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6.04.08 Andrew Verster at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Aidan Walsh at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Cameron Platter at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Welcome Danca, Sibusiso Duma and Bheki Khambule at the African Art Centre
6.04.08 'Off the Wall 3' at artSPACE durban
6.04.08 Nelson Makamo at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Alison Kearney at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Themba Shibase at the DUT Art Gallery
6.04.08 Margit Gregory-Pretorius at artSPACE durban
6.04.08 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print Portfolio at DAG
6.04.08 Bongi Bengu and Colleen Maswangayi at Kizo Art Gallery
6.04.08 'Intimate Confessions' at Kizo Gallery
6.04.08 'Inqolobane: preserving the future' at the DUT Art Gallery

2.03.08 Stuart Littler at Bean Bag Bohemia
2.03.08 Devin Bauermeister at Bean Bag Bohemia
2.03.08 'Recent Acquisitions' at the Durban Art Gallery

DURBAN

Andrew Verster

Andrew Verster
The artist at work installing the show

Andrew Verster

Andrew Verster
installation view

Andrew Verster

Andrew Verster
detail from wax painting


Andrew Verster at the KZNSA Gallery

Andrew Verster was one of five finalists in the Sasol Wax Art Award 2007, for which he created Skin Markings. This monumental, suspended installation of panels of wax-impregnated tissue paper is now to be shown at the KZNSA. Applied with a hot iron, the wax transforms the tissue paper into a translucent material, in effect laminating layers of paper into sheets that - when stained and marked with coffee, tea, turmeric and ink - adopt the look and feel of old parchment. Visitors negotiate their way through this maze of suspended panels.

Verster writes that, 'Skin is one of the ideas behind these works - memories of holding the mummified hand of a 12th century Irish knight in Dublin, preserved in a tomb dug from the cork-saturated earth, of drawings I did of Inca mummies trussed in the fetal position in the Cusco Museum, and more recently my research in local tattoo parlours of the intricacies of this revived art. Lurking in my mind are other, sinister associations which the word "skin" conjures: associations with reliquaries where a holy piece of body is enshrined - memories of seeing a piece of Mary Magdalene's neck in Vezelay, and other preserved remnants. The skin-like quality of the installation, and the tattoo marks, refer simultaneously to the exterior body and to internal markings; the works provide a bridge between interior and exterior space - the private and the public.

Opens: April 1
Closes: April 20


 

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh
Valley of the Stones 2008
oil on canvas
91 x 76cm

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh
The Road North 2008
oil on canvas
91 x 76cm

Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh
Makana Meadery, Grahamstown 2007
oil on canvas
50 x 40cm


Aidan Walsh at the KZNSA Gallery

Aidan Walsh is one of Durban's most established painters. Known primarily for his seemingly desolate landscapes and outwardly empty buildings, Walsh's visual language has steadily been honed as one concerned with the simultaneous depiction of both presence and absence, creating narratives that are teeming with invisible life yet infinitely lonely.

In this his first solo exhibition in three years, Walsh continues with this exploration. Here now drawing upon his visits to the Northern Cape, the artist recreates the patina of arid, empty spaces and desolate buildings with his masterful strokes of oil on canvas. These sandy browns and sky blues give way, in his later work, to the vibrant greens of the more recent studies of his home town, Durban, and the exuberance of its life-forms.

Also on view are his narrative portraits, where naked unadorned men make their way across the landscape, eliciting in the viewer a sense of wonder as to the adventures ahead.

Opens: April 1
Closes: April 20


 

Cameron Platter

Cameron Platter
installation view of DVD projection 2008
dimensions variable

Cameron Platter

Cameron Platter
installation view of DVD projection 2008
projection dimensions variable

Cameron Platter

Cameron Platter
installation view of DVD projection 2008
projection dimensions variable


Cameron Platter at the KZNSA Gallery

Cameron Platter (b. 1978 Johannesburg) lives and works in Shaka's Rock, KwaZulu-Natal. Dubbed 'the delinquent love child of Quentin Tarantino and Dr Seuss' his targets and influences include 'corrupt politicians; megalomania and the mass media; fast cars and beautiful women; children's stories, crime fiction and gangster films; Elvis Presley and Richard Pryor; Southern African woodcut masters; real life and things falling apart.'

