artthrob artthrob

Archive: Issue No. 43, March 2001

Go to the current edition for SA art News, Reviews & Listings.


Cape Town
27.03.01 Walking the Street in Observatory
27.03.01 Lunchtime Lecture at Michaelis
27.03.01 The fine line between here and there at Bang the Gallery
27.03.01 Nigel Mullins at the Hänel
20.03.01 Mark Coetzee at the AVA
20.03.01 Art Night: Church Street Art and Antique Walk
20.03.01 Jeanette Unite opens at Bell-Roberts Comtemporary
13.03.01 John Hodgkiss at the Cold Room: 'Negative'
13.03.01 Hugo Slabber at the Chelsea
13.03.01 'Close Cropped' at CAP
13.03.01 Thupelo at the SANG
27.02.01 Tracey Rose at the South African National Gallery
27.02.01 Alan Alborough at the SANG
27.02.01 Anton Karstel at João Ferreira
27.02.01 Breyten Breytenbach at the AVA
27.02.01 Elsaby Laubscher at the Lipschitz Gallery
27.02.01 World Court of Women Against War, for Peace Conference
27.02.01 Body Language at The Sanlam Art Gallery
13.02.01 Cameron Jack at Dunkley Suites
06.02.01 Paco Rodriguez' Open Studio
06.02.01 'Sequence City' at the 3rd I Gallery
01.11.00 Hoerikwaggo- Images of Table Mountain at the SANG
20.03.01 Breytenbach and Winterbach
Port Elizabeth
27.02.01 Anton Brink shows at EPSAC
Nieu Bethesda
27.03.01 Zan Louw at the Ibis Centre



Walking the Street in Observatory

From Friday April 6 to Monday April 23, the shops of Lower Main Road, Observatory will open their window and interior space to artists. A total of about 70 artists have agreed to participate, promising to transform the street, shops and restaurants. A variety of performances will take place during the course of the festival, including theatrical productions, live music and even opera. Sculptures, photographs and paintings will be exhibited alongside environmental and site-specific works. Most of the participants are fairly new to audiences but better known artists such as Justin Anschütz, Andrew Putter, Morgan Riley and Guy Stubbs are also taking part. Others include Johan Hartogh, Andrew Phillips and Heather Tomlinson.

In a piece to be entitled Miss Otis Regrets She is Unable to Lunch Today, Mukunda Michael Dewil will look at "the nature of fast food, take away love and akward silence". On the windows of Panchos, speech bubbles will appear to relate to the conversation of diners inside the restaurant. All the waitrons there, and in other restaurants will wear badges reading "Hello, I'm �. And I'll be your illusion of control for this evening."

The event has been organised by Peter Wells of the Obz Café and is being curated by Katherine Daniels of the newly opened Klarity Art Gallery in Observatory's Lower Main Road. This is the first time 'Walking the Street' has taken place, but it is envisaged as an annual event which is set to grow in stature in the coming years.

Opening: Friday, April 06
Closing: April 23

Lower Main Road, Observatory

Lunchtime Lecture at Michaelis

This week's lecture is to be delivered by artist Anton Karstel who is currently holding a show at João Ferreira Fine Art entitled 'Extract'. This show sees him rendering 19th century archival photographs of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in fairly "traditional" oil paintings. Karstel claims to be rescuing such images from the obscurity of the archive. His work is not always executed in such traditional media and he has previously worked in both video and photography.

Karstel received his MFA from the University of Pretoria in 1995. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including the Johannesburg Biennale, Laager and has also held several one-person shows in Gauteng. His work is held in several corporate, civic and national collections.

