Out of The Cube

Wembley Project Space

Patrol I

David Brits
Patrol I, Ink on incised Facebook photograph , 14 x 9cm

SEE LISTING From 'Kotiljons'

Niklas Zimmer
From 'Kotiljons', C Type Print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper archivally mounted on Dilite , 59.4 x 43cm

SEE LISTING To skip the last step

Beth Armstrong
To skip the last step , Working Image ,


Wembley Square, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 (cnr Wembley & Solan Streets)


Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Sat 10am - 2pm


David Brits at Wembley Project Space

iArt Gallery Wembley is pleased to present David Brits’ solo show, VICTOR VICTOR. Up until 1994, almost all able-bodied white male South Africans were called up for National Service around the time of leaving high school. As far as most of these young men were concerned, there was little option but to perform this duty or face harsh consequences. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, as many as 300 000 young South African men served in the military, many of whom were sent to fight the ‘Border War’ in northern Namibia and Angola.
Today the sons of those men may question their fathers’ motives. Brits reflects on these men, and his own relationship with his father. He traces his path through the past by scratching, defacing and blacking out found images posted by ex-servicemen on Facebook. In another series of collages on vintage paper, drawings of South African soldiers are half obscured by torn images from natural history collections. Out of the patriarchal authority, symbolised by uniforms and flags, a new vocabulary is built, populated with hybrid creatures that mesh flora and fauna, obscenity and pathos.

24 August 2011 - 21 September 2011

Niklas Zimmer at Wembley Project Space

Niklas Zimmer shows a collection of photographs, curated by Jacqueline Nurse, titled Kotiljons. A collaboration between Zimmer and Willemien Froneman, a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University, the photographs were commissioned to form the basis of a chapter of Froneman’s Ph.D. project in ethnomusicology. As such they form “a photo essay (and sometimes visual ethnography) on the carnivalesque at a contemporary boeremusiek event” (WF) – namely the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Boeremusiekgilde, held in 2010 at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. The result is a group portrait spanning a number of generations – illustrating both the burden of history and the demands of the present. With Kotiljons, iArt presents a selection of this body of work.

11 May 2011 - 08 June 2011

Beth Armstrong at Wembley Project Space

Beth Armstrong’s new body of work, 'To skip the last step', pays homage to deceased artist Mark Hipper in a series of 27 engravings that focus on Hipper's home, accompanied by a collection of sculptures made of welded wire and jacaranda wood. In her etchings, this otherwise unknown house is accompanied by sentences that attest to the process of bereavement, time-worn phrases that - like the building - fail to capture the essence of loss, leaving the viewer with the sense of an inexplicable absence that marks death itself.

26 January 2011 - 23 February 2011