Archive: Issue No. 66, February 2003

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JOHANNESBURG
15.02.03 Prints and Multiples at Warren Siebrits
15.02.03 The Goodman prepares for Kentridge
15.02.03 'White' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery
15.02.03 Wendy Vincent at Art on Paper
15.02.03 Patrick de Mervelec at PhotoZA
15.02.03 Chris Diedericks at Merely Mortal
01.02.03 Diane Victor at the Goodman Gallery
01.02.03 Bitterkomix 12 launch at Art on Paper
01.02.03 Love, Life and Laughter auction at Sandton Fire Station
01.02.03 Hannes Harrs at the ABSA Gallery
16.01.03 Paul Emmanuel at the Standard Bank Gallery
16.01.03 Woven Images at the Standard Bank Gallery
16.01.03 Ardmore and more at the Gallery on the Square

PRETORIA
01.02.03 Masters students at the Unisa Art Gallery
01.02.03 Love in a Time of Ambivalence at Association of Arts
01.02.03 Fool For Love at Mind's i

BLOEMFONTEIN
16.01.03 Jane Alexander at the Oliewenhuis Museum
JOHANNESBURG

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Ubu Centenaire: Histoire d'un Farceur Criminel (1996)
Lithograph on paper
35 x 50 cm


Prints and Multiples at Warren Siebrits

"It is sad to note that many South African art dealers and galleries have actively advised clients against collecting prints, reinforcing the perception that graphics are of little value and importance as artworks," writes Warren Siebrits in the catalogue to his first show of 2003. "Thank goodness perceptions are changing, especially due to the success Kentridge's work enjoys abroad."

It is not just Kentridge that is celebrated. This carefully pieced together exhibition presents a selection of work by Alan Alborough, Jane Alexander, Walter Battiss, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Elza Botha, Marlene Dumas, Paul Edmunds, Kendell Geers, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Hodgins, John Muafangejo, Thomas Knuna, Cyprian Shilakoe, Penny Siopis, Cecil Skotnes and Andy Warhol.

It's a diverse range, and works such as Robert Hodgins 1996/7 Ubu series will both delight and confound. Look out to for a copy of GIF 2, a collaborative book containing original graphics and multiples by 18South African artists, including Kendell Geers. "PLANT A BOMB WITHIN THE INSTITUTION OF ART, SET TO EXPLODE ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF CHANCE," writes Geers in a provocative insert, dated 1993.

Opening: February 20
Closing: March 29

Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art
140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Tel: 011. 327-0000
Fax: 011. 327-5999
E-mail: seymour23@icon.co.za
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 12 - 6 pm, Saturday 12 - 4 pm


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Drawing from 'Zeno Writing', 2002
Charcoal and pastel on paper


The Goodman Gallery prepares for William Kentridge

The Goodman Gallery will be closed to the public for the next two weeks as they set up for a new show by William Kentridge, Zeno Writing. The large-scale renovations and customizations are intended to provide an appropriate platform for the artist's first major show in Johannesburg in 2003. The show will include Kentridge's new film of the same name, as well as drawings, new graphics and sculptures.

The gallery will have extended hours on the day of the opening, Saturday March 1, from 9.30am to 5pm, doubtlessly to cater for this Johannesburg son's rapturous return. Expect to have to jostle amongst friends, onlookers, art investors and the generally curious as the Kentridge enigma returns home.

Opening: March 1
Closing: March 29

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: 011 788 1113
Fax: 011 788 9887
Email: goodman@iafrica.com
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 a.m - 5 p.m, Sat 9.30 a.m - 4 p.m


Helen Bramley

Helen Bramley
Body Image Disturbance (detail)
plaster of paris and mixed media

Ann Marie Tully

Ann Marie Tully
Thimble Narratives (part of series)
mixed media


'White' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

'White is a group exhibition of installations by three young female artists: Helen Bramley, Liza Christofides and Ann Marie Tully.

