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13.05.08 'Ready Made' at Kizo Art Gallery
11.05.08 Stephen Hobbs at Bank Gallery
11.05.08 Stephen Hobbs at the KZNSA Gallery
11.05.08 Dineo Bopape at the KZNSA Gallery
11.05.08 Johan Thom at the KZNSA Gallery
11.05.08 Leora Farber at the Durban Art Gallery
11.05.08 Jacintha Ellappa at Bean Bag Bohemia
11.05.08 'De-still' at Bean Bag Bohemia
11.05.08 Petros Ghebrehiwot at artSPACE durban
11.05.08 Steve Mandy at artSPACE durban
11.05.08 Kuben Pillay at African Art Centre

6.04.08 'Off the Wall 3' at artSPACE durban
6.04.08 Nelson Makamo at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Alison Kearney at the KZNSA Gallery
6.04.08 Themba Shibase at the DUT Art Gallery
6.04.08 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print Portfolio at DAG
6.04.08 'Intimate Confessions' at Kizo Gallery

2.03.08 'Recent Acquisitions' at the Durban Art Gallery

DURBAN

Bianca Baldi

Bianca Baldi
You
photograph: Sebastian Cherilaou

Ed Young

Ed Young
Me


'Ready Made' at Kizo Art Gallery

In line with Kizo Gallery's strategy of hosting socially and educationally inclined exhibitions, Kizo Curator Nathi Gumede has invited Cape Town writer and curator Bettina Malcomess to curate a show. She has responded with 'Ready Made' which includes some works and artists from her recent show 'Upstairs/Downstairs' at the AVA in Cape Town.

The show uses the idea of the art object itself as 'readymade' and explores how the art work's de-contextualisation and dis-placement in the gallery shifts its meaning, in much the same way that Duchamp's found objects change meaning when taken out of 'the everyday' and placed in the gallery. The show takes work already made out of the context of the artist's production, ouevre and style so that it cannot be interpreted in relationship to identity, cultural or social context and precedent. Much of the work has been chosen for the way that identity politics over-determines its interpretation, and the curation intends to question this fetishisation of 'identity' in contemporary South African art, whether it refers to sexuality, race and class, or the idea of the artist. The show sets itself the challenge of creating its own identity while playing with identity itself as a 'ready made'.

Exhibiting artists include Ed Young, Andrew Lamprecht, Nontobeko Ntombela, Bianca Baldi, Unathi Sigenu, Lizza Littlewort, Peter Jenks, Niklas Wittenburg, Dale Washkansky, Christian Nerf and Douglas Gimberg, Stuart Bird, Justin Brett, Margaret Stone, Linda Stupart, Lonwabo Kilani, and Charles Maggs. As Duchamp famously said, 'The artist of the future will merely have to point his finger and say this is art.'

Opens: May 29
Closes: June 15


 

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
High Voltage (installation detail) 2007
dimensions variable

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs Glass Camouflage 1995 - 2007
digital photograph
30 x 50cm

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
Glass Camouflage 1995 - 2007
digital photograph
30 x 50cm


Stephen Hobbs at Bank Gallery

Stephen Hobbs will re-constitute 'HighVoltage/LowVoltage', originally conceived for the former high voltage transformer room of the Wits Substation in Johannesburg, for Durban's Bank Gallery

This exhibition coincides with Hobbs' solo exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery. Both projects in Durban fall within Hobbs' broader concern with a dialogue between contemporary art practice and the urban conditions of South Africa's major city centres.

The new commercial space called The Mint will be launched at Bank Gallery at the opening on May 15

The artist will give a walkabout at 10am on Saturday May 17.

Opens: May 15
Closes: June 7


 

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
DarScaff 2002
archival pigment print on cotton rag
dimensions variable

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
D'urban 2007
archival pigment print on cotton rag
dimensions variable

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
Liquid Durban 2005
archival pigment print on cotton rag
dimensions variable

Stephen Hobbs

Stephen Hobbs
Study for the Monument to the Third International,
Karlskirche, Vienna 2007
archival pigment print on cotton rag
dimensions variable


Stephen Hobbs at the KZNSA Gallery

'D'urban' forms the second in a three-part trajectory of city-specific projects for Stephen Hobbs. The artist's work has predominantly been imbedded in urban investigations though the moving image and photography, and each of these projects presents an opportunity to explore, through sculpture and installation, the urban phenomena figured in his photographic work.

