Archive: Issue No. 128, April 2008

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9.04.08 'Reality Check' at Iziko SANG
9.04.08 Themba Shibase at the Photographer's Gallery
9.04.08 'Come Again' at the Michaelis Gallery
6.04.08 'A Lesbian Story' at AVA
6.04.08 Sanell Aggenbach at João Ferreira Gallery
6.04.08 Brett Murray at Goodman Gallery Cape
6.04.08 William Scarborough at Bell-Roberts
6.04.08 'Lustre dots and more' at 34Long
6.04.08 Pieter Hugo at Iziko SANG
6.04.08 Cecil Skotnes at Iziko SANG
6.04.08 MylifE Auction at Michaelis Gallery
6.04.08 Jacqui Stecher at Whatiftheworld / Gallery
6.04.08 Stanley Hermans at Irma Stern
6.04.08 Cobus van Bosch at 34 Long
6.04.08 Zoe Moosmann and Nkoali Nawa at AVA

2.03.08 Nicholas Hlobo at Michael Stevenson
2.03.08 'Upstairs/Downstairs' at AVA
2.03.08 Asha Zero at 34Long
4.03.08 Pamela Stretton at João Ferreira

02.12.07 Willie Bester at Iziko SANG

04.11.07 'Is there Still-life?' at the Old Town House


2.03.08 Mary Visser, Marieke Prinsloo and Nic Bladen at Grande Provence


10.02.08 Andy Goldsworthy and Ouattara Watts at Glen Carlou


Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundrit
If my house went through airport security (detail) 2005/6
selenium toned shadowgram

'Reality Check' at Iziko SANG

In 2006, Iziko SANG received an invitation from the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, in Germany, to curate an exhibition of contemporary art photography from South Africa. This was exhibited in four German cities, Berlin, Sindelfingen, Bochum and Chemnitz during the course of 2007. 'Reality Check' shows a selection of work from the larger exhibition.

The work of the twelve contemporary photographers and artists shown provides an indication of the diverse practices through which the realities of our radically changing world are explored. Current photographic approaches reveal both continuity in and disjuncture from the documentary tradition that prior to the 1990s relegated alternative and experimental expressions in the medium to the margins. The exhibition demonstrates an engagement with a wide range of concerns and forms: the personal is given new weight, and issues around identity, self-representation and gender are explored alongside landscape and post-apartheid memory.

Artists include Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko.

Opens: March 11
Closes: May 25


Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Wena Wendlovu (His Excellency) 2007
acrylic on paper
70 X 50 cm

Themba Shibase at the Photographer's Gallery

These recent works portray a wide subject matter, ranging from depictions of juxtaposed urban and rural architecture to expressively rendered portraiture of both ordinary and extraordinary individuals. The underpinning theme or inspiration is a critique on hybrid culture. These works are also informed by Shibase's experiences as a young black male living in an urban environment, an environment politically charged with questions of identity, place, ownership, and belonging.

Themba Shibase is a Durban based artist and lecturer ñ this is his first solo exhibition in Cape Town. He is an MTN New Contemporaries 2008 nominee.

Opens: April 16
Closes: May 24


Jean Brundrit

Pieters Cilliers
Tilted Shelves 2007
reinforced concrete

'Come Again' at the Michaelis Gallery

'Come Again' is an exhibition of work by Masters students at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. The exhibition shows a diverse range of themes and media by a group of dynamic emerging artists. Artists include Jake Aikman, Jennifer Altschuler, Stuart Bird, Justin Brett, Pieter Cilliers, Renee Holleman, Fabian Saptouw, David Scadden, Linda Stupart.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 9


'A Lesbian Story' at AVA

This exhibition and workshop component create a platform for debate and discussion challenging discrimination and the stigma of same-sex relationships in public forums. Jean Brundrit exhibits Out in the archive. As there are few photographs of lesbians, historic or contemporary, in the public domain in South Africa, Brundrit creates a fictional visible public record, or archive, of lesbian lives over the last 165 years - since the invention of photography. This series of self portraits is in response to the erasure of lesbians from official records in South Africa.

Some of the photographs donated to the Gay and Lesbian Archives (Gala) at Wits have lengthy public access embargos, while other photographs have been altered to conceal the identity of the subject. This is to protect lesbians from discrimination in what is still perceived as a homophobic environment. The photographs are printed using different historic printing techniques.

