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04.11.07 Kristin Hua Yang and Vulindlela Nyoni at artSPACE durban
04.11.07 Final year Jewellery Design Students at the DUT Gallery
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 Derrick Nxumalo at the African Art Centre
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

09.10.07 Johannes Phokela at KZNSA Gallery
07.10.07 Andries Botha at the Bank Gallery
07.10.07 'No Longer at this Address' at the Durban Art Gallery
07.10.07 John Roome at artSPACE durban

07.09.07 Santu Mofokeng at the Durban Art Gallery

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Kristin Hua Yang

Kristin Hua Yang
Untitled
mixed media on paper
100 x 70cm


Kristin Hua Yang and Vulindlela Nyoni at artSPACE durban

'Pure and Simple' comprises over 40 drawings and prints by artists Kristin Hua Yang and Vulindlela Nyoni.

Yang explores figures, food, landscape, forest, fish, flowers, fruits etc., in oil paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media. According to her, 'I am inspired by what I am about to paint and often identify myself with the subject and its surroundings. In the process, the art medium becomes the shadow of my mind. Entwined with my mind, the totality of these shadows forms a perfect Tai-Chi.'

Nyoni is a printmaker and lecturer at the Centre for Visual Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Says he, 'In my work I try to explore the simple importance of personal narrative. Each of us has a story to tell and being able to tell it is an important part of being an artist. In my prints I am searching for a vocabulary, a means by which to tell stories I know, stories I have heard and stories I have experienced. Line, form and shape are the subtexts to the dialogues I have with identity, race, home, family, gender and love.'

Both artists have shown in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, the USA, France and Germany.

A walkabout will be held at 11am, Saturday November 24.

Opens: November 5
Closes: November 24


 

David Giardino Vitri

David Giardino Vitri
Functional Pendant 2007
silver


Final year Jewellery Design Students at the DUT Gallery

It is the time of the year once again when the Jewellery Design department at the Durban University of Technology showcases its final year students to the industry at large. Over the years this department has produced some renowned jewellery makers, including Phillipa Green and more recently Michelle Pujol.

Opens: November 6
Closes: November 9


 


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


 

Derrick Nxumalo

Derrick Nxumalo
Hospital complex
acrylic

Derrick Nxumalo

Derrick Nxumalo
Hospitality lodge
acrylic


Derrick Nxumalo at the African Art Centre

Derrick Nxumalo's exhibition of paintings, entitled 'Impilo Encono Ithina Sonke' (A Better Life For All), opens at the African Art Centre on November 14. Nxumalo continues exploring his interest in the urban landscape depicting hospitals, offices, game lodges, hospitality lodges for tourists, bus stops, new Zulu homesteads and bridges over idyllic landscapes. These scenes are almost utopian, brightly hued with no litter or grime.

The exhibition is to be opened by Ruben Reddy of Ruben Reddy architects.

Opens: 6pm, November 14
Closes: November 30


 

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.


 

Johannes Phokela Johannes Phokela
Regarding Fontana: spatial concept I, II, III (detail) 2005
o il on canvas
165.5 x 130cm

Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Narcissus 2006
o il on canvas
134 x 100cm

Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals 2006
b ronze
14 x 13 x 20cm

Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Tender, Loving Care (Triptych) (detail) 2006
o il on canvas
210 x 280cm

Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Head on collar series 2006
o il sketch
59 x 41cm


Johannes Phokela at KZNSA Gallery

This is the first time that Durban will get to see the work of this internationally celebrated artist born in Soweto and who now lives and works in London. The exhibition, presented in association with Gallery Momo, demonstrates why Phokela has received the John Moores painting prize, the BP Portrait Award and the highly prestigious Decibel Artist's Award, and why he is also one of the key artists at the Institute of International Visual Arts.

Opens: October 23
Closes: November 11


 

Andries Botha

Andries Botha
History has an Aspect of Oversight in the
Process of Progressive Blindness 2004 (detail)
mixed media
dimensions variable

Andries Botha

Andries Botha
Tussen Burgersdorp and Molteno 2007
pen and ink
38.6 x 45.4cm

Andries Botha

Andries Botha
Norval's Pont Concentration Camp Site 2007
pen and ink
38.7cm x 45.8cm


Andries Botha at Bank Gallery

The new Bank Gallery on Florida Road, Durban will be marking its official launch with an exhibition of work by celebrated artist Andries Botha. The gallery occupies a totally transformed art space in a former bank. Curator Henrietta Hamilton said it was the gallery's aim to give the public an opportunity to see work, such as Botha's, that is not often available to them in Durban.

