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February 5, 2016 - Comments Off on Cape Town Art Fair – AVA Gallery showcase

Cape Town Art Fair – AVA Gallery showcase

 

A selection of Hanien Conradie’s Master of Fine Art work, Spore, will be presented at the Cape Town Art Fair by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery from 18-22 February 2016. Also presented at the AVA Gallery booth during the art fair are rising star artists Siwa Mgoboza and Bonolo Kavula.

Conradie’s paintings include installations with indigenous matter and reflected light effects. This masterful work also incorporates smaller flower paintings, drawing on traditions of botanical illustration and preservation.

Her sensitively designed artist’s book, Spore, documents her search for ‘belonging’ through tracing threatened flowers in the Breede River Valley, where her ancestors tilled the soil. Spore, is based on a 17th century herbarium catalogue. It is extensively illustrated with Conradie's artwork, site photographs and family pictures. In Spore, Conradie's ancestry and identity as an Afrikaans woman is questioned. Rather than drawing on post-colonial debates, the book employs radical eco-political perspectives to explore the alien and the indigenous, the vine and the fynbos.

A visit to the AVA booth (F2) brings to light the reality of a mounting ecological crisis in the Cape Floral Region as well as reveal the relationship between the landscape and cultural and individual identity.

Siwa Mgoboza’s photographic constructs manifest his ‘post-post-colonial’ world called AFRICARDIA. He has imagined this future land’s physical landscape, its inhabitants and animal-life. Here nature and humans live side by side peacefully, the world of difference does not exist and hybridity is taken to new levels of boundless subjectivity. Mgoboza’s frenetic compositions, including the use of Isishweshwe, are a reflection on what it would be like if a cosmic clash occurred and beings of AFRICARDIA were teleported to our current reality. Mgoboza recently graduated – with distinction - from Michaelis School of Fine Arts.

Bonolo Kavula uses materials associated with the home and the personal. These disparate objects are used through printmaking techniques to force a visual relationship between them by means of play and experimentation. Her gratuate exhibition at Michaelis School of Fine Arts was entitled Obfuscation - a word that she uses as a strategy to make her art works.

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March 27, 2015 - Comments Off on A PRISTINE LAND INTERRUPTED GALLERY CONVERSATION

A PRISTINE LAND INTERRUPTED GALLERY CONVERSATION

Saturday 28 March 11am – 12pm

Association of Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery

35 Church street, Cape Town, Western Cape

Join Rick Rohde, Hanien Conradie, Virginia MacKenny and Angus MacIntosh for a conversation about our relationship with the landscapes we inhabit and the implications of these relationships for social, economic and environmental justice.

Rick Rohde is an Anthropological Research Fellow and Co-investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project focusing on the historical ecologies of the Namib and intangible cultural heritage of western Namibia. His work spans political ecology, land reform, and politics of climate change science, historical ecology, and visual ethnography.

Hanien Conradie is an artist whose work searches for answers to questions around belonging, uniqueness, and our relationship with the natural environment.

Angus MacIntosh is a grass farmer and carbon sequestrator. His farm, outside Stellenbosch, applies Biodynamic agricultural principles and practices in raising cattle, laying hens, vegetables and vines.

Virginia MacKenny is head of painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She is also an independent art critic, writer and established painter with a special interest in environmental issues.

November 19, 2014 - Comments Off on Handspring Puppet Company Event List : Workshops, talks and performances – closed JAN 2015

Handspring Puppet Company Event List : Workshops, talks and performances – closed JAN 2015

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Join Jill Joubert in a step by step puppet making short course at the AVA Gallery. Using the current Handspring Puppet Company exhibition, Fabricate, as a constant visual reference, Joubert will guide puppet enthusiasts to construct their own puppet. All materials are included. No prior puppet making experience needed.

Workshop dates:

Saturday, 15 November Adults Puppet making course 10am - 1pm R200.00

Tuesday, 16 December 10am-1pm Christmas Puppet making Kids workshop (10 years and older) R200.00

Thursday, 18 December 10am-12pm Kids puppet making workshop (6-8 years old) R150.00

Monday, 22 December 6-9pm Adult Christmas Puppet making workshop R200.00

Saturday, 10 January 10am-1pm Kids Puppet making workshop (10 years and older) R200.00

 

Talks: (All talks are free to attend)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 7-8pm - Adrian Kohler chats about the design challenges that faced the creative team behind War Horse

Saturday, 6 December 2014 11am-12pm Manipulation demonstration and talk by Handspring Puppeteers Gabriel Marchand and Mandiseli Maseti

Saturday, 17 January 2015 Walkabout with Handspring Puppet Company artist, Janni Younge

 

Performances : (All performances are free to attend)

Monday, 1 December 2014 7-7:30pm  I love you When you're Breathing: A lecture on puppetry delivered by a puppet.