Lizeka Tuswa, Zodwa Nkwinika, Musa Ngubane, Phumla Rose Masuka, Bongiwe Louw, Keba Sebetoane, Mmapaseka Letsike and Nokuzola Raqola have worked with Brundrit and Zanele Muholi , workshopping the photographic process to create images that negotiate the theme, adding another layer to the exhibition's dialogue with the viewer.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 9


Sanell Aggenbach

Sanell Aggenbach
The Subterraneans 2008
acrylic and oil on canvas
190 x 129cm

Sanell Aggenbach at João Ferreira Gallery

Sanell Aggenbach's work deals primarily with the intricate intersection of history and private narratives, by considering the process of recall and interpretation. For the past two years her focus has mainly been on found images of formal portraiture and ghostly archived negatives. In this new body of work she investigates translucent film as a medium for recounting half-truths by referencing tampered photographic film, intimate portraiture and the ever-eluding grasp of sensation.

Instead of focusing on the 'accurate' form of photography, as a mimetic form of representation, Aggenbach prefers to contemplate paintings' inaccurate and misleading record of reality. The tactical function of intimate photography as sensual trigger, as opposed to pragmatic rendering, becomes paramount. The paintings which form part of 'Sub Rosa' are not depictions of individuals, but rather images of images. Distortion becomes an essential part of the process where the muffled identity of the sitter dilutes into abstraction.

This is Aggenbach's first solo exhibition in Cape Town since the critically acclaimed 'Fool's Gold' in 2005. Her explorative work has secured her many achievements: winner of the 2003 Absa LAtelier, selection for the 3rd Brett Kebble Awards 2005, and more recently, finalist in the Spier Contemporary Art Awards 2007. Aggenbach participated in 'Turbulence: Art From South Africa' in Austria in 2007. Her work forms part of numerous public collections including the Absa Collection, Spier Collection, Anglo Gold South Africa, Hollard Collection, Sasol Collection, Didata, SABC, and the Red Bull Collection, Salzburg, Austria.

Opens: April 30
Closes: May 31


Brett Murray

Brett Murray
Shame 2008
offset lithograph
62 x 46cm (paper size)

Brett Murray at Goodman Gallery Cape

Brett Murray's exhibition 'Crocodile Tears' provides a humorous, satirical, and sometimes tragic reflection on notions of renaissance in the South African context. In this new body of work, including bronze sculptures, two-dimensional cut-outs and works on paper, the artist explores the complex relationships between power and its subjects with the incisive critique and wit we have come to expect of him.

Provocative portraits cut from mild steel and coated in Fool's Gold representing the seven deadly sins, and toy-like bronze poodles addressing notions of power, patronage and sycophancy comment on the times in which we live and the seemingly farcical appearance of political players and dispensations, venal bureaucracies and fallible business ethics.

Murray's 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition, 'White Like Me', was seen at Iziko SANG and principal municipal museums and galleries throughout the country. His public art project Specimens, commissioned by the UCT Works of Art Committee for the University of Cape Town's Medical School, was unveiled in September last year. Earlier public projects included Africa in St George's Mall and his collaboration with Tuoi Stefaans Samcuia for the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

On Thursday April 24 at 11am Murray conducts a walkabout. Booking is essential.

Opens: April 10
Closes: May 3


William Scarborough

William Scarborough
Chained 2008
mixed media
598 x 644 mm

William Scarborough at Bell-Roberts

While pursuing his MFA, William Scarbrough began to examine and deconstruct the influences of media and propaganda. This led him to explore and delve into the histories and issues of violent crimes. Scarborough's 'Stitches 2008' is a group of collages that strategically juxtaposes provocative images from printed media. Scarbrough's work has been described as addressing ' our desensitisation to violence through media images that sensationalize, sanitize, glamorise and otherwise transform horrific acts into accepted ones.' Employing virtual and traditional collage techniques, Scarbrough digitally manipulates images, which he ultimately cuts, pastes and stitches together. This re-contextualisation creates a unique and often disarming narrative.