Botha's show entitled '(dis)Appearance(s)' promises to be an intriguing and disquieting look at things forgotten. Botha looks at how we erect symbolic markers in the landscape and then ignore them. He focuses on the ordinary everyday objects that we pass by and brings them into our view in a subtle, yet intense way. Through a variety of media he pays attention to the consequences of the presence and absence of masculinity within an emotional and historical narrative.

Some of the works explore the tenderness of relationships whilst others note the conflictive nature of a society at war with itself.

Botha's show will have a structured education component that acknowledges the artwork as a creative cultural object located in a particular social and political framework. Secondary schools and tertiary institutions have been invited to participate in a structured learning experience led by two trained educational officers. An educational booklet has been prepared by the artist and contributed to by Professor Mike Chapman, Professor Pitika Ntuli, Dr. Johan Wasserman and Ms. Valerie Leigh. Anyone interested in registering for these educational tours contact Janine at jzagel@worldonline.co.za or 083 235 0048.

Bank Gallery continues its programme with London-based video artist Matthew Coombes in November, a group show in January entitled 'Light Show' followed by exhibitions by Paul Edmunds and Greg Streak.

Opens: 6pm, October 25
Closes: November 22


 

No longer at this address

No longer at this address
exhibition invitation

No longer at this address

No longer at this address
exhibition invitation


'No Longer At This Address: Navigating Post-Apartheid Identities' at Durban Art Gallery

Amidst some controversy in Ethekwini (Durban), a number of street name changes have been proposed and put into action. 'No Longer at this Address' examines the history of the older colonial names and investigates the people and events behind the new names.

In the foyer, Peter Machen presents his archival research findings on the names, looking at the early forefathers of Durban and the stamping of their brand of history upon the city streets, as well as the 'new' histories represented by the new names. The research is installed as a highly graphic visual montage, and wraps around the foyer in a continuous band that encircles the visitor in history.

The contemporary research, curated by Brenton Maart, occupies the round gallery, and is composed of a number of radically different and exciting components. The key body of work is generated by the Imvunge Street Photographers, whose sensitive visual analysis demonstrates that architecture is not only about buildings, but also about people. Gone is the importance of structure and form that defined modernist architecture. Emerging in the Imvunge Street Photography visual research project is the fact that 'social architecture' is a more accurate description, a field where form and function merge with societies, giving rise to even further layers. This phenomenon is especially evident in big cities in developing countries, where a more authentic and real Africanism is layered upon the colonial history of the past.

Also in the round gallery, local graffiti artists strut their stuff, and their edgy, street-wise spray-paint installation joins forces with chalkboards to allow visitors to the exhibition to make their voices heard.

The Nivea Gallery at the KZNSA is being used, for the weeks leading up to the DAG exhibition, as a project space within which the Imvunge Street Photographers develop their visual research project and analyse their photographic findings.

Opens: 6pm, September 28
Closes: November


 

John Roome

John Roome
mixed media 2007
120 x 80cm


John Roome at artSPACE durban

In 'Press Delete and Start Again' Durban artist John Roome exhibits woodcut panels and digital projections.

Roome has recently begun to experiment with using the computer as a drawing instrument. Working with very rudimentary programmes, he discovered that he could translate digital drawings into short animated sequences. His attitude to drawing on the computer is very playful and certainly not precious. This has a lot to do with the virtual nature of these drawings and the fact that one can copy them with the click of a mouse and make changes as one goes along. As he says, 'If you are not satisfied with the result, you simply press delete and start again.'

Opens: October 15
Closes: November 3


 

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Concert at Sevenfontein, Bloemhof, 1989
black and white photograph

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Democracy is forever, Pimville, 2004
black and white photograph


Santu Mofokeng at the Durban Art Gallery

'Invoice' is a survey show of the work of one of South Africa's foremost photographers, Santu Mofokeng. The exhibition includes photographs from virtually all of his major bodies of work produced in the period between 1982 and 2006, and is a landmark event that was conceived to coincide with the photographer's 50th year. The exhibition has been shown at both the JAG and the SANG so far.

Opens: September 7
Closes: November 6


 
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