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December 9, 2013 - Comments Off on Greatest Hits 2013 : Industrial Harvest 20 January – 27 February 2014

Greatest Hits 2013 : Industrial Harvest 20 January – 27 February 2014

GREATEST HITS 2013: Industrial Harvest  curated by Kirsty Cockerill

Greatest Hits 2013 is a curated exhibition with artworks selected from the Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and Stellenbosch University Graduate exhibitions. Greatest Hits 2013 offers an overview of the local and broader discourses that run through the three schools and reflects the quality of work produced by the graduate students in 2013.

Featuring works by  Sarah Akerman, Jessica Arnot, Jamie Belford, Gregory R Bertrand, Katinka Bester, Sarah Biggs, Annchen Bronkowski, Stephané E. Conradie, Yazmin Ezzideen, Isabella Knemeyer, Rudi le Hane, Linki Lutz, Angus MacKinnon, Mitchell Messina, Tess Metcalf, Berry Meyer, Garth Morris-Davies, Rosie Mudge, Noël Platts, Alexandre Rochard, Carolina Salinas, Amy Sephton, Jake Singer, Molly Stevens, Nikita Stevens, Andrew Thomas, Anika van der Westhuijzen, Alexia Vogel, Cora Wasserman, and  Joshua Williams.

Alexia Vogel - Daisy Tree, 2013

Alexia Vogel - Daisy Tree, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 15, 2013 - Comments Off on Vanitas 2013 / 2 December 2013 – 16 January 2014

Vanitas 2013 / 2 December 2013 – 16 January 2014

A group exhibition of 21  painters

curated by Clare Menck.

The Latin term 'Vanitas' can broadly be translated as vanity, or transience, and is interpreted in Dutch and Flemish still-life painting of the 16th and 17th centuries with symbols like skulls, smoke, hourglasses, fish and hunted animals, fruit, insects such as flies and butterflies, and bubbles.  These contrasting symbols underline the paradox of the life-death dichotomy, by on the one hand describing the sensuality of the pleasures of the flesh, and on the other reminding of the certainty of its passing and of decay.

Vanitas 2013, a group exhibition with 20 painters was curated by Clare Menck. Vanitas 2013 aims towards a new take on this age-old theme in terms of contemporary South African painting, with a sterling list of celebrated and promising contemporary painters. New symbolic images that relate to the ancient wisdom will give new life to it and to painting now.  Vanitas 2013 includes paintings by Ingrid Winterbach, Johann Louw, Walter Meyer, Anton Karstel, Henk Serfontein, Pauline Gutter, Anathi Tyawa, Simon Stone, Andries Gouws, Nicolaas Maritz, John Murray, Eugenie Marais, Peter van Straten, Cobus van Bosch, Jan du Toit, Wendy Gaybba, Annelie Venter, Kennett Sinclair, Monique Schumacher (Netherlands/Austria), Albert Greving (Netherlands) and Clare Menck.

 

Anathi Tyawa - Portrait of a four-year-old with spear and bone, after Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 6, 2013 - Comments Off on Selfshots / Hentie van der Merwe / 23 September – 18 October 2013

Selfshots / Hentie van der Merwe / 23 September – 18 October 2013

Hentie van der Merwe presents Selfshots in the Long Gallery. A series of faces produced through an elaborate process of appropriation, reflection and manipulation. Selecting images posted online, taken by individuals capturing their own reflections by way of mirror or cellphone camera, van der Merwe reconstructs this images, offering the viewer a new face, one that metaphorically and technically investigates the phenomena of sharing private moments on public platforms.

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November 6, 2013 - Comments Off on Once there was and once there was not / Elize Vossgatter / 23 September – 18 October 2013

Once there was and once there was not / Elize Vossgatter / 23 September – 18 October 2013

Fascinated by folklore and the cautionary tales of old, Elize Vossgatter paints a story with no beginning, or end, somewhere between the alchemy of materiality and the gesture of hand - characters are birthed and morality is reflected on. The beautiful, and the grotesque, stand within the picture plain as monuments and memorials to humanness, painterly contradiction, social success and failure.

Opening address by Andrew Lamprecht

Elize Vossgatter - Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 6, 2013 - Comments Off on Brief Encounters / Frans Smit / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Brief Encounters / Frans Smit / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Brief Encounters is a series of painted portraits on paper. Frans Smit mentored by the late Lucian Freud “squashes” the painted surface, destroying an accurate portrayal and any intimacy with the subject, whilst offering a sense of the person, a compelling encounter.