See also Reviews

1 - 2pm, Wednesday March 28

Michaelis Lecture Theatre, Hiddingh Campus, 31 - 37 Upper Orange Street, Cape Town
Tel/Fax: (021) 480-7111/ 4

James Lamboune

James Lamboune

The fine line between here and there at Bang the Gallery

This group show investigates the line as symbol of separation, as a border between or as some sort of a connection. A diverse collection of artists explore and interpret this notion in a fairly extensive show. Participants include Nadya Glawé, Lené Tempelhoff, Veronika De Greef-Gabrielse, The Slightly Fabulous Baker Brothers and Alex Hamilton as well as James Lambourne who hails from Mallorca, Spain. Lambourne is an artist of some repute who has recently been approached the Guggenheim museums both in New York and Bilbao

Closing: March 30

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

Nigel Mullins

Nigel Mullins
Shows 'Hopeful Monstors'

Nigel Mullins at the Hänel

Nigel Mullins began the millennium by being nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Award for contemporary South African Art 2000. Later in the year he won a merit prize at the ABSA Atelier 2000 The work to be exhibited here, entitled 'Hopeful Monsters', includes his award-winning series of oil paintings 'An Aesthetic for Cruelty and Violence'. Mullins is known for his oil paintings which, while skilfully crafted, are invested with a manic energy. His large single-figure 'Superhumans' from 1999 have, through a set of anarchic mutations, become the single heads which comprise his new work. These have retained the complex juxtaposition of abstract and literal elements of his previous work. 'An Aesthetic for Cruelty and Violence' is a formally composed set of 42 paintings, rigorously created and sumptuously coloured. Each smaller piece within the whole is the setting for an act or acts of violence, either blatant or inferred. From the jewel-like brilliance of early Western altarpieces to contemporary starkness, there is a rhythm and a beauty which cleverly and clearly sets up a paradox of aesthetic and violence.

This, his second one-person exhibition at the H�nel, will be followed by shows at the Royal Overseas League premises in London and Edinburgh, as well as exhibitions in Germany. He will also participate in "Art Fair 2001" in Frankfurt.

Opening: April 01
Closing: May 31

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

Mark Coetzee

Mark Coetzee

Mark Coetzee
All Our Sons, 2000
Diapositive projection

Mark Coetzee at the AVA

Cape Town artist Mark Coetzee, currently director of the prestigious Rubell Collection of Contemporary Art in Miami, will be exhibiting a new body of work filling all three spaces at the AVA from March 26. Entitled 'All Our Sons', the exhibition consists of various diapositive projections filling the gallery spaces, to be darkened and closed by hanging fabric walls. Images will be back projected onto these walls, which will also serve to keep the public out of areas of the gallery: a metaphor for the often denied public voice of minorities.

'All Our Sons' deals with the names and categorizations imposed on same sex partners. It also looks at how these names, intended to insult and to victimize, have been usurped and assumed by gay individuals. The pejorative words the artist uses come from the four countries he has lived in, namely South Africa, France, England and the United States of America.

Coetzee developed the exhibition during a four month residency, funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa, at La Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Opening: Monday, March 26
Closing: April 14

     See Reviews

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

Art Night

A map of the area

Art Night: Church Street Art and Antique Walk

It's Art Night time again, that popular event when from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday March 26, the people of Cape Town will take to the streets in the Church Street area to look at art and antiques, enjoy eating in restaurants or on the street, and take in impromptu performances by street artists. In the heart of Cape Town's central business district, Church Street is a unique and very special part of the city, offering many attractions for locals and tourists alike, in the form of art galleries, antique shops, the country's only daily antique market, restaurants catering for a range of exotic tastes, and a variety of specialist outlets for silver, jewellery, antique hardware, dolls, Cape furniture, art deco and other generally enticing bric a brac.

This time, there will be music in the mall by the Gilbert Burkli Quartet, several new exhibition openings, including a solo show by Peanut Gallery owner, Gerard Cloete and a new exhibition by Mark Coetzee (see above). At the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet in Bree Street, visiting resident artist Paco Rodriques from New York will hold an open studio. And those are just some of the attractions.

Security guards will be employed to patrol the area and parking is available under cover in City Park and outside on Riebeeck Square.

All are welcome.

Monday, March 26 from 6 to 10 pm.

Enquiries: phone AVA on 424 7436 from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays.

Jeanette Unite

Jeanette Unite in her studio
with 'Sentences'

Jeanette Unite opens at Bell-Roberts Comtemporary


All Art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Oscar Wilde: preface to the picture of Dorian Grey

Well known Cape Town artist and teacher Jeanette Unite uses this interesting quote to introduce her latest exhibition, entitled 'Sentences'. Says Unite, 'The paintings and videos are a view into an internal window _ another real space - where I transform the building blocks of signs, symbols and their meaning through the handwriting of the painted mark into abstract forms and gestures.' The work for the show has been produced over the past two years in the artist's studio on the Valkenberg estate in Observatory, a garage in London, a diamond mine on the West Coast and in a beach house at Hangklip.

