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Archive: Issue No. 36, August 2000

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ISSUE NO. 36 AUG 2000

29.08.00 Mandla Mabila at the Bill Ainslie Gallery
29.08.00 'Everard Group Phenomenon' and ceramics by Yvette McGee at the Standard Bank
29.08.00 Gallery on the Square presents 'New Acquisitions'
15.08.00 Tracey Rose at the Goodman
01.08.00 Mark Dunlop's 'As Above So Below' at the Market Theatre Galleries
01.08.00 'Magic Moments' at the Johannesburg Civic Gallery
01.08.00 FNB Vita Awards 2000
01.08.00 'Deconstruction' Popular Culture Exhibition at Camouflage
01.08.00 Martienssen Prize Exhibition at the Gertrude Posel Gallery
01.08.00 Walkabouts at the Absa Gallery for the Atelier Award 2000
01.08.00 'Outpost': Contemporary art from Kwa-Zulu Natal for Pretoria
01.08.00 Jan van der Merwe's 'Bagged Baggage' at the Millennium Gallery
01.08.00 'Forgotten Spaces - Art from the Eastern Cape' at the Association of Arts, Pretoria
01.08.00 Frikkie Eksteen's 'Specimens' at the African Window


Mandla Mabila at the Bill Ainslie Gallery

Mandla Mabila, a young artist who is becoming increasingly respected as a painter of poignant and powerful autobiography, presents his first solo exhibition entitled 'Brushstrokes' at the Bill Ainslie Gallery. Currently studying for an MA(FA) at Wits University, he explores his childhood and adulthood through his experience of having polio as a child, and how this has affected his physical freedom. Elizabeth Delmont from the Department of Art History (Wits) will open the exhibition at 6 p.m.

August 29 - September 23

Bill Ainslie Gallery, 6 Eastworld Way, Saxonworld
Tel: (011) 4867658/9
Fax: (011) 4863194

Ruth Everard Haden

Ruth Everard Haden
Landscape in Natal
Oil on canvas

Yvette McGee

Yvette McGee
Plate detail
Handpainted ceramic

'Everard Group Phenomenon' and ceramics by Yvette McGee at the Standard Bank

Jill Addleson curates an exhibition by the Everard Group, a formidable posse of women painters who also dabbled in horseracing and flying Spitfire planes. They focussed predominantly on landscapes, especially around what is now Mpumalanga. The show hopes to insert the work of these women into the annals of South African art history as despite much research, and representation of many of their works in major public collections, there has never been a retrospective show dedicated to them. Showing simultaneously in the downstairs space is an exhibition of ceramics by Yvette McGee, who despite having been awarded numerous major commissions, has never shown before in a public space. The work will be shown alongside objects, gleaned from her studio environment, which inform her designs.

August 22 to September 30

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4.30pm; Sat 9am - 1p


Marc Chagall

Gallery on the Square presents 'New Acquisitions'

Trawling through the commercial galleries in Sandton Square often yields some astonishing surprises, from original Warhols, Lichtensteins and Rosenquists to this show. Etchings, lithographs, sculptures and ceramics by Marc Chagall, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Lynn Chadwick, Marino Marini, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella form part of the gallery's impressive new acquisitions for the serious buyers out there.

August 12 to September 8

Shop 32 Sandton Square, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandown, Sandton
Postal address: P.O. Box 1664, Rivonia, 2128
Tel: (011) 784 - 2847/8
Fax: (011) 784 - 2849
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

tracey rose

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose at the Goodman

Now this is an exhibition I've been anticipating since receiving the Goodman's exhibition schedule at the beginning of the year. Rose is a young artist with significant international kudos and work that is capable of leaving one breathless. Of the new work she plans to show at the Goodman, the video TKO, produced during a residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas earlier this year, has been highly praised for its unnerving take on gender, race, violence and aggression. In addition to video, Rose will also show photographic and silkscreen prints. And the pale (rose) pink invitation with the artist's name in an elegant cursive script, reminiscent of a Victorian lady's calling card, is suitably and perversely incongruent.

