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2.03.08 Stuart Littler at Bean Bag Bohemia
2.03.08 Devin Bauermeister at Bean Bag Bohemia
2.03.08 Michele Silk at artSPACE durban
2.03.08 Journeys at artSPACE durban
2.03.08 'Cream': DUT students at the KZNSA Gallery
2.03.08 'Toon Age Moments': CFAD students at the KZNSA Gallery
2.03.08 Ntokozo Embroidery Group at the African Art Centre
2.03.08 'Recent Acquisitions' at the Durban Art Gallery
2.03.08 Paul Edmunds at Bank Gallery
2.03.08 23rd Absa L'atelier Awards Competition 2008 at artSPACE durban

10.02.08 Michael MacGarry at KZNSA
10.02.08 'Little Traveller' at the Durban Art Gallery
10.02.08 'Then and Now' at the Durban Art Gallery
10.02.08 'Isis X' at KZNSA
10.02.08 Mbhekeni Mbili at the KZNSA
10.02.08 Sarah Richards at artSPACE durban

13.01.08 KZN Matric Schools Exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery

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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


 

Michele Silk

Michele Silk
Old Man (detail)
Mixed media
150 x 100cm


Michele Silk at artSPACE durban

'Smokescreen' an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Michele Silk opens at artSPACE durban on March 10.

The concept of vulnerability and fragility of life are issues that Silk has had particular interest in, in the light of the present social conditions in South Africa.

In this series of paintings Silk juxtaposes images of people with 'digital screens' to explore the concept of how one veils or conceals one's vulnerability to others. But also how we take our wellness for granted and when this is compromised do we tend to recognise the fragility of life, both physically and emotionally.

The exhibition is on view until March 29.


Opens: March 10
Closes: March 29


 

Anne Reardon

Anne Reardon

Rag Day Parade

oil on canvas

66 X 54cm


'Journeys' at artSPACE durban

'Journeys' is a group exhibition of Grace Kotze's art students. The show documents a small group of artists and their individual explorations of the medium of painting over the last year or so.

The journey of exploration is crucial to the growth of the individual artist with the constant experimenting in technique and subject matter. Parallel to this, is self-exploration where each artist draws from personal experiences and visions. Many of the works reflect and comment on past and present observations giving the viewer direct insights into their work. The uniqueness of the show lies in the strong sense of the individual where the concerns of each artist vary greatly.

The exhibition is on view until March 29.


Opens: Monday, March 10

Closes: Saturday, March 29


 

Devin Bauermeister

Saskia Whitehead
Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi, 2007
Embroidery, glue, fabric
190 x 63 x 27cm

Tamlyn Young

Tamlyn Young
Taxonomy of Memories, 2007
Found objects
Each box: 45 x 50 cm (Series of 6)


'Cream': DUT students at the KZNSA Gallery

The first of two upcoming exhibitions at the KZNSA Gallery will show a selection of works by star students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The participating artists were selected according to their academic excellence, technical mastery and conceptual depth. Collectively they represent the cream of the crop of mature students from the two schools, and give an indication of the future of South African fine art and animation production.

Cream of the art crop from DUT exhibits the work of students at the peak of the learning, poised on the brink of professional practice. Jacintha Ellappa paints haunting portraits on Indian fabrics; while Bongomusa Hlongwa uses felt and silkscreen to create portraits of blinded people; Clayton Human creates haunting, immersive environments that subsume the senses; Sabelo Khumalo's stark, white empty billboard looks down saying everything and nothing; Blessing Maphumulo works thread into his lonely landscapes, creating presence where none existed, stitching memory into emptiness; Nothando Mkhize examines asphyxiation, both literally and metaphorically, within the polluted city she calls home; African Mzobe draws leaders looking down; Witty Nyide creates origami monuments from throwaway paper; Jess Nicholson layers paint upon collage, creating poetic texts and intertexts; Mxolisi Sithole's prints explode with untempred violence, Saskia Whitehead's bodiless garments emerge, like three-dimensional ghosts, from the wall; and Tamlyn Young, the recipient of the 2007 Emma Smith Scholarship, creates obsessive work that documents the physical journey through her meticulous mind.

Opens: March 11
Closes: March 30


 


'Toon Age Moments': CFAD students at the KZNSA Gallery

The second exhibition showcases works from students at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD). 'Toon Age Moments' focuses on social satire, observation and commentary. Taxi, by lead animators Zayne Nakamura, Ryan Janse Van Rensburg and Nanda Soobben, deals with Durban public transport, while Birds relates to environmental issues. Also on view is the 3D robot created by Chris De Jaager.

