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02.12.07 Matthew Coombes at Bank Gallery
02.12.07 'The Sneeze 80 x 80' at the Durban Art Gallery
02.12.07 'Reuben Ndwandwe (1943 - 2007) Memorial Exhibition' at the Durban Art Gallery
02.12.07 Velobala Group at African Art Centre
02.12.07 Joseph Manana at the African Art Centre
02.12.07 Moya Evens and Joanne Hoyer at Bean Bag Bohemia

04.11.07 Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Architecture at the Durban Art Gallery
04.11.07 Alex Flett at the DUT Art Gallery
04.11.07 'Prints Books Lights' at the KZNSA Gallery
04.11.07 Pieter Hugo at the Durban Art Gallery
04.11.07 Christine Dixie at the Durban Art Gallery
04.11.07 '5th Annual Affordable Art Show' at artSPACE durban
04.11.07 Nick Rose at Bean Bag Bohemia
04.11.07 'Jewellery Expo' at Bean Bag Bohemia

DURBAN

Matthew Coombes

Matthew Coombes
Parallel Park 2006
C-type print
122 x 122cm

Matthew Coombes

Matthew Coombes
Settlement 2006
C-type print
138.4 x 87.6cm

Matthew Coombes

Matthew Coombes
Clearing 2006
C-type print
91.4 x 138.4cm


Matthew Coombes at Bank Gallery

Emerging British artist Matthew Coombes shows 'Long Tomorrow' at Bank Gallery this month. The show is an enchanting and dreamlike look at an uneasy future. A large scale video and sound installation entitled Echo of a Moment, Amplified envelops one on entering the gallery. The work is a journey beyond the present, into a volatile space where the visual ebb and flow are remnants of a collapsing power supply.

In Minor History of Convergence, a triptych of etchings, the viewer is confronted by an abstract depiction of both the conflict and co-dependency that exist between formal and chaotic energies. A series of melancholic photographs look at forgotten spaces, semi-rendered by man and now left to be swallowed up gradually by the landscape.

Coombes' interest lies in the interface between various determinist oppositions such as natural/geometric, linear/non-linear and presence/absence. He mines the latent narratives and tensions that arise from observing forms through such dialectics. Coombes' practice is not medium-specific, but rather interlinks sculpture, print, drawing and video - 'I see my practice as a fundamentally linked effort, even if like parallel lines, the different works may never meet. The notion of parallels is of particular interest to me as it invites the viewer to interpolate the gap for themselves and this is precisely where the work can be said to begin (or to end).'

Bank Gallery will continue its education programme, with tours and video workshops relating to Coombes' practice. If you would like your students to take part in the education programme please contact Robert Fraser on (031) 312 6911 or info@bankgallery.co.za

Opens: November 29
Closes: December 22


 

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson
video still

David Burrows

David Burrows
video still


'The Sneeze: 80 x 80' at the Durban Art Gallery

From November 8 until January 6, 2008, the Durban Art Gallery, will be showing The Sneeze 80 x 80, a video installation that was initiated alongside the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. 'The Sneeze 80 x 80' comprises video work by 80 international artists that together complete one work: a celebration of image diversity and unknown connections.

Conceived and produced by the artists Peter Lloyd Lewis (UK) and Natasha Makowski (USA), 'The Sneeze' includes artists from 29 countries and five continents. Applying a new equation to art synthesis and artist collaboration this project pays homage to Thomas Edison's innovative kinograph film of a sneeze, and relates to the process of a random and connective act. Acknowledging both the importance of the event in moving-image history and considering the idea of its experimental reference, the project explores the relationship between video art and feature film. It highlights the connections being made between artists and their work through the questioning of hierarchies, the exploration of narrative and the creative use of time structure.

Working within a predetermined format, the artists were asked to consider the following: a) the collaborative ethos of the project, b) the footage submitted to be exactly 80 seconds in length, and c) the work is viewed through the addition of a software programme that creates an infinitely random projection of the compiled work. Consequently, artists presented new and existing footage that when placed into the equation - 80 artists x 80 seconds - stimulates new readings and possibly new interpretations of their work. The programme is framed by the title and credits; acknowledgement of the artists appears only at the end of the complete work, in alphabetical order. The random programme allows for only one showing of each piece of footage in each presentation and an infinite sequence 'play' allows for continuously unique juxtapositions.