He works in video, sculpture, drawing, and sound to create 'comedy noir' installations filled with sex, irony, cynicism and approaching love. His alternate universes are populated by hard drinking crocodiles, conflicted lions, strippers that rise from the grave, and zebras from outer space. His vision of salvation and damnation is both particular and universal.

The animated video projections to be shown at the KZNSA are entitled The Stripper and the Zebras, Mr Muafangejo and the Lion and The Crocodile and God and collectively they form Platter's series of XXX Adults Only children's stories. The videos formed part of his 2008 exhibition at Hilger Contemporary, Vienna.

Opens: April 1
Closes: April 20


 

Welcome Danca

Welcome Danca
Pastor Himself (surfing the web)
acrylic on canvas
38 x 76cm


Welcome Danca, Sibusiso Duma and Bheki Khambule at the African Art Centre

Welcome Danca and Sibusiso Duma were both students of the late Trevor Makhoba who noticed and nourished their talent while they were still at school.

Duma has developed his own style which is reminiscent of Makhoba's social realism with surrealist accents, but with a more gentle comment on social mores. Danca also continues the tradition of social comment, but in this recent work explores the darker side of life and comments on hypocrisy of some previously sacrosanct institutions. Khambule is new on the scene and is under the tutorship of Danca and Duma. He has recently been selected as a Nivea Competition finalist.

Opens: April 16
Closes: May 3


 

Off The Wall

View of Main Gallery graffiti wall


'Off The Wall 3' at artSPACE durban

'Off The Wall 3' assembles artists from different genres of pop culture - cartoonists, graffiti artists, street artists, designers, fine artists, illustrators, musicians and poets - in a gallery environment. This year the theme for the exhibition is 'The Great Trek'. Participants are required to produce work based on themselves, their lives, culture, heritage, social standing and beliefs. Their work, a visual diary on a gallery wall, represents a melting pot of personalities, cultures and philosophies.

This third installment in the series at artSPACE durban has been curated by Ross Turpin and Tyron Love for the first time.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 10


 

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint


Nelson Makamo at the KZNSA Gallery

Nelson Makamo was born in the town of Nylstroom (now Modimolle), Limpopo Province, 1982. After completing his Matric at Modimolle High School he worked on his own towards exhibitions in Modimolle, Waterberg and for the National Limpopo Art Exhibition. He joined the Artist Proof Studio in January 2003 where he received a Johnson and Johnson bursary and the Pinpointone Human Resources Scholarship. In 2005 he received his Certificate in Advanced Professional Printmaking and since then has worked full-time at the Artist Proof Studio.

Makamo exhibits regularly in group exhibitions, the most recent being 'Ten Years of Printmaking: David Krut Print Studio' (2006). In the same year he exhibited at the Gallery on the Square, in the Artist Proof Studio annual exhibition for artists and students. In 2005 he had his first solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary in Johannesburg. He has had several commissions for murals, and has recently completed 10 paintings commissioned for Lekas Lekalakala's Chambers. The artist writes, 'Currently my work reflects everyday life situations and observations of people that work in and around Johannesburg.'

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 9


 

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Put Something in to Take Something Out 2006
mixed media interactive artwork

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Put Something in to Take Something Out 2006
mixed media interactive artwork

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Make a Wish, Part One 2008
mixed media interactive artwork photograph: John Hodgekiss

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Make a Wish, Part One 2008
mixed media interactive artwork photograph: John Hodgekiss


Alison Kearney at the KZNSA Gallery

This solo exhibition by Alison Kearney consists of selected works made between 2006 and 2008. Parts of the exhibition have been shown in Melbourne, Basel and Johannesburg but, it is the first time any of these will be seen in Durban.

Put Something In to Get Something Out is an interactive artwork that invites direct audience participation. The installation consists of a series of wooden boxes, each containing objects (found or made by the artist), arranged or selected according to a theme. Participants are invited to take an object out of the box if they replace this object with something of their own. To complete the exchange process, participants are asked to write about the items they swapped, and the reasons for their decisions.

The objects represent what people had in their handbags, or what they brought specifically to exchange. Part of the aim was to amass a collection of objects that the artist did not choose, and to engage with, and explore, these objects in a new series of works.

