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Archive: Issue No. 43, March 2001

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20.03.01 Roger Ballen at the Goodman Gallery
20.03.01 Thembi Goniwe and Wendy Nanan at the Bag Factory
13.03.01 Absa Atelier 2001 competition entries to be on show
13.03.01 ' consciousness: A Changing Heritage'
13.03.01 'Places' at Bamboo in Melville
27.02.01 Wits staff at the Standard Bank Gallery
27.02.01 Bonnie Walters at the Goethe Institute
27.02.01 CrossPathCulture's Fringe exhibition at the Workers' Library
27.02.01 Paul Alberts Retrospective at the Bensusan Museum of Photography, MuseuMAfricA
27.03.01 Artists from the Western Cape at the Association of Arts, Pretoria
13.03.01 Absa Atelier regional showcase at the Association of Arts
06.03.01 'Framed' at the Open Window
06.03.01 Johann Moolman at the Millennium Gallery

Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen
Woman, man and dog, 1995


Roger Ballen at the Goodman Gallery

'Outland' is the title of Roger Ballen's new book and exhibition of photographs. No stranger to controversy, Ballen's previous book Platteland irked critics, artists and public alike with his often kitsch, voyeuristic images of disenfranchised rural whites. He would disagree about the kitsch voyeurism. Many of the criticisms had to do with how we expect documentry photography to function - is it 'truth', or is the 'truth' in the eye of the beholder, including the photographer? Ballen extends these questions into his latest body of work where his subjects begin to 'act' for him, "becoming characters in the artist's fictional mini-dramas". This may seem to deflect some of the questions surrounding Ballen's previously criticised problematic gaze, but still begs questions of informed consent in terms of the subject's awareness of where these images land up. Don't miss this show - his photography is always powerful and seductive, if nothing else.

There will be a preview day on the March 24 between 9.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. The opening of the exhibition and launch of the book will take place (unusually for the Goodman) on Sunday evening between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.

Opening: Sunday, March 25 at 6.00 pm
Closing: April 14

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. ; Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Thembi Goniwe

Thembi Goniwe working at the Bag Factory

Thembi Goniwe and Wendy Nanan at the Bag Factory

Thembi Goniwe snuck into Johannesburg in February this year and has been in residence at the Bag Factory ever since, along with Trinidadian artist Wendy Nanan. Goniwe has been producing work inspired by human traffic across public and private spaces, finding ways of interpreting stories heard. He says, "These visual narratives and traces emanate from exploration and experimentation with the unusual, using experiences and art materials that I found in such places..."

Wendy Nanan has been producing colourful sculptural works from the nylon bags used to pack vegetables and fruit, collected from street vendors, groceries and salvage companies: "Conceptually in these I have continued with former themes of time, the sacred and female sexuality. At the Bag Factory I have been able to work without distractions in the company of professionals in an environment which is similar to my own cultural heritage. The work feels like it has been thrown up from an explosion of self internalisation."

Opening: Tuesday, March 20 at 6.00 pm
Closing: March 24

The Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Newtown, JHB
Tel/ fax: (011) 834 9181

Brad Hammond

Last year's winner was Brad Hammond
Lotus in the Sea of Fire, 2001
Still from video installation

Absa Atelier 2001 competition entries to be on show

Each regional collection point for this year's Absa Atelier competition for young artists is having an exhibition of all works submitted for consideration. In Johannesburg, the selections for the final round of judging will be up at the downtown Absa Gallery, and the judging panel consists of Vusimuzi Khumalo, Karel Nel, Ian Redelinghuys and Cobus van Bosch.

If you would like to attend the opening of the exhibition, RSVP to Ronel Eckley on (011) 350 4245 before March 13.

Opening: Tuesday March 20, 5:30pm
Closing: April 07

ABSA Gallery, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Street, JHB
Tel: Julie MacLiam (Absa Media Relations) (011) 350-4588
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 3.30 pm

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Absa regional exhibitions

Works received for the Atelier competition in the regions will be displayed at the venues listed below. The works which have been selected for the final round of the competition will be announced on the dates mentioned below. Please contact Ronel Eckley on (011) 350-4245 for more details.

