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'Blindfolded Line, Dancing through Time'Liza Grobler at Johannesburg Art Gallery
The moment a point is set in motion, a line is created. This line multiplied, creates a web or a network that constructs images or connects objects, people and places.
Line is a basic element of traditional image making. When multiplied on a flat surface, it creates shape and once freed from the picture plane, it can construct 3 dimensional form. In the medical profession it results in graphs that demonstrate invisible occurrences such as internal body rhythms – thereby signaling the presence or absence of life. In science, line represents trajectories and progressions, thus suggesting cause and effect over time. Line therefore maps routes and connects things across space and time.
'Blindfolded Line, Dancing through Time' is a site-specific mixed media installation and a playful investigation of the dichotomy that exist between inner and outer landscape. The 'blindfolded line' suggests the creative process as an ongoing journey: a continuous exploration driven by free association, inadvertent connections, interdisciplinary collaboration and repetitive actions. Whereas this exhibition is on the one hand an attempt to visually manifest the above points, it is more importantly an exploration of the creative process itself; a search, in the manner of many an explorer: With blind faith and vague direction. The line strives to dance, but mostly stumbles ahead into unknown territories. As with most explorations the outcome is often a surprise
27 July 2014 - 09 November 2014
'Another Country'Reiner Leist at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Photographer Reiner Leist emigrated from West Germany to South Africa in 1988, where he stayed until he took up residence in the United States in 1994. During his time in South Africa – which constituted a significant period of transition to democracy – he started taking portraits of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans. Fifteen years later Leist returned in search of these individuals to take a second set of images for the photographic essay ‘Another Country’.
According to the artist: 'Since 1988, more than 200 South Africans have shared their perspectives on the country and their personal histories with me. These narratives have had a large impact on my view of the world, and influenced me in my professional capacity. In 1993, one year before the nation’s first democratic elections, the participants were invited to collaborate with me in the publication ‘South Africa: Blue Portraits’ which was published in the same year. Each person was asked to choose a background for a portrait in black and white; 73 of these were included in the final publication. In 2009 I began to revisit the participants in order to find out how their living circumstances had changed since our last discussion sixteen years ago, through the lens of the original photographs. The new narratives form the content and the inspiration for ‘Another Country’, the follow up publication. In ‘Another Country’, black-and-white portraits are followed by new colour portraits of the participants or, in some cases, of surviving sons or daughters, a grandson, a new bearer of an office or position, or a visitor to the same site. The images are accompanied by edited versions of new interviews. In the editing process, I tried to preserve a sense of the words as spoken, and to offer the reader an experience as listener, in a bound collection of the visual and verbal stories of many of my teachers. I remain a student of their humanity and of the South African landscape.'
‘Another Country’, is published by Jacana and accompanies the exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
18 April 2014 - 13 July 2014
'Jag Snag'Stephen Hobbs at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Following 3 years of research and discussion, with Chief Curator, Antoinette Murdoch, into the historical and physical properties of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Stephen Hobbs will present a series of small, medium and large scale architectonic responses to the Meyer/ Pienaar Gallery - extension.
Given that this part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery has been closed until major renovationstake place, Stephen Hobbs’s intervention into the building will evolve over a 4-month period, with a series of project milestones advertised at various points, to highlight the research and nature of the work.
Through a combination of collapsed exhibition screens, structural props and special lighting; the installation will suggest alternative spatial design possibilities for the gallery.
Additional exhibits about the 100 year life of the gallery, its various heritage attributes, important art historical references and so on, will engage existing and new audiences with the significance of the building and the role it has played in promoting art and culture in the city.
The Jag Snag project originates from Antoinette Murdoch’s sustained efforts to improve the gallery’s built condition as the original Lutyens building reaches its centenary in 2015.
For exhibition information please contact Tiny Malefane at email@example.com
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16 March 2014 - 27 July 2014
'Conversations (House Keeping)'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Conversations is an exhibition which explores the role of applied arts that form part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery collection. Whilst this exhibition consists of many of the decorative arts which form part of the collection, the selection of the objects was aimed at bringing to light the seldom seen furniture collection.
Often the obligation of furniture is to hold bums and elbows while sipping tea, wrench beer, business meetings and where gossip is shared. In the gallery, the furniture is not filled with warm bodies, the viewer starts looking at the table, chair, armoire and chaises as art pieces, seeing as the pieces were dreamt up and designed by well-known artists, architects and artisans. Questions arise about the so-called decorative arts, in this case also including some of the exquisite lace collection of the gallery. While backdrops are created for many of these social (or not so social) settings, sometimes in harmony and other times in contrast, the intention is for the various elements and the viewer to have conversations with one another, a chore not unusual for the gallery dweller.
Participating artists include: Albert Adams, Marc Edwards, Albert Munyai, Anthony Caro, Beverley Price, Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Charles-Edouard-Jeanneret Le Corbusier, Claudette Schreuders, Clive Van den Berg, Elizabeth Margaret Vels, Fred Page, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Jacques Coetzer, Jan Schoeman (Outa Lappies), Jeremy Wafer, Johannes Frederik Potgieter, Johannes Phokela, Keith Dietrich, Luan Nel, Moses Seleko, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis, Peter Bernd Schutz, Richard Hamilton, Robert Griffith Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa , Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sandile Zulu, Steven Cohen.
03 December 2013 - 11 May 2014
'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.
This is the context for 'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art', a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.
Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world.
Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.
Exhibition curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg.
Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, , Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi
01 September 2013 - 17 November 2013