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DURBAN

21.08.07 'Right Before Your Eyes' at the KZNSA Gallery
21.08.07 Peter Rippon at the KZNSA Gallery
21.08.07 Makiwa Mutomba at the KZNSA Gallery
11.09.07 Zhané Warren at the KZNSA Gallery
07.09.07 Santu Mofokeng at the Durban Art Gallery
10.09.07 Garret Artists at artSPACE durban
12.09.07 Sibusiso Duma at the African Art Centre
24.09.07 'Earth, Light and Spirit' at artSPACE durban
29.09.07 Selloane Moeti at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery
29.09.07 Tamlyn Young at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery

05.08.07 Gerard Sekoto at Durban Art Gallery
05.08.07 Cheryl Penn at artSPACE durban
05.08.07 Adrienne D'Aeth at artSPACE durban

DURBAN

Angela Buckland

Angela Buckland
From the Shadow Catching series 2005
selenium toned silver prints
50.8 x 40.5cm

Gabisile Nkosi

Gabisile Nkosi
Impendulo, 2005
lino print and embossing on Fabriano
71 x 50cm (Paper size)


'Right Before Your Eyes' at the KZNSA Gallery

'Right before your eyes', a group exhibition at the KZNSA, explores a cross-section of some of the key concerns of artists from Durban - the right hand edge of the continent. This makes for eclectic viewing, yet a consistent theme that emerges from the diverse works is that of cultures in conversation, which is right on the mark here, as Durban, more than any other South African city, engages in fluidity from positions of very strong, very defined cultures.

Langa Magwa engages with globalisation and its effect on the personal; Gabisile Nkosi uses her powerful graphic prints to explore the tumultuous conversation between the internal and the external; Thando Mama and Bronwen Vaughan-Evans use layering in different ways and Virginia Mackenny's Not For Data juxtaposes individual images which are elusive as a group. Other artists on show include Paul Sibisi, Andrew Verster, Zamani Makhanya, Andries Gouws, Peter Engblom, Michael Croeser, Angela Buckland, Deryck Healey, Michael McGarry, Kathryn Smith, Simmi Dullay and Doung Anwar Jahangeer.

Opens: August 21
Closes: September 9

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Peter Rippon

Peter Rippon
Moth 2007
oil on canvas
30 x 28mm


Peter Rippon at the KZNSA Gallery

Peter Rippon's oil paintings on canvas from the last ten years are shown here in 'Specimen 97 - 07'. They are meticulously obsessive, finely detailed, exquisite depictions of his morbid fascination with the body, mortality, attitudes to death, loss and nostalgia.

Opens: August 21
Closes: September 9


 

Zhané Warren

Zhané Warren
Invitation image


Zhané Warren at the KZNSA Gallery

The basis of 'Live with me' is Zhané Warren's engagement with the performative, a working method that stems from her investigation of fear, trauma and disassociation through bodily and psychological experience and understanding.

Warren writes that, 'In the country that I now reside, I have the experience of being like vapour ... I am rootless and intangible. My experience of being like vapour - lucid dreaming so to speak.'

In the video piece entitled Live with Me (2007), one of the elements that Warren shows is the dichotomy of 'inside/outside', of which she says: 'Through the video I am looking outwards, attempting to communicate whilst those outside, passing by, are unaware of me or of my attempt to speak out. Acting as my "voice" is the borrowed text of the song Skielik is jy vry by Koos Du Plessis; white, isolated handwritten words appear on an ice-like matt surface.'

In addition, Warren makes use of the sculptural and visual qualities of the voice, showing that the voice can make space tangible. These works are accompanied by the photographic work for which she is fast becoming known.

Opens: 6.30pm, September 11
Closes: September 30


 

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


 

Lara Mellon

Lara Mellon
African Time
mixed media
29.5cm x 21cm


Garret Artists at artSPACE durban

This group exhibition investigates how landscapes develop and evolve via a variety of drawing and graphic techniques, including frottage and collage.

Jeanette Gilks, co-ordinator of this group explains: 'In this exhibition, students explore the relationship between what they see and what they feel. By developing flashes of inspiration, they can create new frameworks for ongoing ideas and, amongst other things, they learn to develop continuity within innovation. My workshops aim to clear the mind of possible misconceptions/preconceptions about the nature and function of drawing.'

The show will be opened by Craig Huey, curator of the Margate Art Museum.

