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13.01.08 'Members' exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery
13.01.08 'Light Show' at the Bank Gallery
13.01.08 Deryck Healey at artSPACE
13.01.08 KZN Matric Schools Exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery

02.12.07 'The Sneeze 80 x 80' at the Durban Art Gallery

04.11.07 Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Architecture at the Durban Art Gallery
04.11.07 Pieter Hugo at the Durban Art Gallery
04.11.07 Christine Dixie at the Durban Art Gallery

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Pascale Chandler

Pascale Chandler
Untitled
found objects


Members' exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery

An annual event, anticipated by many and supported by even more, the KZNSA Members' Exhibition is scheduled for January 22 to February 10. The submission dates are January 17 to 19. The theme is identity, which provides a rich and exciting challenge for the artist to try to capture a fluidity - this constant conversation, this multiple flow of the construction of meaning, this simultaneous existence and manifestation of a myriad of possibilities - using the tool of the visual. For further information or an entry form, please contact Ida Heydenrych at the KZNSA Gallery.

Opens: January 22
Closes: February 10


 

Jeremy Wafer

Jeremy Wafer
Clouding Over 2007
dvd projection
10 mins 28 secs (looped)
dimensions variable

Bronwen Vaughan-Evans

Bronwen Vaughan-Evans
Vaughn (light) 2007
painting
200 x 65cm

Vaughn Sadie

Vaughn Sadie
The Pleasure of Feeling in Control 2007
slide projection
124 x 93cm


'Light Show' at Bank Gallery

'Light Show' is a curated exhibition, which looks at the exploration of light as both medium and metaphor. Artists were asked to create work specifically for the show, each choosing to work within their own conceptual parameters. The show includes works by Siemon Allen, Stephen Hobbs, Simon Jacques, Vaughn Sadie, Greg Streak, Bronwen Vaughan-Evans, Jeremy Wafer, and James Webb. The show acts as a form of introduction to those artists Bank Gallery plans to show later on in the year. The artists explore a variety of media, from photography to video, painting and installation.

This exhibition is a thoughtful look at light beyond its primary function: illumination. We are so familiar with the medium that we often don't realise the impact it has on our reality. We only see it as a functional object: security light, reading lamp, advertising billboard or car head lamp. In 'Light Show' light is used as both a formal and metaphorical device, asking the viewer to reflect and question their relationship to the world around them. This is a world that comprises physical and emotional attachment to object, space and people. All of these are at some point mediated by light, either artificial or natural.

Opens: January 24
Closes: February 21


 

Deryck Healey

Deryck Healey
Micrographs
acrylic on paper
50 x 100cm

Deryck Healey

Deryck Healey
Micrographs
acrylic on paper
50 x 100cm


Deryck Healey at artSPACE

'Deryck saw each of his individual artworks as fragments of a complete picture made up of the visual poems he created on his journey through life. The Micrographs is a series of paintings that he made as a direct response to Charles Eames' film the Power of Ten which illustrates a sleeping man at a picnic. The film takes the viewer on a journey out to the edge of space and then back into a carbon atom in the hand of the man at the picnic, all in a single shot. When looking at the paintings the artist wanted us to wonder whether we are looking at the atom or at space, he wanted us to consider our part in the world, where are we in the grand scheme of things?' - Jeremy Wiltshire

Opens: January 28
Closes: February 16


 

R. Beluschi

R. Beluschi
Danville Park Girls High
photograph

M. Dladla

M. Dladla
Hillcrest High
pastel


KZN Schools Exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery

The annual KZN Schools Exhibition will be held at the Durban Art Gallery from January 31 until March 30. The exhibition will feature selected works from Grade 12 pupils around the province. The show comprises a wide range of artworks in many different media and is consistently popular with both older and younger viewers alike.

For more information contact Jannie Van Heerden on (031) 327 0911 or 327 0273.

Opens: January 31
Closes: March 30


 

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson
video still

David Burrows

David Burrows
video still


'The Sneeze: 80 x 80' at the Durban Art Gallery

From November 8 until January 6, 2008, the Durban Art Gallery, will be showing The Sneeze 80 x 80, a video installation that was initiated alongside the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. 'The Sneeze 80 x 80' comprises video work by 80 international artists that together complete one work: a celebration of image diversity and unknown connections.

Conceived and produced by the artists Peter Lloyd Lewis (UK) and Natasha Makowski (USA), 'The Sneeze' includes artists from 29 countries and five continents. Applying a new equation to art synthesis and artist collaboration this project pays homage to Thomas Edison's innovative kinograph film of a sneeze, and relates to the process of a random and connective act. Acknowledging both the importance of the event in moving-image history and considering the idea of its experimental reference, the project explores the relationship between video art and feature film. It highlights the connections being made between artists and their work through the questioning of hierarchies, the exploration of narrative and the creative use of time structure.

Working within a predetermined format, the artists were asked to consider the following: a) the collaborative ethos of the project, b) the footage submitted to be exactly 80 seconds in length, and c) the work is viewed through the addition of a software programme that creates an infinitely random projection of the compiled work. Consequently, artists presented new and existing footage that when placed into the equation - 80 artists x 80 seconds - stimulates new readings and possibly new interpretations of their work. The programme is framed by the title and credits; acknowledgement of the artists appears only at the end of the complete work, in alphabetical order. The random programme allows for only one showing of each piece of footage in each presentation and an infinite sequence 'play' allows for continuously unique juxtapositions.

'The Sneeze 80 x 80' allows ideas to clash and provokes re-readings of the individual and collective work's content. Through the placing of the work, expectations are perpetually confounded. The result is a truly global work, a document of a time.

A full colour catalogue featuring essays by Taru Elfving (Finland), Nelson Henricks (Canada), Mary Ann Kearns (USA) and Dr. Edward Sumner (UK) is available from Article press www.articlepress.co.uk or Central Books www.centralbooks.com

For more information visit: www.80sneezes.com

Opened: November 8
Closes: January 6, 2008


 


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


 

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


 
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