Helen Bramley shows Body Image Disturbance, a collection of casts of mannequins and photographs: 'Body Image Disturbance puts the discourse of the slender body under scrutiny. By creating an installation of life-size sculptures representing the slender female body as a site of self inflicted violence, brought on by societal demands: I aim to question the 'ideal' of slenderness. '

Liza Christofides exhibits plaster casts of her hands, in Handfulls, with an accompanying video, How Dry I Am, as well as paintings: When it is installed the space resembles a sea of hands. They cover the floor and wall space, leaving little room for the viewer to pass through the gallery...Each casting is the result of a particularly painful process. The idea of being subjected to pain was crucial to this work...My right hand is deliberately used in the moulding process, as it is the hand that I use for writing and creativity...The loss of this precious appendage reinforces the enactment of another's pain by bringing home the reality of the disabled or fragmented body... The formal element of whiteness is crucial to this exhibition as it alludes to a silent trauma.

Ann Marie Tully exhibits old photographs, stitched with thread: 'Thimble Narratives' is an investigation of photography, from the impulse to photograph as prepared mourning to their poignant and frustrating presence in the experience of loss... There is a cynicism present in the puncturing of the photographs. This action is a metaphor for the frustration that the materiality of the photograph has caused in my life.'

Opening: February 1
Closing: March 30

Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
Tel: 011 725 3130
Fax: 011 720 6000
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Wendy Vincent

Wendy Vincent
Pod
aquatint
250mm x 250mm


Wendy Vincent at Art on Paper

Vincent made a name for herself as a printmaker in the 70s in Johannesburg, receiving special recognition for her stone lithographs. In the 80s her focus shifted to painting and, currently dividing her time between South Africa and the UK, she now focuses on both painting and printmaking. Vincent has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in South Africa and abroad.

Vincent's work shows a strong focus on the technical aspects of printmaking. Her work fits loosely into the category of Abstract Minimalism. Much of it, though, reaches out to include more recognisable material gleaned from deeply felt observations in nature. Says the artist: 'Where near-identical elements repeat themselves endlessly I find my territory - rocks scattered across a hillside, ripples in sand and water, weathering cliff surfaces, foliage textures, infinitesimal camouflage patterning. Even the abstract works of lines and dots find parallels in the natural universe.'

'The work is largely about placing layer upon layer. Process and the discoveries made with process are an integral part of the delight of the medium.

'Colour does not play a part for me here - it would interfere with the purity of the great range of possibilities that lie between black and white. Rather it is the degrees of density and accumulating weights of darkness with varied interpenetrating and interconnecting textures, hiding or revealing parts of each other, that have been the object of my investigations.'

The prints on show are simple and striking. 'They are about clarity of seeing,' says Vincent. 'They are about the beauty of the bare, honest essentials of an image on a clean sheet of paper. The crisp indentation of the plate that is the tool that causes the image to be made and the raised black intaglio lines are the special pleasures only found in the etched or engraved print.'

The artist will be at the gallery to discuss her work on Saturday February 22 between 3pm and 5pm.

Opening: February 15
Closing: March 6

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


Patrick de Mervelec

Patrick de Mervelec
Untitled
Digital print by Andrew Meintjies


Patrick de Mervelec at PhotoZA

'Nude Landscapes' is an exhibition of fine art photographic prints by French photographer Patrick de Mervelec. Now resident in South Africa, his exhibition featuring people of Jozi, 'Joburgers', was a big hit last year.

This exhibition is of 'vintage prints' - made between 1982 and 1986 - and has a different feel. Movement is a large element of this, drawing on De Mervelec's experience as a fashion and theatre photographer. Bodies caught in motion, swirled with veils, form part of the exhibition, as do landscapes, still, yet textured and full of energy.

The exhibition text, written by Veronique Schwab, has this to say of De Mervelec's work: 'Among the numerous registers of expression, that which espouses the values of "classicism" is often not highly valued. Yet, this aesthetic expresses the purity of form, dispensing with anecdotal trivia. Its images speak of the harmony of bodies. There is a fragile balance between the joy of contemplation and a slight vertigo: this beauty also owes much to chance, to that moment of ephemeral grace captured by the photographer before those elements, united for a split second, disperse forever.'

A book of the prints will also be launched on Thursday February 20 at 6pm.

