Jane du Rand, Maurice Kahn and 'Geometric Modern' at the NSA
The NSA is staging three exhibitions: 'A Forest of Columns', an exhibition of mosaic sculptures by Jane du Rand; screen prints by Maurice Kahn; and 'Geometric Modern', an exhibition of Art Deco.
Jane du Rand is a qualified architect, who has been working with mosaics on numerous public and private commissions. Often commissioned by other architects she is interested in decoration as an integral part of the conception of a building. Du Rand has recently contributed to major public buildings and sites, including Melrose Arch in Johannesburg and the recent pilot project for the rejuvenation of West Street in the CBD of Durban.
For the exhibition at the NSA du Rand will be presenting twelve individually crafted columns. Describing the exhibition as a "forest" of columns, du Rand draws from diverse cultures; from the Tuscan Doric to the Dogon in Mali to the Egyptian, constructing each column referencing different histories and symbology.
Continuing with the architectural theme, in the Mezzanine Gallery, is an exhibition entitled 'Geometric Modern', a show of photographs and architectural drawings of Art Deco buildings. Organised to coincide with the Seventh World Congress on Art Deco in Cape Town (to be held from March 30 until April 3, 20030, the show highlights Durban's rich Art Deco heritage. In a recently completed study by students from the school of Architecture, Planning and Housing at the University of Natal eighty quality Art Deco buildings were identified within the city's precincts.
The Art Deco Congress is expected to generate international interest, with delegates from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom coming to South Africa. A post congress meeting (to be held in Durban) will be supported by daily lectures and site tours to local buildings, many of which are internationally recognised. Lectures will be held at the NBS Education Centre Botanic Gardens, Sydenham Road. For more information and the full schedule of the Art Deco programmes, please contact Jean Powell, President, Durban Art Deco (031) 266-3082 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Park Gallery printmaker Maurice Kahn will be exhibiting recently completed screen prints. Kahn lived in Durban from 1971 to 1976, during which time he taught at the University of Durban Westville and ran a private printmaking studio in Morningside. He emigrated in 1977 and since then has been a senior lecturer at the Bezazel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. This will be his third exhibition at the NSA Gallery following shows in 1978 and 1981.
Kahn's exhibition consists of a portfolio of three suites, The Origami Suite, The Ornithological - Ichthyological Suite and The West Ireland Experience Suite. While some of the works tell the tale of particular experiences, such as Kahn's 'diary' of his trip to West Ireland, all the works are characterised by layers of overprinted flat, dense and unmodulated colours - often a print will have up to 25 colours - engaged in formal play reflecting Kahn's earlier modernist training. Some works reveal a more humorous side of Kahn as evidenced in Flying Pig, Flying Fish and other Birds, Chocolate Chips and Barbels and other Fish.
Kahn currently teaches screen-printing courses at Bezazel and is involved in an intensive research project into environmentally friendly printmaking technology encouraging his students to use water-based screen printing inks. The exhibitions open with a special performance by Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre on Tuesday, March 18 at 6p.m.
Opens: March 18
Closes: April 6
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