Frans Smit - Looks like such a nice girl

November 6, 2013 - Comments Off on Ani-men (A human in an animal) / Wallen Mapondera / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Ani-men (A human in an animal) / Wallen Mapondera / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Wallen Mapondera imagined himself living the life of an animal, a dog that spends the day on a leash, a pig in a dirty sty, dog fighting, cock fighting and the ruthlessness of humans that commit such violations on animals. The same way they would abuse a fellow human if chance allowed.  Ani-Men (A Human in an Animal) is a series of paintings that through the above lens investigates social abuses.

 

Wallen Mapondera - The Cock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 4, 2013 - Comments Off on Still Life / Co-curated by Chantal Louw and Sarah Walters / 21 October – 27 November 2013

Still Life / Co-curated by Chantal Louw and Sarah Walters / 21 October – 27 November 2013

Still Life

Co-curated by Chantal Louw and Sarah Walters

John Bauer ,Yogi de Beer, Paul de Yong, Lisa Firer, Louise Gelderblom, Christo Giles, Ralph Johnson, Hennie Meyer, Nina Shand, Rebecca Townsend, Clementina van der Walt, David Walters, Sarah Walters.

In Still Life co-curated by Chantal Louw and Sarah Walters, a collection of ceramic objects, by 12 ceramicists becomes a sculptural landscape. The curves and angles of the whole are read with clarity while the individual is displayed. Still life an exhibition of ceramic forms, some functional, some not, has been curated into an exhibition installation. The display allows the individual pieces to oscillate between functional object and sculptural form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 4, 2013 - Comments Off on Beasts of Burden / Robyn Denny / 21 October – 27 November 2013

Beasts of Burden / Robyn Denny / 21 October – 27 November 2013

Beasts of Burden

by Robyn Denny

Robyn Denny presents Beasts of Burden in the Artsstrip. This series of work engages with the shock, beauty and pathos of the biological contingency. By evoking a theme of violence and brutality versus fragility and vulnerability, a dynamic paradox is animated through the use of ink & gouache.

African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog

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October 17, 2013 - Comments Off on Jo O’Connor / Visage / 21 October – 27 November 2013

Jo O’Connor / Visage / 21 October – 27 November 2013

VISAGE
Jo O’Connor
Jo O’Connor employs the Long Gallery with a collection of portraits. Using wood as the primary medium, the individual faces have been simplified, rendered in oils onto the wooden surface. The wood grain acts as both a support and a camouflage creating a tension whereby the individuals painted move between blending into the natural environment and being visible.
Jo O'Connor - Aneesa
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September 18, 2013 - Comments Off on Roadscapes / Lara Feldman / 23 September 2013 – 18 October 2013

Roadscapes / Lara Feldman / 23 September 2013 – 18 October 2013

Roadscapes a series of painting by Lara Feldman presents internal images articulated on the painted surface as disconnected, remembered moments. Random to all but the subconscious, Feldman shares with the viewer the journey between internal disturbance and outside noise, capturing the isolation felt by many in contemporary society.

What lies behind dark waters - Lara Feldman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 14, 2013 - Comments Off on Out of Site / Jean Brundrit

Out of Site / Jean Brundrit

THE AVA GALLERY
in partnership with Spier
invites you to the opening of
Out of Site by Jean Brundrit

Opening address by Svea Josephy
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT


Opening on Monday, 26 August at 18:00
Exhibition closes on Thursday 19 September at 17:00

As the pun in the title implies, the show takes both sight- as in vision- and site- as in place- as starting points to generate a dialogue between new and older works from the artist’s extensive oeuvre. Loosely unified by Brundrit’s continued interest in negotiating identity politics, Out of Site breaks fresh ground both formally and conceptually.
Vision plays a pivotal role in The Space Inside, the most recent manifestation of an ongoing exploration of lesbian subjectivity. Here, in a gesture equal parts unsettling and subversive, Brundrit’s subjects reject their status a spectacle. Although captured in ample detail to invite scrutiny, their closed eyes starkly demarcate internal and external worlds in an inversion of the power equation between the viewer and the viewed.
This challenge to the very terms of visibility is carried through in Making the Waves, a series of large-scale 3D scans produced with equipment traditionally used for mapping the physical environment. Framed by works produced earlier in Brundrit’s career, among them her Out in the archive (2006) and Nature Study (2011), these more recent pieces are contextually enriched. Read as a whole, Out of Site provokes a reflection on the nature of vision and its implications for representation, particularly those instances that intersect with the nuances of desire.
A book titled, Out of site: representations of identity in the work of Jean Brundrit (SoSo Press) will be launched at the opening.

