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06.05.07 'Off the Wall 2' at artSPACE durban
06.05.07 Kristin Hua Yang at the KZNSA Gallery
06.05.07 'Kucwebezela: To Shine' at the African Art Centre
06.05.07 Catherine Stempowski at Bean Bag Bohemian
06.05.07 'Do Not Dry Clean' at Bean Bag Bohemia
06.05.07 'Jabulisa' at the Durban Art Gallery
06.05.07 Bronwyn Lace at DUT Art Gallery
06.05.07 Clinton Friedman at artSPACE durban
06.05.07 'Ceramics CSA/KZN' at artSPACE durban
06.05.07 Anet Norval at the KZNSA Gallery
06.05.07 Liezel Prins at the KZNSA Gallery

01.04.07 Fiona Simmons at the African Art Centre
01.04.07 Jacquelyn Thunfors at DUT Art Gallery
01.04.07 'Memory and Magic' at the Durban Art Gallery
04.03.07 'A Life's Work - James O. Hall 1916 - 2006' at Durban Art Gallery

DURBAN

Jeff Rankin

Jeff Rankin
Love Cosmo
print

Hope Project

Hope Project
acrylic on board
 


'Off the Wall 2' at artSPACE durban

'Off The Wall 2' (OTW 2) features exciting new visual art hybrids that combine comix, graphics, hip hop, blogging and animation. 'OTW2' sees a mix of experienced cartooning professionals with a high-energy new 'graf-X' crew in a melting pot spiced with slam, hip hop and live comix jamming.

'OTW 2' features more than 20 artists, both established and up-and-coming,including Zapiro, Rico, Themba Siwela, Wesley van Eeden, Jason Bronkhorst, Ewok, Alastair Findlay, Ben Hodson, Tyron Love, N.D.Mazin, Jeff Rankin, Andrew Mogridge, Mogorosi Motshumi, Jeremy Nel, Mike Scott, Wild Beast, Luke Molver, Leonora van Staden, Senyol, Scott Siveright, Ross Turpin, Adelle O'Connell, Thabani Gumede, Andrew Schnetler, Alastair Laird as well as 'Unknown Graf Writers'.

Mamba Comix No. 5: The Sketchbook Project Issue will be launched on the opening night. The show will also include a 'Cheap Stuff Wall' with works priced to sell at R300 or less and an auction with items at a maximum of R300. In conjunction with the exhibition, Cape Town street art guru Senyol and Durban �graf-X ranter� Ewok will be running a Responsible Grafitti workshop in the gallery on Saturday, May 5. The mural art produced on that day will be on exhibition for the duration of the show.

For a sampling of what's been going on in the Sketchbook Project, go to www.sketchbookproject.blogspot.com.

For more information, contact Andy Mason at artworks@iafrica.com or (031) 467 0836 or (031) 303 6466, or Tyron Love at skinnyfishpaste@gmail.com or check out www.mambacomix.co.za

Opens: May 7
Closes: May 26


Clinton Friedman

Clinton Friedman
Aloe boylei 2006
photograph

Clinton Friedman

Clinton Friedman
Aloe comosa (seedling) 2006
photograph

Clinton Friedman

Clinton Friedman
Aloe spp. 2006
photograph
 


Clinton Friedman at artSPACE durban

Clinton Friedman's exhibition 'Black Magic' is a photographic exhibition inspired by the plants used by traditional healers. The artist writes: 'Disguised, faded and torn. Chopped, stacked and waiting for purpose; this is what I saw on my first visit to a traditional "muti" market. There I discovered a paradox between my process (of photography) and the traditional healer's ritual of collection, preparation and application; this together with the promise of selected specimen revival, is what fascinated me most. Three years have passed since that first introduction, now 'Black Magic' is my newest limited edition series in my botanical photographic essay.'

Opens: May 28
Closes: June 16


Kristin Hua Yang

Kristin Hua Yang
Nocturne 2007
oil on canvas
 


Kristin Hua Yang at the KZNSA Gallery

Kristin Hua Yang�s exhibition 'Nordic Forest: On occasion of the 50th anniversary of Sibelius' death' comprises a series of 20 to 30 paintings which were conceptualised whilst she was travelling in Finland two years ago, from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.

