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5.05.06 Grace Kotze at artSPACE durban
5.05.06 Peter Machen at the KZNSA
5.05.06 Jill Trappler at the KZNSA
5.05.06 Peter van Heerden at the KZNSA
5.05.06 Botanical Arts Association of Southern Africa at the KZNSA
5.05.06 Ceasar Mkize and Thafa Dlamini at the African Art Centre
5.05.06 'The Indian in Drum in the 1950s' at the Durban Art Gallery
5.05.06 'Red Eye: Access Denied' at the Durban Art Gallery
5.05.06 'Mr Price Home and House and Leisure Design Awards' at the KZNSA
5.05.06 James Beckett at the KZNSA

11.04.06 'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' at the Durban Art Gallery
11.04.06 Cedric Nunn at the Durban Art Gallery
11.04.06 Lesley Magwood Fraser at artSPACE durban
11.04.06 Valerie Leigh at artSPACE Durban
 

DURBAN

Grace Kotze

Grace Kotze
detail from 'Co-ordinates'

Grace Kotze

Grace Kotze
detail from 'Co-ordinates'
 


Grace Kotze at artSPACE durban

Grace Kotze's solo exhibition 'Co-ordinates' opens at artSPACE durban this month. Kotze's painted works contain fragments of figures, glimpses into her childhood, symbols from scientific diagrams and keyhole views into landscapes.

The use of the canvas is an integral part of this exhibition. One work comprises about 40 tiny cubes protruding from the walls. Each one is a segment of some thing larger and, through its separation from its origin and replacement with other images, new dialogues are created. Each work has an additional dialogue between the top surface and sides, the top providing a far more detailed and specific image that is supported by the tone, colour and marks on the sides.

Opens: 6.30pm, May 15
Closes: June 3


Peter Machen

Peter Machen
Pumla
photograph

Peter Machen

Peter Machen
Plane
photograph
 


Peter Machen at the KZNSA

Peter Machen is known to the Durban public for his arts writing and criticism. Having written for a number of publications over the years Machen, is now gaining a considerable reputation as a visual narrator.

'The Corduroy Man' consists of words and images, and is in a sense a documentary. Documentary usually involves something external to the artist or photographer, but in this particular exercise, which has been underway for more than 10 years, Machen documents his own consciousness.

He says, 'I have long been convinced, through reading, observation and the processing of simple thoughts, that it is subjectivity and not objectivity that is the pathway to universality. The verbal fragments and often blurry and impressionistic visuals of "The Corduroy Man" give a clearer view of my own consciousness than careful scripting and perfect focus ever could.'

Opens: 6pm, May 15
Closes: June 4


Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler
 


Jill Trappler at the KZNSA

Cape Town based artist, Jill Tappler's exhibition 'This is where we meet' opens at the KZNSA on May 16. The exhibition explores the 'in between space' or intermediate region where we people meet. The artist uses paint, canvas and paper to achieve this.

As Tappler explains, 'The transformation of raw material into cloth and its transformation into clothing, (leather, silk, appliqué, weaving, ikat) all carry a tiny content of the people engaged in their creation and the people who wear them. They suggest another time and place, other lives lived, a reality carried by their patterns, textures and colours.'

Opens: May 16
Closes: June 4


Peter van Heerden

Peter van Heerden
Bok performance 2006

Peter van Heerden

Peter van Heerden
Bok performance 2006
 


Peter Van Heerden at the KZNSA

Peter Van Heerden is a performance artist living and working in Cape Town. He completed his Masters Degree (Cum Laude) at the University of Cape Town Drama Department in 2004. He has presented live art installations at various venues, including the Grahamstown Festival, with a controversial and acclaimed work entitled So is 'n os gemaak. This work was followed by Bok, commissioned by the KZNSA Gallery for YAP. Van Heerden is a lecturer in performance at CityVarsity in Cape Town. Van Heerden collaborates with artist Andre Laubshcer, presenting work under the initiative 'erf 81 cultural collective'.

Van Heerden's work is an investigation into masculinity and identity through cathartic performance. His work is based on the notion of Saamtrek (pulling together), where the audience participates, through their presence, in a quest for new meanings and interpretation of archetypal symbols.

The video installation of Bok, a collaboration with filmmaker Brad Schaffer, follows the live art installation that took place in February 2006 in Bulwer Park, outside the KZNSA Gallery. This work comprise video material garnered from the research phase of the project, where Van Heerden and Laubscher enacted mock executions at significant Anglo Boer War and apartheid sites in the Eastern Cape, as well as documentary footage of the performances in Durban and Johannesburg.