Jean Brundrit is a visual artist who works with photographic media. She has exhibited extensively in South Africa and contributed to a number of international exhibitions. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town where she teaches photography. Her research interests are primarily concerned with exploring identity, specifically lesbian identity and strategies of representation within a South African context.

JeanBrundrit

 

July 9, 2013 - Comments Off on Brief Encounters / Paul Painting / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Brief Encounters / Paul Painting / 29 July – 23 August 2013

Anthroposcopy by Paul Painting

Anthroposcopy by Paul Painting employs the main Gallery. Painting offers the viewer a body of work that distils the human form with the intensity of an interrogators gaze.  The pseudoscience of physiognomy, also called anthroposcopy, with its assumptions that character can be gleaned from a study of facial features is a venerable and equally questionable one. It has enjoyed cycles of credibility and scientific contempt. The notion that our drives and passions distort and impress upon our features is an eminently attractive, and evocative hypothesis. For an artist it is alive with visual potential and richness.

 

Paul Painting - Infantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3, 2013 - Comments Off on Artreach Make Me an Offer / Artthrob Launch of Portfolio 5 / Parking Lots / 1 – 25 July 2013

Artreach Make Me an Offer / Artthrob Launch of Portfolio 5 / Parking Lots / 1 – 25 July 2013

THE ARTTHROB PRINT EXHIBITION: THE LAUNCH OF PORTFOLIO 5

Curated by Matthew Blackman
Dineo Bopape, Georgina Gratrix, William Kentridge, Senzeni Marasela, Sam Nhlengethwa, Walter Oltmann, Cameron Platter, Athi-Patra Ruga, Claudette Schreuders, James Webb and Sue Williamson.

PARKING LOTS
Patrick Latimer

MAKE ME AN OFFER: ARTREACH FUNDRAISER EXHIBITION

Igshaan Adams, Sanell Aggenbach, Arlene Amaler Raviv & Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Danielle Bischoff, Katherine Bull, Kurt Campbell, Ayanda Mabulu, Charles Maggs, Gerald Machona, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Dave Robertson, Chad Rossouw, David Rossouw, Marc Shoul, Christopher James Swift, Adolf Tega, Jill Trappler, Dale Washkansky, Vernon Williams and more.

Opening on Monday, 1 July at 6 pm

Exhibition closes on 25 July at 5pm
Artthrob proudly presents the launch of its fifth portfolio. “We have been extremely lucky in being able to create a portfolio containing works by William Kentridge, Senzeni Marasela, Sam Nhlengethwa, Walter Oltmann, Claudette Schreuders and Sue Williamson.  In celebration of this occasion we are also exhibiting several other works by these artists whose practices have defined much of South Africa’s contemporary art landscape over the last thirty years.

We will also be exhibiting our notable fourth portfolio, which contains works by the now acclaimed younger artists: Dineo Bopape, Georgina Gratrix, Cameron Platter, Athi-Patra Ruga and James Webb.  A selection of these artists other works also forms part of this exhibition. We would like to thank all of the participating artists for their much-valued support.”   Matthew Blackman Editor of Artthrob

Patrick Latimer presents PARKING LOTS in the Long Gallery. Parking lots are often found right next to some of the most interesting places a road can take you. This series of acrylic paintings explores some of Cape Town's best known and rarely appreciated parking lots. Utilising a naive style with odd, almost aerial perspectives of the cars and people, these paintings focus more on the narrative of the visitor's arrival and departure than the 'beauty shots' normally associated with these well known landmarks.
MAKE ME AN OFFER is an exhibition of generously donated artworks with the full proceeds from sales going to the Artreach fund. The Artreach Fund was founded by the AVA committee in the late 1980s; its vision was to create a fund that would assist needy and deserving visual artists with their art-related needs.

