Archive: Issue No. 49, September 2001

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26.09.01 'Delight' - Rooftop exhibition at Wits
Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi at Spark!
'Manuscript 3' exhibition in two chapters
'Pro(test).1' - Pride art exhibition
'[Sample] EC' at the Gertrude Posel Gallery
Theatre photographers exhibition at the Market
19.09.01 Fashion meets art at the Standard Bank Gallery
19.09.01 TJ Lemon at the Bensusan Museum of Photography
12.09.01 'Incidental Landscapes' - Carl Becker at Carol Lee
12.09.01 '(to be) FRANK' - at Millennium II
12.09.01 Peter Schütz and Walter Oltmann at the Goodman
12.09.01 Isabel Thompson at the Goethe Institute and Alastair Findlay
12.09.01 International Design Education Exhibition at MuseumAfrica
12.09.01 Peter Eastman at Graphiti Gallery
05.09.01 Three printmakers at Art on Paper
05.09.01 Photography at the Little Louvre
28.08.01 Jurgen Schädeberg at PhotoZA

26.09.01 Nina Sederholm - 'Water' at the Millennium Gallery
19.09.01 Arts and crafts at the DED/GTZ offices
12.09.01 Cecile Heystek at Tina Skukan Gallery
12.09.01 'Land' - Group show at Unisa Gallery
28.08.01 Artists for Children in Distress at the Voortrekker Monument
21.08.01 Toni-Anne Ballenden at Millennium I
07.08.01 Art appreciation and discussion evenings at the Open Window


The invitation to 'Delight'

'Delight' - Rooftop exhibition at Wits

Third-year students from the Fine Art Department at Wits were set a challenge earlier this year - to curate, produce and publicise an exhibition from scratch. Working with the prerequisite that each work include an element of illumination, students have put together a diverse range of work from traditional media to video and installation on the roof of the Dental School - which is slowly being transformed into the New Wits School of Arts. It's a one-night-only event accompanied by edible treats and cool tunes from the Johannesburg Chamber Orchestra as well as some interventions from drama students. It's about light-hearted pleasure - and it's rooftop setting guarantees a breath of fresh air.

For more information contact Ntsebeng at the Fine Art Department on (011) 717 4620 or Hanli Becker on 083 212 1740.

October 5 from 7pm

Fine Art Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein

Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi

Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi

Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi at Spark!

In lieu of paintbrushes and paint, Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi uses an average of 5 000 plastic carrier bags and a heat gun to produce abstract and figurative canvases that have garnered him major international acclaim, the Artist In Residence honour at the 1998 Grahamstown festival and a first prize in the Mail & Guardian's Green Trust Awards. It's hard to believe, then, that this is his first South African solo exhibition.

His canvasses, he says, begin the moment he starts collecting plastic bags and plastic coverings, travelling from restaurant to restaurant, supermarket to supermarket, recycle bin to recycle bin to seek out as wide a range of interestingly coloured plastics as can be found. He feels his success lies in the fact that he is not simply creating images, but touches on environmental issues by, for example, involving children in his constant quest for materials. Tied into his work is a strategy of bringing an awareness of littering to the fore, and together with the Plastics Federation he has conducted workshops in plastics recycling.

In addition to an active exhibition schedule abroad, Buthelezi teaches at the African Institute of Art/Creative Youth Association at the Funda Centre.

Opening: October 3 at 6.30pm
Closing: October 14

Spark!, 10 Louis Road, Orchards
Tel: (011) 622 8297
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am till café-bar closes, Sun 10am - noon

'Manuscript 3' exhibition in two chapters

The third Manuscript exhibition, featuring contributions from visual artists, poets and writers, opens in two chapters at Art on Paper and the Boekehuis Melville on the same day. October 2 and 3 sees a manuscript-making workshop for children hosted by the facilitators which will be repeated on October 4 and 5. The ME3 artists host a similar workshop for adults on October 4 and 5. Booking must be confirmed by October 1 through Art on Paper ( or the Boekehuis (

Opening: September 29
Chapter 1 at Art on Paper at 2pm
Chapter 2 at Boekehuis at 3.30pm

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234

The Boekehuis, 34 Fawley Street, corner Lothbury Street, Auckland Park
Tel: (011) 482 3609