The documents of this process of exchange were exhibited as a 400 piece mind map at Kearney's most recent solo exhibition titled 'Offerings' at the Goodman Gallery last year Further, she used selected objects collected at the interactive art event to make a body of new work that responds to the objects people had given. In this way a dialogue was created between the different audiences and the artist.

Kearney is based in Johannesburg, and holds a BA and MA in Fine Arts, from the University of the Witwatersrand. Kearney has been the recipient of the Maude Catherine Bird Scholarship, the E.J.A. Loerincz Scholarship and the Standard Bank History of Art Award. In 2003 she was a finalist in the MTN New Contemporaries Art Award, in 2004 she was awarded an artist's residency in Switzerland, and in 2006 invited to be artist-in-residence at the 2006 'Next Wave' festival in Melbourne, Australia. Kearney has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 9


 

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Metropolis Chief 2005
mixed media on paper

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Pink Splash 2005
acrylic and oil on canvas

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Untitled acrylic and oil on board


Themba Shibase at the DUT Art Gallery

As part of his Master's degree submission Themba Shibase will be showing a body of work produced over the past two years.

Shibase illustrates the city landscape, concentrating on the interpretation of modern culture, interrogating masculine stereotypes, politics and cultural practices. His recent series, Portraits of African Leaders, presents multiple readings on Africa's current political state. His portraits of these African 'heroes' begin to question the notion of authority in politics.

The exhibition will feature drawings and large scale paintings.

Opens: April 29
Closes: May 23


 

Margit Gregory-Pretorius

Margit Gregory-Pretorius
Untitled
oil on canvas
70cm x 120cm

Margit Gregory-Pretorius

Margit Gregory-Pretorius
Untitled (detail)
oil on canvas


Margit Gregory-Pretorius at artSPACE durban

'Dhow Trade', a solo exhibition by Margit Gregory-Pretorius, opens at artSPACE durban this month.

Gregory-Pretorius grew up in East Africa and has become passionate about the dhows, which are the major subject of her paintings. They are an integral part of life on the East Coast of Africa, where there is a long history of Dhow Trading between Arabia and Africa over centuries using the Monsoon Winds. The dhow was used in the Chinese Voyages of Discovery in the 1400's, by the Portuguese and Vasco da Gama in the 1500's, through to the present day with the continued commerce between Arab countries and Kenya trading mangrove poles, food and clothing.

Opens: March 31
Closes: April 19


 


Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print Portfolio at the Durban Art Gallery

'The International Print Portfolio' represents an artistic commitment to the spirit and values espoused in the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The variety of national and international prints comprising the portfolio reflects an understanding of the values that are fundamental to human existence. They pertain not to any one country, but to the international community at large. It is exciting therefore, to see how artists from a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, spanning a wide geographic location, have used the vitality and expressive potential of printmaking, to examine the values pertaining to human rights in their countries.

South Africans featured in the portfolio include Jan Jordaan, Verdant Nanackchand, Faiza Galdhari and Helen Sebedi amongst others.

Opens: March 20
Closes: May 18


 

Bongi Bengu

Bongi Bengu
Little girl 2 2008
acrylic on Canvas

Collen Maswangayi

Collen Maswangayi
My voice 2007
cork wood and acrylic paint


Bongi Bengu and Collen Maswangayi at Kizo Art Gallery

Kizo Art Gallery presents a collaborative exhibition between Collen Maswangayi and Bongi Bengu, dealing with issues of social and contemporary South Africa and its challenges.

Maswangayi's woodcarvings explore the notion of stereotypes. Woodcarving is traditionally a self-taught practice, but Maswangayi received his training at Wits. Bengu spent a considerable amount of her childhood in exile in Switzerland, Swaziland and the USA where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. She obtained her Master's in Fine Art at UCT.

Opens: March 20
Closes: April 20


 


'Intimate Confessions' at Kizo Gallery

Kizo Art Gallery will host 'Intimate Confessions', an exhibition of various artworks of an erotic nature. Due to the nature of the artwork, this exhibition is restricted to those who are over 18. Whilst erotica has always been a subject that has been interpreted in art, it has mostly remained behind close doors.

The show includes paintings and sculptures. A private collector has agreed to exhibit a fascinating collection of almost 150 wooden pieces produced by two talented Zimbabwean sculptors (Zephaniah Chuma and Isaiah Manzini), which are sure to attract much attention. Nathi Gumede, curator of Kizo Gallery, has invited other artists to participate in this show.