The majority of animation projects and assignments are industry-based, with students having created award-winning clips for Life-Line, the World Wildlife Fund, Childline and a range of HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns.

CFAD was established in 1994 by Nanda Soobben to provide previously disadvantaged students with access to the latest computer, animation and design technology and has, since then, developed into a contemporary, thriving art school where a system of mentorship is used as the educational methodology. CFAD works closely with the Parsons School of Design in New York, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California and the National Institute of Design (NID) in India. The centre's close relationship with the design and printing industries, and with the education sector, allows students to participate and contribute to 'live' projects.

Nanda Soobben has been presented with awards from the San Francisco Leadership Academy, the Mayor of San Francisco and the United States Congress, in recognition of his achievements as a cartoonist, animator and journalist.

Opens: March 11
Closes: March 30


 


Ntokozo Embroidery Group at the African Art Centre

'What Makes Me Happy' by the Ntokozo Embroidery Group opens at the African Art Centre on March 19.

The exhibition focus on the simple things that most of us want, a beautiful wedding, a husband, a child, a house, a new car, a clinic nearby, healthy food, and to have your children happy at school. The five women, Ntombikhona Hadebe, Zibuyisile Zulu, Siphindile Nkosi, Xolile Ndlovu and Themba Sibiya have created their personal stories with beaded and embroidered fabric.

Odette Tolksdorf, a textile artist, will open the exhibition and present a talk about the visual documents of women's voices both past and present.

Contact Anthea Martin on (031) 312 3805 for more details.

Opens: March 19 at 5:30 pm
Closes: April 5


 

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


 

Paul Edmunds


Paul Edmunds
Sieve, 2003
Polypropylene mesh, cable ties
78 x 104 x 130cm

Paul Edmunds

Paul Edmunds
Fan, 2006-7
PVC-insulated wire, copper wire
130 x 120cm

Paul Edmunds

Fan (detail), 2006-7
PVC-insulated wire, copper wire
130 x 120cm

Paul Edmunds


Paul Edmunds
Sieve (detail), 2005
Silkscreen and cutpaper
188 x 105cm

Paul Edmunds


Paul Edmunds
Reef (detail), 2001
Polystyrene cups
Dimensions variable


Paul Edmunds at Bank Gallery

Bank Gallery is presents 'Aggregate', an exhibition of selected works by Paul Edmunds. The exhibition opens at 6pm on Thursday, February 28 and closes on March 27. Paul Edmunds is a Cape Town-based artist who lived and studied in Pietermaritzburg for six years. This will be his first exhibition in Durban since his solo show in 1994 at the NSA.

Edmunds' works are typically fashioned from unconventional materials and constructed for the most part in a labour-intensive fashion. While two new works and three older pieces have not been put together along thematic lines here, their new configurations and juxtapositions allow for some of his dominant concerns to emerge.

The two new pieces, Sift and Aggregate, respond to the saturated hues and balmy climate of KwaZulu-Natal. The former, a large woven screen-like work, serves as a permeable barrier between exterior and interior in the manner of a brise-soleil, while Aggregate is made from aromatic camphor wood, the material Edmunds first used when learning to carve in Pietermaritzburg.

Reef, made from hundreds of carefully incised and assembled polystyrene cups, was first shown in 2000, while Knurl, made from finely carved polystyrene punnets, comes from 2002. Weft, his sole venture into videography, was initially produced in Durban with the assistance of Greg Streak in 2003 and was recently re-made with Brendon Bussy.

According to Edmunds, 'Evident in all of this is my concern with pattern and process – simple geometry, repetition and rhythm. I am always interested in how the accretion of simple gestures results in complex, evocative objects which are open to wide interpretation, but which remain concerned with their physical attributes.'

The exhibition also serves to launch Edmunds' new catalogue, which features a selection of work completed since he left KwaZulu-Natal in 1996. The book contains two short essays by Brendon Bussy and Nic Dawes respectively, as well as a detailed commentary written by Edmunds. The book is richly illustrated and contains photographs of his work by a number of photographers, most notably Dave Southwood and Mike Hall.

Edmunds' work is to be found in many private and public collections, including the Durban Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1993 he won the Volkskas Atelier Award and was last year's recipient of the Tollman Award.

After the exciting and well attended Light Show education programme, Bank Gallery will be continuing along the same vein, with workshops and tours relating to Edmunds' work. Gallery staff would like to tailor each session to the needs of visiting groups and so booking is essential. Visit website for further details www.bankgallery.co.za or contact Robert at the gallery on (031) 312 6911.