Scarbrough was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1968. He earned his BFA in printmaking from Colorado State University in 1990, and his MFA in printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. Scarbrough has an extensive exhibition record including numerous solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. He has had some 14 solo exhibitions at such venues as the Michaelis School of Fine Art, The Premises in Johannesburg, and several New York galleries including Arthur Danziger Gallery, Michael Gold Gallery, Gallery One and Momenta Art. Scarbrough also has participated in over 50 group exhibitions. He lives and works in Cape Town.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 26


Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama
Flower A 2005
silkscreen with gold lamé on woven paper
50.8 x 61cm

'Lustre dots and more' at 34Long

In addition to new work by renowned artists like Takashi Murakami, whose work features regularly at 34 Long, the show introduces locals to the work of Japanese grande dame Yayoi Kusama. Japan's greatest living artist, a proto-feminist icon, compulsive-obsessive, reclusive, instantly recognisable: Yayoi Kusama has been called many contradictory things. Most of these monikers, and many others, accurately describe different facets of this remarkable artist whose long career has spanned most of the 20th century and continues into the 21st.

She was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929 but left for New York in the 50s, where she enthusiastically joined the art scene, causing a furore with her nude public performances. She befriended many American artworld luminaries, including Georgia O'Keefe with whom she corresponded for years, Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell. She exhibited with Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, quite comfortably fitting into a pop mould. Kusama abruptly returned to Japan in the 70s and since then has chosen to live in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital not far from her studio. For a period it seemed that the art establishment had forgotten her, but she has returned by creating flowers, dots, pumpkins, more flowers, more dots, more pumpkins of infinite beauty and luminosity.

Opens: April 15
Closes: May 17


Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa.
Musina 2006

Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Thina Lucy Manebaneba with her son Samuel Mabolabola
and her brother Enos Manebaneba in their living room
after church, Musina 2006

Pieter Hugo at Iziko SANG

Pieter Hugo's Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition 'Messina/Musina' opened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June 2007 and has since moved to major centres throughout South Africa. Musina, the subject of these captivating images, is the northernmost town in South Africa, on the Zimbabwean border. Formerly known as Messina, its name was changed to correct a colonial misspelling of the name of the Musina people who previously lived there. Musina attracts a conglomeration of disparate peoples drawn to the town by the opportunities offered; be they the prospect of work in the mines or on the farms, policing the porous border, smuggling contraband and alien immigrants, or prostitution.

Hugo's photographs of individuals, families, interiors and landscapes reflect on the wounds and scars of race, class and nationality that persist here. The circumstances of Musina can also be seen as broadly reflective of any community that is confronted by transition.

Hugo, who is self-taught, was born in 1976 and grew up in Cape Town. The recipient of numerous accolades, he has held solo exhibitions both locally and abroad.

Opens: March 22
Closes: May 4


Cecil Skotnes

Cecil Skotnes
Head 1985
mixed media on paper

Cecil Skotnes at Iziko SANG

Whilst Skotnes is undoubtedly an icon of the South African art world, this exhibition moves beyond the artist's public face to reveal a more personal view, focusing on such aspects of his extensive output as his drawings, cartoons, watercolours, prints and works of art on paper. Also on display are a number of letters and documents collected over five decades as well as objects, personal memorabilia and a collection of objects from Skotnes' home and studio.

Skotnes played an important pioneering role in art education in South Africa. He was highly involved with the Amadlozi group that sought to work at the intersection of African and European art. He was generous towards, and nurturing of, young artists. For many years, his Johannesburg home served as an 'open house' and hub for artists from different parts of the city and, indeed, the world.

In Cape Town, this spirit of creative hospitality continued. The exhibition therefore offers insight into the country's creative community, of which Skotnes was such an integral part, and highlights the many ways in which he helped shape a vibrant period in South African art history.

Opens: April 19
Closes: June 18


Cobus van Bosch

Cobus van Bosch
Cape Town I 2007
oil on canvas
38 x 76cm

Cobus van Bosch at 34 Long

Whether observed from a distance of several kilometres or from street level, a similarity in form often appears in cities - squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and spheres - as well as in the composition of these elements. In this painting project entitled 'City', colour, conspicuous in its absence, accentuates shape and tonal contrast. Cobus van Bosch explores the fascinating geometry of two urban landscapes in South Africa - Cape Town (where he lives) and Johannesburg - and that of Paris, where he enjoyed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2005.