Unite teaches as well as makes art, and is currently involved with a community based project in Nyanga, where she teaches art to the teachers of Vukani Primary School.

Opening: March 20
Closing: April 21

     See Reviews

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

John Hodgkiss

John Hodgkiss
Mark (left) and Lamb (right)
Photographic image

John Hodgkiss at the Cold Room: 'Negative'

In 'Negative', John Hodgkiss "focuses on the photographic negative as an image in itself, as the template of the positive that we are commonly presented with, and further, almost as the interior to the exterior positive". The artist photographed existing x-rays, animal skulls, and red meat, choosing the skulls and the meat as being fundamental to the survival of the human species and the x-rays as being depictions of our interior structure.

Thus the animal skulls, ordinarily white, became black, the x-rays, usually transparent in the depiction of the bone matter, became solid, and the meat turned to its natural opposite in the colour spectrum, a cyan colour (turquoise blue). "In the x-rays I found very intimate portraits of ourselves, not clouded with perceptions of skin colour, creed or nationality."

Artist's website:

Opening: March 05
Closing: April 05

Cold Room, 143 Harrington St, Gardens
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10:30-3:30, Saturday 10:30-1:30
More info: Peter Badenhorst 083 253 8416 / (021) 462 5248

Hugo Slabber

Invitation image

Hugo Slabber at the Chelsea

Currently on at the Chelsea in Wynberg is a solo exhibition by Hugo Slabber entitled "Emergence". Slabber works in a number of different media including drawing, painting and sculpture.

Opening: March 12
Closing: April 07

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

Sara Schneckloth

Sara Schneckloth
Close Cropped

Brewster and Schneckloth inaugurate new CAP Gallery

The Community Arts Project has always played a vital role in the art life of Cape Town, and has now turned one of the rooms in the old church which provides a home for the Project into a gallery. The inaugural show is entitled 'Close Cropped', and consists of drawings and paintings by two artists who have been living in the city for some time - Sandra Brewster, from Canada, who served a six month internship with ArtThrob, and American artist Sara Schneckloth.

Images of figures and faces, tightly cropped and mounted, mark this exhibition. Brewster's large scale drawings in pastel and conte are assured, and use heavy modelling to give a strongly sculptural effect to her work. Schneckloth works on a much smaller scale, collaging drawings with areas of paint on squares of wood.

Closing: March 31

CAP Gallery, 106 Chapel Street @ Russell Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
Sara Schneckloth: 082 731 1365
Sandra Brewster: 082 510 1020
Email: Gallery hours: 9 am - 4 pm

Thupelo at the SANG

For one day only, Sunday March 18, the last day of a Thupelo workshop being held at the South African National Gallery, the participants will have their work up in a work-in-progress exhibition. A cross section of Cape Town artists are involved, and visitors are invited to view the work and talk to the artists.

Opening: March 18, 10am - 2pm

S.A. National Gallery Annexe, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465-1628
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
Span II, 1997
Installation view on 'Graft'
2nd Johannesburg Biennale
South African National Gallery

Tracey Rose at the South African National Gallery

Tracey Rose is the latest young artist to be participating in the National Gallery's residency programme 'Fresh'. Like Robin Rhode who was the last resident, she is currently enjoying a lot of attention both locally and internationally. Her work explores issues around race, sexuality and the female body. Rose's work was last seen in the National Gallery in 1999, when Sticks and Stones was projected as part of 'Video Views'. Previously she had produced a performance here for 'Graft', the show curated by Colin Richards for the Johannesburg Biennale in 1997. Naked, in a vitrine, she plaited and wove strands of her own recently shorn hair. Doing this Rose laid bare not only the inequity of women's labour in a male-dominated world, but a whole host of attitudes towards and pre-conceptions about women and their bodies. More recently she has engaged with new media such as video, producing a work for ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas. Entitled TKO (referring to the 'technical knockout' of a boxing match), it is shot with cameras placed inside a punching bag with the soundtrack of a woman's voice building to a crescendo with increasingly violent punches. During her residency, Rose will work with video and still photography. She will be available to the public at the National Gallery twice a week to discuss the work in progress at dates and times still to be confirmed.

