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February 19, 2015 - Comments Off on Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine

Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine

works by Christian Nerf William Kentridge and Mongezi Ncaphayi

works by Christian Nerf William Kentridge and Mongezi Ncaphayi

Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine

The AVA Gallery in partnership with Spier is pleased to present ‘Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine’ a curated exhibition of original prints from the studios of Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg and Warren Editions in Cape Town.

The exhibition comes at a time when South Africa’s rich history of printmaking is at an impasse, caught between the globalised trend in painting (referred to as the ‘silver-age’ of Abstract Expressionism) and the Internet, which has seemingly exhausted the potential of representation.

The exhibition takes its title from Gilbert Ryle’s critique of Hume’s concept of the distinction between ‘ideas’ and ‘impressions’, a critique that questioned the duality of the mind’s relationship to the phenomenal world.   ‘Forming Impressions’ seeks, in part, to question whether printmakers in South Africa, whose works formally resemble Abstract Expressionism, are influenced by Expressionism’s own claims that there exists a duality inherent in expressive form.

In the catalogue essay that accompanies the exhibition the curator, Matthew Blackman, contextualises certain questions in contemporary printmaking practices in South Africa.  He goes on to suggest that the works on ‘Forming Impressions’ intimate that this formalist development in South African printmaking has little connection with current overseas trends and more to do with South Africa’s own rhymes, politics and art history.

List of Artists:

Doris Bloom, Jan-Henri Booyens, Katherine Bull, Paul Edmunds, Georgina Gratrix, William Kentridge, Mongezi Ncaphayi Christian Nerf, Nkosana Nhlapo, Lucas Nkgweng, Jody Paulsen, Richard Penn, Chloë Reid, Matty Roodt, Michael Taylor, David Tsoka, Sara-Aimee Verity, Max Wolpe


‘Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine’ opens on the 26 February at 18:00 at:

The AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001.

26 February – 19 March

February 6, 2015 - Comments Off on CALL FOR PAINTING SUBMISSIONS: The Claims of the Land


The AVA would like to announce that it will be accepting submissions for a small curated painting exhibition titled ‘The Claims of the Land’. The exhibition which will run concurrently with a larger exhibition of the aerial photography work of Paul van Schalkwyk entitled ‘The Pristine Land’.

‘The Claims of the Land’ can be interpreted as broadly as artists wish but issues such as what claim we have to land, as well as what our intervention into the land demands of us, can be used as a point of departure. Inherent within this are ideas of local politics as well as broader environmental and ecological concerns.

Artists can submit, in the medium of paint, one work only. The size of the work can vary but should not be bigger than one square meter. All work must be submitted to the AVA Gallery by the 4 March 2015.

The work will be evaluated by our selection committee and curated into an exhibition for sale that will open on 24 March 2015. All work will be priced in consultation with our director and be sold with the usual AVA commission.

For further information email or call (021) 424 7436