In the artist's words, 'During the trip, I was very much awed by the mysterious but tranquil Nordic landscape and I could almost sense Tapio, the Finnish sylvan god, roaming deep in his realm of the dark forest. The grey and gloomy dusking sky is so overpowering in this silent corner of the world, amidst the unsympathetic trees, whose strong branches wiggle only sporadically, completely oblivious of any passers-bys. I was first chilled to the bones by such ruthlessness and the complete indifference to our worldliness modern attitude. Then I realised that I was staring at the path to wisdom and enlightenment right in the eyes. Now all these have become a mesmerizing figment of my imagination which I endeavoured to preserve on canvas.

'It is ironic that in this daunting and yet soundless environment, I could almost hear Sibelius' tone poem, Tapiola, with forest deities materialising through sound waves. In a sense, this exhibition is very much like Mussorgski's Pictures from an Exhibition in reverse. I therefore find it appropriate to dedicate the exhibition to Finland's greatest composer, Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957), commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death.'

Opens: May 8
Closes: May 27


Peni Gumbi

Peni Gumbi
Ukufusa

Peni Gumbi

Peni Gumbi
Shining aa pot

Ntombi Nala

Ntombi Nala
Nala with pot

Azolinah Mncube

Azolinah Mncube
Mncube painting pot


'Kucwebezela: To Shine' at the African Art Centre

'Kucwebezela: To Shine', an exhibition of ceramics collected by Elizabeth Perrill for her doctoral research dissertation Potters in the marketplace: Isizulu Ceramic Urbanisationin KwaZulu-Natal, provides a snapshot into the lives of artists who are pushing the boundaries of the 'traditional' and exploring what it means to make an aesthetically beautiful Zulu vessel.

Twenty-one artists will be exhibiting new ceramic works, including those whose works Perrill collected for her research. They include: the Nala family potters, the Magwaza family potters, Azolinah Mncube, Peni Gumbi, Clive Sithole, Ntombi Nala and Simpiwe Belle.

Perrill will be presenting a talk on her research at 12pm, May 10 at the African Art Centre.

Opens: May 9
Closes: June 9


Catherine Stempowski

Catherine Stempowski
Migration
oil on canvas
80 x 60cm

Catherine Stempowski

Catherine Stempowski
The Healing Series (detail)
oil on wood


Catherine Stempowski at Bean Bag Bohemia

Catherine Stempowski was born in Tzaneen and grew up on a farm. She was introduced to painting as a young child by her father. She studied art at Wits for two years, leaving to work as a full time artist. 'In My Head' will be on view until June 16. For more information, contact Tamlyn Martin on 074 407 5413. Opens: May 9
Closes: June 16


Do Not Dry Clean

Rosebud and Grumper collective
detail of garment
mixed media

Do Not Dry Clean

Rosebud and Grumper collective
detail of garment
mixed media

Do Not Dry Clean

Rosebud and Grumper collective
detail of garment
mixed media


'Do Not Dry Clean' at Bean Bag Bohemia

As a rule, we are told to always read the label, but when three Durban-based creatives get together, labels become obsolete. Free of machine-washed ideas, 'Do Not Dry Clean' is a collaboration between Rosebud & Grumpers (featuring Crystal Campbell), Anabella Hilda Loubser and Alistair Palmer, that bleaches the boundaries between art and fashion. Working directly onto vintage jackets, in a variety of media, they have created a collection of limited edition wearables.

The exhibition also features a photographic collaboration with Christopher Laurenz. For more information visit: www.rosebudandgrumpers.co.za

Opens: May 9
Closes: June 19


Talitha van Niekerk

Talitha van Niekerk
Life of the Kitchen Wife (detail) 2006
video/CD

Tete Nzuza

Tete Nzuza
Bikini Angel 2006
wood and mixed media

Nicole Pletts

Nicole Pletts
The Courtcase 2 2006
oil on board


'Jabulisa 2006: the art and craft of KwaZulu-Natal' at the Durban Art Gallery

This show celebrates contemporary creative production in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The exhibition comprises 190 works by 139 artists and crafters. Works range from traditional Zulu ceramics and basketry through embroideries, tapestries, paintings, sculpture, prints, installation and DVD presentations. From miniature to monumental - there is a vast range of size and media on display. All works have been created since January 2004, the majority of them last year.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with text contributions on various aspects of regional art and craft production in the province. Included in the catalogue is a CD of texts and coloured illustrations. Many of the works are for sale.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Jill Addleson, former Curator of Collections, Durban Art Gallery, and Brendan Bell, director of the Tatham Art Gallery. They have been assisted in this undertaking by the Curators of the Empangeni Art Museum, the Margate Art Gallery and the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle.