Opens: 6.30pm, September 10
Closes: September 22


 

Sibusiso Duma

Duma01.jpeg Sibusiso Duma
Fetching water
acrylic on paper

Sibusiso Duma

Sibusiso Duma
Give me a ride
acrylic on paper


Sibusiso Duma at the African Art Centre

'Ithunzi : Shadows' features the work of self-taught artist Sibusiso Duma, consisting of acrylic and oil paintings on canvas and board. Duma is a regular feature on the African Art Centre's exhibition calendar and is represented in the Durban Art Gallery, Campbell Collections and Museum Services and well as in numerous private collections.

Opens: September 12
Closes: September 29


 

Maggie Strachan

Maggie Strachan
Reflections
charcoal
65 x 90 cm

Lara Mellon

Lara Mellon
Exploding Calm
oil on canvas
80 x 140cm

Roz Cryer

Roz Cryer
Umhlanga
oil on canvas
75 x 100cm


'Earth, Light and Spirit' at artSPACE durban

'Earth, Light and Spirit' is an exhibition of works by Durban-based artists Maggie Strachan, Lara Mellon and Roz Cryer.

Strachan's work explores the ambiguous relationship between that which appears structured and that which seems shrouded in shadow. Mellon's paintings are inspired by the search for the essence of things, the spirit of a place or a person, and are characterised by a spirituality expressed in marks of movement and light that reveal the image. Cryer's paintings capture moments in nature where light and shadow are the primary focus. On another level, the paintings aim to evoke the deep and healing relationship between humanity and wilderness.

Opens: 6.30pm, September 24
Closes: October 13


 


Selloane Moeti at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery

Paintings by Selloane Moeti are on exhibition at Bean Bag Gallery from August 29. Moeti uses bold graphic colour and marks are scratched or incised into layers of wax and paint on her canvases. These marks uncover or reveal the multiple layers of colour that have been build up to create the paintings' surface.

Opens: August 29
Closes: September 29


 

Tamlyn Young

Tamlyn Young
Anymany, 2007
plaster sculptures
each 30cm


Tamlyn Young at Bean Bag Bohemia Gallery

Tamlyn Young's works are an exploration of the concepts of time, space and transformation.

Young's practice is an investigation into the physical and spiritual relationship between the body and its surroundings. She is interested in the way human society constructs and organises spaces which, in turn, inform the identity of the people who occupy them.

Opens: August 29
Closes: September 29


 

Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto
Study for Bernard, the Artist's Brother Asleep 1945
pencil on paper

Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto
Untitled (Two men in chains with arms raised) c. 1983
watercolour


Gerard Sekoto at the Durban Art Gallery

Gerard Sekoto died in Paris on March 20, 1993. In 2000, the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology donated the contents of his studio to the Iziko South African National Gallery.

This exhibition at the DAG comprises a small but choice selection of works on paper as well as a display of memorabilia. A number of drawings on the exhibition provide fascinating insight into Sekoto's working methods. One example is the Study for The Donkey Cart (1946), which is a study for an oil painting. The sketch captures the essence of the scene in a few, brilliant strokes. A comparison with the final painting shows a number of detailed changes all of which result in a more taut composition and is evidence of the care and attention Sekoto devoted to the work.

Other similar examples on the exhibition are the Study for Bernard, the artist's brother asleep (1945), and the Study for Two Friends, a pencil drawing of 1940. Of interest too are the previously unknown illustrations for children's stories, and, in stark contrast, the political drawings he made in response to the Sharpeville massacre.

Opens: August 17
Closes: September 23


 

Cheryl Penn

Consolations 2007
mixed media
60 x 200cm


Cheryl Penn at artSPACE durban

Cheryl Penn attempts to portray the complexities of life via the medium of symbols. Her mixed media works make use of symbols, which operate in a dynamic, emotive and conceptual manner to represent information - information on a surface level, as well as embedded information.

Opens: 6.30pm, August 20
Closes: September 8


 

Adrienne D'Aeth

Adrienne D'Aeth
installation work of knitted fishing line (detail)

Adrienne D'Aeth

Adrienne D'Aeth
oil on canvas (detail)


Adrienne D'Aeth at artSPACE durban

'Waiting' is a solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Adrienne D'Aeth. According to the artist, 'We live in a world of finite resources whose allocation is decided by committees, sub-committees and other sundry bodies. Toothless watchdogs are appointed to watch over our interests. The intention of this body of work is to explore the consequences of vacillation, procrastination and prevarication.'

Opens: 6.30pm, August 20
Closes: September 8


 
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