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Archive: Issue No. 42, February 2001

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Cape Town
13.02.01 Cameron Jack at Dunkley Suites
13.02.01 Heart Felt at The Foundry
06.02.01 Justine Mahoney at Bell-Roberts Contemporary
06.02.01 Isolde Krams and Matthew Haresnape at the AVA
06.02.01 Paco Rodriguez' Open Studio
06.02.01 'Sequence City' at the 3rd I Gallery
30.01.01 Stefan Blom at the Hänel
30.01.01 Natasja de Wet at the Chelsea Gallery
30.01.01 Craig Foster at Bang the Gallery
30.01.01 Brent Meistre's show extended
23.01.01 'Juncture' at the Granary
09.01.01 Anna-Trix Zgraggen at the Cape Gallery
09.01.01 Important Historical Exhibition for the Michaelis Collection
28.11.00 Broad selection of work at João Ferreira
01.11.00 Hoerikwaggo- Images of Table Mountain at the SANG
20.02.01 Dialoog/ Dialogue at the University of Stellenbosch Museum
06.02.01 Dina Belluigi: Master's Exhibition

Cameron Jack

Cameron Jack
Invitation image


Cameron Jack at Dunkley Suites

'Polarities' is the title given to this painting show by Cameron Jack. The work has been produced over a period of more than two years in New York and more recently here in Cape Town. Jack lived and studied in New York at the Parsons School of Design and some of this work was made then and afterwards when he taught in the North Bronx and Spanish Harlem. The show takes place in the building where Jack has had a studio since his arrival in Cape Town last year.

Opening 5pm, Friday February 16

February 16 - March 30

Dunkley Suites, Dunkley House, 32 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: 083 315-2759


Invitation image

Heart Felt at The Foundry

The South African Red Cross Society and Grinaker Property Development, in association with the AVA, have put together this exhibition by a selection of well known South African artists. Each artist has created work on a standard format and of a standard material. These will be for sale by "silent" auction with 90% of proceeds going to the South African Red Cross Society and the rest to the AVA's Artreach Fund. The show also serves to launch the second phase of the development of The Foundry complex which houses, amongst other things, the Design Museum.

The auction takes place from 5.30 - 7pm on Wednesday February 14.

February 14 - February 28

The Foyer, The Foundry, Ebenezer Road, Greenpoint
Tel: (021) 418-6640
Fax: (021) 423-3135

Justine Mahoney

Justine Mahoney

Justine Mahoney at Bell-Roberts Contemporary

'Wallflower' is the name given by Justine Mahoney to her first one-person show in Cape Town. Work of hers was recently seen at the 'Cast' show of work in bronze in Simonstown and on 'Emergency' which took place last year at the Bell-Roberts. Mahoney examines the romanticised life of a white girl growing up in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg during the 70s and 80s. She describes this home environment, oblivious to the political turmoil which characterised this period, as a safe place but also one where we are free to "perform our most intimate, barbaric, animal-like, civilised, fleshy, languorous, obscene or idiosyncratic acts". Her exquisitely crafted works, in a wide variety of media, exhibit a veneer of flawlessness beneath which lurks something a little more disturbing.

Opening: Tuesday February 13, 6.30pm
Closing: March 17

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Bell-Roberts Contemporary, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422-1100
Fax: (021) 423-3135
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Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Isolde Krams

Isolde Krams
Miss World 2001
rubber latex, pigment & hair

Matthew Haresnape

Matthew Haresnape
Male Cast 1 2000
36 X 28 X 9cm

Isolde Krams and Matthew Haresnape at the AVA

Isolde Krams was born in Germany, 1961. She grew up and studied in South Africa and finished her MAFA at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She has exhibited extensively in South Africa and has also shown in Namibia, France, the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, and Sweden. This will be her second one-person exhibition in Cape Town following a show she held at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in 1999.