Opens: May 10
Closes: June 24


Bronwyn Lace

Bronwyn Lace
Installation, Park Gallery, KZNSA

Bronwyn Lace

Bronwyn Lace
Installation, Outlet

Bronwyn Lace

Bronwyn Lace
Installation, Park Gallery, KZNSA
Size variable


Bronwyn Lace at DUT Art Gallery

In the third installation of the Durban University of Technology Art Gallery's Visiting Artists Programme, Bronwyn Lace will be showing her work.

This pilot programme initiated by the Art Gallery and the Department of Fine Art aims to create a platform for a discourse between the senior art students and practicing artists through art exhibitions. Artists invited bring forth diverse art languages through the media and the concepts in which they work. Lace will be the first artist to produce an installation in the programme.

Her work relies a lot on space in order to create an environment that presents an artwork. Space and scale are what she describes as her working tools. Her visit entails a seminar discussion with the fourth year group from the Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Design, dealing with concept of history of Art and architecture working with the natural mathematics ratio of Phi 1.618�, as an irrational number which means it never ends or repeats.

The Johannesburg-based artist she has collaborated on many projects focusing on the development of emerging arts in South Africa. She co-founded www.saartsemerging.org with Nathaniel Stern and Simon Gush. Lace works as a part time lecturer at Greenside Design Centre and AAA School of Advertising, lecturing on critical art history. She is also an assistant to the curator of the SABC art collection and is the Educational Officer at The Bag Factory in Newtown Johannesburg where she is running an arts education programme for adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Wits and has had 3 solo shows, including '77/21' at the Parking Gallery, Johannesburg, 'Irrational' at Outlet in Pretoria and '1.618' at the KZNSA as part of th YAP programme.

Opens: May 21
Closes: May 31


Lynn Morris-Hale

Lynn Morris-Hale
Untitled
paperclay, stains and underglazes
25cm high


Ceramics CSA/KZN at artSPACE durban

Collectors, designers and lovers of ceramic art look forward to the annual KZN Regional, which provides a platform for ceramics currently created in KZN. This is one of the premier ceramic events of the year and showcases the work of Association members as well as Master Potters such as Juliet Armstrong, Clive Sithole, Garth Hoets and Martha Zettler. Contemporary student work will also fall under the spotlight. The pieces on show will focus on spirited, expressive ceramics and quality functional ware.

Opens: May 28
Closes: June 16


Anet Norval

Anet Norval 2007
Trouka
oil on canvas


Anet Norval at the KZNSA Gallery

'... want almal se hart klop nie dieselfde nie ...', the next offering from Anet Norval, is set to assure the Durban audience of her commitment to her art practice. Norval, who is currently a co-ordinator for the imagination lab, is presenting her first solo exhibition at the KZNSA. This is what she says about her process of creation:

'My work celebrates an emotional coming-of-age story of how Anet Norval has become Anet Norval. A journey through memories, thoughts, fantasies and experiences of a tomboy forever wanting to be a "daddy's little princess" but becoming everything of the opposite.

'The challenges faced because of social terms by which identities are supported and articulated, the romanticising of awkward understandings of complex experiences and the intricate exposure of self-discovery, self-exploration and self-acceptance in an environment leaving little space for difference and the other. By drawing from my childhood up until now, I navigate the viewer through personal identity issues around gender politics, sexual orientation, identity and a violent idealisation of difference as well as a closer inspection into the individuals we become and the identities we inhabit.'

She recently won a merit prize at the ABSA l'Atelier awards in Johannesburg and if her artwork there is anything to go by, this show is not to be missed.