'The Sneeze 80 x 80' allows ideas to clash and provokes re-readings of the individual and collective work's content. Through the placing of the work, expectations are perpetually confounded. The result is a truly global work, a document of a time.

A full colour catalogue featuring essays by Taru Elfving (Finland), Nelson Henricks (Canada), Mary Ann Kearns (USA) and Dr. Edward Sumner (UK) is available from Article press www.articlepress.co.uk or Central Books www.centralbooks.com

For more information visit: www.80sneezes.com

Opened: November 8
Closes: January 6, 2008


 

Reuben Ndwandwe

Reuben Ndwandwe
Basket
iLala palm


'Reuben Ndwandwe (1943 - 2007) Memorial Exhibition' at the Durban Art Gallery

The Durban Art Gallery will be hosting a memorial exhibition of works by local artist Reuben Ndwandwe, who passed away unexpectedly in June this year. This exhibition is a celebration of Ndwandwe's artistic legacy and is organised in collaboration with Gilbert Torlage and Joanne Wilson from Provincial Museum Services.

As a master weaver, Ndwandwe not only exalted the status of the baskets woven from the Ilala palm of the KwaZulu-Natal region, but he also broke down cultural barriers, taboos and mindsets, earning the respect of both the local and international community at large. After the men of the Hlabisa District moved away to seek jobs in the cities and mines, weaving baskets became the domain of the womenfolk. Ndwandwe broke this taboo by excelling at making and individualising these baskets.

He created a means of sustainable income for many and headed a weaving course for the women of the area including his wife Zanele and his children. The iLala palm baskets which were once just humble containers used for everyday household chores and religious rites, were transformed by his superb vision and craftsmanship, into exquisite collector's items.

One can only marvel at the symmetry, complex patterns and variation of colours that he wove with precision and perfection. This is one aspect that has captured the attention and admiration of not only the art, but the education fraternity as well. In 'The Africa meets Africa Project', basketry is used as a cultural and mathematical tool in schools. Ndwandwe once said 'My eye has measurement'. He made his own dyes from roots and rusty iron to create special colours made more striking and harmonious when woven in geometric combinations and juxtapositions.

Ndwandwe was greatly influenced by his mentor and spiritual guide Isaiah Shembe. The spirit of the artist is said to live on in his artworks, therefore when viewing these perfectly balanced and harmonious baskets, one can almost feel his sense of joy in perfection.

Ndwandwe's works appear in the Durban Art Gallery Permanent Collection, the Vukani Museum in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Opened: November 22
Closes: December 18


 

Nkosinathi Shandu

Nkosinathi Shandu
Velobala group student

Xolane Buthelezi

Xolane Buthelezi
Velobala group educator


Velobala Group at African Art Centre

A small exhibition of the Velobala Group students' works will be on display at the African Art Centre from December 12 until December 29. The Velobala Group art classes have been running consecutively for 13 years and aim to teach fine art and craft techniques to young people who are unable to enter into a tertiary institution to study art. Works on exhibition include linocut prints and telephone wire plates

Opens: December 12
Closes: December 29


 

Joseph Manana

Joseph Manana
Soccer Players
acrylic on paper 50 x 70cm

Joseph Manana

Joseph Manana
acrylic on paper
Women Fetching Water
34 x 24cm


Joseph Manana at the African Art Centre

In an exhibition titled 'Khanya Khwezi' (Light after Dark) The African Art Centre showcases new acrylic on paper works by Joseph Manana. The exhibition will be opened by Greg Hayes of Stepping Stone Press and runs until December 29.

Opens: December 12
Closes: December 29


 

Moya Evens

Moya Evens
After Monet - Cocktails Please
digital painting
90 x 50cm

Joanne Hoyer

Joanne Hoyer
Nude
mixed media and oils
each 30 x 30cm


Moya Evens and Joanne Hoyer at Bean Bag Bohemia

'Priceless' features works by artists Moya Evens and Joanne Hoyer. Evens uses digitally altered images of old and contemporary masters' works to parody ideas of status, authenticity and value. Her digital paintings are unashamedly humorous, playfully raising topical issues around consumerism and the digital age of piracy.

