Archive: Issue No. 62, October 2002

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CAPE TOWN
15.10.02 Bitterkomix, Claudette Schreuders and Boogie Lights at the AVA
15.10.02 Winning maquette on show at AVA
15.10.02 Gavin Younge at Bell-Roberts
15.10.02 Patricia Driscoll at the Photographers' Gallery za
15.10.02 Velaphi Mzimba at the Everard Read
01.10.02 Spirit of the Place at the AVA
01.10.02 Giulio Tambellini at João Ferreira Gallery
01.10.02 Lien Botha catalogue launch and mini-retrospective at Bell-Roberts
01.10.02 Orientation/ Demarcation exhibit at the Centre for African Studies
01.10.02 Beauty in Ceramics: An exhibition and demonstration by visiting Japanese potter Sõei Obiya
01.10.02 Jo Ractliffe and Markus Schwander at Bell-Roberts
18.09.02 Aaron J. Wegmann at the Hänel Gallery
18.09.02 Janet Ranson at Greatmore Studios
01.09.02 Annual Nicolaas Maritz studio exhibition
17.04.02 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
15.10.02 Gregory Kerr at the Dorp Street Gallery
01.10.02 Jeremy Wafer at the Sasol Art Museum
01.10.02 Outpost ll at the US Gallery
CAPE TOWN

Bitterkomix

Invitation image


Bitterkomix, Claudette Schreuders and Boogie Lights at the AVA

Currently, the AVA is host to three separate but interrelated exhibitions: the legendary Bitterkomix crew are showing in the main gallery, while sculptor Claudette Schreuders, a new contributor to the publication, will show works on paper in the Long Gallery. Upstairs Bitterkomix co-founder Conrad Botes will exhibit the 'Boogie Lights' lamps he and sculptor Brett Murray have produced in collaboration.

The 'Bitterkomix' exhibition is the third in a series of seven exhibitions entitled 'Comix Galore', organized by Bitterkomix, the French Institute of South Africa, Pro Helvetia and the Witwatersrand Technikon. It showcases the works of various comic artists from South Africa, Europe and Reunion in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban over several months. Bitterkomix was founded by Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes in 1992 and has grown to be a publication of international repute, mining the uncomfortable areas of the South African psyche with its unique graphic sensibility. Kannemeyer and Botes both attained their MAFAs at Stellenbosch University, have exhibited widely at home and in Europe and publish an issue of Bitterkomix annually. Along with its cult status in South Africa, Bitterkomix is very popular in Holland, Belgium and France. This exhibition serves to launch The Best of Bitterkomix Volume Two and the show will feature, like their last at the same venue, original cover artwork, drawings, paintings and prints from the publication.

Claudette Schreuders hardly needs any introduction as a sculptor but is also becoming known for her two-dimensional work. At this year's Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, where she was the festival's featured artist, she showed a number of etchings and drawings and has recently started contributing work to Bitterkomix. Schreuders has begun enjoying international success in the last two years and earlier in the year held a sellout show in New York.

Cape Town-based sculptor Brett Murray first collaborated two years ago with Conrad Botes on a series of wall-mounted lamps which they called 'Boogie Lights'. Murray has for some time been producing lamps alongside his well established art-making and his collaboration with Botes proved a stroke of genius in making his lamps and Botes' images even more desirable. The exhibition will feature some enduring favourites as well as some new creations.

Opening: Monday October 14, 6pm
Closing: November 2

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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


Fritha Langerman & Katherine Bull

Fritha Langerman and Katherine Bull
Enraved glass, steel and aluminium discs and reworked cat's eyes
Actual size to be 60 cm in diameter


Winning maquette on show at AVA

The third Cape Town Public Sculpture event, sponsored by the J.K. Gross Trust, has been won by a collaboration between Capetonians Katherine Bull and Fritha Langerman, see News, in a second round submission that included work by the other finalists, Paul Edmunds and Kevin Brand. All three entrants' proposals will be on display at the AVA for the next 10 days.

Wednesday October 16 - Saturday October 26

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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


Gavin Younge

Invitation image


Gavin Younge at Bell-Roberts

Gavin Younge has been a well-known figure in South African art for many years, and is a professor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. His output has largely consisted of sculpture, but this latest exhibition serves as the South African premier of a video piece entitled Curating the Waves. He will also present a series of bronzes entitled Salt River Soliloquies. Younge's work is found in most major public collections in South Africa. He has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad.

