Archive: Issue No. 119, July 2007

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03.07.07 Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery
03.07.07 Bonita Alice at Art on Paper
03.07.07 Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg
03.07.07 'Thought Traffic' at The Premises Gallery at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre
03.07.07 Happy Dhlame at the Alliance Française Johannesburg
03.07.07 Various artists at the Stewart Gallery
01.07.07 Bronwen Findlay at the Artist Proof Studio Gallery
01.07.07 'The Winter Show' at Afronova
01.07.07 Carine Zaayman at Fried Contemporary
01.07.07 'Bicycle' at Artspace Fine Art Gallery
01.07.07 Robert Whitehead and Johan Engels at David Krut Projects
01.07.07 Beverley Price at Standard Bank Gallery
01.07.07 Christine Dixie at Standard Bank Gallery
01.07.07 Alexandra Ross at Everard Read Johannesburg

03.06.07 Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at the Johannesburg Art Gallery
03.06.07 Frances Goodman at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
03.06.07 Churchill Madikida at Standard Bank Gallery
03.06.07 Twisting Sisters: the art of master weaving sisal at Standard Bank Gallery
03.06.07 Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe at Seippel Gallery
03.06.07 Richard Smith at Artspace Fine Art Gallery Johannesburg
03.06.07 Sue Pam-Grant at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery

06.05.07 Carl Roberts at Gallery on the Square
06.05.07 Happy Dhlame at the Johannesburg Art Gallery Project Room
06.05.07 Majak Bredell at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria
06.05.07 Harold Rubin at Goodman Gallery
06.05.07 Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters at the Johannesburg Art Gallery


Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery

Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter present an investigation of perceptions of foreignness in their own city. 'UrbaNET - Hillbrow/Dakar/Hillbrow' looks at ownership in terms of space and territory, and also degrees of belonging.

The gallery information for the show relays the following anecdote about the development of this show's central concept: 'During site research for an urban regeneration project on the border of Hillbrow, Hobbs and Neustetter were confronted by two francophone immigrants who warned them that entering Hillbrow with a camera was not safe.

'Drawing their inspiration from this encounter the two artists (for their contribution to the Dak'Art Biennale 'Off' Programme) interviewed a group of Senegalese immigrants asking them to draw maps of Dakar, which the two would use to navigate the city during their two week residence in May 2006. The culminating exhibition at the Ker Thiossane residency space in Dakar comprised a series of wall-map-paintings and photographic stills projections that reflected on the interactions and engagements resulting from navigating Dakar on foot and visiting colleagues and friends of the Senegalese immigrants.

'This project has for themselves and for the Senegalese community served as a socially-engaged process whereby engagement through interviews and drawings have been employed to produce a comparative analysis of the two cities and at the same time cross substantial psychological barriers inherent in contemporary South African society.'

Opens: July 6
Closes: July 25

Bonita Alice at Art on Paper

Johannesburg-based Bonita Alice presents 'Anticipated Memory'. Alice has in the past produced sculpture, site-specific installation and here she presents works on paper. She will conduct a walkabout of the show at 3pm on July 14.

Opens: July 7
Closes: July 28

Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg

Arlene Amaler-Raviv's untitled solo show in Johannesburg reveals her as a prolific artist, and features more than 70 works, including two 2 x 2m canvases along with 53 postcard-sized images. Amaler-Raviv undertakes an attempt to understand Johannesburg, the city of her birth, by confronting the denseness of daily urban life and the sense of remoteness and dissociation that can develop as a result.

The show will be opened by William Kentridge.

Opens: July 26
Closes: August 31

'Thought Traffic' at The Premises Gallery at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre

Regular ArtThrob contributor Brenden Gray co-curated 'Thought Traffic' along with the Trinity Session. The show is billed as an 'informal' exhibition, and takes as its subject the sketches that permeate daily life. The curators say that 'image-making invades agendas, minutes, colonises the margins of official documents, takes possession of envelopes, serviettes, and plagues diaries and personal organisers'. As such, the show aims to give a 'behind-the-scenes' look at how drawing, as a way of experiencing the world, manifests itself within the context of the everyday.

Artists on show include Alison Kearney, Antoinette Murdoch, Cara Snyman, Paul Cooper, Rhett Martyn, Same Mdluli and Sonja Britz.

Opens: June 30
Closes: July 28

Happy Dhlame at the Alliance Française Johannesburg

The Alliance Française announces a show of paintings by Happy Dhlame during July. 'Wall Wounds' follows hot on the heels of his show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery's Project Room.