Thursday, 4 December 2014  6:30pm  Joey the Horse Live (First Thursdays)

 

For more information contact the AVA Gallery : info@ava.co.za 021 424 7436

November 19, 2014 - Comments Off on Solving the Puppet Design Challenges of War Horse – a talk by Adrian Kohler 25 November 2014

Solving the Puppet Design Challenges of War Horse – a talk by Adrian Kohler 25 November 2014

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014, doors open at 19:00
Join Handspring Puppet Company co-founder and artistic director, Adrian Kohler for an illuminating talk on the creative process and challenges that faced the team behind the award-winning production, War Horse.
Booking essential, doors open strictly at 19:00.
For more information contact the AVA Gallery : info@ava.co.za 021 424 7436
Featured image by CJ Chandler Photography

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Skattie Celebrates in partnership with Art South Africa – Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:00

Skattie Celebrates in partnership with Art South Africa – Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:00

 

 

SKATTIE, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? started as platform to share the ups and downs of South African fashion. It has since become a cultural powerhouse, featuring local art, design, fashion and events curated by Malibongwe Tyilo, Visi Magazine’s editor-at-Large. As avid supporters of emerging artists, Tyilo and trend forecaster and fashion blogger, Sandiso Ngubane combined forces to present the second instalment of their SKATTIE CELEBRATES event series, in association with Art South Africa magazine. Sponsors include Spier Wine, Bombay Sapphire Gin and BOS Ice Tea.

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Worldwide Reading in Support of Edward Snowden – Monday, 8 September 2014

Worldwide Reading in Support of Edward Snowden – Monday, 8 September 2014

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden Worldwide reading

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden Worldwide reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVA Gallery, in association with the International Literature Festival Berlin, will host the Cape Town event of the Worldwide Reading in support of Edward Snowden. Readings will take place in cities across the planet, all on 8 September, and over 200 international authors have confirmed their support and participation. Readers for the Cape Town event will be announced in a forthcoming release – watch this space or join the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/snowdenCT. A spokesperson from Right2Know will also be present to highlight the important work that the network is doing here in South Africa and the key issues we face with regards to censorship, surveillance, and the struggle to protect civil liberties and freedom of expression.

For more information about the Worldwide Reading, please visit http://www.worldwide-reading.com/ (and click ‘en’ for the English version), or contact the local event initiator, Alexandra Dodd: thisalexandradodd@gmail.com, or co-organiser Anne Taylor: at.brand@gmail.com.

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Zapiro – DemoCrazy – 29 SEPTEMBER – 30 OCTOBER 2014

Zapiro – DemoCrazy – 29 SEPTEMBER – 30 OCTOBER 2014

The Sowetan newspaper describes Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) as “The best political cartoonist in the country.” His most recent book Democrazy (published by Jacana) presents a survey of satirical graphics of the foibles of South African politics over the past twenty years. In it he traces the indelible legacies of decisive moments that define, and still continue to shape, the country. In the twenty years since the advent of democracy, he produced more than 4,500 cartoons for publication in Mail & Guardian, Sowetan, Sunday Times and Independent Newspapers. From those he selected the 450 works shown in Jacana’s Democrazy.

For his forthcoming ZAPIRO – DEMOCRAZY at the AVA Gallery, he honed this selection even further into an exhibition of 60 graphics that describe – with fearless determination and precise clarity – a South Africa that, he writes, “was crazier than anything my imagination could conjure up”. The hardest challenge of mastering this dangerous genre, he continues, “has been to find that element of humour essential for effective cartooning in such debilitating events.” During the course of his exhibition Zapiro will also take his work into the Cape Town public realm. Characters, situations and texts – printed larger-than-life and pasted outdoors – will create surprising new meanings. Discover them striding down hallways, animating shop windows, peering out from behind corners, commenting from the sides of a passing bus or the inside of a lift, and assuming the textures of the stone walls or concrete slabs that become their gallery.