This series of paintings continues Van Bosch's exploration of aspects of urban environments (as in 'March', his 2007 exhibition at 34Long) and extends his central themes of pattern and topography. Previous bodies of work include designs of cast iron manhole covers and topographical maps constructed from bone fragments.

Opens: April 15
Closes: May 17


Jacqui Stecher

Jacqui Stecher
Cotton Mouth 2008
oil on board
92 x 115 cm

Jacqui Stecher at Whatiftheworld/Gallery

For her debut solo exhibition, Jacqui Stecher has composed a series of paintings that evoke themes of otherworldliness, watching and being watched, the charge of interior spaces, and the interaction of power and vulnerability. The works carry a subtle intensity in that their images are at once familiar and unfamiliar. Originally sourced from found images, these paintings of children's heads against stark colour fields are ghostly presences, characters from Stecher's imagination that also seem quite eerily appropriate in ours.

As a title 'Volume 1' can refer to the beginning of a larger body of work, to a quiet space where acute listening is required, and to the promise of the eventual expansion of a process beyond its starting point.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 26


MylifE Auction at Michaelis Gallery

An auction of South African art, in support of the youth development work of the MylifE Project, will be held at Michaelis. MylifE works to prevent and divert young people from entering the cycle of destruction that exists on the streets, in poorer communities and prisons. MylifE's aim is to create a pilot Eco-village that will serve as a healing environment where marginalised young people will be empowered in a sustainable manner. Youth leaders will emerge who will take on the challenges facing the children of our country. Once the pilot has been built, these villages will be rolled-out across the country and beyond.

Funds raised from the auction will go specifically towards the development of the pilot Eco-village and, and in particular, towards the establishment of an art centre in the village.

A number of well established artists and collectors, as well as a host of young contemporaries have donated work towards this cause. Artists whose work will be available include old master Christo Coetzee, Beezy Bailey, Sue Williamson, Sanell Aggenbach, Ed Young, Stuart Bird, Gabi Ncgobo, Jeannette Unite, Dan Halter, Lynette Bester, Lizza Littlewort and Andrew Lamprecht.

April 11


Stanley Hermans

Stanley Hermans
Proteus clear and sunny 2004-2007
oil on burlap
77 x 86cm

Stanley Hermans at UCT Irma Stern Museum

In an exhibition of paintings and drawings, Stanley Hermans presents his third solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum. The collection reflects attempts at the 'direct expression of the joys of endless inquiry' over the period 2000 to the present. Hermans hopes that the exhibition will spark investigations about who we are and how we live in a place and time that urgently require fresh ways in to notions of identity, understandings of the past and present, and a perhaps more coherent and more deeply felt sense of a common humanity.

Hermans, born in 1963, lives and works in Cape Town, where he has completed three significant public commissions. He left UCT in 1991 with an MA in painting, and since then has held eight solo exhibitions.

Opens: April 9
Closes: April 26


Zoe Moosmann and Nkoali Nawa at AVA

Zoe Moosmann shows 'The Great Equaliser' on the Artsstrip. These black and white photographs expose the last days of old-age, of the 12 men photographed, six are now dead. The photographs were taken at two frail care homeless shelters - one in Woodstock run by the Night Haven and one in Faure run by The Ark. Moosmann looks at destitution, old age and displacement across class, culture and race. These men are facing the end days of their lives, they come from diverse backgrounds and histories. Most are without family and are anonymous and alone. They do not have any of their past life recorded, so find it difficult to get identity documents and thus pension or disability grants.

Nkoali Nawa returns to the AVA with his solo exhibition entitled 'Space' in the long gallery. Nawa, born in South Africa in 1965, holds a National Diploma in Fine Art (1998) and a B Tech Fine Art (2001), both from the Technikon Free State in Bloemfontein. Nawa's large charcoal works explore the everyday experiences of mineworkers in Welkom.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 9


Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo
Amaqanda'am 2007
performance sculpture with paper works in background

Nicholas Hlobo at Michael Stevenson

In Nicholas Hlobo's second solo exhibition at the Michael Stevenson, the focus will be on three different aspects of his artistic practice. One room will contain a range of what he refers to as drawings. These encompass his sketches on paper, wall-sized visual diaries, and works on paper using ribbon and rubber. A second room will be dedicated to standalone sculpture, continuing his exploration of space as seen in Umthubi, the large kraal exhibited on 'Izele', his first solo in 2006. A third room will showcase Hlobo's practice of using sculptures as performance props (and vice versa). He will stage a performance with musical accompaniment in the gallery space at the opening.