Opens: July 5
Closes: July 21

Roger de Andrade

Roger de Andrade
Look there goes Jack 2007
oil on canvas

Various artists at the Stewart Gallery

The Stewart Gallery announces the opening of an exhibition of art from New York. Artists on show include Roger de Andrade, Patrick Rorke, Sharle Matthews, Lauern Hegele, Scott Harrison and Pauline Gutter

Opens: June 26
Closes: July 14

Bronwen Findlay

Bronwen Findlay
Lucky Beans and Lace Curtain 2007
carborundum, monotype and etching

Bronwen Findlay at the Artist Proof Studio Gallery

Bronwen Findlay has produced a number of unique monoprints in collaboration with the Artist Proof Studio and master printer Timothy Foulds. These works incorporate as many as seven layers and multiple techniques. With this series of works Findlay has attempted to achieve similar effects to those in her oil paintings, which utilize layering of colours and textures. She has used found objects such as old lace, seeds and other plant matter, and sometimes birds as source material. Says Findlay: 'There is always an element of the unexpected and of surprise as each print is pulled through the press'.

Findlay began her career in KwaZulu Natal but is now resident in Johannesburg. She was a recipient of one of the Brett Kebble Art Awards in 2005.

Opens: June 28
Closes: July 22

The Winter Show

Gera Mawi Mazgabu
Untitled 2004
oil on canvas

'The Winter Show' at Afronova

'The Winter Show' features a rare selection of works by some of the finest artists from South Africa and the continent. Those showcased include Chéri Samba, Chicken Man, Esther Mahlangu, Solly Cissé, Durant Sihlalhi and Willem Boshoff.

Opens: June 22
Closes: July 13

Carine Zaayman

Carine Zaayman

Carine Zaayman

Carine Zaayman

Carine Zaayman at Fried Contemporary

'The secret adventures of Lady Ann Barnard and Other Diversions' features two series of works. The first is an excerpt from an ongoing project, namely a novel entitled The Plague of Fantasies. This comprises a number of found and original texts, presented in print and video format. The second part deals with Lady Anne Barnard's stay at the Cape of Good Hope as the wife of the first British colonial secretary, entitled The Secret Adventures of Lady Anne Barnard. It focuses on the journey she together with her husband, Anne Barnard the younger, Captain Johnny Dalrympie, and a number of assistants, undertook to the interior of the Cape colony. This will consist of a series of digital prints composited from photographs, drawings and texts from Lady Anne's journal and the newly discovered letters. Excerpts from these were chosen for their particularly intelligent and insightful observations of life at the Cape in the late 18th century. A video installation dealing with Lady Anne's ascension of Table Mountain will also be shown.

The exhibition seeks to illuminate a part of the history of Cape Town and its environment by tracing the ways in which history has shaped contemporary life, and to bring about an awareness of the long trajectory of contemporary culture and society in Cape Town.

Carine Zaayman, ArtThrob's former New Media Editor, is a lecturer in New Media at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. The show will move to the Irma Stern Gallery in Cape Town in August.

Opens: July 7
Closes: July 28

Richard Smith

Robertus van der Wege, Johan Botha and Maja Maljevic
Bicycle invitation image

'Bicycle' at Artspace Fine Art Gallery

Artspace Fine Art Gallery Johannesburg presents 'Bicycle', an exhibition by Robertus van der Wege, Johan Botha and Maja Maljevic. In the show, these three artists explore the theme of bicycles in their own unique ways.

In a collective statement, the artists say: 'Bicycles are the world's foremost means of transport. They do not cost much to acquire and do not cost much to maintain. They do not require fuel, which means those without money can still afford to acquire them. More people use bicycles than any other mode of transport in the world.

American born van der Wege uses this idea as the starting point for his bicycle sculptures. Van der Wege, who has just moved to South Africa, noticed how many more people in America use bicycles than here in South Africa. Van der Wege's concern is an environmental one: his bicycles either exist on their own or become somehow incorporated into nature.

Botha expresses how he has found the idea of articulating narrative on a canvas constricting. Therefore he employs the graphic novel format in his paintings. Each work is separated into a number of frames and each work too employs a different painting technique befitting each storyline. Botha says that the painting is fuelled by the story, which is fundamentally the focus of his paintings.

Belgrade-born Maljevic paints in a similar way, although her paintings are not inspired by a preconceived narrative. The painting depicts the narrative. Her painting is intuitive and the shift between the painting techniques she employs in each frame has become a signature. She oscillates between the formal and what is purely abstract in one frame. From tight painting to a freer brush mark to the found object, her canvases aim at pure expression.

Brenden Gray will deliver an opening address. Also watch the press for details about a discussion around the work on Saturday July 21.