Hobbs' preoccupations with the visionary in architecture, the precariousness of construction, the city as contradiction, are explored through a range of mixed media sculptural and assemblage works.

Extending the conceptual and formal language of the works produced for 'HighVoltage/LowVoltage' at the Wits Substation (Johannesburg, 2007, the first in this three-part trajectory), Hobbs will present a new body of works responding specifically to the architectonic properties of the KZNSA Gallery.

Early on in his career, Hobbs recognised the need to produce and publish across the disciplines of artistic production, curatorial practice and cultural management. He graduated from Wits University with a BAFA(Hons) in 1994. He was curator of the Market Theatre Galleries (Johannesburg) from 1994 to 2000. In 2001, with Kathryn Smith and Marcus Neustetter he formed the artists' collective The Trinity Session. Since 2001, the Trinity Session has directed the purpose-built Gallery Premises at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, an artist-run space focusing on emerging artists' production and development. Together with Neustetter recent projects include digital discourse and design consultation for 'Africa Remix' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, 'Urbanet:Hillbrow/Dakar' for the University of Johannesburg Gallery and 'The Colour Line exhibition' at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

As a visual artist Hobbs draws on urban vocabularies of images and signs to point to the city's transformative spatial qualities. He has worked with video, photography, and installation to record and represent seemingly invisible data such as human interaction, meeting points and traces of flux in city spaces. Hobbs has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Europe and the USA.

Opens: May 13
Closes: June 8


 

Dineo Bopape

Dineo Bopape
From the Lovestrung series 2008
mixed media on paper
21 x 30cm

Dineo Bopape

Dineo Bopape
From the Lovestrung series 2008
mixed media on paper
21 x 30cm

Dineo Bopape

Dineo Bopape
From the Lovestrung series 2008
mixed media on paper
21 x 30cm


Dineo Bopape at the KZNSA Gallery

'Lovestrung' is an installation of new works on paper by Dineo Bopape. Produced in 2008 during her residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, the artist writes of this work that it is the result of 'post break up stress - drawings, personal anecdotes, notes, letters, questions and statements. They are angry, dreamy, playful, bitchy, quiet and loud. About desire, lust, anger, intimacy and fantasy'.

The texts in the drawings originate mainly from the song Love Strung by teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake: '"Those special lights seem to come from everywhere ... those special lights seem to cause a glare..." But some others originate from other songs and from my own personal lines. The stories in the drawings seemingly circulate within each other, each drawing referring to another, either in line, colour or text. The drawings are of lights, bubbles, bodies, transgender animals, and lights strung out across thin lines.'

Bopape graduated from the Durban University of Technology recently and has since shown on 'Cape' in 2007 and has just returmed from a stint in Amsterdam.

Opens: May 13
Closes: June 8


 

Johan Thom

Johan Thom
Come in Peace/Go to Pieces
performance held on February 2, 2008 at the Palazzo delle Papesse,
Sienna (Italy) as part of the group exhibition Giovanni Arte dal Sudafrica
(Photographic Credit: Colleen Alborough)

Johan Thom

Johan Thom
video still from Bind/Ontbind (series 1) 2002/3

Johan Thom

Johan Thom
video still from Terms of Endearment 2007


Johan Thom at the KZNSA Gallery

Following other seminal performances such as Theory of Gravity (2006) and Come in Peace/Go to Pieces (2008), Johan Thom once again appropriates from a variety of sources: the title of his new work Twilight (of the Idols) is a clear reference to Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche (1888). The physical action comprises that of the clenched fist, associated with so-called leftwing political groups but also, more generally, with anger, violence and frustration, and found materials such as ordinary washing detergent and black sump oil. These materials will be combined in order to create a ritualistic performance lasting approximately two hours in which a group of performers will repeat a series of actions with military precision.

The Bind/Ontbind (series 1) video installation, first presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale - as part of the exhibition 'Recycling the Future: Viverevenezia2' - is an extension of a sculptural process where Thom binds or wraps objects with rope, tape, plastic, etc. The artist writes that, 'For me, the work is a metaphor for the constant processes of decay and of regeneration, of affirmation and negation - for example, the way various identities and ideologies bind themselves to us. They may disfigure us, but whenever we attempt to replace them with new systems of thought we are in fact simply disfiguring ourselves anew: this is the void - our inability to exist without disfiguring ourselves and others through our limiting gaze.'

