Archive: Issue No. 61, September 2002

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CAPE TOWN
18.09.02 Doreen Southwood at the Bell-Roberts
18.09.02 Aaron J. Wegmann at the Hänel Gallery
18.09.02 Spirit of the Place at the AVA
18.09.02 Janet Ranson at Greatmore Studios
01.09.02 Eagles Speak at the AVA
01.09.02 Aidan Walsh at João Ferreira Gallery
01.09.02 Annual Nicolaas Maritz studio exhibition
01.09.02 Angela Ferreira's Zip Zap Circus School project
01.09.02 David Goldblatt at the Michaelis Galleries
01.09.02 Launch of Art | South Africa
17.04.02 'Beyond the Material' at the National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
18.09.02 Timo Smuts Prize exhibition
01.08.02 Willie Bester at the Sasol Art Museum
CAPE TOWN

Doreen Southwood

Doreen Southwood setting up at Spark!


Doreen Southwood at the Bell-Roberts

Doreen Southwood's much anticipated second one-person show opens this week in Cape Town. Capetonians will get a chance to see some of the work Southwood showed on 'Eksie Perfeksie' with Antoinette Murdoch in Johannesburg earlier this year as well as a number of new pieces.

Southwood is clear to describe herself as an Afrikaans-speaking white female in her late twenties. Her work, autobiographical to an extent, deals with issues of obsession and mental illness, and her attempt to find the perfect balance between fear and love, order and chaos. She questions identity while dealing with discomfort and disease. The exhibition, entitled 'Nothing, really matters', includes audio-visual work, prints and three-dimensional installations.

Opening: Wednesday September 18, 6pm
Closing: October 2

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 H�nel. '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

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Spirit of the Place at the AVA

'Spirit of the Place (Genius Loci)' is the result of a collaborative exchange between several Western Cape artists and Group 75 from Wales. The South Africans are Pat Fenn, Mgcineni Sobopha, Jill Trappler and Donovan Ward. Their Welsh counterparts include Lynne Bebb, David Cooper, Richard Hore, Margaret Tietz and Tracy Ann Williams.

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


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


Hachivi Edgar

Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds
Graffiti piece
Invitation image


Eagles Speak at the AVA

'Eagles Speak: Honouring the Unity of Eagles from Southern Africa and North America' is an exhibition in three parts comprising works by Edgar Heap of Birds, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Cynthia Ross-Meeks and Tall Oak in the Main Gallery, 'Eagles Speak' - Heap of Bird's survey of prints - in the Long Gallery and children's artwork from Fox Point Library and Providence Rhode Island Public Schools on the Mezzanine.

Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds is a Cheyenne/Arapaho Native American who is currently on the faculty of Oklahoma University with a joint appointment in Native Studies and the Art Department. He has exhibited extensively internationally. His public projects have drawn attention to living native culture and the impact of history on the contemporary relationships between native and mainstream cultures. Heap of Birds has traveled the world for the last decade researching the similarities of icons used by indigenous peoples in Australia, Africa, North and South America and Europe.

'Eagles Speak: Honouring the Unity of Eagles from Southern Africa and North America� is a collaborative exhibition which began during a residency at the Rhode Island School of Design. The title refers to the Cheyenne understanding of the role of this bird as a messenger and leader. The show deals with the personal and political cross-cultural communication of the symbolic eagles of North America and Southern Africa. Both Tall Oak and Cynthia Ross-Meeks are Native American artists from Rhode Island. Goniwe will be producing a new work from a Southern African indigenous perspective.

Heap of Bird's survey of print works will include the 'Neuf' series lithographs that relate to his paintings. Also on exhibit will be a selection of serigraphs that are text-based and often focus on American political themes. On the Mezzanine are drawings by school children from the Providence, Rhodes Island community where Heap of Birds stayed earlier this year, working with the learners on the theme of 'Eagles Speak'.

Heap of Birds has visited Cape Town before and has already shown work at Greatmore studios on this visit. He also presented a lunchtime lecture at Michaelis.

Opening: Monday September 2, 6pm Closing: September 21

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


Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh
627 km to DeAar (2002)
Oil on canvas
36 x 46 cm


Aidan Walsh at João Ferreira Gallery

Durban-based painter Aidan Walsh brings his show 'Sacred Places' to Cape Town. Walsh is best known for his naturalistic paintings of graveyards, buildings and landscapes, and in particular a series of paintings of Hindu temples in Durban. Of his new show he states, "I am fascinated by the surface and composition of stone�be it granite or marble, brick, tiles, clay, they are all evocative. Particularly when it has been exposed to time, the elements and dereliction. Most of my paintings seem to be weathered houses, temples, churches, statues and natural rock forms. This is not consciously planned but when I come across something it talks to me. Stone, that has been around for centuries has a soul that one can sense. Places, over time become sacred."