Opens: July 14
Closes: August 11

The Pre-Crapalite Brotherhood

Robert Whitehead and Johan Engels at David Krut Projects

David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, announces the opening of 'The Pre-Crapalite Brotherhood', an exhibition consisting of installation and performance works, as well as works on paper by Johan Engels and Robert Whitehead.

The gallery statement for the show reads as follows: 'A mystical brotherhood; seeking to be "non-contemporary" and in rejecting all false conventionalism, so searches for a poetic evasion in an almost lost world of unreal and languid beauty. This mysterious Brotherhood was founded on the banks of the Marico River in 2006. In a meeting of minds somewhere over the Great African Continent (Whitehead is based in Jozi and Engels in the UK), the Brotherhood has collectively and independently created complex mysteries and mesmeric intricacies drawn from their mutual experience and shared history in theatre, music, opera, dance, art and the nightclubs of the world. Naturally, literature is central to the Brotherhood and it is with some excitement that the pre-Crapalites will launch 12 new books and two biographies. These volumes are the fruits of their prolific outpourings and will be on view at the exhibition, alongside limited-edition prints and other works on paper, including four unique works created telepathetically (sic) and superimposed on each other by printmaker Jill Ross at David Krut Print Workshop.'

Opens: June 23
Closes: July 7

The Pre-Crapalite Brotherhood

Beverly Price
All Gold is Gold

Beverley Price at Standard Bank Gallery

'All Gold is Gold' is Beverley Price's first solo exhibition. Consisting of large objects, it brings together her ideas and work over the last seven years to promote a jewellery-art discourse, and to present jewellery as an artistic medium. Price's work draws on the goldsmithing of Mapungubwe and fuses indigenous South African adornment forms with conventional Western jewellery practices.

Opens: July 31
Closes: September 1

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
Lost Surveillance 1997
mezzotint and etching

Christine Dixie at Standard Bank Gallery

Christine Dixie is the subject of an exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery from July over the month of August. This exhibition, entitled 'Corporeal Prospects', showcases a range of new and earlier works by the artist. Dixie's innovative art embraces feminist concerns, as well as critical interrogations of the colonial landscape tradition. Her latest body of work, 'Parturient Prospects', focuses on representations of maternity that bring together both her interest in issues around landscape and how gender identity is constructed.

Opens: July 31
Closes: September 1

Alexandra Ross

Alexandra Ross
View 2 2007
giclée archival print
240 x 74cm

Alexandra Ross at Everard Read Johannesburg

Recipient of the 2007 Brait-Everard Read Art Award, Alexandra Ross, presents the resultant show, entitled 'Viewpoint', at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg. The show comprises a series of large-scale photographs of the interior of one of the Everard Read Gallery's four exhibition spaces. The works interrogate the relationship between art and the spaces in which it is traditionally shown.

Opens: July 5
Closes: July 31

Africa Remix

Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

'Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent' features the work of more than 85 artists from 25 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora. Considered to be the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever seen in Europe, it includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, photography and design.

'Africa Remix' explores the themes of city and land (the contrasting experiences of urban and rural life), identity and history (including issues of tradition and modernity and the relation of the individual to the community), and body and soul (religion, spirituality, emotion and sexuality).

Cameroon-born, Paris-based curator and critic Simon Njami curated the exhibition, which was launched at the Museum Kunst Palast, Düat;sseldorf, in 2004. The show subsequently travelled to the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. 'Africa Remix' will be open for the first time in Africa at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Opens: June 24
Closes: September 30

Frances Goodman at Goodman Gallery

Rising star Frances Goodman presents as show entitled 'Wishful Thinking' at the Goodman Gallery during June and July. In this show Goodman continues her exploration of character construction through elements of language and narrative. She examines how people present themselves to the outside world and how words manage to 'perform' and expose people's anxieties and vulnerabilities.

The exhibition comprises three new sound installations and two sculptural series. Among these is a large-scale video/sound installation entitled Young Guns, which follows two bodybuilders on their quest for perfection, success and ideal beauty. Goodman examines the blurring of boundaries between intense preparation and narcissism, investigating the 'slip between definition of self and judgement by others'.

Also on the show is a work entitled I know what you're thinking..., a sound installation that considers the very act of judging others. The endless quips and comments on a range of subjects create an atmosphere of prejudice. With this work Goodman looks at the moment when politeness and sensitivity break down and we all potentially become the subject of others' judgement and prejudice.

Opens: June 23
Closes: July 14

Churchill Madikida at Standard Bank Gallery

Churchill Madikida was the 2006 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. This show, entitled 'Like Father Like Son?', offers insights into the difficulties of growing up without a biological father. Madikida grew up believing that his father had passed away when he was very young. Yet, he found that this was not true, and recently met the man. The show is a multi-media installation exploring the artist's complex family history.