On the final day of the installation Van Heerden and Laubscher will perform a closing ceremony, which encompasses a ritual. Starting at 6am they will initiate a closed performance of executions in the exhibition space, repeating the performance every six minutes, the estimated period between incidences of child abuse in SA. This performance will conclude at 6pm, when the public will be invited to attend a closing ritual and engage with the artists in-situ.

Interested members of the public are invited to meet with Van Heerden and Laubscher at 6pm. Saturday May 27 following the closing ceremony.

Opens: 6pm, May 16
Closes: 6pm, May 27



Botanical Arts Association of Southern Africa at the KZNSA

'Stretching the Strelitzia' involves only one species of plant, the strelitzia reginae'. Invited artists have been encouraged to experiment with media such as pen and ink, woodcut, scrapper board, collage and photography in their depiction of this plant. Participants include Lindsay Bush, Pascale Chandler, Peter Bendheim, Ros Sarkin and Ingrid Lotter.

Opens: May 16
Closes: June 4


Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini

Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini
beaded sculpture

Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini

Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini
beaded sculpture
 


Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini at the African Art Centre

Beaded sculptures by Ceasar Mkhize and Thafa Dlamini will be on exhibition at the African Art Centre from May 17. The sculptures take the form of animals, insects, birds and mythical creatures. Mkhize and Dlamini's works were shown on 2002's 'Untold Tales of Magic: Abelumbi' at the Durban Art Gallery and selected for the 2004 Brett Kebble exhibition. Five of their standing angels were chosen to decorate the judges' chambers at the New Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

Opens: May 17
Closes: June 4



'The Indian in Drum in the 1950s' at the DAG

'The Indian in Drum in the 1950s' was conceived to restore the lived historical memory through striking images taken by some of the most outstanding photographers of the decade. It explores an unofficial Indian history in South Africa that confronts clichés of the homogenous Indian symbolised by the 'rich Indian shopkeeper', that was propagated by the apartheid régime to project a middle class 'non-European' society to missions abroad, with images of unemployment in Cato Manor and child labour on the sugar farms in Natal.

Photographs include that of Amaranee Naidoo, a shy Indian woman who rode a motorcycle on the 'Wall of Death', and Benny Singh, described as the 'father of non-European boxing' who is depicted in his Durban gym with prodigy Baby Batter whom he later promoted in Britain.

The exhibition articulates a broader, more intricate South African 'fifties culture that extends beyond the borders of effervescent Sophiatown. Victoria and Grey Streets, 'Durban's little Chicago', and the ghettoes of Cato Manor in Durban and Newclare in Johannesburg tell a different story. The story of Sheriff Khan for instance, described as South Africa's Al Capone of the 1950s, contests the dominance of Kort Boy and The Americans in Sophiatown. Further, it acknowledges the talent of photographers such as G.R. Naidoo, Ranjith Kally, Naransamy and Barney Desai who captured these images.

The rest of the exhibition expands on this rich past with cinema owners in Fordsburg, pin-up models, trapeze artists, the seine net fishing community, ballroom dancers and modern Indian women shaking off a more traditional past, evidence of a more tangible multi-faceted South African Indian history than has thus far been represented.

Opens: May 24
Closes: July 23



'Red Eye: Access Denied' at the DAG

Taking its name from the undisclosed space that this month's Red Eye will occupy, 'Access Denied' presents Red Eye-goers with the opportunity to explore the depths of the city. Concealed by elaborate cast-iron gates, previously restricted niches are to be opened to public view. Artists will utilise the architecture, together with video installation, atmospheric lighting, dance performance and fashion installations.

Contributing artists include Tessa Comrie, Carlos Francisco, Roger Miller, Vaughn Sadie, Mark Meyer, Everett Duarte, Mlu Zondi and Ntando Cele as well asa collaboration by Caroline van Wyk, Ben Haskins, Marcel Duvenage and Justin Lagesse. Performances by Siwela Sonke, Fantastic Flying Fish, Amajita, Umkhumbane Blues and King Zorro will also be featured.

For more information contact Durban Art Gallery on (031) 311 2268 or email turnerl@durban.gov.za

Opens: 6pm, May 26



Mr Price Home and House and Leisure Design Awards

The 'Mr Price Home and House and Leisure Design Awards' exhibition showcases young designers from around the country who are competing for a trip to the London Design Week. The selected designers include Christo Goosen, Nicola Hobson, Kea Disemelo, Lyall Sprong, Zani Fourie, De Wet Groenewald, Adriaan Hugo, Bevan Anderson, Paul Radebe and Gillian Antony.