Since 'Izele', Hlobo has catapulted to international attention with solo exhibitions at Extraspazio, Rome; the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia; and the Aardklop festival in Potchefstroom. Until 24 February 2008, his work can be seen on 'BoysCraft' at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel. Hlobo also has work on 'Impossible Monsters' at ArtExtra, Johannesburg, until January 24. He is one of the artists selected for 'Flow', a survey show of young African art at the Studio Museum in Harlem, opening April 2008, and in July 2008 he will present a new solo project at the ICA Boston as part of their Momentum series.

Opens: March 6
Closes: April 19


Justin Brett

Justin Brett
Apartments (detail)
plaster of Paris

'Upstairs/Downstairs' at AVA

'Upstairs/Downstairs' curated by Bettina Malcomess interacts directly with the AVA gallery space as it negotiates the problem of 'place'. Says Malcomess: 'Contemporary art and life are defined by a constant sense of flux, but also a global connectedness, albeit sometimes virtual. We are obsessed with the idea of space as giving the co-ordinates of the self. We are at all times insiders and outsiders, besides ourselves, stuck in the middle, lower or higher class, out of step, somewhere else, in two places at once, up, down and lost.'

Participating artists include Jake Aikman, Justin Brett, Dan Halter, Renée Holleman, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, The Gugulective, Charles Maggs, Nandipha Mntambo, Moataz Nasr, Christian Nerf and Douglas Gimberg, Dave Southwood, Margeret Stone, Athi Patra-Ruga and the infamous Ed Young.

Opens: March 31
Closes: April 18


Asha Zero

Asha Zero
zansi nib 2008
acrylic on board
80 x 70cm

Asha Zero at 34Long

34 Long hosts the first Cape Town solo show of paintings by Asha Zero, a young South African artist whose work is now entering the international art circuit. In a fresh, hyper-contemporary take on urban culture, Asha Zero produces obsessively worked metaphors for a world of dissolved, disappearing and reappearing stimuli. Dead-pan and provocative, his acrylic on board works are at the same time aggressive and vulnerable, desirable and repulsive. His sense of absurdity is razor-sharp, complex and idiosyncratic.

Reminiscent of Berlin Dadaist Hannah Hoch's collaged imagery, Richard Hamilton's cynicism and the solemn wit of Banksy, Asha's odd fragments and combinations function within a global and historical frame of reference as much as it remains rooted in the present-day sidewalks of South Africa. His many disparate allusions are kept in balance by compelling technical mastery and the gravitas of devoted manual labour – the images are entirely hand-painted.

Opens: March 11
Closes: April 12


Pamela Stretton

Pamela Stretton
Fed Up 2006
digital inkjet print on foam
120 x 120 cm

Pamela Stretton at João Ferreira

Pamela Stretton's works predominantly with the female body, focusing on issues such as beauty ideals and the body's relationship with popular culture, fashion, health and food. Stretton's laborious modus operandi echoes the obsessive and painstaking control exerted on the female body by the ideals inculcated in society. Inspired by print, most of her work takes the form of digital inkjet prints, usually combining photographic images and text. The use of square formats, grids and pixels are used to highlight the notion of conformity, aided by the tight cropping of close up images of the body. Soft padding subtly invokes feminine curves, as well as giving organic dimension to what would otherwise be flat prints.

Since graduating in 2002, Pamela Stretton has been a finalist in Spier Contemporary 2007, Absa Atelier 2003, 2006 and 2007, Brett Kebble Art Awards 2005 and winner of Sanlam Vuleka 2005. Stretton's work is represented in the following collections; Katrine Harries Print Cabinet (Michaelis school of Fine Art), Hollard Insurance and UNISA.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 26


Willie Bester

Willie Bester
The Missing Ones

Willie Bester at Iziko SANG

Bester's capacity to work with found and rejected objects and scraps of metal, and to transform them into extraordinary sculptures filled with social and political meaning, has gained for him a national and international reputation. Added to this is his individualistic application of the medium of oil paint. His source of inspiration is his own environment and experience, but he succeeds in speaking to a bigger audience and in making his ideas and intentions universally applicable.