'Pro(test).1' - Pride art exhibition

For the first time in its 12-year history, Jo'burg Pride 2001 has pulled together some of the country's premier queer artists in a single exhibition at the Zone shopping mall in Rosebank. The venue aims to test the tolerance of mainstream suburbia, say organisers Victor Lakay and Carl Collison, which is probably a polite way of inferring a desire for a wee bit of controversy. "It's a proactive move in terms of establishing a stronger collective of queer art in our country. Our presence [in a suburban mall] is going to test the tolerance of ordinary heterosexuals going about their everyday business. And it's number one on a list of future events we have planned. We will definitely be putting on an exhibition worthy of Pride and all it stands for: visibility, creativity and strength in diversity." Exhibiting artists include Steven Cohen, Payne Phalane, Johannes Dreyer, Marc Kwa Bema Boone, Merwelene van der Merwe and Tracey Rose in a previously unseen performance. For more information, call Victor on 082 342 2903 or Carl on 082 599 3990.

Opening: September 24 at 4.30pm

The Zone @ Rosebank

[Sample] EC

The invitation to '[Sample] EC'

'[Sample] EC' at the Gertrude Posel Gallery

Fiona Rankin-Smith curates historical and contemporary work for this exhibition, which images the Eastern Cape from the 1830s to today.

Opening: September 20
Closing: October 26

Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
Tel: (011) 717 1363
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm

Theatre photographers exhibition at the Market

Currently on at the Market Theatre Galleries is an exhibition of photographs by seasoned theatre photographer Ruphin Coudyzer, from the very first productions of South African theatre classics Woza Albert, Asinamali, This is for Keeps, A Lesson from Aloes and others. Viewers are taken on a visual trip down memory lane with images of the very young John Kani, Vanessa Cooke, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Gcina Mhlope, Paul Slabolepszy, Sandra Prinsloo et al. The show is curated by PhotoZA gallery owner Michelle Rock.

Closing: September 28

Opening on September 30 at 2pm, theatre photographers Jon Hogg and Motlalefi Mahlabe show their work.

Fashion meets art at the Standard Bank Gallery

High art meets haute couture on the catwalk with a fashion production incorporating painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewellery and clothing presented by Boudoir Bustle in collaboration with Talking Beads. Exhibiting artists include Stephan and Helen Schrek, Henk Beekman, Peter Mthombeni, Helena Lategan, Elain van Staden, James Jansen van Vuuren, Cedric Peters and Ann Simmonds.

Opening: September 26 at 6.30pm

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 636 4231
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

TK Lemon

TK Lemon
'Oswenka' series
Black and white photograph

TJ Lemon at the Bensusan Museum of Photography

TJ Lemon, winner in the arts category at the World Press Photo Awards 2001 presents 'Oswenka', an exhibition of photographs featuring his photo essay on the Jeppe Hostel "swankers".

Opening: September 16 at 4pm
Closing: October 28

Bensusan Museum of Photography, MuseumAfrica, 121 Bree Street, Newtown
Tel: (011) 833 5624
Fax: (011) 833 5636
Hours: Tue - Sun 9am - 5pm

Carl Becker

Carl Becker
Oil on paper
40 x 50cm

'Incidental Landscapes' - Carl Becker at Carol Lee

'Incidental Landscapes' by Carl Becker is a collection of about 20 small-format oil on paper works, which will be exhibited for a limited period at art dealer Carol Lee's home. Becker says, "For the past few years, I have been trying to depict the social and psychic fabric of [Johannesburg] as landscape. As a teenager, I started looking at early 20th century South African painters, like Pierneef, Naude, Jentsch and so on. Their painting in turn was based on 19th century Impressionist and romantic European landscape. My question as a painter has been: to what extent are the methods and concerns of those painters applicable in South Africa today? I feel that this approach is very marginal, by the way, and incidental to the concerns of a lot of contemporary art." I wouldn't agree with this description as Becker's work offers interesting visual interpretations of Jozi that function more like narrative.