Port Elizabeth - 13 March (6pm)
Eastern Province Society of Fine Arts, 38 Bird Street.

Bellville - 14 March (6pm)
The Arts Association of Belville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street

Pietersburg - 14 March (lunch-time)
Pietersburg Art Museum, corner Schoeman & Jorissen Streets

Pretoria - 16 March (6pm)
Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, New Muckleneuk

Bloemfontein - 19 March (6pm)
Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, University of the Orange Free State, Sasol Library Building, University Campus

Johannesburg - 20 March (6 pm)
Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street

East London & Umtata - 28 March (6 pm)
Ann Brayant Gallery, 9 St Mark Street, East London

Durban - 2 April (6 pm)
Technikon Natal Gallery, Berea Campus, 1st Floor, Library Block, 51 Mansfield Road

Gladys Mgudlandlu

Gladys Mgudlandlu (1925 - 1979)
Landscape, 1962
Gouache on paper
77 x 76cm

Irma Stern

Irma Stern (1894 - 1966)
Woman with a Jug, 1949
Oil on board
83 x 73cm

' consciousness: A Changing Heritage'

The MTN Art Institute and Camouflage join forces to present this exhibition reflecting changing attitudes towards land and people in South Africa, using works from the MTN Art Collection spanning the twentieth century.

Anyone familiar with Clive van den Berg's landscape exhibition, 'Panoramas of Passage' of a few years back may find this an interesting counterpoint. The exhibition is divided into five broad groups: empty landscapes; inhabited landscapes; ethnographic portraits; exotic other and humanist portraits. By juxtaposing these conceptual constructs, the show hopes to open up assumptions about perception and representation, featuring a range of expression from 'objective' nature painting to romanticism, and socio-political realism.

Although one cannot plot changes in a strict chronological fashion, the selection of work visualises the changing discourses of race and place in South Africa, aiming to assert historical agency and humanity. ' consciousness' is curated by Ronel Kellner and Nessa Leibhammer. Walkabouts of the exhibition can be arranged

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Yvonne Muthien (MTN Group Executive: Corporate Affairs) on Saturday March 17 at 6.00 p.m. The show closes on April 21.

Opening: Saturday March 17, 6pm
Closing: April 21

Camouflage Art.Culture.Politics nucleus johannesburg africa, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193
Tel: (011) 447 5461
Fax: (011) 447 0651
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm ; Saturday and Sunday 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Walter Meyer

Walter Meyer
Hot Day, Kimberley, 1994
oil on canvas
80 x 100cm

'Places' at Bamboo in Melville

'Landscape' seems to be phrase du jour in Jo'burg. Above the sublime eaterie The Service Station in lower Melville, the lifestyle emporium provides space for short quarterly art exhibitions, organised by Carol Lee. The March show features the themes of city, town and landscape by artists including Walter Meyer, Simon Stone, Jacobus Kloppers, Daniel Mosako, Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Adriette Myburgh and Carl Becker.

Famous trekker Dennis Beckett will open the exhibition on Thursday March 22 at 6.30 p.m. The exhibition closes March 31.

Opening: Thursday, March 22, 6.30 pm
Closing: March 31

Upstairs at the Bamboo Centre, cnr 9th Street and Rustenburg Road, Melville

Jo Ractliffe

Exhibition invitation
by Jo Ractliffe
of views from 1 Jan Smuts Avenue- the address of the University.

Wits staff at the Standard Bank Gallery

Lecturers in the Fine Art department at the University of the Witwatersrand host an exhibition of their recent work titled 'No. 1 Jan Smuts Avenue'. Participating artists include Alan Crump, Clive van den Berg, Jo Ractliffe, Penny Siopis, Colin Richards, Karel Nel, Peter Schutz, Vincent Baloyi, Richard Penn, Walter Oltmann, Natasha Christopher, Joni Brenner and others, forming an impressive group of some of the more established contemporary talents. As Wits prepares to consolidate the departments of Art History, Fine Arts, Drama and Music into one school (the Wits School of Arts), this show serves to demonstrate the unique opportunities students have to work with active, practising artists with international clout. And despite past criticisms, the school does not manage to encourage a 'school style', as the recent student exhibition has shown - the range of interests amongst staff are too diverse to be easily categorised.