'Orb' is the title given to the installation Krams will be exhibiting. Her signature small latex animal and human figures and use of large quantities of salt reveal this as an extension of the work she has produced over the last three years. Through her use of various symbols and images and the evocative qualities of her materials and processes, Krams explores her interest in environmental issues. One of her small figures has been enlarged to life-size, and on opening night this figure will be the source of a soundtrack which has been jointly composed by James Webb and Tracey Murinik. Eventually Krams intends to produce 10 such figures that will partake in a kind of opera. Krams' work is held in several public collections, including the South African National Gallery and the Gencor collection.

Matthew Haresnape studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art where he majored in sculpture. He held his first one-person in 1998 at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet. Haresnape's show is entitled 'Working the Seam' which refers as much to mining as it does to sewing but also to the process of bronze casting which he has employed to produce this body of work. By flaunting the evidence thereof, Haresnape makes little attempt to disguise the fact that these casts were made from two-part moulds. He intends, in this way, to make a viewer aware of the 'cast' nature of the individual work. Haresnape has worked, to some extent, from models, but has modified the poses and gestures of each figurative piece to explore various emotional issues.

Upstairs on the ArtStrip, newcomer to the Cape Town art scene, Dorothee von der Osten holds a show of paintings entitled 'Art on Driftwood'.

Opening: Monday February 12, 6pm
Closing: March 03

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AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424-7436
Fax: (021) 423-2637
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Gallery hours: Tue - Fri, 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Paco Rodriguez

Paco Rodriguez
Work in progress

Paco Rodriguez' Open Studio

Paco Rodriguez is an American artist currently partaking in an exchange programme and is working in the larger of the two spaces which comprise the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet. While Coetzee is away in Miami, the spaces will be used to host visiting artists who wish to work while they are here. Rodriguez' work was seen by local audiences during the Church Street Art Walk when he produced a large cornucopia-like wreath from fruits and foliage which snaked its way from the Cabinet, down the stairs and onto the street. Rodriguez has for some time been investigating issues around food, its consumption, preparation and the decorative use of images thereof. His studio is full of fascinating objects, works in progress as well as a vast array of collected materials and it is well worth a visit, if not only for a lively, stimulating discussion with the artist about his working methods.

Rodriguez opens his studio to the public each Friday from noon.

Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, 120 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 4241667 / 4236708
Fax: (021) 423-6709

Sequence City

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'Sequence City' at the 3rd I Gallery

Kathryn Leone is a textile design student at the Cape Technikon and Steve Browell studies Industrial Design there. Together they have put together a show of beadwork and photography which they have called 'Sequence City'. Contemporary beadwork is rare enough, to see it offset by digitally manipulated photographs will really be most unusual.

Opening: Thursday February 15, 7pm
Closing: April 06

3rdi Gallery, 95 Upper Waterkant St (crnr Buitengracht), Cape Town
Tel: (021) 4252266
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm; Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm

Stefan Blom

Stefan Blom
Mixed media on paper
122 x 86 cm

Stefan Blom at the Hänel

A video piece which depicts an illegal fight between two pitbulls is the central focus on a show of recent work by Stefan Blom to open soon at the H�nel. The video sensationalises one incident of man's inhumanity to other living creatures, and one is led to ponder on the everyday choices made by the owners of these dogs, at whose expense this bravado is expressed. Besides the video, Blom's exhibition includes a body of new paintings dealing with similar themes and images.

Opening: Sunday February 04, 6pm
Closing: March 24

Hänel Gallery, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-1406
Fax: (021) 423-5277
Gallery hours: Tue - Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm.

Natasja de Wet

Natasja de Wet

Natasja de Wet at the Chelsea Gallery

'Facing Reality' is Natasja de Wet's first one-person exhibition. In a series of gestural and expressive paintings de Wet examines the issues attending a relationship between two individual people. Her painting documents the process of growth which finally allows trust to develop sufficiently in a relationship with an intimate partner.