KwaZulu Natal has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids infection in the world. This makes an exhibition of this nature very relevant to our province as it brings issues of intimacy and sex into a public domain for our communities to debate. The pandemic is also a national crisis and hence the exhibition includes artists who reside outside of KwaZulu Natal. Participants include:

Richard Scott, Gavin Rain, Vanessa Berlein, Anthony Holmes, Nontobeko Ntombela, Zephani Chuma, Isaiah Manzini, Amos Lesoalo, Lawrence Lemoana, Mary Sibande, Lerato Shadi and Marjorie Human.

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 4


 


'Inqolobane: preserving the future' at the DUT Art Gallery

'Inqolobane' is a review of selected works from the University's 25 years of collecting artworks from KwaZulu-Natal based artists. Evident in the show is broader representation of artists from different parts of KwaZulu-Natal and artists who were once or are associated with KwaZulu-Natal, who have moved to and live in different parts of the world.

The collection has become an historical reference that encompasses cultural diversity whilst encouraging continuity in research, teaching and promotion of the visual arts within the student body and society at large. The collection continues to grow through donations and purchases that bear relevance to current commentary. The DUT Gallery is the University's cultural base that is dedicated to collecting, documenting and conserving art. Since 1982 the Gallery has collected current and historical art that includes ancient and modern artifacts.

Recent acquisitions include works by the following artists: Bronwyn Lace, Nkosinathi Gumede, Simphiwe Cele and the Women for Children Print Portfolio which comprises work by 52 national and international artists. 'The International Print Exchange Portfolio' will also be on view.

Opened: February 28
Closes: April 25


 


Stuart Littler at Bean Bag Bohemia

In the Cafe Gallery 'Molenuex-Art 2: Paradi des Afrique'showcases paintings and photography works by Stuart Littler. Littler's work is greatly influenced by artist Paul Gauguin and contemporary fashion illustration. As a clothing designer, avid surfer and composer of electronic music, Littler's paintings fuse his love of surf and beach culture into paintings that are funky and fresh whilst pleasingly classical in a wallpaper type way.

For more information on Stuart Littler's work visit: www.molenuex-art.com.

Opens: March 7 at 5:30pm
Closes: April 12


 

Devin Bauermeister

Devin Bauermeister
Air craft model
40 x 20 cm

Devin Bauermeister

Devin Bauermeister
Air craft models
30 x 15 cm


Devin Bauermeister at Bean Bag Bohemia

In the reception gallery 'Put Out More Flags', an exhibition of hand made military air crafts and tanks by Devin Bauermeister will be on view. Bauermeister's fascination with engineered and mechanical forms is fused with a conceptual interest in masculinity's preoccupation with dominance and war.

The models are often intricately damaged [with a forensic accuracy] to describe real military events. These traumas to the pristine icons of machoism offer a poetic empathy with the fragility of contemporary masculinity.

For more information contact gallery curator Tamlyn Martin on (031) 201 1743 or on 074 4075413.

Opens: March 7 at 5:30pm
Closes: April 12


 

Vulindlela Nyoni

Vulindlela Nyoni
Untitled from Seven Heads series
Charcoal drawing & silkscreen


Recent Acquisitions at the Durban Art Gallery

The Durban Art Gallery will be opening an exhibition of 'Recent Acquisitions' on March 20 in the circular gallery. As acquiring new artworks is one of the core functions of any art museum, this installation will feature all donations and acquisitions made over the last three years.

The DAG has an acquisitions committee made up of visual artists, educators and key representatives from the Durban art world who select according to a laid down DAG policy which considers conceptual, aesthetic, social, historical issues among others and how the particular work will fit into the existing collection. The DAG accepts donations and these are also vetted by the same committee with the same criteria.

The installation will show a variety of media, which include works by Langa Magwa, Johannes Phokela, Duke Ketye to name a few. Within the holdings is a growing collection of works around HIV/AIDS and included on the exhibition is a recent donation by Bernice Stott titled Femidoms and Traditional Herbs, which centres around women's choices through developments such as the femidom and the juxtaposition thereof against traditional medicine in women's health.

For more information contact gallery curator Jenny Stretton on (031) 3112262.

Opens: March 20
Closes: April 20


 
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