Opening: Wednesday October 16, 6.30pm
Closing: November 9

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


Patricia Driscoll

Patricia Driscoll
Look Out, 2002
archival lambda print
600 x 800cm


Patricia Driscoll at the Photographers' Gallery za

Patricia Driscoll is a former student of photography legend Obie Oberholzer and is well known as a regular contributor to SL Magazine. Her exhibition 'Shorelines' comprises a collection of colour photographs all inspired by the sea. Says Driscoll, 'This exhibition is a celebration of the sea and an exploration of the unique phenomenon of light where it meets the shore'. All the pictures were taken at dusk or dawn using extended exposures during the course of which Driscoll altered the apertures, resulting in works which have areas which are simultaneously sharp and blurred.

Closing: October 31

Photographers' Gallery za, 87 Kloof street, Cape Town
Tel: 422-2762/ 072 356-7056
Email: photogallery@mweb.co.za
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 1pm


Velaphi Mzimba

Velaphi Mzimba
Yellow Apple
Medium Acrylic on Canvas
200cm x 170cm


Velaphi Mzimba at the Everard Read

Velaphi Mzimba's latest exhibition of mixed media paintings on wood and canvas is entitled 'Vhavenda'. The paintings have been inspired by Mzimba's recent journeys through the Limpopo Province, home to, amongst others, the Vhavenda people.

Opening: Thursday October 24, 6.30pm
Closing: November 6

Everard Read Gallery, 3 Portswood Rd., Waterfront, Cape Town
Tel: 418-4527
Email: ctgallery@everard.co.za
Website: www.everardread.co.za




Spirit of the Place: Genius Loci at the AVA

'Spirit of the Place: Genius Loci' represents the Cape Town leg of an artistic exchange and travelling exhibit, which began in Wales in 2001 and will finish in Stellenbosch next year. The project grew out of previous exhibitions by Group 75, a group of 10 Welsh artists, nine of whom will be represented in this exhibition. They are joined here by four Cape Town artists. This collaboration between artists from a variety of backgrounds, geographic locations and cultural heritages forms part of the AVA's primary objective. The Cape Town artists, Pat Fenn, Mgcineni Sobopha, Jill Trappler and Donovan Ward, were selected on the basis of their diverse creative vision and their technical competence. Their Welsh counterparts are Lynne Bebb, Gwenllian Beynon, David Cooper, Gordon Field, Richard Hore, Audrey Searle, Margaret Tietze, Boris Tietze and Tracy Ann Williams.

The project began its touring journey in October 2001 in Wales at the Pontardawe Arts Centre, and was joined on its travels of the country by Mgcineni Sobopha and Donovan Ward who took part in a number of workshops. Margaret Tietze, participating artist and co-ordinator of the project, says in the accompanying catalogue, "In this exhibition the idea that a particular area of land can have a prevailing tendency or 'genius' has been extended to include a wide range of situations and places, from domestic to historic. The aim for each artist has been to identify, if not the total essence, some essential moment or situation in specific places".

It has been the policy of Group 75 to invite guest contributors. In recent years there have been collaborative programmes with artists in America and South Africa.

Opening: Monday September 23, 6pm
Closing: October 12

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


Giulio Tambellini

Giulio Tambellini
Crack Finger Expulsion
Etching/monoprint


Giulio Tambellini at João Ferreira Gallery

Giulio Tambellini is best known for his printmaking in a variety of media. Originally from Johannesburg, he has been resident in Cape Town for some time. His work is often erotic and explores sexuality. The title of his show 'Where Does Outside Become Inside' hints that we can expect more of the same. Tambellini has produced drawings, large-scale etchings and limited edition books.

Opening Wednesday October 2, 6pm
Closing: October 26

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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@joaoferreiragallery.com
Website: www.joaoferreiragallery.com
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm




Lien Botha catalogue launch and mini-retrospective at Bell-Roberts

The latest artist to be featured in the Taxi series of catalogues is Cape Town-based photographer Lien Botha. She was the winner of the 1999 Standard Bank Young Artist Award and has shown her work widely both in South Africa and abroad. The catalogue features writing by Ashraf Jamal and poetry by Karen Press, who has also edited the book. The catalogue has been published by David Krut Publishing in association with the French Institute of South Africa, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, MTN Foundation, Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation and the National Arts Council. The launch will be accompanied by a small retrospective of Botha's photography.