Opening: September 28 at 6pm

65 Galway Road, Parkview
Tel: (011) 486 0526
Viewing times: September 29 and 30, 10am - 5pm; October 1-3 by appointment

Clifford Charles, Samson Mnisi & Sandile Zulu

Clifford Charles, Samson Mnisi and Sandile Zulu

'(to be) FRANK' at Millennium II

Clifford Charles, Samson Mnisi and Sandile Zulu give us '(to be) FRANK', an exhibition and an ongoing initiative which will encourage local support for artists who work from studios like Cross Path Culture in Newtown, the Amakono Arts Centre in Florida and others across the country. 'FRANK', says Charles, "is about the embrace of divergent perspectives - partially caught in the stupor of confessional ecstasy - in an unguarded moment of openness".

The premise is to draw attention to artists who are generating important work in obscure locations. You know the scenario - local artists experiencing the schizophrenic lifestyle of foreign residencies and accolades in the international sphere while negotiating relative obscurity and adversity at home. Conceptualised by these three core artists in conjunction with the gallery, 'FRANK' serves as "a cultural metaphor, exposing art practice to the ambiguity and contingency of a local aesthetic unbounded by technical aspirations or specific art material".

Their informal, angst-free use of the common and materials at hand in service of a creative objective defines an aesthetic of innovation, which is at the core of this exhibition. This show, the gallery states, "will attempt to break free from the socialised neurosis of politics, race, gender, culture and class and the narcissistic seduction of a consumer reality".

Walkabout with the artists on September 22 at 11.30am

Opening: September 20 at 6.30pm
Closing: October 13

Millennium II, 19 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: (011) 880 5270
Hours: Tues - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

Walter Oltmann

Walter Oltmann
Spotted Beetle
Steel wire
113 x 95 x 11cm

Peter Schütz and Walter Oltmann at the Goodman

Walter Oltmann and Peter Schütz are the perfect two-person show pair - mini-legends who manage to marry finely tuned technique with conceptual gravitas and keep their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. 'Saints, Bugs and ??' promises to deliver the goods, with Standard Bank Young Artist 2001 winner Oltmann continuing his explorations into the domestic and the scientific with a collection of insects and floral pieces woven in wire. Schütz extends his collection of quirky incarnations of saints and dumbwaiter figures in brightly coloured carved wood. Rooted in Western religious art and colonial politics, the work recognises the reciprocal relationship of power and morality by bringing together icons of the sacred and the secular, with a nod and a wink to the gruesome - but holy - deaths of saints.

Opening: September 15 at noon
Closing: October 6

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788 1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4pm

Isabel Thompson

Isabel Thompson
Draai My Swaai My Bolmakiesie
220 x 90cm

Isabel Thompson at the Goethe Institute and Alastair Findlay

Isabel Thompson presents a collection of woodcut prints entitled 'Shukumisa' - "to shake" in Xhosa - at two galleries concurrently. The main show is at the Goethe Institute, with a sample of works at the Alastair Findlay Showcase in Parkview. The latter show closes at the end of September. Examples of the work can be viewed online at

Opening: September 14 at 6.30pm
Closing: October 17

Goethe Institute, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, off Newport Road, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 442 3232

Andrew Gill

Andrew Gill
Table manufactured from plastic waste

International Design Education Exhibition at MuseumAfrica

The fourth International Design Education Exhibition, running in conjunction with the eponymously titled conference and SA Design Week, features contemporary design under the following themes: 'Design and technology' (including designing with recycled materials); 'Design as a social tool' (including indigenous knowledge systems); 'Design as communication' (including social awareness campaigns); and 'Design and craft' (focusing on sustainable development and social upliftment).

A featured designer is Andrew Gill, who shows furniture manufactured from 100% post-consumer plastic waste recovered from the waste stream.

Go online at for more information.

Opening: September 10
Closing: September 30

MuseumAfrica, 121 Bree St, Newtown
Tel: (011) 833 5624
Fax: (011) 833 5636
Hours: Tues - Sun 9am - 5pm

Peter Eastman at Graphiti Gallery

Cape Town-based animator and artist Peter Eastman shows a collection of paintings throughout September.

Closing: September 29

Graphiti Gallery, 78 Fourth Avenue, Melville
Tel: (011) 726 6058/9
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat 9am - 12.30pm

Jacob Motsoane

Jacob Motsoane

Three printmakers at Art on Paper

Nhlanhla Xaba, Osiah Masekoameng and Jacob Motsoane have been working together for some time to promote the art of the original print as an accessible and affordable art form. As such, they are the perfect threesome to show at this gallery, which has a similar mission.