Opens: June 12
Closes: July 14

'Twisting Sisters: the art of master weaving sisal' at Standard Bank Gallery

In recent years women in Swaziland have transformed their traditional craft of basket weaving into a vehicle for artistic expression. At the forefront of this transformation has been Tintsaba Crafts, who have trained over 750 craftswomen. Tintsaba grades each basket according to its technical and artistic qualities and only a few weavers - the Master Weavers - produce collectors' grade work. The exhibition comprises a selection of collectors' grade baskets, as well as natural and silver jewellery.

Opens: June 12
Closes: July 14

Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe at Seippel Gallery

Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe present two separate shows at Seippel Gallery in the east end of downtown Johannesburg. Both bodies of work take impetus from the city of Johannesburg. Schadeberg's photographic works are collectively entitled 'Jazz and Jozi', and they document a perceived clash between nouveau riche black culture and the history of Jazz in Johannesburg.

Shongwe is a painter, and he presents his body of work entitled 'Street Scenes' in the Seippel Gallery's project space.

Opens: May 17
Closes: August 31

Richard Smith

Richard Smith
The man who took us up the river 2007
mixed media on paper
151 x 128cm

Richard Smith at Artspace Fine Art Gallery

Richard Smith presents a new show of work at Artspace, his second with the gallery. The first, entitled 'Dialogues', was also shown at Constitution Hill. The work continues his practice of overlaying large-scale charcoal portraits with small, unexpected elements. However, this body of work sees a number of developments from the previous one: the portraits no longer depict expressionless faces, but rather faces scowling, smiling or laughing at the viewer. The smaller items floated over the top of these portraits have been shifted into more geometric formations. The interplay between the naturalistic portraits and the grids of objects is what gives the works their primary tension: the objects draw attention to the surface, which pulls against the illusion of depth generated by the subtly rendered faces.

Scottish-born Richard Smith worked for South African and British newspapers as a cartoonist for a number of years. He held his first solo exhibition in 1972. An opening address will be delivered by Michael Coulson.

Opens: June 9
Closes: July 7

Sue Pam-Grant

Sue Pam-Grant
Cup Cakes 2007
assemblage, found objects
dimensions variable

Sue Pam-Grant at University of Johannesburg Art gallery

Established artist and theatre and television personality Sue Pam-Grant exhibits a body of work entitled 'Inner Lining' at the UJ Art Gallery in June. In this show she addresses the fragility of living through sculptural assemblages created from excavated objects.

Her quest to create has always been sparked by excavations - from Joubert Park to a municipal dump in Smithfield - digging for treasures, pulling out narratives, searching for new portraits in old stories. She explores the function of memory and how it evokes nostalgia for that which has passed, in the school child archetypes. It is in these forms that childhood vulnerability and idiosyncrasies are exposed and realised.

In finding the monologue in the found object, she engages in a dialogue that crisscrosses and intersects our interior world, in a visceral exchange, an enlivened conversation. Says Pam-Grant, 'Tactile narratives bearing our markings, our life scars, our unique identities, our line drawings deeply etched into our skin canvas, our inner linings.'

A lecture/walkabout will be hosted by the artist on Saturday June 9 at 10am. Call (011) 489 2556 to book.

Opens: June 6
Closes: June 27

Carl Roberts at Gallery on the Square

Sculptor Carl Roberts presents a show of work at the Gallery on the Square this month. Roberts works in the vein of automatic Surrealism in the sense that he trusts his subconscious to generate ideas, emphasising the magical, the accidental and the dreamlike. Roberts states 'Like the Rorschach (ink blot) test, the material often suggests images, and sometimes presents them in unusual ways. The images made depend ultimately upon what lies in the subconscious, elements of chance and the spirit of the times.'

Opens: May 30
Closes: June 23

Happy Dhlame

Happy Dhlame
The Bread of Christ 2006
mixed media
101.5 x 101.5cm

Happy Dhlame at the Johannesburg Art Gallery Project Room

Employing what JAG curator Khwezi Gule calls 'a counter-aesthetic aesthetic', Happy Dhlame creates works that draw attention to that which lies beneath the surfaces of the gadgets, buildings, macinery and furniture we use every day. Working with paintings and installation, Dhlame reminds us simultaneously of the fragility of the built environment and the transience of existence. Though seemingly playful, this approach operates on a metaphoric level to suggest aspects of our lives that often remain hidden, including memories. Dhlame's work also seeks to reference the many unskilled, underpaid workers of the cities that make comfortable life possible without participating in it.