This residency is part of a larger project entitled 'Fresh', which will see seven young South African artists participating in month-long residencies at the National Gallery. The programme is funded by the Stichting Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds through an award made to Marlene Dumas.

Screening: TKO will be screened at the SA National Gallery Annexe Hall on Thursday , March 15 at 1.05 p.m. The artist will be available to answer questions.

Lecture: Tracey Rose will give a lunchtime lecture on her work at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Orange Street on Wednesday, March 7 from 1 to 2 pm.

The artist will be available to the public at the National Gallery on Thursdays and Fridays between 12 and 2pm to discuss the work in progress (on March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16).

Opening February 19
Closing: March 17

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

Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
Standard Bank Young Artist Award Show
Mixed media
Installation view
Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein

Alan Alborough at the SANG

Alan Alborough's Standard Bank Young Artist Award show finally makes it to his hometown for this its penultimate showing. Although it has been a long wait, in a sense we are lucky in that the show has constantly been evolving since its opening in Grahamstown last year and is closest to what will be its final form, to be shown at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg later. Typically Alborough has still not said a word about the work, but viewer's comments and essays which have been commissioned for each of the show's incarnations are all on the website Essayists include Colin Richards, Juliet Leeb du Toit and Sue Williamson will provide a response to the Cape Town showing. The work has consistently confounded viewers who have battled not only to interpret it but even to describe it. Made almost entirely of pre-fabricated plastic elements and some intriguing electrical components, these have been arranged and configured into complex modular structures that have evoked an extraordinary range of comments. The work seems to engage with process as much as form and challenge a viewer who feels at loss because normal modes of interpretation find themselves unable to operate. Its form is wholly original and any comparison or reference reveals nothing about the work and stops our search for a fixed meaning or interpretation in its tracks. Some Western Cape viewers have had a glimpse of a related work in the show which Alborough produced in Stellenbosch late last year.

Alborough attained his undergraduate degree at Wits and went on to do his Master's at Goldsmith's College in London. His work is held in numerous private, public and corporate collections across the country. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sculpture in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Stellenbosch.

Opening 5.30pm, Wednesday March 7 by Marilyn Martin, Director of the SANG

Opening: Wednesday March 07, 5.30pm
Closing: April 08

     See Reviews

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

Anton Karstel

Anton Karstel
Main Street, Port Elizabeth

Anton Karstel at João Ferreira

In 'Extract', Karstel's first one-person show in Cape Town, the artist has taken as reference archived photographs of urban street scenes from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, mainly from the late 1900's. These are rendered in oils in an attempt to punctuate memory and induce empathy for a reality that has been filed into oblivion. The texture of the works suggests vitality and movement as if rendered by an artist present there at the turn of the century.

Karstel attained both his BA and MA in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. His work is held in several public collections, including that of the National Gallery, as well as a number of corporate collections.

Opening: March 07, 6pm
Closing: March 31

     See Reviews

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

Breyten Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach
an image from 'Dancing the Dog'

Breyten Breytenbach at the AVA

Born in Bonnievale in the Cape, in 1939, Breyten Breytenbach left South Africa in 1959 to settle in Paris where he lived until 1975. On returning here he was arrested on charges of terrorism and sentenced to nine years in prison. Upon his release, he went back to Paris where he continues to live, still dividing his time between Paris, Spain, the USA and South Africa. Originally better known here as a poet, playwright and author, Breytenbach held his first exhibition in the country of his birth in December 1993 at the AVA.

'Dancing the Dog: paintings and other pornographics' consists of 16 canvasses, 25 drawings and a number of graphics. The works employ his by now familiar combination of text and image. In this new work, though, the visual aspect of the paintings is stronger with less focus on words than before. The images he employs, such as birds, flying horses, bound fish, free-floating heads, bearded faces, hats of all kinds and shoes are also familiar from earlier work.