View and download catalogue here : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_dROh5okHvHLTk2alVadHhnZU0/view

Mandela: The Early Years - Sunday Times 1998

Mandela: The Early Years - Sunday Times 1998

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June 6, 2014 - Comments Off on Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

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The AVA Gallery, since 1971, has been an enthusiastic and active participant in the radical shifts experienced by South Africa, and has played a decisive role in shaping the arts and culture sectors. As the oldest non-profit gallery in Cape Town, and arguably one of the more important nationally, the AVA has nurtured many of the country’s leading artists. Today, the AVA continues its commitment through regular exhibitions, supplemented by an exhilarating, interactive public events schedule that includes seminars and workshops, film screenings and performances, and a dynamic education programme. Even further, we administer Artreach, a vital support and development programme. The events launching on 9 June are part of the AVA’s continued drive to raise financial resources to support its work, and to assist in growing the organisation into one of the world’s leaders in contemporary visual culture.

 

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May 29, 2014 - Comments Off on AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

TRUE/STORY Short Film Screening Saturday, 31 May 2014 17:00 - 19:00

Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger
Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger

This week, the AVA’s Saturday Cult programme screens four films dealing with issues of migrancy and alienation, here curated to obfuscate the erroneous boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thereafter, film fundi Roger Young ignites and directs the conversation between film-makers, producers, artists and you.

CROSSING THE LIMPOPO (2009, 15 min) by DAN HALTER shows the artist being lead across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe into South Africa, by a cigarette smuggler, along one of the routes used by border jumpers. By playing the notorious barrier up against the passage Zimbabwean immigrants face, Halter uses a dark dark humour to interrogate xenophobia, international relations, and sad and empty promises

BORDER FARM (2011, 32 min) by THENJIWE NIKI NKOSI is a docu-drama about a group of Zimbabwean border jumpers who make their way across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe to seek work on farms in South Africa. It portrays the many-layered drama of forced migration and is written, acted and crewed by the people who made the journey themselves. The film examines the structure of political, social and architectural power, and the invisible forces that create them.

VECINOS, translated as NEIGHBOURS (2013, 9 min 45 sec) by SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH follows three African migrants as they navigate the urban space of Barcelona: Xumo Nunjo, a musician born in Cameroon; Mamadou Dia, a writer and educator born in Senegal; and Gelia Barila Angri, from Equatorial Guinea. These participants offer an opportunity to re-consider notions of home and belonging in black Europe, framing their narratives around a real or symbolic return to Africa.

OBSCURE WHITE MESSENGER (2010, 15 min 7 sec) by PENNY SIOPIS splices together anonymous film footage found in flea markets with a transcript of the psychiatrist’s interview with  Demitrios Tsafendas, the man who murdered Verwoerd. By exploring the fact that Tsafendas was an oddball, an outsider, a drifter, a man to whom no country would give citizenship, not even the place of his birth, Siopis highlights the effects of xenophobia as much as she questions the distinction between fact and fiction.

May 28, 2014 - Comments Off on AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : Conversations on Creativity 8.0 Saturday 31 May 2014

AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : Conversations on Creativity 8.0 Saturday 31 May 2014

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Saturday, 31 May 2014 12:00 - 15:00

Creative Nestlings – in association with the AVA Gallery and Creative Cape Town,  a programme of the Cape Town Partnership – invites you to #ConversationsonCreativity 8.0. This is the eighth in the Cape Town series, and here guest host Didi Ntsie enlists four creative heavyweights from around the globe to share their work, lives, and thoughts.

DANIEL TING CHONG is an illustrator, designer and artist, and is now emerging as one of Cape Town’s top creative talents with his series of art exhibitions, talks, commissions from clients, and collaborations with leading international brands including Nike, New York Times and the Discovery Channel.

JESS CROSS is an artist and DJ based between Cape Town and San Francisco. In 2010 she started a non-profit company called SoulCity Movement, a collective of artists who facilitate creation, collaboration, mentorship and showcasing as a platform for cross-cultural understanding through personal leadership development.

CELESTE ARENDSE interned at Klûk CGDT before becoming an Elle New talent finalist in 2009. From there she ventured into creating her own clothing brand – Selfi, inspired by architecture, forms and patterns in nature.

DATHINI MZAYIYA is an artist who works in oil paints, charcoal and video installations to create prolific narratives and social commentary. He is a founding member of the Visual Arts Network South Africa (VANSA, Western Cape), Africa South Arts Initiative (ASAI) and Gugulective.