Opening: February 18
Closing: March 14

PhotoZA, 177 Oxford Road, Upper Level, Mutual Square, Rosebank (the old CD Warehouse)
Tel: (011) 880 0833 or 083 229 4327 or 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)
Email: info@photoza.co.za
Website: www.photoza.co.za
Hours: Tues to Fri 11 a.m - 5 p.m, Sun 11 a.m - 3 p.m


Chris Diedericks

Chris Diedericks
Angel Heart, 2002/3
lino cut
19 x 24.5 cm


Chris Diedericks at Merely Mortal

Chris Diedericks shows linocuts from his newly launched artist's book, Bitter Love, bound by Peter Carstens in a limited edition of seven. The exhibition also celebrates 10 years for Diedericks as a fine artist. Diedericks graduated cum laude from Potchefstroom University, obtaining his masters with a distinction for the practical component. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and internationally: the USA, France, Canada, Finland, Japan, Croatia, Spain and Poland. He is currently Creative Process Navigator at Vega brand school.

Merely Mortal's 'dining room', Merely Morsel, is now open on selected nights. Call for details.

Opening: February 13
Closing: March 1

Merely Mortal, 356 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall
Tel: 011 326 3820 (Heather Greig)
Email: kitework@global.co.za
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m - 5.30 p.m, Thurs 7 p.m - 11 p.m [bar], Sat 10 a.m -1 p.m


Diane Victor

'Just close your eyes, click your heels three times and say..."There's no place like home"' (DETAIL), 2002
Etching and embossing on paper
Edition of 10
159 x 40 cm


Diane Victor at the Goodman Gallery

Recent drawings, etchings and embossed works. See review.

Extended: February 8

See Reviews

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: 011 788 1113
Fax: 011 788 9887
Email: goodman@iafrica.com
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 a.m - 5 p.m, Sat 9.30 a.m - 4 p.m


Bitterkomix

Bitterkomix 12 cover


Bitterkomix 12 launch at Art on Paper

The latest 'Adults Only' instalment from Joe Dog and Konradski, Bitterkomix 12, is launched this month. It also features a 'best of' of the past ten years (1992-2002).

Opens: 6pm 4 February

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


Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis
An Apple a Day


Love, Life and Laughter auction at Sandton Fire Station

Sharna Rae was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma the day after her 25th birthday. Her experience inspired her to begin an initiative to raise funds for young people with life-threatening diseases. She has been photographed by 24 photographers including Lien Botha, Brandon Amron-Coetzee, Peter Badenhorst, Natalie Payne, Dave Henning, Anthony Strack and will be auctioning the photos to raise funds. Also available is a calendar featuring 13 images.

Opens and auction: 6.30pm February 11

Sandton Fire Station, 140 Linden Road, Sandown, Sandton
More info: Liane (011) 444 7495
Website: www.lovelifeandlaughter.com




Hannes Harrs at the ABSA Gallery

Harrs draws his inspiration from traditional tribal art. The works on show will comprise Kuba Collages as well as Totems and Bronzes which symbolise the harmony of Africa.

Opens: February 10
Closes: February 28

Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 350 4588
Email: elsiel@absa.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm


Paul Emmanuel

Paul Emmanuel
Air on the Skin
Shoe polish, acrylic on paper
1 000 x 2 300 mm (framed)


Paul Emmanuel at the Standard Bank Gallery

Air on the Skin is the title of the new solo show by artist/printmaker Paul Emmanuel, showing downstairs at the Standard Bank Gallery. Emmanuel, the recent winner of the Schumann-Sasol WAM wax art competition 2002, will showcase his prize-winning work together with a newly commissioned work by Sasol. Also on display will be Emmanuel's series of intimate, exquisitely detailed original etchings and lithographs as well as an illuminated installation of page-proofs taken from his soon to be released artist's book, Cathexis.

Says the artist: "Among many other things, Air on the Skin is about exposure. Clothes are our outer coverings; they determine what we want the world to see of us, either by circumstance or choice, forming first impressions. They are an outer skin, which, like the dried remnants of insect exo-skeleton or snake scales, are shed, washed, re-worn or replaced. Clothing is intricately involved in our presentation and transformation."