Opening: Wednesday September 4, 6pm
Closing: September 28

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


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


Angela Ferreira

Angela Ferreira
Model for proposed building
Wood and sailcloth
Installation view in Holland


Angela Ferreira's Zip Zap Circus School project

Angela Ferreira was last seen in Cape Town on Colin Richards' 'Graft' show at the SANG. Her latest project involves the construction of a 1:1 scale model of a partial section of an as-yet-unrealised building. The building in question is the future home of Cape Town's Zip Zap Circus School, which was designed by the architect Pancho Guedes a few years ago, but still, unfortunately, remains unbuilt. Ferreira has constructed a wood and sailcloth model of part of the building. The model will be installed on an empty tract of land on the Foreshore. This area has been famously neglected by the City Council, which culminated in the cutting off of the city from the harbour by the N1/ N2 flyover, some of which still remains incomplete.

The presence of the Zip Zap Circus School structure here is intended to encourage visitors and passers-by to reflect on the urban environment and on how we think of and use public space. This production has been made possible by the ICA, Cape Town.

Angela Ferreira's Zip Zap Circus School project (2000 - 2002) will be installed on the corner of Table Bay Boulevard and Oswald Pirow Street from Saturday August 31 - Sunday September 1.

On Saturday there will be a public film and photo shoot from 4-6pm, from whence drinks will be served. On Sunday there will be a performance by the Zip Zap Circus School which will be filmed.

Tel: 083 367-7168
Email: i.c.a@iafrica.com Website: www.icacapetown.org


David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Invitation image


David Goldblatt at the Michaelis Galleries

David Goldblatt, following an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (as the only South African ever to be hosted solo by this institution) and the publishing of a comprehensive monologue last year will be showing a recent body of work in Cape Town. 'Jo'burg Intersections 1999 - 2002' is being hosted by the ICA and UCT at the Michaelis Galleries.

Opening: Wednesday September 4, 5pm

Michaelis Galleries, Michaelis School of Fine Art, 31-35 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town


Art | South Africa

art | southafrica


Launch of Art | South Africa

A new art journal which promises to be "a glossy publication that is serious about contemporary South African visual art, drawing on the country's top art writers and giving exposure to artists at local and international levels" is to be launched next week by the publishers, Bell-Roberts. The Bell-Roberts have been clear to make a distinction beween the artists with whom they work in their Cape Town gallery and the proposed content of the magazine. We all feel the need for a publication of this sort, and with ArtThrob's former editor Sophie Perryer, at the helm, I'm sure this will be something to look out for.

The launch serves to open photographer Stan Engelbrecht's new show 'Miss Claire wants to tell you...' which sounds like a change of direction for the man who last brought us photographs of the wild horses of the Namib.

Wednesday September 4, 6.30pm

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Bell-Roberts, Ground Floor, Rodene Studios, 15 Bloem 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.
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

US Stellenbosch art gallery

The US Stellenbosch art gallery


Timo Smuts Prize exhibition

Students from the Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch will be exhibiting work submitted as entries for the annual departmental competition at the University Art Gallery. The competition requires students to produce a work independent of any input from their lecturers and comprises work by students of Jewellery Design, Fine Art, and Applied Graphics. The exhibition will consist of work selected from these entries from which a panel of three judges from outside of the Department will choose the prizewinners. A prize is awarded to a student in each of the three areas of study.

To be opened by Sandra Klopper at 6pm, Wednesday September 18

Opening: September 18
Closing: October 2

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


Willie Bester

Willie Bester
Saartjie
Metal collage sculpture

Photo courtesy www.vgallery.co.za


Willie Bester at the Sasol Art Museum

'Willie Bester - 15 years' provides a welcome mid-career survey of the work of this well-known Western Cape artist. During the 1990s Bester experienced a meteoric rise to international fame, through his extraordinarily moving commemorative portraits of 'struggle' leaders, and his collage works and salvage sculptures focusing on the complex realities of life in Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa. Today, Bester is without doubt one of South Africa's foremost artists. Strongly represented in most major art collections in South Africa, his mixed media paintings and sculptures are also housed in numerous private and public collections throughout Europe and the USA. Ironically, though, it is mainly in West Africa, Belgium, Spain, Italy and, most recently, Malaysia, that attempts have been made to mount informative retrospective exhibitions of his work. In South Africa his exhibitions to date have mostly been at commercial galleries. Most of the work here has been borrowed from private and corporate collections. The guest curator, for this exhibition will be Prof. Sandra Klopper, Head of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch.

Opening: August 8
Closing: September 29

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

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