Please note that the gallery will be closed from March 28 – May 14 for renovations, opening again with Stephen Hobbs' 'High Voltage' on May 15.

Opens: February 28
Closes: March 27


 


23rd Absa L'atelier Awards Competition 2008 at artSPACE durban

artSPACE durban is the collection point for the Absa L'Atelier Award 2008, subtitled 'Show Me Your Masterpiece Become Les Famous' for Durban and surrounding areas.

An exhibition of all the submitted artworks will be opened on March 14.

For more information contact Karen on (031) 312 0793.

Opens: Friday, March 14

Closes Thursday, March 27


 

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
The Font from African Archetypes 2007
archival inkjet print on cotton paper
830 x 530mm

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
Ubu Roi from African Archetypes 2007
palm wood, epoxy, enamel paint
460 x 200mm

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
The Master from African Archetypes 2007
archival inkjet print on cotton paper
830 x 530mm

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
The Classicist from African Archetypes 2007
archival inkjet print on cotton paper
830 x 530mm

Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
The Instrument from Will to Power 2007
Deactivated 1942 30-06 Mauser bolt action, bought objects,
sculpted oregon pine, epoxy, enamel paint, brass, steel,
warthog ivory, cigar ash.
1800 x 250 x 130mm


Michael MacGarry at the KZNSA

For 'True/Story', Michael MacGarry presents a series of artifacts, sculptures and props included in his recent films and photographs. His work investigates the ongoing ramifications of Western imperialism within the African continent. Of particular concern are the mechanics of control and vested interest that inform the journey of culturally symbolic languages and products from the so-called 'centre' to the 'periphery' (and vice-versa). Of special interest to MacGarry are the established global trade routes that define and manipulate the peripheral context through an insidious process of inclusion and exclusion.

MacGarry is a visual artist, graphic designer and copywriter based in Johannesburg. A BFA (Hons) graduate from Technikon Natal, and holding an MFA from the University of Witwatersrand, MacGarry has exhibited at a national and international level for several years and, in this capacity, is owner of ww.alltheorynopractice.com. MacGarry is also a founder member of art collective Avant Car Guard, who have also exhibited extensively at national and international levels, recently presenting a solo exhibition at The Pure Project in New York City. As a writer MacGarry has published in several local magazines and recently co-published, with Lloyd Gedye, a limited edition magazine titled The Pavement Special.

Opens: February 12
Closes: March 9


 

Little Traveller

Woza Moya Art Centre
Beaded pin

Little Traveller

Woza Moya Art Centre
Beaded pin


'Little Traveller' at the Durban Art Gallery

In an exhibition curated by Paula Thomas, 'Little Traveller' centres around the beaded dolls created as part of Hillcrest Aids Centre's Woza Moya project, an income generation project to assist men and women affected or infected by HIV/Aids.

The crafters were given 100 disposable cameras by Tudor Photographics (Cape Town) in order to document their lives. The photos resulting from this provide an insight into the private lives and homes of the people affected by the pandemic. They give a face to the illness and make us realise that life goes on despite the hardships under which many South Africans are living.

Opens: February 7
Closes: March 30


 

Paul Weinberg

Paul Weinberg
Voortrekker Monument 1985
black and white photograph


'Then and Now' at the Durban Art Gallery

Works by eight prominent South African documentary photographers will be on exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery from February 14. 'Then and Now' comprises photographs taken both before and after South Africa's transition to democracy.

The exhibition curated by and featuring Paul Weinberg, includes works by David Goldblatt, George Hallett, Eric Miller, Cedric Nunn, Guy Tillim, Graeme Williams and 'Giséle' Wulfsohn. Almost all of the contributors were members of Afrapix, the collective photo agency that played a pioneering role in documenting the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Explaining the idea behind the project, Weinberg states, 'During the 1980s, the overriding priority of South African documentary photographers was to record the political conflict in their society, and more personal forms of photographic expression were kept in the background. The transition to democracy freed them to explore other, less political subjects, broaden the scope of their work beyond South Africa's borders, and re-examine their approach to photography. The purpose of this project is to record the contrasts and the continuities between their earlier and later work. The result is a fascinating record of a country in conflict, and then in a state of rediscovery. But the contrast between the earlier and later images is not absolute, and a number of the post-1994 photographs cast an equally critical light on the post-apartheid order.'

A third element of the project is a video documentary made by the television producer Roger Lucey, featuring interviews with the contributing photographers in which they comment on their careers and the theme of the project. Extracts from the interviews will be used in the exhibition, and are also included in the accompanying book, which will be on sale at the exhibition.