Opens: January 28
Closes: March 15

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 636 4842
E-mail: SIsaac1@mail.sbic.co.za
Website: www.sbgallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm


Norman Catherine

Norman Catherine
Wise Guy III


Woven Images at the Standard Bank Gallery

Woven Images: Four decades of South African art through tapestry includes the works recently shown at the Grahamstown festival as well as older pieces. Presented by the Stephens Tapestry Studio, established in 1963, the retrospective includes woven interpretations of works by Cecil Skotnes, Gerard Sekoto, Judith Mason, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Penny Siopis and Karel Nel.

The studio's philosophy is to encourage the awareness of tapestry through the excellence of technique and interpretation of an artwork. It endeavours to ensure that the tapestries produced are an extension of the original work - that they are an artwork of independent value. Works are executed mainly in hand-spun mohair, chosen for its vibrancy of colour.

Opens: January 28
Closes: March 18

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 636 4842
E-mail: SIsaac1@mail.sbic.co.za
Website: www.sbgallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm


Ardmore

Wonderboy
Rhino Tureen
Ceramic


Ardmore and more at the Gallery on the Square

New South African aquisitions include works by Hannes Harrs, Regi Bardavid, Paul Blomkamp, Jenny Stadler, Rodney Blumenfeld, Carl Roberts, Colbert Mashile and the Ardmore Studio.

Gallery On The Square, Shop 32, Sandton Square
Tel: 011 784 2847/8
Fax: 011 784 2849
Email: gots@mweb.co.za
Website: www.galleryonthesquare.co.za
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 a.m - 6 p.m, Fri - Sat 9 a.m - 2 p.m, Sun 10 a.m - 2 p.m

PRETORIA

Tillie de Gabriele

Tillie de Gabriele
Video still
2003


Masters students at the Unisa Art Gallery

Two students show their final work. Tillie de Gabriele's A Woman's Story and Pieter Swanepoel's Deconfigurations will be supplemented by selected works from the UNISA Permanent Art Collection.

Opens: February 13
Closes: March 28

Unisa Gallery, Theo van Wijk Building (Gold Fields entrance), Unisa
Tel: (012) 429 6255/6823
Email: hattif@unisa.ac.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30 pm or by appointment


Christo Basson

Christo Basson


Love in a Time of Ambivalence at Association of Arts

The title and the show is inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marques's novel Love in a time of Cholera and approaches the stereotypical, saccharin, celebration of Cupid with a valium under the tongue. Contribute your onions or violets via fax or e-mail, which will be operational between 6.30pm to 9pm on Valentine's as one of the interactive elements of this multi disciplinary event. Contributing artists are: Christo Basson, Erna Bodenstein, Franci Cronjé, Chris Diedericks, Sandra Hanekom, Theo Kleynhans, André Naudé.

Opens: February 14
Closes: March 1

Association of Arts, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346 3100
Fax: (012) 346 3125
Email: art.museum@tshwane.gov.za
Website: www.art.co.za/artspta
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm


Diek Grobler

Diek Grobler
Guardians of the Love Bug, 2002
Digital print & watercolour
21 x 29 cm


Fool For Love at Mind's i

In this group exhibition, various artists consider the unknown Saint Valentine of Africa. At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. The third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, is virtually unknown. Exhibiting artists considering his life include Diek Grobler, Retha Buitendach, Mich´┐Żle Nigrini, Gustav Vermeulen, Dianne Victor, Piet Grobler, Erna Bodenstein-Ferreira, Maja Marx, Angus Taylor, Cecile Heystek, Kenau Botha and Marinda du Toit.

Opens: February 5
Closes: February 28

Mind's i Artspace, Shop 63 Brooklyn Square, Brooklyn, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346 5131
Email: minds-i@lantic.net
Website: www.minds-i.co.za

BLOEMFONTEIN

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
African Adventure
1999-2002
Installation view, Cape Town Castle


Jane Alexander at the Oliewenhuis Museum

Alexander's DaimlerChrysler Award-winning exhibition, An African Adventure, has it's second showing in Bloemfontein.

Opens: January 22
Closes: March 23

The Oliewenhuis Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street
Tel: (051) 447 9609
Email: oliewen@nasmus.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm; Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 1pm - 5pm

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