibition, mediation, publication and distribution? What does the concept 'genre' mean today? How much autonomy is possible or even necessary?"

These are the fundamental questions which Friedl confronts in his practice. His works refuse stylistic or formal categorization and instead take the form of "conceptual, aesthetic acts" which offer diverse models to help finds answers to these questions.

Conceived within the genre of the retrospective, as a collaboration between three institutions: the Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'art contemporain, the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen and the ICA Cape Town, Friedl's project involves the re-presentation of fragments of the same exhibition in different institutional contexts and locations.

Opening: May 1 at 4pm
Closing: May 21

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22 Long Street, Cape Town
Tel: 083 367 7168
Email: i.c.a@iafrica.com
Hours: Tues - Sat 12 - 6pm


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


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


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




'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

Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon
Black and white photograph


'After Apartheid: Nine SA Documentary Photographers' at Sasol Museum

Curated by Professor Michael Godby of the University of Cape Town, 'After Apartheid: Nine South African Documentary Photographers' features the work of George Hallet, Jenny Gordon, Andrew Tshabangu, Gideon Mendel, Nadine Hutton, Paul Weinberg, Tracy Derrick, Guy Tillim and Zwelethu Mthethwa.

The premise of the exhibition is that while the political struggle of the apartheid years gave rise to a very strong tradition of socially concerned photography in South Africa, since 1991 photographers have turned to less urgent, less dramatic subject matter. Where previously photographers might have drawn attention to the appalling living conditions of the majority of South Africans, this exhibition focuses rather on photographers' more recent tendencies to communicate their subjects' ability to triumph over these circumstances. The exhibition also notes many South African photographers exploring the potential of their medium, aspects of composition, lighting, tonality or colour to communicate in less starkly dramatic visual forms.

Opening: Wednesday May 8 at 6pm
Closing: May 26

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Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 808 3693
Fax: 021 808 3669
Email: lmdw@sun.ac.za
Website: www.sun.ac.za/usmuseum
Hours: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4pm, Wed 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm

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
FAG, Skuinshuis, 44 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 887 6273

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