Opens: April 25
Closes: July 1

Majak Bredell

Majak Bredell
Male Effigy 1985-86
mixed media on canvas

Majak Bredell at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria

Majak Bredell, resident in New York for about twenty years, returned to South Africa in 2002. This month she presents a show of work at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, entitled �Majak Bredell, 2 Decades +�. This retrospective exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, which contains an introduction written by Fried Contemporary curator Dr Elfriede Dreyer. In it she states that Bredell �abundantly explores the complexities of her subject and manages to evoke a sense of fragility and transience in her depictions of being in the world.� Dreyer also observes that the work on display, which spans twenty years of artistic production, �articulates female experiences of differing disparities, but also transgresses the boundaries of patriarchy from the inside.�

Opens: May 12
Closes: June 2

Harold Rubin

Harold Rubin
Family I 2002
acrylic on paper

Harold Rubin at Goodman Gallery

Veteran South African artist Harold Rubin presents a show of new work at the Goodman Gallery entitled �Diary Pages�. The show comprises both large scale paintings and smaller works on paper based on pages from the diary that Rubin has been keeping since childhood. He describes creating these works as the result of �an urgency to make a mark that will take me into a process of discovery about�the human animal and our amazing spirit for survival.�

This exhibition will be accompanied by the documentary of a one hour film that will be partially filmed on this exhibition. The film, entitled �A Magnificent Failure�, tells the story of Harold Rubin's life and work. After more than 4 decades of artistic creation in Israel, the film follows Harold Rubin back to Johannesburg, the wellspring of his art. This is where he grew up as a man and artist; where he sneaked into Sophiatown to play jazz with the best, printed the �Sharpeville� drawings, and was finally put on trial for�an anti-establishment work called �My Jesus�. In a strange twist of events, this trial pushed Rubin out of South Africa and into Israel. The film�s director is Rubin's daughter, Jasmine Kainy, an Israeli film-maker who grew up on his stories of Johannesburg of the early 1960's. �The film will be on distribution after October 2007.

Opens: May 26
Closes: June 16

Roger Ballen

Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters
catalogue image

Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters� is the tipped as the first exhibition to comprehensively celebrate and showcase Tsonga and Shangaan art, called �some of South Africa�s finest heritage objects�. This show brings an awareness of the richness of creativity, innovation and the high degree of artistic skill in the Limpopo Province and surrounding regions. It represents a geographical and cultural segment of SA�s population that have been largely absent from museum and gallery displays. With the input of artist Billy Makhubele, who collected many of the treasured pieces � particularly the colourful sangoma items � this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are believed to create a 'living' archive. In particular it presents the Makhubele family whose story is one of resilience and survival through the political turbulence of the late nineteenth century and the difficulties of the apartheid era. Their beaded art works form a permanent record of South African history over the past few decades and capture the joy of liberation after so much suffering.

The curators of the show are Nessa Leibhammer, curator of the traditional collections at the JAG; Natalie Knight, gallery owner and art collector who has researched Tsonga-Shangaan material over the last 30 years; and Billy Makhubele, an artist and experienced field researcher.

Aside form the full colour catalogue, an educational supplement and an accompanying DVD, written by Joni Brenner of Wits University, will be available free to under-resourced schools and art institutions. It is based on the school curriculum, and can be easily integrated into classroom syllabi.

Opens: May 13
Closes: August 19

New exhibitions at the Pretoria Art Museum

The Pretoria Art Museum is holding a number of shows in its various halls during this year. Until February this year is a 'Showcase of South African Art', with work arranged under the themes of portraiture, animals, interiors and landscapes. Works in various media form part of this show.

Also up, this time in the Albert Werth Hall, is an exhibition entitled 'Favourites from the Permanent Collection', catering to the varied tastes of the museum's visitors over the years. This show stays up until April 2007.

In the Henry Preiss Hall until May this year is a show of works from the Lady Michaelis Bequest. These works, donated in the 1930s, initially formed the core of the museum's permanent collection.

Until December this year is an exhibition of works from the museum's permanent collection under the title 'A Story of African Art'. The show tells 'a brief story of South African art from the time of the first San artists', including images from early 20th century painters, works from the period of Resistance art and 21st century contemporary works. This takes place in the museum's South Gallery.

Adding depth to this wide range of exhibitions is the travelling solo show by Andries Gouws, entitled 'Hiding Behind Simple Things', up until March 25. Gouws, an established Durban-based painter, lends an esoteric air to simple, everyday objects through the use of sensitive, highly considered lighting, a là Jan Vermeer.