 

   Claudette Schreuders - The Bystander 2 (editions for Artthrob 2013)

Claudette Schreuders - The Bystander 2 (editions for Artthrob 2013)

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May 31, 2013 - Comments Off on Critic’s Choice / Ebb Tide / Playing House / 3 – 28 June 2013

Critic’s Choice / Ebb Tide / Playing House / 3 – 28 June 2013

13 Local art critics; Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht, Wilma Cruise, Hazel Friedman, Genna Gardini, Athi Jojo, Andrew Lamprecht, Tim Leibbrandt, Melvyn Minnaar, Sean O'Toole, Lloyd Pollak, Anna Stielau, Veronica Wilkinson, and Gavin Younge have each selected a work by an artist whose current production compels their inclusion on the CRITIC'S CHOICE EXHIBITION.

Selected artists; Stuart Bird, Olaf Bisschoff, Randolph Hartzenberg, Roxy Kawitzky, Marlise Keith, Dathini Mzayiya, Chad Rossouw, Jonah Sack, Henk Serfontein, Robert Slingsby, Simon Stone, Nicolene C. Swanepoel, and Claire van Blerck.

Verity FitzGerald presents in the Long gallery EBB TIDE, a series of photographic images that explore Robben Island. A place visited by thousands of tourists annually, and yet still remains mostly unavailable to the public. The guided tours, while allowing access to aspects of our past, have also shaped a certain representation of it. In light of the Island’s historical significance, these images consider the landscape beyond the parameters of the guided tours, and bring into question what Robben Island represents today.

PLAYING HOUSE a series of photographs by Rima Geffen employ the Artstrip. These images explore childhood sentiment, while creating a distorted chronicle of childhood reminiscence. Geffen’s close up photographs of children’s toys, rearrange the real and offer the viewer an out of focus but familiar narrative, a remembered sense of home and childhood. 

Garden of Invalids (2012) Marlise Keith

Garden of Invalids (2012)
Marlise Keith

 

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April 17, 2013 - Comments Off on 3 ½ meters / Replica of Memory / Weird Marriage / 6 May – 30 May 2013

3 ½ meters / Replica of Memory / Weird Marriage / 6 May – 30 May 2013

3 ½ METERS : COMMITTEE'S CHOICE

The Main Gallery of the AVA hosts a group exhibition, titled 3 AND A HALF METERS: COMMITTEE’S CHOICE . The ten current AVA committee members, Stacey Adriaans, Matthew Blackman, Caroline Coates, Chantal Louw, Marilyn Martin, Richard Mudariki, James Nilsen, Chad Rossouw, Elgin Rust, Cobus van Bosch, have each selected a work or works by contemporary artists to be exhibited in their allocated three and a half meters.

REPLICA OF MEMORY   by Aidon Westcott

Aidon Westcott’s mixed media artworks fill the Long Gallery , filled with symbolic imagery aimed at awaking forgotten memories in the subconscious mind of the viewer. The imagery is build up in layers of antique packaging and selected ephemera through the medium of collage which is combined with hand stitching, thread and oil paint.

WEIRD MARRIAGE   by Ilené Bothma

Bothma explores the strangeness of the domestic space, the relationships that play out within that space, the repetitive activity of human labour and the poetics of the everyday. She explores this through sculpture, video and installations installed in the Artstrip.

 

 

 

April 5, 2013 - Comments Off on Translation Games / The Apostles / Lucky

Translation Games / The Apostles / Lucky

Translation Games by Elgin Rust, presented in the Main Gallery, is a response to the current media hype produced by the ever increasing reports of violent gender crimes and their subsequent trials. These often very violent cases, flood media platforms positioning the judiciary in the lime light. The public not only watches to see “justice being done”, it actively judges perpetrators and victims based on the continual information released. Television, news, newspaper articles, online blogs and twitter feeds translating legal jargon and performances for public consumption. This performative collaboration investigates the unpredictability and circular nature of the translation processes.

 

In the Long Gallery, James Macdonald's sound installation, The Apostles, functions as a site of reflection,a chapel of sorts. Twelve listening stations present the stories, life experience and personal philosophies of twelve individuals – all homeless and living on the streets of Cape Town. Shifting the manner in which these men and women are generally heard, or not heard, the monologues were transcribed and presented as though texts of scripture or liturgy by Bishop Garth Counsell and Reverend Margaret Haynes of the Cape Town Anglican Diocese. Thus, engendered with a sense of spiritual and moral significance.