Opening: Wednesday October 3, 6pm

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


Orientiation

Orientiation invite


Orientation/ Demarcation exhibit at the Centre for African Studies

This show of work by students from Michaelis School of Fine Art is hosted by the Centre for African Studies, UCT. The selected work explores the broad theme of 'Orientation/ Demarcation' with diverse interpretations across a wide range of contemporary media. This exhibition hopes to showcase a dynamic body of student work, allowing the broader public to view work-in-progress at Michaelis.

Opening: Monday September 30, 6pm
Closing: October 11

The Gallery, Centre for African Studies, Upper Campus, UCT
Tel: 650-2308
Email: jschoof@humanities.uct.ac.za


Sõei Obiya

Sõei Obiya
Tea bowl with lotus flower design

Sõei Obiya

Sõei Obiya
Candle holder in shape
of lotus flower


Beauty in Ceramics: An exhibition and demonstration by visiting Japanese potter Sõei Obiya

The Office of the Counsellor and Consul of Japan is hosting the visit of one of Asia's most distinguished potters, S�ei Obiya, to South Africa. Obiya will be presenting a short exhibition of his work in Cape Town, including a workshop during which he will demonstrate the fine details of his techniques.

Sõei Obiya (79) has been working in clay for over 40 years. A visit to a potter's studio at age 38 marked a turning point in his life. Working as a ceramic art critic at the time, he was given clay and worked it into a tea bowl. With great surprise, the potter asked whom his master was, upon which Obiya replied that it was the first time that he had ever worked with clay. As Obiya had no mentor nor belonged to any particular school of art, his work is entirely unique. His ceramic pieces have harmonious shapes, are gentle and graceful, yet are also strong and powerful. Flowing lines mark the distinctive features of his creations.

This amazing near-octogenarian acts as a goodwill ambassador for Japan and has been demonstrating his ceramic work outside Japan for over 10 years. His lectures and demonstrations have always been well received and have greatly contributed to deepening the understanding between Japan and other countries.

Obiya will present a free workshop and demonstration from 1.30 - 3.30pm, Monday October 14

The work will also be on show from 8.30am - 4.30pm on October 15

Rust en Vreugd, 78 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

To attend, phone Esther Esmyol at (021) 460-8217, email eesmyol@iziko.org.za

Cynthia Querido, Press Co-ordinator, Iziko Museums of Cape Town
Tel: (021) 481 3943/0 or 083 316 8794
Fax: (021) 481 3941
Email: cquerido@iziko.org.za


Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe


Jo Ractliffe and Markus Schwander at Bell-Roberts

'A bear, a giraffe, snow, dogs, flowers and verbotstafeln' is the unusual title given to this project by Johannesburg-based Jo Ractliffe and Swiss artist Markus Schwander. Schwander hails from Iaab Ateliers in Basel and is currently artist-in-residence at Greatmore Studios here.

Opening: Saturday October 5, 12pm
Closing: October 12

There will be a walkabout with Beat Brogle and Markus Schwander on Tuesday 8 October 2002 at 6pm

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


Aaron J. Wegmann

Aaron J. Wegmann
Toyscape (detail) 2002
Oil on board
184 x 278


Aaron J. Wegmann at the Hänel Gallery

Aaron J. Wegmann is a Swiss-born artist who now lives in Cape Town and is holding his second one-person exhibition at the Hänel. 'Colour Zone: Continuing explorations into the urban landscape' consists of paintings, pastel drawings and sculptures. Wegmann's work is apparently abstract but the colour zones and forms are derived from maps and models of and real site interventions in the urban landscape.

Opening: Thursday September 19, 5pm

Hänel Gallery, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 1406
Fax: (021) 423 5277
Email: ehaenel@compuserve.com
Hours: Tue - Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm


Janet Ranson

Janet Ranson
Untitled 2002
Mongraph
225 x 195mm


Janet Ranson at Greatmore Studios

Janet Ranson's second exhibition of mixed media paintings in as many years takes place at Greatmore Studios this month.