Xaba, who won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1996, has an admirable and passionate history of community involvement and education, reintroducing printmaking at Fuba Academy and Funda Community College and participating in outreach and AIDS awareness programmes through the Artist Proof Studio and Vaca High School. Osiah Masekoameng graduated from Fuba Academy in 1987, joining the Artist Proof Studio in 1995 and currently working there as the studio's master printer. He has conducted several educational workshops, has taken part in national and international collaborations and is also involved in the national AIDS awareness campaign. Jacob Motsoane, who works as Masekoameg's assistant at the studio, obtained a Fine Arts Certificate from the African Institute of Arts in 1994. He joined the studio in 1995. The group shows a selection of original prints.

Opening: September 8 at 3pm
Closing: September 27

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Bodies Movement Solitude

The invitation to 'Bodies Movement Solitude'

Photography at the Little Louvre

At a gallery whose name I can't seem to take seriously, artists Rob Mills, Conni Beaumont and Trevor Kobrin host an exhibition of photographic works that interrogate movement, solitude and the body. Mills shows a selection of images celebrating dance; Trevor Kobrin images solitary spaces in nature and Beaumont presents a study of light and the human form.

Opening: September 8 at 11.30am with guest speaker Bongi Dhlomo
Closing: September 29

The Little Louvre, 69 11th Street, Parkhurst
Tel: (011) 327 1384
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Jurgen Schadeberg

Jurgen Schadeberg
Looking up to a pop star, Johannesburg 1960

Jurgen Schädeberg at PhotoZA

Where Jurgen Schädeberg is concerned, time seems to be in a perpetual state of backwards flux - the older he gets, the more prolific he seems to become. This time he presents an exhibition of photographs at Johannesburg's only commercial space dedicated solely to photography. With shows across the globe during the past year, his spirit is truly astonishing.

Opening: September 2 at 6pm with guest speaker Justice Albie Sachs
Closing: October 5

PhotoZA, The Mews, Rosebank
Cell: 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)


Nina Sederholm

Nina Sederholm
Selected images from 'Water'

Nina Sederholm - 'Water' at the Millennium Gallery

Finnish photographer and book artist Nina Sederholm presents a photographic and multimedia exhibition with collaborators Mikko Hassinen (musician), Kirsi Kärnä (vocalist) and Elena Kordik (author). The exhibition is centred on the metaphoric, mythical and ecological possibilities and consequences of water, creation, growth and destruction being core elements.

Since the 1980s, Sederholm has worked in many different areas of her field - as a press and commercial photographer, independent artist, graphic designer, contest judge, lecturer, teacher and project consultant. Since 1993, she has exhibited her work in Europe and America, now dividing her time between Finland and the US. Presently she is working for the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland, as a project co-ordinator for 'Memory of the Photograph', a regional database of important photography collections, surveying the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and Russia.

In addition to the showing of these collaborative projects and publishing in many major photography journals and magazines, Sederholm has had solo exhibitions at the Gamla Kaplansgarden, Borga/Porvoo (Finland); House of Culture (Kulturhuset), Kautokeino (Norway); Finnish Institute, Oslo (Norway); Nordic Ministers' Cabinet, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Gallery Zebra, Karis (Finland). Her work has been included in group exhibitions in Finland at Photogallery Hippolyte, Helsinki; Victor Barsokevitsch-valokuvakeskus; Kuopio Art Gallery; Vaasa Art Museum and also at Photo Fair, Göthenburg (Sweden); the Ludwig Museum, Cologne (Germany); CPi, Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Stuart Levy Fine Art, New York.

Prior to her return to Finland, Sederholm will present several lectures and workshops at the Department of Photography, Technikon Pretoria. She will also visit several tertiary institutions for photographic and outreach initiatives.

Opening: September 30 at 5pm with guest speaker Her Excellency Kirsti Lintonen, Ambassador of Finland
Closing: October 17

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 460-8217
Fax: (012) 346-5552
Cell: 083 263 5842
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Arts and crafts at the DED/GTZ offices

The German Development Service (DED) and projects of the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ) present an exhibition featuring the work of Motshile wa Ntodi, Fanzile Masombuka, Lucas Bambo, Mimi van der Merwe and other artists from KZN and the Northern Province. Musicians from the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square Project will perform on the opening day.