Opening by Judith Mason at 6.30pm on Tuesday February 6

Opening: Tuesday February 06, 6:30pm
Closing: February 28

The Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg, Cape Town
Tel: ( 021) 761-6805
Fax: ( 021) 761-6805
Gallery hours: Tue - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Sat 9.30 am to 1pm

Craig Foster

Craig Foster
Colour photograph
48.5cm x 58cm
From his recent show 'Earthmarks'

Craig Foster at Bang the Gallery

Drawing on the rich and vast storehouse of Stone Age art in South Africa, Craig Foster creates temporary installations in the landscape. These installations are then photographed or otherwise documented and, alongside his own rock engravings, exhibited as this body of work entitled 'Land Lines'. Foster's work draws as much on Stone Age rock art as it does on more recent work in the landscape and is similarly often characterised by the use of simple geometrical and formal elements. His previous shows, also at Bang, were well received and his documentation of the relationship between humans and the land is both unusual and evocative. Foster and his brother Damon were directors of 'The Great Dance' which played to great critical acclaim both here and abroad. Some footage taken during preparation for the full-length movie has provided Foster with material for a 30 minute video piece he describes as "experimental".

Opening: Sunday February 4, 6pm
Closing: March 02

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Brent Meistre's show extended

This show, which functions also as the opening exhibition of the new 'Cold Room Gallery', is entitled 'Rode'. Meistre completed his Masters degree at Rhodes University last year, where he was a student of the very well known Obie Oberholzer. His photographs were taken of small sections of road surfaces all around the country, picking up details like road kill, blackened skid marks, and the junk food trash so carelessly tossed out of car windows. The work gives us an alternative view of our country, and deals with journeying in the twenty/ twenty-first century, memory and mobility, and the South African masculine identity.

The exhibition has been extended until February 26

Closing: February 26

The Cold Room Gallery, 143 Harrington Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Harold Offeh

Harold Offeh
Video still

Erika Tan

A detail of the Erika Tan installation which will be part of 'Junctures'.

'Juncture' at the Granary

'Juncture', the title of this group show, is defined as a "joining; place where things join; a concurrence of events; a state of affairs". It is co-curated by Robyn Denny and Francis Goodman, and as well as their work, it includes work by Don Bury, Moshekwa Langa, Harold Offeh, Ben Pruskin, Robin Rhode, Berni Searle and Erika Tan. These nine artists represent a diverse collection of practice, positioning, and politics. The central commonality within this variation, is the investigation into notions of identity made by each artist within their own specific context. Particular emphasis is given to the gendered body, racial myths, personal phobias and urban youth culture.

Don Bury (Canada) is showing a video installation which re-frames segments of films from cherished popular culture such as 'Top Gun' and 'The Sound of Music' which have been re-edited through a homoeroticised lens. Robyn Denny (South Africa) will show a four-screen video installation, which encloses the viewer in an exploration of the female body consumed by the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Frances Goodman, (South Africa) has created a disturbing sound installation, which explores the terrain of phobia and discomfort at the traces left by bodily contact. Moshekwa Langa (South Africa) has been commissioned to make an installation, which will map and trace a terrain in a ceaseless desire to explore the anonymity of urban sprawl. Harold Offeh (Ghana, Britain) will show a video that exposes physiological distortions, which recall historical and current racialised myths. The camera is used as a tool to manipulate the spectators' perceptions. Ben Pruskin (Britain) deals with the glamorisation of sex and violence in popular fiction. His multi-monitored video installation takes a semiotic form to work subliminally on the viewer. Robin Rhode (South Africa) will present a performance at the opening. He explores rough Johannesburg street life and its Nike/Television generation through performance. Documentation of this will be projected for the duration of the show. Bernie Searle (South Africa) has been commissioned to make a photographic work dealing with her preoccupation with using her body as a ground for transformation through the use of dyes and spices. Erika Tan (Singapore, Britain) will construct a sculptural/sound installation, which works on the viewer in a visceral manner. Her work explores the cross-cultural phenomena of exportation/exploitation.

The notion of the exhibition as a meeting place/crossroads of cultural expression at a particular point in time is addressed. This theme is further explored as the exhibition moves from Cape Town to London where it will show at Studio Voltaire. It seeks to instigate a debate on the repositioning of South African artists within an international context and to facilitate a creative dialogue between Cape Town and London. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue, including a critical essay by Jacqui Nolte as well as a statement by each artist.