May 22, 2014 - Comments Off on Terry Kurgan and Alex Dodd’s Checking in to Hotel Yeoville / Imraan Coovadia Tales of the Metric System reading – Saturday, 24 May 2014

Terry Kurgan and Alex Dodd’s Checking in to Hotel Yeoville / Imraan Coovadia Tales of the Metric System reading – Saturday, 24 May 2014

 

Still image from Nadine Hutton's satirical video artwork, Alien Invasion [or] burning people is as South African as braaivleis (2009)

Still image from Nadine Hutton's satirical video artwork, Alien Invasion [or] burning people is as South African as braaivleis (2009)

Join us on Saturday, 24 May 2014 at 11am for Terry Kurgan and Alex Dodd’s highly visual presentation Checking in to Hotel Yeoville. It begins by looking at contemporary South African representations of alienation (including Rian Malan’s essay collection, Resident Alien, and Neil Blomkamp’s science fiction blockbuster film, District 9); reflect on the making of Hotel Yeoville as a collaboration with a hybrid mix of professionals from across the African continent and the globe; and conclude with a quest that seeks to “establish bonds of care across boundaries”.

 Imraan Coovadia's reading from his forthcoming novel Tales of the Metric System (to be published by Umuzi in 2015) will provide a special insight into the unfolding of the novelist’s working method and explore, in literary form, the theme of how friendships are formed across borders that exist in the mind and the body.

May 5, 2014 - Comments Off on Human Zoo ANYA ADENDORFF 12 May – 5 June 2014

Human Zoo ANYA ADENDORFF 12 May – 5 June 2014

Anya Adendorff - Day after Day

Anya Adendorff - Day after Day

Drawing from her experience of architecture, Anya Adendorff's, Human Zoo represents her view of the urban masses and their seemingly pointless en devours on the backdrop of a greedy and rushed city. With a frenzied over-crowding of the canvas, Adendorff makes subtle references to society's manic over-consumption and wastage.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cape Town in 1996, Adendorff established and worked with various design studios until deciding to pursue art full-time in 2006. After numerous group exhibitions, Human Zoo is Adendorff's first solo show.
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May 5, 2014 - Comments Off on Soft Walls SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH 12 May – 5 June 2014

Soft Walls SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH 12 May – 5 June 2014

Sydelle Willow Smith - Sunday at Mzolis

Sydelle Willow Smith - Sunday at Mzolis

Soft Walls seeks to deal with convivial relationships between migrated African nationals and South Africans; revealing the subtle ways in which individuals make sense of their experiences; forming relationships and bonds that can challenge dominant perceptions wherein difference is celebrated and prejudices towards “foreign” Africans are perpetuated.
With migrants settling in, marrying, developing friendships and building homes with South Africans, the question of identity and belonging has become central. While immigrant integration has fairly engaged and transformed South African communities, the process has not, necessarily, led to cohesive communities. This has, in turn, led to the perceived walls or restrictions and unfavourable relationship issues.
Smith’s Soft Walls figuratively investigates the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.
Sydelle Willow Smith is the first recipient of the Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography. Market Photo Workshop in association with the family of the late Gisèle Wulfsohn in 2012 established the mentorship. The mentorship is set out as a developmental mentorship; and is seen as an opportunity to continue Gisèle Wulfsohn’s approach and interests in photography.
Smith was mentored by Dave Southwood.
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April 7, 2014 - Comments Off on ANTI-AIRCRAFT GIRL: A NEW SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION BY STEFAN BLOM 15 April – 8 May 2014

ANTI-AIRCRAFT GIRL: A NEW SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION BY STEFAN BLOM 15 April – 8 May 2014

 

Stefan Blom Studio

Stefan Blom Studio

 

Anti-aircraft girl (2014) – the sculptural amalgamation of a female torso with the mechanism of an anti-aircraft weapon – is an immersive installation which ironically emphasizes non-participation. The polychrome fibreglass figure implies a complex and reciprocal relationship between its sculptural form and the colour enhancing it, modified into a mutual dependency. The artist’s intention is to explore the complex relationships when a personal sense of morality goes up in arms against authoritative coercion.

BIOGRAPHY 

Stefan Blom (born in 1963, lives and works in Cape Town) is a sculptor whose work is shown primarily in European and American galleries and museums. Blom was a nominee for the FNB Vita Art Now Awards (1996), and has completed work and permanent installations for the District Six Museum and St George's Cathedral, both in Cape Town.