Opening: February 27
Closing: April 07

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, JHB
Tel: (011) 636-4231
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.; Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Bonnie Walters

Bonnie Walters
Girl in Yellow Dress
64 x 44 cm

Bonnie Walters at the Goethe Institute

Following up on a fairly active cultural programme (they just hosted a Fritz Lang mini film festival), the Goethe Institute hosts an exhibition of figurative drawings and monotypes by Bonnie Walters.

Closing: March 02

The Goethe Institute (German Cultural and Information Centre)
119 Jan Smuts Avenue, off Newport Road, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 442 3232

CrossPathCulture's Fringe exhibition at the Workers' Library

New arts organisation/collective CrossPathCulture present 'Fringe', an exhibition of work "created from" their launch exhibition 'Cross Overs', which showed material produced in workshops between international and local artists. It also includes 'Decoding the Image', an exhibition of photographs also produced as a result of a workshop process. Potentially interesting is work produced through their Art Assist program, in which young artists and interested youth, who received a small stipend for their involvement, worked alongside more experienced artists.

It is a bit of a mystery why they would re-present such similar work so soon. What I saw of the dispersed first show wasn't that impressive and I hope there's something new to look at.

Opening: February 25
Closing: March 18

Worker's Library, New Town precinct (opposite Electric Workshop)

Paul Alberts Retrospective at the Bensusan Museum of Photography, MuseuMAfricA

Don't miss this excellent exhibition of social documentary photography. Alberts' work is at once harrowing and seductive, using the device of the portrait to reveal and critique issues far beyond the frame. He has the enviable talent of speaking universally by paying keen attention to individualistic and particular details of dress and body language. And his technical proficiency is admirable.

Closing: April 01

MuseuMAfricA, 121 Bree St, Newtown, JHB
Tel: (011) 833-5624
Fax: (011) 833 5636
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m


Artists from the Western Cape at the Association of Arts, Pretoria

Continuing their 'art tours' of the countries, with shows from Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape already past, this exhibition features the work of Theo Kleynhans, Pat Perloff, Lionel Davis, Yu Chien Hsieh, Melany Liebich, Abraham le Roux, Narda Rubens, Jill Trappler, Selwyn Pekeur, Cobus van Bosch, Annelize Buys, Tiaan van Deventer, Peter Clarke, Robert Slingsby, Theo Vorster, Johan Coetzee, Brenda Berger, Katherine Bull and Conrad Theys, and is curated by Gavin du Plessis.

The exhibition closes April 12.

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

'Framed' at the Open Window

This is an exhibition comprised exclusively of drawings - the gallery has gathered a collection of artists including Norman Catherine, Wim Botha, Isolde Krams, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Helen Sebidi and Berco Wilsenach and others, and it should make for interesting viewing.

Opening: March 07, 7pm
Closing: March 24

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347-1740
Fax: (012) 347-1710
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. ; Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Johann Moolman

Johann Moolman
Mixed media

Johann Moolman at the Millennium Gallery

An exhibition that embraces and indulges in excavations into space, time and place through mythology, spirituality and 'man's progress', Moolman attempts to create experiential equivalents of space and time by trying to reinvent or reinstall a consciousness of the important of ritual and the symbolic.

The work was all produced in the town of Groot Marico, a place whose reputation precedes it thanks to the writing of Herman Charles Bosman. Moolman sees the relationship between his production, which involves stone, neon, metal, wood and other media, and the 'mythology', (or rather mystification) of the town as a manifestation of the dialogue between technology and the "primitive" (sic.).

Opening: March 6 at 7pm
Closing: March 31

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 460-8217
Fax: (012) 346-5552
Cell: 083 263 5842

Absa Atelier regional showcase at the Association of Arts

Like the one in Johannesburg, the Association of Arts presents the Pretoria submissions for a competition that seems to be steadily growing in stature and focus.

Opening: March 16, 6pm
Closing: March 20

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