Hoyer incorporates humour and found images into her multi-layered paintings to challenge nostalgic ideas of femininity.

Opened: November 6
Closes: January 20


 


Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Architecture at the Durban Art Gallery

After a successful showing in Berlin, Germany, the works of 2007 winner Heinrich Wolff and fellow nominees of the 2007 DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Architecture will be on view at the at Durban Art Gallery.

'I grew up on the privileged side of an unfair society and I feel compelled to contribute in effort and in ideas to the physical and intellectual reconstruction of the country,' says Wolff, 'For me this means purposefully engaging in projects that go across boundaries of race, income group, received or constructed culture or historical categories. It would be unsatisfactory to think that great architectural opportunity would lie only with wealthy clients or international commissions where South African social-economic realities do not exist.'

A monographic catalogue devoted to Wolff and a separate publication featuring the eight nominees - Wolff, Archilab, Heather Dodd, Andy Horn, Ndabo Langa, Henning Rassmuss and Chris Wilkinson - accompany the exhibition.

After its showing at the Durban Art Gallery, the exhibition travels to the South African National Gallery and then returns to Germany for a final showing at Iwalewa-Haus from April.

Opens: November 13
Closes: January 13


 

Alex Flett

Alex Flett
Three dancers 2006
woodcut print


Alex Flett at the Durban University of Technology Art Gallery

The DUT Art Gallery's final exhibition for 2007, entitled 'Durban Odyssey', by Scottish artist Alex Flett opens on November 6. The exhibition comprises a series of prints, drawings and sculpture works. Most of the works here reflect the artist's many visits to South Africa over seven years, and most were produced in South Africa.

With an extensive artistic career spanning over 39 years, Alex Flett has made a significant contribution to the art world by encouraging an art dialogue between South Africa and Scotland, and it is this dialogue which has established his relationship with the Durban University of Technology. Flett was born in 1950 in northern Scotland. He studied Fine Art at Winchester and St Martin's and at the London Slade School. With many exhibitions to his name, he is also an associate member of the human rights body, Art for Humanity, and project Director of the Kirkcudbright International Art Festival. Flett's first visit to South Africa was in 2000 as a board member of the Amasiko Cultural Programme, a part of the International Aids Conference held in Durban in July of that year.

Opens: November 13
Closes: December 15


 

Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes
Foreign Policy 2006/7
single colour chin collé lithograph
106 x 75cm

Judith Mason

Judith Mason
Muse by Night 2006
four colour lithograph
56 x 77cm

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders
Lady Luck 2007
six colour chin collé lithograph
38 x 28.5cm

Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Hush Little Baby
2004
Sugarlift, aquatint, burnishing, scraping with photocopy transfer
13.6 x 19.7cm

Kim Lieberman

Kim Lieberman
PSP 2003
etching in red on perforated philate
65 x 22.3cm


Prints Books Lights at the KZNSA Gallery

In keeping with the spirit of things, the KZNSA encourages festive shoppers to its premises with the promise of gifts that escalate in value. Adorning its walls and floors and outlandishly crafted shelving systems is an exhibition of truly gorgeous editioned artist prints, complemented by a careful selection of art books, all illuminated with highly dramatic lights by designer darling Adriaan Hugo.

Works available include the dramatic William Kentridge drypoint History of Art, a selection of Penny Siopis' Shame series, the post-modern intergalactic urbanity of Trasi Henen, Sam Hlengethwa's Ode to Thelonius Monk, Kim Lieberman's poignantly pregnant PSP etching on perforated philate, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt's lovely Landing Strip monoprint series, and the Conrad Botes lithograph Foreign Policy. Also expect to see Kim Berman's sorrowful, beautiful KZN ponds, Claudette Schreuders' oddball characters from The Long Day, a selection of Sam Hlengethwa's rare photo-litho Township Series (along with his significantly lighter interior tributes to George Pemba and Esther Mahlangu), Judith Mason's macabre muses and, Robert Hodgins' macho Champ and Coach.