 

Lucky by Danielle Bischoff Is a photographic series presented in the Artsstrip gallery. An exhibition that visually investigates dogs and their human counterparts, shared lives, special connections and intertwined histories. Dr. Sandra Swart from the University of Stellenbosch writes: “Dogs provide a lens into understanding human society and culture in Southern Africa. Behind every dog breed we find ethnography and a social history as well as a genealogy – its cultural, as well as its genetic heritage”

 

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February 26, 2013 - Comments Off on Portals / Wading / Between the Blue Swimming Pools

Portals / Wading / Between the Blue Swimming Pools

Anthea Delmotte employs the Main Gallery with an exhibition titled Portals. A series of portraits that resonate as visual interviews between the artist and her subject. Delmottes fascination with individuals in the South African contemporary art world has manifested into paintings of well known gallerists, curators, and other artists. A self taught realist, her works capture the individuals in their work environments, the way they look, how they organise themselves within their space and the way in which the artist relates to these individuals on an emotional level.

Rodger Bosch presents Wading in the Long Gallery. Photographing in the confines of Kalk Bay, a small seaside village, Bosch uses a rangefinder camera and black and white film to explore an internal world dimly recalled, filled with feeling and navigated through instinct. Using the sea as a conduit for his investigation Bosch strives to find, read and understand what there is beyond the familiar, his images articulating the moment when lands, seasons and people become ideas, recollections and feelings.

In Between the Blue Swimming Pools Katrine Claassens exhibits a new body of oil paintings that looks at the environmental costs of the one of the world’s most desired living spaces: suburbs. Suburbia is often explored in negative terms relating to banality and subversive things happening behind the clichéd picket fences however there are other, more pressing, troubles in these tamed landscapes where lakes are fishponds, fields are coaxed into lawns and walking is driving. Claassens paintings explore the suburbs as both, emotional landscapes and problematic centres of consumption.

 

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February 8, 2013 - Comments Off on Perceptual Vigilance

Perceptual Vigilance

THE AVA GALLERY in partnership with Spier, invites you to

Perceptual Vigilance, Curated by Kirsty Cockerill

Participating artists:

Mncedi Bodlo
Zemba Luzamba
Ayanda Mabulu
Richie Madyira
Fikile Mqhayi
Richard Mudariki
Taurai Muzambi
Cinga Samson
Khaya Sineyile
Zolani Siphungela
Adolf Tega
Shakes Tembani
Anathi Tyawa

Opening on Monday, 11 February 2013 at 18:00.
Exhibition closes on Thursday, 7 March 2013.

Perceptual Vigilance is the act of noticing something somewhere only to subsequently notice it everywhere.  A situation, a gesture, a colour, an object, anything that holds particular importance to the individual is easier for them to perceive. Perceptual Vigilance is the process by which individuals activate a form of selective perception based on their particular frame of reference. It is a tool that assists us all; artists, curators and the public at large to sort through our sensory data. Perceptual Defence, its binary opposite is likewise a tool, and to commonly a blindness that allows an individual to not perceive reality in order to protect themselves from internal dissonance and psychologically unpleasantness. Thirteen painters negotiate their individual concerns in an exhibition distilled to reflect as much their own, as the curator’s Perceptual Vigilance. Political surrealism, the binding of stories, an investigation of truth and blindness, the awake and the sleeping, reality and dreams.

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Richard Mudariki - Symbols of African Art

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January 10, 2013 - Comments Off on Greatest Hits 2012: IF THE HALLS COULD TALK

Greatest Hits 2012: IF THE HALLS COULD TALK

GREATEST HITS 2012: IF THE HALLS COULD TALK - Co-curated by Stacy Adriaans and Kirsty Cockerill

Greatest Hits 2012: If The Halls Could Talk, is a curated exhibition with artworks selected from the Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and Stellenbosch University Graduate exhibitions. Greatest Hits 2012 offers an overview of the local and broader discourses that run through the three schools and reflects the quality of work produced by the graduate students in 2012.

Participating artists:

Elinor Auerbach
Leigh Bassingthwaighte
Ruann Coleman
Mia Couvaras
Christopher de Wet
Carla Espost
Nicole Fraser
Jeanne Gaigher
Quanta Gauld
Lyndall Gente
Haroon Gunn-Salie
Soma Holloway
Gabrielle Holmes
Sulaiman Jacobs
Siobhan Keam
Megan Mc Namara
Sethembile Msezane
Nobukho Nqaba
Liona Nyariri
Roche Pienaar
Liesl Potgieter
Helen Teede

Opening on Monday, 14 January at 18:00
Exhibition closes on Friday, 8 February 2013 at 13:00

Mia Couvaras - Untitled (Wynberg)

Mia Couvaras - Untitled (Wynberg)