 

April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on FIGMENTS: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRIS STEINMAN 15 April – 8 May 2014

FIGMENTS: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRIS STEINMAN 15 April – 8 May 2014

Harris Steinman- Figments : 9.18 pm - 2013 Archival pigment print; 297 x 420 mm

Harris Steinman- Figments : 9.18 pm - 2013 Archival pigment print; 297 x 420 m

 

Harris Steinman's evocative series of photographs of his childhood town reflects his disconnection of memories from their reality, capturing these surreal images at nightfall. Figments sees the artist set forth on a moving and intimate journey in an attempt to heal and to make sense of the sub-conscious influence that predicates his current state of being. Secretly claiming these images from a distance, Steinman eerily translates his apprehension to dismantle the past. He probes the space of the

imagination and one’s own perception of what is “real”. These mundane neighbourhood scenes come alive with the sense of a haunting presence hidden from sight. For a moment, we are allowed to see into the inaccessible and private spaces of the artist's own struggle to accept and let go of that which has past.

The artists writes that, “I am recognizing and accepting that loss is irrecoverable, that I can never return. I am trying to comprehend that past disappointments, suffering, and melancholy, are meant to mature and transfigure, and shift me. These images are my catalysts – figments to move me from the dark to un-dark, to kindle my transformation.

BIOGRAPHY

Harris Steinman trained at the Ruth Prowse Arts Centre, and later with specialised photography tutors. His work has been shown at Iziko South African Museum and Youngblood, and published in Images Beyond Words (2005, Kirstenbosch,  Briza Press).

 

REVIEW

http://www.artthrob.co.za/Reviews/C_Cupido_reviews_Figments_by_Harris_Steinman_at_AVA.aspx

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April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on INSIDE OUT: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTING BY SWAIN HOOGERVORST 15 April – 8 May 2014

INSIDE OUT: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTING BY SWAIN HOOGERVORST 15 April – 8 May 2014

Swain Hoogervorst: Reflection 3 primaries plus white (2014); Oil on paper

Swain Hoogervorst: Reflection 3 primaries plus white (2014); Oil on paper

 

Swain Hoogervorst is one of a new generation of South African painters who are reinvigorating the technical meticulousness of classical oil painting in their explorations of the contemporary. Inside Out, an exhibition of Hoogervorst’s new work, uses the artist’s own photographs and found material to explore specific questions he has about painting.

Hoogervorst writes that: “Painting is a place of comfort, yet all the time uncomfortable. It can be completely liberating or extremely fearful. The studio is a retreat, a safe place of peace and quiet that does not require explanations; it can even be an excuse. At the same time it can become isolating, overwhelming, depressing and even be a cause for anti-social or 'abnormal' behaviour. Within this retreat I paint more retreats of my own. Places that I am drawn to, be it by their colour or the questions that brought me there; by the forms created through the interplay of light and shadow or even just the overall beauty of the image itself. I paint because this is the one way I know how to communicate my feelings about what I see and what I encounter.”

BIOGRAPHY

Swain Hoogervorst holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Vega (2010), and has previously worked with Andrew Putter’s The Sketch Assembly (2010). He currently works from Eastside Studios in Cape Town. In 2013 Hoogervorst was a finalist in the Absa Atelier Competition, and a participating artist at Schildersweek in Domburg, The Netherlands. His work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

 

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April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on flash!back(s): A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY JOHANN DU PLESSIS 15 April – 8 May 2014

flash!back(s): A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY JOHANN DU PLESSIS 15 April – 8 May 2014

Johann du Plessis - From the "flash!back(s)" series - 2012/2013 - UV cured inks on perspex

Johann du Plessis - From the "flash!back(s)" series - 2012/2013 - UV cured inks on perspex

 

The award winning artist Johann du Plessis looks back at 2012 and 2013 with a series of 30 new mixed media works in his latest solo exhibition, “flash!-back(s). Du Plessis, who began to recover last year from a long and arduous battle with cancer, utilises photographs taken en route to Cape Town from last year’s Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn. The process of integration of these images with other mediums such as collage and drawing was a reaction to newfound hope and dignity as the effects of radiation and chemotherapy on body and soul gradually started to fade.

Du Plessis reworked and manipulated his images into an arresting series of vertical and horizontal panels. It is less of a documentation of specific places, and more of a process of reflection through remembering (pictures) and re-enacting (drawing and collage) an emotive journey through time and space. Visually, the panels have a strong meditative quality which flows smoothly through fragmented landscapes. Du Plessis describes these works as “reflections of moments in time and space, allowing ideas to form meaning through different layers of reality”.