Robin Rhode's performance at the opening is entitled Black Noise and includes members of the Cape Town Hip Hop crew of the same name. The artists are conducting a walkabout of the show for the public on Friday February 9 and Saturday February 10, both at 12 noon.

Opening: Wednesday February 07, 6pm
Closing: Saturday February 24

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The Granary, 11 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Tel: 083 694-5385
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm See Reviews

Anna-Trix Zgraggen

Anna-Trix Zgraggen
Free-Styling Africa

Anna-Trix Zgraggen at the Cape Gallery

Swiss-born Anna-Trix Zgraggen exhibits this project which she has entitled 'Free styling Africa'. Arising from her recent travels through South Africa and Namibia, the works reflect the diverse culture and terrain of these regions. Bright polycentric designs on canvas negotiate the area between art and functional object in this celebration of diversity and playfulness. The paintings are accompanied by photographic documentation of her travels by Brett Alyward.

Opening: Sunday January 28, 4:30pm
Closing: February 27

The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel/ fax: (021) 423-5309
Website: Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat 9.30 -1.30

Pieter Coecke van Aelst

Pieter Coecke van Aelst

Important Historical Exhibition for the Michaelis Collection

Entitled 'Retable Re-United' this significant and unusual exhibition presents a reconstruction of an altarpiece originally created by Antwerp Renaissance artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Constituent pieces of the work have been found in collections in Lisbon, Berlin, Maastricht, Trier and Cape Town. South African Airways together with the Museum Simeonstift in Trier and the Bonnefanten Museum, whose Chief Curator, Drs. Rik van Wegen will present an introduction to the display on the opening evening, have made this exhibition possible.

Opening: Wednesday January 17
Closing: March 15

Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Tel: (021) 424-6367
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
From '26 Acts of Balance'

Broad selection of work at João Ferreira

João Ferreira is showing a collection of work by a variety of artists. Although some has been seen before, there is fresh work which will receive a first showing. Dorothee Kreutzfeldt has sent down some new paintings from Johannesburg, which will hang alongside work by William Kentridge, Stephen Inggs and Justin Anschütz.

Opening: December 06
Closing: Febuary 28

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136

Fredrika van der Merwe

Fredrika van der Merwe
Inversion of Progression
Video Still

Hoerikwaggo- Images of Table Mountain at the SANG

Comprising a diverse collection of images and objects from the collections of Iziko- Museums of Cape Town, this exhibition explores the very familiar icon of Table Mountain. Travel pictures and maps from the 17th and 18th Centuries will be shown alongside more recent landscape paintings and other articles. The exhibition has apparently taken a lot of organisation and arrangement and will remain on show for a long time. Considering that this was one of the reasons we won't be seeing Steve McQueen's Turner Award winning show in Cape Town, it ought to be something special.

Opening: November 25
Closing: April 01

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     See Artthrob No 40 for a review of the catalogue

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465-1628
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Strijdom van der Merwe

A piece by land artist Strijdom van der Merwe


New Acquisitions 200 at the US Art Gallery

Artists Lenie Harley, Regine Kr�ger, Titia Ballot, Strijdom van der Merwe, Zhan� Warren and Christina Bryer will be exhibiting works produced from collaborative projects with specialists in other disciplines including Geology, Music and Philosophy.

Opening 6pm, February 21

February 21 - March 13

US Art Gallery (cnr Dorp & Bird Street, Stellenbosch)

Dina Belluigi

Dina Belluigi


Dina Belluigi: Master's Exhibition

Dina Zoe Belluigi will be showing work prepared for her Masters of Fine Art degree in an exhibition entitled "Mneme" which opens on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 pm. The works are an exploration into private, family photographs from albums dating from the late 1960's to the early 1990's. The project is executed in a number of varied mediums - primarily of paintings and photographs of found snapshots, which deal with the nature of myth and memory in South Africa, as well as the photograph as a certificate of lost time and flawed social document.

Opening: February 09
Closing: March 03

Rhodes University Department of Fine Art, Somerset Street, Grahamstown