The exhibition comprises sculptures and paintings and offers a glimpse into Bester's early paintings of the 1980s, which have seldom been seen in public. Of particular interest is the series of portrait studies, specially created for the show and on permanent loan to the Montagu Museum. This exhibition offers the public a rare opportunity of seeing the evolution of Bester's work from its early beginnings through to the recent paintings and sculptures.

This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Iziko South African National Gallery and the town of Montagu in the Western Cape, where Bester grew up. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with contributions from Professor Michael Godby and Professor Sandra Klopper.

Opens: December 5
Closes: April 13


Frans Oerder

Frans Oerder
Still Life
oil on canvas

'Is there Still-life?' at the Old Town House

After the Cubist revolution in art in 1907 and the proliferation of academic art schools, the genre of 'still life' painting, in South Africa as elsewhere, tended to lose the symbolic and moral meanings it had attained in 17th century Holland and 18th and 19th century France. It came to be associated primarily with the idea of representation. In a sense, still life now represents the idea of art itself, and artists in any medium are drawn to it to define themselves as artists. More recently, the very neutrality of the genre has presented opportunities for the introduction of new symbolic forms, especially from cultures that attach great significance to objects.

This exhibition, curated by Professor Michael Godby, combines examples of historical still life paintings from the Iziko Collections with a survey of South African still life painting, from its origins as an imitation of European practice to works from our own day. Stylistic trends that have been applied to the genre over the course of the 20th century are represented. Different methods that have been used to 'Africanize' still life are shown; highlighting works by a new generation of young artists who have appropriated the genre, not only to proclaim their identity as artists, but also to reinvest the subject with powerful new social meanings.

Opens: November 19
Closes: March 31


Mary Visser, Marieke Prinsloo and Nic Bladen at Grande Provence

This will be Mary Visser's first show in Franschoek after exhibiting in many well known galleries in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Visser's emotional response to the landscape is clearly visible in her work. Scenes in acrylic and oils of places in and around Cape Town - often harbour views, serve as inspiration for her landscape painting.

Nic Bladen scours the veld to find interesting non-endangered fynbos plants. On site at the back of his bakkie he casts the entire plant, roots, stem, leaves and flowers. These are then worked into magnificent – realistic silver sculptures in his studio. Most of his work is mounted on crystal block mounts. He is also known for his delicate fine silver fynbos jewellery.

Multi-award winning Overberg artist Marieke Prinsloo will be exhibiting a new series of work comprising life size sculptures made from a cement fondue. Her work will be on show both inside and outside in the sculpture garden at Grand Provence.

Opens: March 16
Closes: April 16


Ouattara Watts and Andy Goldsworthy

Ouattara Watts and Andy Goldsworthy
installation view

Ouattara Watts

Ouattara Watts
Creation of the world 2002
mixed media on canvas, photography, wood, copper
280 x 400 cm

Andy Goldsworthy and Ouattara Watts at Glen Carlou

Land artist Andy Goldsworthy has travelled to South Africa to oversee the installation of three of his pieces into the collection of the Swiss magnate Donald Hess, owner of Paarl winery Glen Carlou. Goldsworthy is a world famous environmental sculptor who explores and experiments with various natural materials such as leaves, stones, wood, sand, clay, ice and snow. The seasons and weather determine the materials and the subject matter of his projects. With no preconceived ideas of what he will create, he relies on what nature gives him. One piece Hard Earth was originally created by plastering the inside of a room with white clay which as it dried and cracked began to take on a vastly differently aspect. Hard Earth and other Goldsworthy pieces in the Hess collection will be going on show.

Alongside Goldsworthy, a key diasporan artist, Ouattara Watts, will also be showing work at Glen Carlou. Watts has been featured in a number of blockbuster shows including Okwui Enwenzor's 'The Short Century', 'Documenta' in 2000, the Whitney biennale and the Venice biennale. On display will be 11 of his paintings and watercolours from 1992 until 2006.

Opens: January 29