Despite his relatively infrequent local exhibitions, Breytenbach continues to pursue an active schedule of international shows in Europe, the UK, the States, Sweden and Hong Kong amongst other places. Likewise, he continues to publish extensive writings in both Afrikaans and English, for which he has won many prizes and awards over the years.

Opening: Monday March 05, 6pm
Closing: March 24

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

Elsaby Laubscher

Elsaby Laubscher
Quo Vadis
Installation detail
Mixed media

Elsaby Laubscher at the Lipschitz Gallery

This show of new work by Elsaby Laubscher is entitled 'Do we hear them cry?'. The work reflects Laubscher's concerns about our society, which, she states, is killing the soul of humanity. In a wide variety of media, including resin casts, paint and paper, she investigates the increasing crime and violence that has become endemic, affecting us to such an extent that we have all become the victims in a ruthless, cruel society.

0pening 6pm, Sunday March 4, by Constitutional Court Judge Richard Goldstone.

Opening: Sunday March 04, 6pm
Closing: March 31

Lipschitz Gallery, 138-140 Buitengragt Street
Tel: (021) 422-0280
Fax: (021) 422-0281
E-mail: or
Gallery hours: Mon - Thu 8.30am - 5pm, Fri 8.30am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson
Truth Games
Mixed media

World Court of Women Against War, for Peace Conference

This international event over four days includes discussions, testimonies and a vigil exploring the effects of war, struggle, poverty and globalisation on women around the world. The programme, over several venues, aims to raise awareness and respond to these issues and to involve the broader public in the concerns of the court. A number of artists will participate in the events.

Exhibition 1:

'Lines of Violation, Comfort Women Survivors' is a light and sound installation produced by British artist Andrew Ward. The work includes drawings of the hands of "Comfort women" survivors from Taiwan, Korea, and the Philippines with recordings of their voices telling their stories. "Comfort women", as they were called, were victimized as sex slaves by the Japanese forces during World War II. The sensitive drawings of their hands portray the story of their lives and their voices tell of their experiences as victims 50 years ago and of their hopes and aspirations as aged women today who have attempted to regain their honour and dignity through their campaign for justice.

Opening: Friday March 02, 5.30pm Closing: March 30

District Six Museum, 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 461-8745 for reservations or 083 953-3062 for more info
Gallery hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 4pm

Exhibition 2:

'Testimony Through Art: A Quilt Exhibition in Conjunction with The World Court of Women Against War, for Peace' brings together the quilting and weaving of women who have survived and resisted war and armed conflict situations, incorporating photographs, quilts, tapestries, paintings, drawings, poetry and narrative. It has been co-ordinated by Roland Freeman, President of The Group for Cultural Documentation Inc., Washington DC, in conjunction with the Asian Women's Human Rights Council, Bangalore, India.

Opening: Saturday March 03, 7pm Closing: April 14

The William Fehr Collection
The Castle, Darling Street, Cape Town
Tel: 469-1160/ 462-3751
Gallery hours: Mon - Sat 9.30am to 4pm.

Exhibition 3:

The World Court of Women Against War, for Peace will be heard through the voices and visions of 30 women sharing their personal testimonies of violence and resistance. Testimonies will look at wars of the twentieth century, the wars against women as well as the changing faces of wars. Participants come from countries including The Phillipines, Bosnia, India, Vietnam, Iraq, Cambodia, Algeria, Rwanda, East Timor, Mexico, Japan, Cuba, The Netherlands, Brazil, Hawaii, Jordan, Egypt, Ghana and Pakistan.

No less than 3 000 people are expected to attend one of the events at which testimony will be given in the Oliver Tambo Centre in Khatelitsha. Here, Berni Searle will hang large scale digital prints of photographs of her own, stained body, in a reference to the endemic violence agains women.

Opening: Thursday, March 08 (International Women's Day)
From 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Oliver Tambo Centre, Mew Way, Khayelitsha

Exhibition 4:

In two rooms at The Granary, where a number of discussions have been scheduled, Sue Williamson will be showing her 'Truth Games' series, focusing on the pieces dealing with issues particularly pertinent to women. Taking as their starting point this country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, these works ponder the difficulty in establishing and claiming the truth about events which took place during the struggle against Apartheid. She will also show works from her new series 'From the Inside'.

