SMAC Art Gallery 02

Colleen Alborough

In Situ

In Situ , installation view,

No Matter, Try Again

No Matter, Try Again 2010, monotype,

Installation view of Balance

Installation view of Balance 2010, ,

Descent III

Descent III 2010, monotype,


Balance 2010, stop-frame animation (still),


Balance 2010, monotype,

Current Review(s)


Colleen Alborough at Standard Bank Gallery

A strange proclivity at the Standard Bank Gallery, something about which I have indulged in a gripe before, is the repeated outstripping of headline exhibitions upstairs by the humble but diligent efforts of artists staging small solo exhibitions downstairs. David Andrew did it to Johannes Phokela in the beginning of 2009; Natasha Christopher did it to Ephraim Ngatane early this year; and now, Colleen Alborough has done it to Louis Maqhubela, with her exhibition of monotypes and video installation, 'Balance'.

Maqhubela’s retrospective, titled ‘A Vigil of Departure’ was hardly more interesting than the catalogue Marylin Martin wrote to accompany it, whereas 'Balance' was the sort of production whose material layers and experiental measure could never be emulated in a catalogue. 

03 August 2010 - 18 September 2010



Amy Watson, Maja Marx, Anthea Moys, Colleen Alborough, Francki Burger and Richard Penn at Michaelis Rosedale Gallery

An exhibition of work by seven MFA students from WITS university: Colleen Alborough, Francki Burger, Maja Marx, Anthea Moys, Richard Penn, Mary Wafer and Amy Watson.

28 July 2009 - 16 August 2009

Elysian Fields

Rat Western, Liezel Prins, Colleen Alborough, Marlise Keith, Nicholas Hales and Katharine Jacobs at UCA Gallery

Elysian Fields as a term and concept has its roots in Greek Mythology and refers to the section of the underworld that is the final resting place of souls of the heroic, virtuous or mortals related to the gods. It is drawn from the Greek word Elysium. Elysium refers to the designation place of a person struck to death by lightning, thought to be struck by the gods and therefore implying the person’s soul as blessed.

Elysian Fields has continually been morphed into its contemporary environment, yet however many times its context has changed, it always supposes a plane of paradise and immortality where death is not tasted. Art shares the same possibility of immortality and when inspired, the artists mind, produces a residue of that distilled moment of the Elysian Field.

The show approaches the artist’s starting point, the moment of inspiration, as the Elysian Fields. A group show, Elysian Fields seeks to define or capture that divine field of an artist’s initial movement or area of contemplation. Participating artists include Nicholas Hales, Katharine Jacobs, Liezel Prins and Marlise Keith.

26 August 2009 - 18 September 2009


Colleen Alborough at Standard Bank Gallery

Colleen Alborough's 'Balance', an exhibition of video installation and prints, occupies the lower level of the Standard Bank Gallery. The exhibition is based on a moment in Edward Albee's 1966 play 'A Delicate Balance' in which the protagonists, Harry and Edna, arrive at the home of friends to escape an unknown terror.

Alborough projects this unknown terror onto the post-apartheid Johannesburg landscape in an exploration of the relationship between 'real and imagined fears'.

03 August 2010 - 18 September 2010