Opens: February 14
Closes: March 23


 

Suzy Bernstein

Suzy Bernstein
Isis X
Statue
photograph

Suzy Bernstein

Suzy Bernstein
Isis X
Car
photograph

Suzy Bernstein

Suzy Bernstein
Isis X
Mother and Child
photograph

Neo Ntsoma

Neo Ntsoma

Neo Ntsoma

Neo Ntsoma
Isis X
Games
photograph


'Isis X' photographs and poetry by 14 South African women at the KZNSA

'Isis X' combines, in an intriguingly visceral format, the intensity of the photographic image with the explosive poetic word. By showing these two media side by side, and by drawing on diverse political situations and forms of language, the exhibition explores South African life experiences with a passion that lays bare the changing truths of our psychologies and societies. It is this dynamic interaction that sets the cornerstone of this exhibition of only women and by only women.

Based on the book by the same name (edited and curated by Allan Kolski Horwitz), 'Isis X' marks an exciting new direction for South African interdisciplinary creative growth. Publishers Botsotso note that 'Such an openly women-only venture might attract projections of stereotyped feminism or effeminate style; however, neither is valid concerning this intelligent, varied, yet ultimately coherent collection. Ostensibly the biggest challenge in putting together an anthology of such size is attempting to create a sense of unity and congruency while maintaining the clarity and strength of each unique voice, and Isis X manages this very well.'

The compiled texts and visual images range from humorous personal insights to poignant social observations to spirited expressions of anger and hope.

The opening on February 12 features poetry performances by Bongekile Mbanjwa, Mphutlane wa Bofelo, Allan Kolski Horwitz and Zorro, and musical interventions by Veranda Panda and Ewok.

Participating photographers are Neo Ntsoma, Suzy Bernstein, Riana Wiechers and Anna Varney. Participating poets are Elsbeth E, Sumeera Dawood, Lisemelo Tlale, Elizabeth Trew, Anet Kemp, Baitse Mokiti, Myesha Jenkins, Arja Salafranca, Makhosazana Xaba, Riana Wiechers, Bongekile Mbanjwa and Anna Varney.

On February 15 at 5.30pm, an event investigating the links between the image and the word, through discussions by Nontobeko Ntombela, Hannah Lurie and Allan Kolski Horwitz, and performances by poets Julia Glenday, Tumelo Khoza, Rose Mokhosi, Rene Stevenson and Mari Pete, takes place.

Opens: February 12
Closes: March 9


 

Mbhekeni Mbili

Mbhekeni Mbili
Untitled 2008
acrylic on canvas
50 x 70cm


Mbhekeni Mbili at the KZNSA

Mbhekeni Mbili produces work that uses the modernist language of 'township art' to explore contemporary issues of globalisation. One of the finalists in the 'Start: The Nivea Art Award 2007' (an award for emerging artists co-ordinated by the KZNSA Gallery and supported by Beiersdorf), Mbili's work has rapidly become sought-after in both local and international markets. In this, his first solo exhibition, Mbili examines the possible effects of the 2010 Soccer World cup within his home and social environment.

Mbili writes that, 'Some of my fondest memories of my early childhood days were the times my brothers, my late dad and myself played soccer in the park, creating a life-long passion for soccer. Soccer gave me the means to express myself and allowed me to release tension. It transported me to another world where I only focused on the soccer ball and my interaction with my teammates. Soccer provided me with a sense of belonging, yet allowed me to retain my individuality. We did not need to hang out at nightclubs and movie theatres, we provided our own entertainment with soccer.'

About his artwork, Mbili writes that, 'I want my paintings to create an atmosphere where the world becomes receptive to us and supports our land and its people, and realizes we have much to offer, despite all the negative reports generated about South Africa. I want to send a message of hope and joy by portraying the humility and endurance of the South African people by means of my work.'

Opens: February 12
Closes: March 9


 

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards
Engaged
oil on canvas
40 x 100cm

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards
Going with the Flow (detail)
oil on canvas
50 x 120cm

Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards
Exposed (detail)
oil on canvas
43 x 40cm


Sarah Richards at artSPACE durban

'Forward' is Sarah Richards' exhibition towards her MAFA in painting. Richards' body of work shows the complex layering of her experience with the creative process of art production.

The artist's decision to pursue a Master's degree stems from her experience of 'artist's block'. Levels of fear and apprehension essentially blocked her creative process, and the works on exhibition illustrate this struggle between that which flows and that which hinders this journey.

Opens: February 18
Closes: March 8


 

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


 
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