'Tjorts/Cheers'John Murray, Liza Grobler, Tina Jensen, Marna Hattingh and Marlise Keith at AVA
Tjorts! /Cheers! In the Main gallery is an exhibition inspired by a single unpublished poem, Tjorts! By Danie Marais. ?It summarises living and working in Cape Town in the twenty first century. The direct and personal nature of drawing finds a resonance with the personal nature of Marais’ work. In this text Marais – whose work often conjures up strong visual associations- maps a space overtly familiar to all the participants (and also to most of the viewers).
Each artist responds to the text in a series of drawings. The drawings are associative rather than descriptive, and artists were encouraged to respond to the text in a range of media. Executions therefore vary from work on paper to site-specific spatial constructions. Artists also circulated some of the drawings in progress and responded to each other’s interpretations a deliberate effort to find synergies and stimulate ongoing dialogue.
Curated by Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler with opening introduction by Danie Marais
16 January 2012 - 10 February 2012