Opening: March 02
Closing: March 11

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

For more information about the full programme email:

J.H. Pierneef

J.H. Pierneef
Nude 1934
Charcoal on paper

Body Language at The Sanlam Art Gallery

The Sanlam Art Gallery will be presenting an exhibition entitled 'Body Language'. Drawn from the Sanlam Art Collection the exhibition features works by both well established and emerging artists who take the human body as the subject of their work. The long standing tradition of painting or drawing the female nude is represented in this exhibition by works by Pierneef, Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser and Emily Fern. More metaphorical and symbolic uses of the body can be seen in the work of younger artists such as Diane Victor, Hanneke Benade and Christine Dixie.

Guided tours of the exhibition and of the Sanlam Art Collection can be arranged with the curator Stefan Hundt. Tel: (021) 947-3359

Opening: February 26
Closing: April 12

Sanlam Art Gallery, 2 Strand Road, Bellville
Tel: (021) 947-3165
Fax: (021) 947-3838
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4.45pm

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: Friday February 16, 5pm
Closing: March 30

Dunkley Suites, Dunkley House, 32 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: 083 315-2759

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

Invitation image

'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.

Invitation: Carol Kaufmann, curator at the S.A. National Gallery and President of the Bead Society of Southern Africa, will share her immense knowledge of the history and influence of beadwork on art and fashion through the ages, at a talk at the 3rd i Gallery on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Sundowners will be served and admission is free.

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

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

     See Reviews

     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


Breytenbach and Winterbach

The University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery has a brief exhibition - for less than a week - coming up, entitled 'Woordfees' featuring two extraordinarily creative individuals who both write books and make art. The artists/authors in question are Breyten Breytenbach, whose exhibition at the AVA in Cape Town will have just closed, and Ingrid Winterbach. Opening March 26 at 7 p.m.

Opening: March 27
Closing: April 01

The University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Cnr Dorp & Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524 or 8083489

Anton Brink

Anton Brink Colony 200
Mixed media
!Xoe2 Off Site


Anton Brink shows at EPSAC

Anton Brink, most recently seen nationally on the !Xoe On and Off-Site exhibitons organised through the Ibis Art centre of Nieu Bethesda, is showing paintings and drawings made in the past ten years in 'X' at the EPSAC Gallery. Brink uses a wide range of styles and techniques, sometimes within a single work, to communicate dreams, thoughts and meditations about the experience of living. The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday 27 February at 7:00pm by Heidi Kühne.

Opening: Tuesday, February 27, 7pm

Epsac Art Gallery, 36 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth
Tel: (041) 585-3641 or 082 865 2699

Zan Louw

Zan Louw

Zan Louw

Zan Louw
Mixed media


Zan Louw at the Ibis Centre

"One day, looking at an Easter card that I had made for my parents about 30 years ago, I decided that I would love to have an Easter show". Following a bizarre sequence of coincidences involving street names, ostriches, Easter eggs, and even the birth of a child and the passing of a friend, artist Zan Louw has prepared an exhibition for the Ibis Art Centre called 'Easter in the Karoo'.

Louw uses the connectedness of these events to explore a range of topics of particular and personal importance to her. Amidst the glitter and glitz of mixed media constructions in splintered glass and sparkling sweet wrappers are sober reflections on love, religion and death. Many aspects of the exhibition are joyous and celebratory, however, including a remembrance of the late Koos Malgas, sculptor of the cement figures at the Owl house: "Last year when I visited Nieu-Bethesda to finalise details for my exhibition I was feeling depressed and unmotivated. But Koos' enthusiasm to make a huge Easter bunny for me lifted my spirits", says Louw.

The exhibition of woodcuts, photographs and assemblages would make an excellent detour for those headed for the Klein Karoo Kunstefees.

Opens March 31 at 7 p.m. with a slide presentation of 10 Outsider Art environments visited by Zan Louw. Belly dancing and street performances are threatened by the artists' friends for Good Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.

Opening: March 31, 7pm
Closing: April 17

Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda 6286
Tel /fax: (049) 8411623