BIOGRAPHY

Johann Du Plessis is an artist, art educator and curator. A retrospective of his work recently travelled to the Sasol Museum in Stellenbosch, the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley and the gallery of the North West University in 2014 and 2014. His work is included in various public, corporate and private collections in South Africa and abroad.  Du Plessis has received numerous awards including being the overall winner at the FNB Art Competition (1987); a merit award at the 15th Grand Prix International d’Art Contemporain in Monaco, and finalists in the FNB Vita Art Now Award (1995) and the Brett Kebble Art Awards (2003).

 

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February 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Jo Voysey – Remedy – 3 March – 10 April 2014

Jo Voysey – Remedy – 3 March – 10 April 2014

In this exhibition Jo Voysey focuses on the expressive potential of medicinal remedies as a medium for painting. Her exploration is concentrated on aspects of the human relationship to animals in captivity, and stems from a relationship she had with a caged bear when she was living in Georgia, Eastern Europe, in 2011. Her time with the bear affected her profoundly, and prompted her to think more deeply about human relationships with animals and how they are expressed in contemporary art.

She started using medicine as her medium for painting many years ago. At that time, she was working with ideas of hurt, loss and healing that related to her experience of the sudden and traumatic deaths of her three uncles, who died in quick succession over a very short period. She wanted a medium that could function symbolically and formally, and that could evoke the human bodies that she did not want to depict naturalistically. Medicine offered to be the perfect medium that now continues to function analogically with loss and healing in her work. In this exhibition, she uses it to portray her encounter with another animal family: that of the bear.

The work speaks of the obscuring of boundaries between humans and animals. It reflects that the lives of the two are becoming increasingly intertwined, and the dividing line between what is distinguished as animal and what as human is becoming incredibly thin. In this instance, Voysey sees the ever-softening dividing line as a metaphor for our love for animals, as well as our contradictory ability to treat animals with disregard, or to simply abandon them.

 

Jo Voysey - Curious Creature - 2013

Jo Voysey - Curious Creature - 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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January 21, 2014 - Comments Off on Nicholas Esterhuizen – The Face of Cape Town – 3 March – 10 April 2014

Nicholas Esterhuizen – The Face of Cape Town – 3 March – 10 April 2014

With his new body of work, Nicholas Esterhuizen has spent the last year searching for the identity of Cape Town through the many faces of its inhabitants. Nicholas has endeavoured to weave together a picture of the multi faceted society of the city with over 30 portraits painted on linen. Painting each portrait from life he has tried to express the dialogue between the artist and sitter as well as to represent the colourful types common to the Mother City.

Baptism of Fire - Nicholas Esterhuizen

Baptism of Fire - Nicholas Esterhuizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 21, 2014 - Comments Off on Donovan Ward – Brutalised Barbie – 3 March – 10 April 2014

Donovan Ward – Brutalised Barbie – 3 March – 10 April 2014

The American corporation Mattel Inc. started producing the Barbie doll in 1959. Barbie, like many products marketed at children by corporations based in the highly industrialised economies, has become ubiquitous. There have been approximately 2000 different types of Barbie dolls with accessories designed, and although marketed globally at children, the toy is also collected by adults.

The image of Barbie that endures is of a white, all American, and blue eyed blonde. Barbie occupies a fantasy world and she is promoted as a lifestyle, and not just a toy.

 

The doll comes in various versions that include a Hawaii beach type Barbie, a beauty queen Barbie, fairy Barbie as well as a princess Barbie. Nowhere is she represented as a migrant worker, blue collar worker, an activist interested in social issues or for that matter unemployed. She and her accruements largely reflect a happy though vacuous lifestyle that seems to echo a commodity culture promoted by the mainstream media. Barbie and her adornments register the lifestyle and values of the privileged consumer and capitalism.

 

The reality of most of the world’s children is not reflected in Barbie‘s world. This body of work attempts to draw attention to some of their realities. Some live in war zones and occupied territories like Palestine and Afghanistan. Others live with the memories and trauma of the bombing of Baghdad and Gaza, or the aftereffects of Agent Orange and the killing fields of Cambodia, Vietnam and Rwanda. Millions of children also live in abject poverty and are often exposed to drugs, sexual abuse and violence; in addition to being exposed to toxic pollutants and its effects.

This body of work builds upon a series of Barbie dolls started started by Donovan Ward in 1995.

 

Donovan Ward - Gaza Barbie

Donovan Ward - Gaza Barbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

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