Opens: November 18
Closes: January 6, 2008


 

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina
A hunting trophy fashioned to resemble Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe 2006
C print

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina
Martie and Morkel Smith, their son Stephen
and his fiancée Illze Venter with
their dog Snooze 2006
C print

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina
Johan Wolvaardt with his sons Ruan and Rick 2006
C print


Pieter Hugo at the Durban Art Gallery

Pieter Hugo is the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts for 2007. His exhibition 'Messina/Musina' is a body of photographs of individuals, families, interiors, landscapes and incidental details taken in Musina which is the northernmost town in South Africa. It lies on the Limpopo River, bordering Zimbabwe and was formerly known as Messina. In 2002 its name was changed to correct a colonial misspelling. Located in the heart of the bushveld with its hunting farms and diamond mine, on the major trucking route north, it attracts a conglomeration of disparate peoples.

In his exhibition Hugo reflects on the wounds and scars of race, class and nationality that persist here, on the border of Zimbabwe, a country in the process of self-destruction. The circumstances of Musina can also be seen as broadly reflective of any community that is confronted by transition.

Opens: November 22
Closes: January 13


 

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
Birthing Tray - Honey (detail) 2006
digital print
830 x 540cm

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
In Gaps and Absences 1997
etching
300 x 400cm


Christine Dixie at the Durban Art Gallery

'Parturient Prospects' by South African artist and fine art lecturer at Rhodes University, Christine Dixie opens at the Durban Art Gallery on November 22.

The exhibition explores an innovative feminist theme of maternity. The various components of this exhibition were begun when Dixie was pregnant and completed in the months following the birth of her daughter in February 2006.

Dixie is well known for her engagement with representations of the Eastern Cape landscape and as David Bunn put it, 'its role in the formation of white settler subjectivity'. Equally she is known for her insightful explorations of the ways in which a construction of gender identities is informed by histories of representation, particularly visual images. While its primary theme is maternity, this exhibition develops out of these two longstanding interests. As 'prospects' in the title suggests, Dixie is referring to both the act of searching for or mining new land as well as a sense of expectation of motherhood.

Dixie is an accomplished printmaker whose works are included in South African and overseas collections. Here, as in her solo exhibition, 'Hide', that formed part of the National Art Festival fringe in 2002, she has coupled techniques traditional to printmaking with other media and making processes. For example, a series of 'reliquaries' included in this exhibition are three-dimensional structures that include 'found' objects, amongst them actual 'relics' of the birth of her daughter - the child's umbilicus as well as the wristbands that she and her daughter wore in hospital.

'Parturient Prospects' is accompanied by a full colour catalogue with essays by David Bunn and Brenda Schmahmann.

Opens: November 22
Closes: January 27


 

Lara Mellon

Lara Mellon
Transkei Skies
oil on canvas
15 x 20cm (each)

Niel Jonker

Niel Jonker
Travel
oil on canvas
30 x 30cm


'5th Annual Affordable Art Show' at artSPACE durban

The premise behind the 'Annual Affordable Art Show' at artSPACE durban is that artworks are made available to the buying public at a price of no more than R2 500 per piece.

On exhibition will be works by more than 100 artists in a variety of media from painting to sculpture, ceramics, drawings and more.

Opens: November 28
Closes: December 24

Re-opens: January 7, 2008
Closes: January 26, 2008


 


Nick Rose at Bean Bag Bohemia

'Alchemy', an exhibition of jewellery work by Nick Rose opens at Bean Bag Bohemia this month.

It is said that some classic industrial designs are considered as much works of art as works of engineering. Rose explores this notion by trying to create an industrial aesthetic through the use of industrial materials, techniques and an engineered feel.

Opens: November 28
Closes: January 20


 

David Giardino Vitri

David Giardino Vitri
People in Glass Houses
silver, laboratory slide, cubic zirconia, mirror

David Giardino Vitri

David Giardino Vitri
Magnetic Pivot Ring
Rhodesian jade, silver, magnets


Jewellery Expo at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery

An exhibition of jewellery featuring collaborations by artists, jewellers, designers and photographers opens at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery this month. On offer are creations by David Giardino Vitri, Magda van der Vloed, Eunice van der Vloed, 'Voné' Rosling, Michelle Pujol, Nick Rose, Chantel Wehmeyer and Gary Wild.

For more information contact gallery curator Tamlyn Martin on 084 585 5995.


 
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