On the day of the opening, the extended gallery hours are from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

August 12 - September 2

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113


Opening scene at 'Deconstruction' at Camouflage

'Deconstruction' Popular Culture Exhibition at Camouflage

Camouflage steps down from a high-brow postcolonial niche to integrate and explore the impact of pop culture on art forms. Taking their cue from Andy Warhol and his embracing of mass media in the production of 'fine art', the exhibition offers an overview of disciplines like fashion and industrial design, film, music and advertising. The opening event features 'Fashion Deconstruction' by SB PROTECTION, graffiti art by Themba Malaza, afro-house and kwaito by DJ TS and a chill out space showing popular films. 'The Things I/We Need', an exhibition looking at popular design icons curated by Vincent Dawson, opens on August 3 and selected material from Bailey's African History Archive opens on August 23. A discussion/workshop on graffiti art in partnership with the MTN Art Institute, and selected Andy Warhol films are also scheduled to take place in this exhibition which will constantly change form to accommodate the spirit of this curatorial laboratory.

July 31 - September 3

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Camouflage Art.Culture.Politics nucleus johannesburg africa, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193
Tel: (011) 447 5461
Fax: (011) 447 0651

Mark Dunlop

Mark Dunlop

Mark Dunlop's 'As Above So Below' at the Market Theatre Galleries

Continuing the urban focus of the gallery's recent shows, Mark Dunlop states "I am interested in the textures of a city in a state of flux and my video and photographic pieces are mediums that best express this." Johannesburg's inner city has seen the influx of a new population since the apartheid period. Its previous inhabitants have, for the most part, moved to the periphery of middle-class suburbia. As such, the assumed power and voyeurism of the affluent citizens of Johannesburg perpetuates. Dunlop explores how people invest themselves in and identify themselves with the inner city, looking at a perceived ideological paradox between the urbanscape of Johannesburg and their physical interaction with it, through video monitor and site-specific text installations and sound and photographic works.

The exhibition opens at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday August 6.

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August 6 - September 2

Market Theatre Galleries, First floor, Market Theatre complex, corner Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown
Tel: (011) 832-1641

Martienssen Prize Exhibition

Invitation for the exhibition

Martienssen Prize Exhibition at the Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits

It's Martienssen Prize time again, where a student from the Fine Art Department of Wits University is awarded a prize for a work made independently of lecturing staff and formalised classes. Newly-appointed Chair of Art History, Professor David Bunn, will open the exhibition considered to be some sort of 'barometer' of future trends and promising artists.

The exhibition opens at 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday August 2.

August 2 - August 25

Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10a, to 4pm
Tel: (011) 716-3632

Magic Moments

Invitation image

'Magic Moments' at the Johannesburg Civic Gallery

To coincide with National Women's Day on August 9, artist Minnette Vari has curated an exhibition of works by both male and female artists that explore various aspects of the feminine. The show (thankfully) has been carefully constructed to avoid being pigeonholed as a 'theme' show. In the works chosen however, there is a definite emphasis on women's experience of a new era in history and her position in and relation to an ever-changing world. Artists exhibiting include Italian artist Daniel Buetti, Swiss video artist Mo Diener, Noritoshi Hirakawa from Korea, Zimbabwe's Yvonne Vera and South Africans Jan van der Merwe, Tracey Rose & Kathryn Smith. Again, the MTN Art Institute has put its money where its mouth is by supporting the show.

The exhibition opens at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday August 8.

August 8 - August 30

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JHB Civic Gallery, Civic Theatre, Loveday Street, Braamfontein
Tel: (011) 403-3408
Fax: (011) 403-3412

Brad Hammond

Brad Hammond

Walkabouts at the Absa Gallery for the Atelier Award 2000

Colbert Mashile, Natasha Christopher and Joni Brenner, three of the merit award winners, and Brad Hammond, the overall winner, will be available on August 3 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. to speak about their works and field questions. Bookings for the tour can be made with Taryn or Michelle at the ABSA Gallery on (011) 350 5139.

Although the artists will only be available for guided tours on 3 August, the exhibition is currently open to the public until August 14. Schools, technikons, colleges, universities and other interested parties are welcome.

For further information contact Taryn Millar on (011) 350 5139 or Cecile Loedolff on (011) 350 5793.

ABSA Gallery, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Terry Kurgan

Terry Kurgan
Family Matters 1999
Digital Prints
40 x 60cm

FNB Vita Awards 2000

This much-anticipated and sought after prize was won by Terry Kurgan. Nominated artists Hentie van der Merwe, Berni Searle, Terry Kurgan, and Claudette Schreuders present their entries at what is one of the finest Vita shows to date.