Opening: Friday September 27, 4pm (including a Story Circle)
Closing: October 10

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


Nicolaas Maritz

Nicolaas Maritz
Rock Pools (detail)
Oil on board


Annual Nicolaas Maritz studio exhibition

Entitled 'Rock Pools and other paintings', Nicolaas Maritz's new work will be on show in his studio during September and October. This has been an annual feature of his since he moved to Darling in 1992. As the title suggests, the new work features paintings of rock pools, no doubt rendered in Maritz's characteristic rich paint, sombre tertiary hues and truncated forms. A painting by him of Table Bay was recently chosen to represent Cape Town at the Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg and is on the cover of the current Big Issue.

Maritz held his first one-person show in 1976 and has produced work prolifically and exhibited frequently ever since. His work is to be found in many public collections throughout South Africa. In the Western Cape he most recently showed at the Dorp Street gallery in Cape Town. This show coincides with the celebrations around the district's famous wildflower season and provides another excuse, if you need one, to get out of town.

The work will also be up on his website from September 16 www.nicolaasgallery.co.za from 16 September.

Opening: September 15
Closing: October 31

Viewing by appointment only, tel: (022) 492 3343

Studio Maritz
5 Nemesia Street, Darling, 7345

Email: colaas@iafrica.com


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.
Closing: November 10

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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

STELLENBOSCH

Gregory Kerr

Gregory Kerr
Sentinel, 2002
Oil on canvas
60 x 100 cm


Gregory Kerr at the Dorp Street Gallery

Gregory Kerr, until two years ago, headed the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. He subsequently moved to the Eastern Cape where he has since been painting full-time.

The artist will introduce his work at the opening at 11am, Saturday October 19.

Opening: Saturday October 19, 11am
Closing: November 13

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


Jeremy Wafer

Jeremy Wafer
Xoe (detail), 2000
100 colour photographs 10 cm x 10cm


Jeremy Wafer at the Sasol Art Museum

Jeremy Wafer enjoys unequivocal respect amongst his peers. He has consistently been producing strong and silent work for many years. His work is informed by an artistic language which is minimal and contemplative and often bears out in repetitive images and objects. His drawings, prints and sculptures have been exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. Now resident in Johannesburg, Wafer is formerly from Durban. After many years teaching at Natal Technikon, he now works at the Witwatersrand Technikon. This exhibition represents Wafer's first major showing in the Western Cape.

Of the work to be seen here he says, "�.the show will include a selection of work from the past few years and will be of work which, in the main, deals with issues of 'land' and the ways it has been owned, controlled, claimed, and ordered but also the ways in which it has provided me with a more open 'site' or 'space' for more personal speculation and, at times, abstract thought."

Opening: October 9, 6.30pm
Closing: November 24

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


Clive Hardwick

Clive Hardwick
Severance, 2000
Photographic light boxes
and
Carol-anne Gainer
Sleeping 2002
Video
Installation view


Outpost ll at the US Gallery

'Outpost II' takes up where 'Outpost' left off. The latter was- a travelling show that took contemporary work from KwaZulu-Natal to Pretoria two years ago. Both shows have been curated in response to the historically held idea that KwaZulu-Natal is the last bastion of British colonialism in a far-flung and remote part of Africa and as a consequence work produced here is conservative and reactionary.

'Outpost II', however, rather than a beleaguered camp under siege in the badlands, marks necessary forays into the terrain of uncertainty. Questions rather than assertions might indicate such tentative sorties into the unknown and the works on this exhibition engage with erosion of certitude, lack of identifiability, a dissolution of boundaries between public and private, ambiguity and intertextuality.

In a world subsumed by large monopolies and a globalisation that purports to embrace difference, but rarely does, KwaZulu-Natal might represent the smaller, idiosyncratic voice of the individual. This exhibition engages geographies of identity within the South African context, embracing the personal whilst at the same time acknowledging the broader politics of place. Participating artists are Andries Botha, Carol Anne Gainer, Clive Hardwick, Langa Magwa, Thando Mama, Isabella Quattrocchi, Greg Streak and Interbach. The show has been curated by Virginia MacKenny, artist, teacher, writer and ArtThrob's Durban editor, and Storm van Rensburg, curator of the NSA gallery in Durban.

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Opening: October 10, 6pm
Closing: November 6

US Art Gallery, corner Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Email: usmuseum@maties.sun.ac.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

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