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'Notes'Ian Grose at ABSA Gallery
'Notes' is Ian Grose's first exhibition since winning the Absa L’Atelier.
'Notes' comprises small paintings on linen and paper, which are mainly products of direct observation. The exhibition marks a significant departure from Ian’s previous work, although the analogy of painting and literature is extended to the idea of Notes. In his work in this exhibition, Ian approaches painting in the spirit of experimental description, and an emphasis on the passage of time, that might characterise a writer’s notebook.
03 February 2013 - 28 February 2013
'Transit'Kevin Brand at ABSA Gallery
Kevin Brand, brings his latest body of work – an engaging collection of 15 hanging pieces – to the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg.
Called 'Transit', the exhibition comprises five framed charcoal drawings, five mixed media paintings on board and five metal works on painted board. Together the pieces illustrate Brand’s continued interest in the appropriation and homogenisation of global, indigenous cultural artefacts, costume and sculpture.
He has attempted to formally mimic this issue by utilising and transforming everyday household items, sourced from discarded plastic objects and packaging materials, into conceptual works. The making of the various pieces, as objects of desire, was an intentional focus of the exhibition.
“Kevin’s work has long been distinguished by his use of non-traditional sculptural materials to make strong but increasingly nuanced comments on aspects of South African social history and life. Transit is no different, and essentially breathes new life into otherwise useless materials. It really reflects his love for working with different materials and mediums.” - Paul Bayliss.
08 October 2012 - 25 October 2012
Absa L'Atelier 2011Various artists at ABSA Gallery
The 2011 edition of the prestigious Absa L'Atelier award opened on July 27. The work of the winner, Ian Grose, as well as that of the Gerard Sekoto Award Winner Isabel Mertz, will on display together with the work of other entrants for the duration of the exhibtion.
21 July 2011 - 19 August 2011
'Terms of Surrender'James Webb at ABSA Gallery
'Terms Of Surrender', James Webb's first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, brings together individual projects created by Webb after winning the 2008 ABSA L’Atelier award. The works featured were created in Berlin, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Madrid and Paris over the past three years. The exhibition employs spatial and sculptural elements to create a meditation on territory, history and culture.
The exhibition opens at 6.15pm, and is followed shortly by the opening of Webb's second solo exhibition in Johannesburg at Goethe on Main.
10 November 2010 - 26 November 2010