July 18 - September 2

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Sandton Civic Gallery, corner Rivonia Road and West Street, JHB
Tel: (011) 881-6431


'Outpost': Contemporary art from Kwa-Zulu Natal for Pretoria

KwaZulu Natal is sometimes affectionately, sometimes disparagingly, known as the 'last outpost' of the British Empire. Its administrative capital Pietermaritzburg, is still graced with statues of Queen Victoria, still has a street named after her majesty, and a gentlemen's club which not only takes its name from her, but also adopted the Union Jack as its club flag in order to be able to fly it outside their front door.

In this exhibition the term 'outpost' is used as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the legacy of KZN's colonial past. At the same time, it refers to, amongst other things, a more contemporary issue: isolation, or perceived isolation, from other centres. Situated between Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban, instead of occupying a central position on a visitor's journey, is often bypassed. Here, ironically, geographical centrality becomes practical peripherality.

Whilst by no means claiming full representation, this exhibition attempts to dispel myths regarding contemporary practice in this province. A small, selected show it endeavors to reveal alternative approaches. Most young artists are mobile and transgress boundaries easily, they bring a range of national and international ideas and approaches to the province. In doing so the 'outpost' becomes a frontier edge, able to examine its own boundaries, redefine conventions or inherited presumptions. Less binary readings of 'outpost' allow 'margin' to become a possible place of redefinition; a place of 'in-betweeness', a place of interchange, of 'here' and 'there', inside and outside, a place where old meets new and distinctions between things begin to blur.

Curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg and Virginia MacKenny, artists include Jeremy Wafer, Langa Magwa, Greg Streak, Lisa du Plessis, Kwezi Guhle, Michael McGarry, Seodin O'Sullivan, Clive Hardwick, CarolAnn-Gainer, Jaap Jacobs and Tito Zungu. 'Outpost' is a NSA Gallery project, and received funding from the KwaZuluNatal Province Arts and Culture Council.

Opening on Monday, September 4, at 7 p.m. Closing on 22 September 2000.

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays closed


Jan van der Merwe
Mixed media

Jan van der Merwe's 'Bagged Baggage' at the Millennium Gallery

Jan van der Merwe has gained increasing prominence on the local art scene since being included on the Portuguese leg of Fernando Alvim's 'Memorias Intimas Marcas'. He produces sculptures from found objects and materials, covering them in rusted tin and bitumen and incorporating video or computer technology as a series of anachronistic tableaux that are at once archeological and high tech. Other works recontextualise found objects through tar, lead, sand, sawdust and cement, referencing alchemical processes, and the importance of labour and process to transform. The exhibition will be opened by Willem Boshoff at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday August 22.

August 22 - September 13

The Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof,
Tel: (012) 46-8217

'Forgotten Spaces - Art from the Eastern Cape' at the Association of Arts, Pretoria

Twelve visual artists from the Eastern Cape present work engaging with a rarely-considered, but historically resonant geographical region in South Africa. The exhibition attempts to address the unspoken locations of physicality, psychological space, conceptual and spiritual realms. Ethna Frankenfeld confronts 'sin' and 'virtue' and the veils which conceal and reveal these in intaglio prints with low-relief elements. Amanda de Wet explores art as a mediation between conflict and resolution. Other exhibiting artists include Trevor Melville, Cleone Cull, David Jones, Jennifer Ord, Mark Wilby, Donald Woodhead, Graham Jones, James Reed, Andrietta Wentzel and Simone von den Bussche. Issues of otherness, validation, absence, mass media excess and rites of passage are explored in an exhibition that purports to give the viewer ' a momentary slice of the Eastern Cape's multi-layered cultural cake'.

August 14 to 31

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays closed

Frikkie Eksteen

Composite detail from Skinned, Gutted and Preserved

Frikkie Eksteen's 'Specimens' at the African Window

'Specimens' is a multimedia exhibition combining painting, video and graphics, presented as a cabinet of curiosities encountering a portrait gallery on a restoration bench. With what seems like a combination of forensic and archeological methods, Eksteen explores alternative ways of viewing and revealing hidden aspects of paintings. If nothing else, his technique will blow you away. Eksteen is a past prize winner at both the Kempton Park Tembisa and Sasol New Signatures art competitions.

African Window, 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 324 6082
Fax: (012) 328 5173
Gallery hours: Mon-Sun 8am - 4pm