Opening: September 25
Closing: October 25

Hatfield Gardens Block C, 333 Grosvenor Street, Hatfield
Tel: (012) 342 0181

Cecile Heystek

Cecile Heystek
Wild olive and found object

Cecile Heystek at Tina Skukan Gallery

Cecile Heystek, well-known for her technically sophisticated and playful carved wood pieces, shows a collection of new works that extend her oeuvre of "obscure ideas interpreted via accessible subject matter". Described as a "collection of suburban delights", her recent work reflects the individual in its endless search for identity in the shift from the traditional outward community living towards secluded suburban living. Much emphasis is placed on both the location and the appearance of our habitat. Heystek gives us her interpretation of objects and gadgets that mirrors personal taste and style - or reflects the absence of this.

Opening: September 23
Closing: October 18

Tina Skukan Gallery, Plot 6, Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Glen
Tel/fax: (012) 991 1733 (Thea Nigrini)

Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe
NADIR: Images of Dispossession and Conflict
Screenprinted offset lithograph
54 x 87cm

'Land' - Group show at Unisa Gallery

More than 30 artists are included in this large show, which incorporates various works from the Unisa collection, that interrogates the associations and politics of land. Some of South Africa's most established artists rub shoulders with lesser-known names in a show that will no doubt encompass a broad spectrum of production. Participating artists include Jo Ractliffe, Alan Crump, Mmakgabo Sebidi, Bob Cnoops, Clifford Charles, Clive van den Berg, Walter Meyer and Fikile Skosana.

Opening: September 6
Closing: October 26

Unisa Gallery, Theo van Wijk Building (Gold Fields entrance), Unisa
Tel: (012) 429 6255/6823
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30 pm or by appointment

Lad Kalonde

Lad Kalonde
Dire Distress, 2001

Artists for Children in Distress at the Voortrekker Monument Art Gallery

On Youth Day, June 16 this year, some 40 artists created original works in under four hours for an art marathon in aid of the Artists for Children in Distress project. Now the works are being sold and proceeds will go towards Destiny Child Care Action, an organisation involved in the rehabilitation of children suffering from drug and other forms of abuse.

Participating artists include Norman Catherine, Franci Cronjé, André Naudé, Diek Grobler, Reshada Crouse, Lad Kalonde, Tshwane Art Kids and Diane Victor.

Visit the show online at

Opening: September 4
Closing: September 30

Voortrekker Monument and Heritage Site Art Gallery
Tel: (012) 326 6770
Hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 5pm

Toni-Ann Ballenden

Toni-Ann Ballenden
Detail from 'Inside Outside the House'

Toni-Ann Ballenden at Millennium I

'Inside Outside the House' is a collection of "diary images" - painting, photography and drawings integrated with work done in art therapy. Artist Toni-Ann Ballenden studied art therapy at the Technikon Witwatersrand in 1998, and as a result of this experience feels she has "permission to 'play in art' like a child". Describing a body of work she admits is quite different to anything she has produced previously, she says: "I play on the canvas, I put white paint on with my fingers, I play some more, I scribble with crayons, making images which emerge from somewhere, I feel frustrated and scratch on the surface violently, I leave my studio. Later ... I heal the surface gently, touching lightly with more white paint and so the surface evolves, the story emerges in weird exaggerated truth."

There will be a walkabout on September 8 at 11am.

Opening: September 1 at noon with guest speaker Wilma Cruise

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 460 8217
Fax: (012) 346 5552
Cell: 083 263 5842
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Art appreciation and discussion evenings at the Open Window

The Open Window Art Gallery presents art appreciation classes by Dr Bertie du Plessis and discussion evenings with guest speakers on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9.30pm from August 8 to November 21 2001. The art appreciation course is for "beginners", and will be presented in an informal way with topics such as "The Impressionists", "Picasso", "Thomas Baines", "San Rock Art" and "Technology and Art". Guest speakers like Tim Mostert, Willem Boshoff, Kathryn Smith, Muffin Stevens and Amanda du Preez will lead the discussion evenings, initiating the discussion with a relevant "issue".

The cost of the art appreciation classes is R50 per class or R400 for eight classes. Discussion evenings cost R40 per person or R320 for the series. Prices include refreshments.

For bookings and more information, contact Elmien or Ilana during office hours at (012) 347 1740/3.

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347 1740
Fax: (012) 347 1710
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 2pm