Opens: May 29
Closes: June 17


Liezel Prins

Liezel Prins
Applause 2007
mixed media


Liezel Prins at the KZNSA Gallery

In her solo exhibition, 'Single Serving', Liezel Prins presents a skilfully crafted and highly conceptualised project. She has over the years demonstrated a mastery of many media and simultaneously maintained a high level of quality in her work. This is what she says about her work:

'The central structure of an experience is its internationality, being directed towards something, as an experience of or about some object. An experience is directed towards an object by virtue of its content or meaning (representing the object) together with appropriate enabling conditions. My work can be defined as the experience about consciousness stating how things appear and manifest in our experience, thus the different meanings things or objects have in our consciousness and how we experience these things. I deal with everyday issues placing emphasis on the indifferent and thus raising questions about daily existence. My main intention is to encourage the audience to generate their own interpretations, without relying on the artist's point of view or ideological stances, basically encouraging the process of being and placing emphasis on this process rather than the idea or issue launching this process.'

Opens: May 29
Closes: June 17


Fiona Simmons

Fiona Simmons
Impimpo
photograph

Fiona Simmons

Fiona Simmons
Untitled
photograph
 


Fiona Simmons at the African Art Centre

'Sangoma Style: Traditions, Aesthetics and Personality' by Fiona Simmons comprises a selection of photographs taken over a period of three years, from 2005 through 2007, forming part of a postgraduate study of the visual language of Swazi/Shangaan traditional healers from Eastern Mpumalanga.

The intention of this exhibition is to show images portraying the beauty of this tradition, of the people chosen to follow its path, of their sense of aesthetics, the choices that they make, and how this influences the way in which they present themselves, their garments and accoutrements. The method of dressing by initiates during learnership reiterates their allegiance to the spirit world and the healing tradition. Clothing also has a mimetic quality, signifying the healers' aspirations and forming a mobile advertisement of the wearer's status and future occupation for the general public.

Simmons will open the exhibition on Wednesday April 18 and present a lecture at 12pm on Thursday April 19 on her research in this area.

Opens: April 18
Closes: May 18


Jacquelyn Thunfors

Jacquelyn Thunfors
Bongani Switches to Fly Casting
pastel
25 x 36inches

Jacquelyn Thunfors

Jacquelyn Thunfors
Maluti Melange
pastel
18 x 25inches

Jacquelyn Thunfors

Jacquelyn Thunfors
Blyde River Canyon No.2
pastel
25 x 36 inches
 


Jacquelyn Thunfors at DUT Art Gallery

Foregrounding the intimacy of her relationship with the country of South Africa, Jacquelyn Thunfors is exhibiting drawings created during her previous visits to South Africa. Swedish-American Thunfors is interested in the discovery of the origins of human life in DNA, and sees herself strongly connected to the African continent. Accompanying 'Birth Mother to Us All - South Africa' is a catalogue detailing more about these artworks.

Thunfors has been creating art since the 70's, specialising in sculpture and drawing, working with the abstract form. To learn more about her visit www.thunforsinternational.com

Opens: April 2
Closes: May 17



 

'Memory and Magic' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Memory and Magic: Contemporary Art of the !Xun and Khwe', is an exhibition of 82 artworks from the private collection of Hella Rabbethge-Schiller of Rosenheim, Germany, curated by Carol Kaufmann of the South African National Gallery. On exhibition are among the best works produced by 11 of the artists from the !Xun and Khwe Cultural Project since the project's inception in 1994.

Rabbethge-Schiller's complete collection includes of over 400 works from the !Xun and Khwe artists, resulting in the largest and most comprehensive collection of such work in existence and has until now resided outside South Africa.

As companion pieces to the exhibition are a selection of photographs of the artists by acclaimed Durban photographer Paul Weinberg.

Opens: March 14
Closes: May 13


Jim Hall

Jim Hall
Conversations Piece
 


'A Life's Work - James O. Hall 1916 - 2006' at the DAG

James Hall was one of the Durban artworld's most familiar and loved figures. His work is evident wherever one goes in the city, although it is not always recognised or as being by him. He cast many a school crest, he made lettering for buildings and among his religious pieces were the ceramic and fibre glass panels at the Jewish Hall of Prayer, Red Hill cemetery and the Madonna at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. His work embraced the religious and the secular. The now trendy 70s hotel The Blue Water bears his mark along the poolside. One of his last commissions at the age of 89 was the bust of Nelson Mandela for the UKZN Medical School.

He was a teacher, mentor and an inspiration to many. This exhibition shows some of his public and private projects.

Opens: March 21
Closes May 15

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