Opened: April 25
Closes: May 14


James Beckett

James Beckett
detail

James Beckett

James Beckett
detail
 


James Beckett at the KZNSA

James Beckett studied at the Natal Technikon in Durban from 1995 to 1999, and having won the Emma Smith prize left for Berlin where he spent a year. He was then accepted by the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. During the course of this residency he won the prestigious Prix de Rome for Art and Public Space.

After initially working with installation, sound has played an increasingly central role in Beckett's work. This has been a research-based activity with output ranging from radio documentaries to mock ethnic bands, as well as museum displays documenting the cultural and physiological effects of noise. The evolution in specific areas of the industrial revolution has also played muse; the foundation of synthetic colour manufacture and its relationship to BASF, and the cultural implications of vacuum tubes for the Dutch firm Philips.

This exhibition is a return to physical installation and informed more by the techniques of music-making and text, hence the use of cut-up. As with conventional cut-up one would butcher a series of texts and combine them at random to form new sentences, phrases and constellations. In this instance, rather than the cut being restricted to a single source, it is applied between and across different sources.

The show is later to travel to Cape Town then St. Petersburg, Tallinn and possibly Helsinki, to finish in the Amsterdam.

Opened: April 25 Closes: May 14


Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Nobody Loves Me 1961
aquatint on paper
39 X 28.5cm
Collection: ELC Art and Craft

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Boys 1969
aquatint on paper
38.4 X 30.2cm
Collection: ELC Art and Craft

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Mma Koko 1971
etching on paper
30 X 21.5cm
Collection: Durban Art Gallery

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Untitled
Rhodesian teak
50 X 14 X 11cm
Collection: De Beers Centenary Art Gallery, University of Fort Hare

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
BaPedi Girl
marula wood
72 X 20 X 21cm
On loan from Shilakoe family
 


'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' showcases a substantial body of the artist's life's work. The exhibition combines sculptures and prints on loan from both public and private collections in South Africa, together with eight early Shilakoe works, never before shown on public exhibition. Exhibition curator, Jill Addleson, together with Phillipa Hobbs (Curator of the MTN Art Collection), travelled to Dennilton in August last year to meet with the Shilakoe family. In the family home, they discovered two clay sculptures, two acrylic on masonite paintings completed when Shilakoe was training at Rorke's Drift (1868 - 1969), and three wood sculptures.

'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' will travel to 10 of the country's major art museums including The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, The South African National Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery. A comprehensive catalogue has been published, with essays by curator Jill Addleson, Linda Goodman, Philippa Hobbs, Otto Lundbohm (Shilakoe's Swedish teacher at Rorke's Drift), Elizabeth Rankin and Yvonne Winters.

Opens: March 29
Closes: May 15


Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Amy Madhlawu Louw in conversation with her son Ronny, Ivuna 2001
black and white photograph
58cm X 58cm

Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Rosie Strydom after the death of her late husband, Inhlwati 1993
black and white photograph
58cm X 39 cm

Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Deborah Eksteen and her husband Noel Norris,
grieving at the graveside of Deborah's father, Peter,
who had been buried two months earlier, Mangete 2001
black and white photograph
112cm X 112 cm
 


Cedric Nunn at the Durban Art Gallery

These photographs, entitled 'Blood Relatives', were taken over a period of 25 years, in an attempt by Cedric Nunn to understand his identity as a coloured in South Africa. 'I decided to look at my own origins in order to better examine who the people were from where I arose, and how these communities related to others', says Nunn. The artist considers the identity of the coloured communities in relation to the character John Dunn.

Nunn considers the notion of a separate coloured people as a construct of a policy born out of prejudice, racial bias and the peculiar social experiment foisted on this country by imperialists, colonialists, white nationalists and now adopted by many coloured people themselves. The exhibition is also a documentation of aberration in the social structure, which leads to the separation of communities.

Opens: April 5
Closes: May 21


Lesley Magwood-Fraser

Lesley Magwood-Fraser
Belle I
oil on canvas
45cm X 45 cm
 


Lesley Magwood-Fraser at artSPACE durban

'Belle of the Ball' by Lesley Magwood-Fraser takes inspiration from advanced drawing classes and from visual journals that the artist has collected over time.

Opens: April 24
Closes: May 13


Valerie Leigh

Valerie Leigh
The Dam
Oil on board
43cm x 63cm
 


Valerie Leigh at artSPACE durban

Valerie Leigh's 'Events in a Divine Time Span' showcases 10 paintings which express a vision or impression of past incidents. Leigh is interested in 'the adequate presentation of the complete human personality... the human being as a whole in a whole society'.

Opens: April 24
Closes: May 13

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