Thom (b 1976) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a BA Fine Arts degree (1999) from the University of Pretoria and a Master's Degree from the Tshwane University of Technology (2003, Cum Laude).

Opens: May 13
Closes: June 8


 

Leora Farber

Leora Farber
Aloerosa: Induction 2004-7
archival pigment printing on soft textured fine art paper

Leora Farber

Leora Farber
A Room of Her Own: Generation 2006 - 7
archival pigment printing on soft textured fine art paper


Leora Farber at the Durban Art Gallery

Produced by Leora Farber, in collaboration with the South African design team Strangelove, Carlo Gibson and Ziemek Pater, 'Dis-Location / Re-Location', is a travelling exhibition touring seven South African Museums from June 2007 to May 2008.

The premise of this multi-media, multi-disciplinary exhibition is how cultural identities are formed, re-defined and become 'hybridised', according to Farber. The body of artwork challenges common assumptions that exist regarding cultural purity - one such assumption being that identity is static. Debate around identity construction, an issue particularly relevant in contemporary South Africa - at a time when this society finds itself in a process of redefining and building a new integrated South Africa from the diverse amalgam of cultures that coexist here. 'This exploration extends into the questioning of what constitutes South African identity, in relation to South Africa's place within the post-colonial African continent,' says Farber.

These conceptual underpinnings are explored through Farber's interrogation of her Jewish immigrant cultural background, in relation to Bertha Guttman, the colonial English wife of immigrant entrepreneur and maverick personality Sammy Marks. The link between Farber's post-colonial experiences of living in South Africa with that of Guttman's colonial one provides a rich source for the exploration of her own identity. Farber says, 'Marks' immigrant status draws parallels with postcolonial concerns of diasporic, immigrant and migrant communities that form part of the broader Pan African, Polyglot South African society'.

Opens: May 15
Closes: July 27


 

Jacintha Ellappa

Jacintha Ellappa
Self portrait 2007
aari fabric, bitumen
120 x 30cm

Jacintha Ellappa

Jacintha Ellappa
Father 2007
clothing, oil paint, bitumen
120 x 30cm


Jacintha Ellappa at Bean Bag Bohemia

Jecintha Ellappa's paintings pay homage to her family and their complex Indian/Christian heritage. She paints onto family members' stretched garments in an attempt to capture her family's closeness and the intimate associations that exist between family members, particular garments they have worn and their identity.

Open: April 30
Closes: May 30


 


'De-still' at Bean Bag Bohemia

The work on 'De-Still' reflects moments and essences of grandeur and humility, drawing from both historic and cinematic narratives. Featured artists include Simmi Dullay, Raja Oshi, Hussien Salim, Joeaan Hoyer, Alistair Palmer, Colwyn Thomas, Devin Bauermeister, Moya Evans, Stuart Littler, Jacki Bruniquel and Henni Dreyer.

Open: April 30
Closes: May 30


 

Petros Ghebrehiwot

Petros Ghebrehiwot
At the Destination (detail)
oil on canvas
100 x 80cm


'Petros Ghebrehiwot at artSPACE durban

Eritrean-born artist Petros Ghebrehiwot's exhibition 'Crowd Power' deals with the strength of collaborative action and the behaviour of gathered people. His works focus on society's movement towards positive values reflecting the power of unity, sharing, communication, agreement and conflict management. Ghebrehiwot's interest in this concept was inspired by the Eritrean people's united resistance against oppression, which proved successful after a prolonged struggle.

Ghebrehiwot holds a MAFA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Opens: May 12
Closes: May 31


 

Steve Mandy

Steve Mandy
Untitled
oil on canvas
50 x 70cm


Steve Mandy at artSPACE durban

'Pre-Intervention' is an exhibition by Steve Mandy of human form focusing on mood and personality at a glance. Each image has been carved by pallet knife bearing the simplest strokes in mono colour. This exhibition is a natural whim untainted by the intervention of formal training. It aims to make the point that, without academic influence, an exhibition can still be an insightful and meaningful.


 

Kuben Pillay

Kuben Pillay
Harmony in Brown 2008
acrylic on cardboard
29 x 21cm

Kuben Pillay

Kuben Pillay
Autumn 2008
acrylic on cardboard
29 x 31cm


Kuben Pillay at the African Art Centre

An exhibition of paintings by Kuben Pillay opens at the African Art Centre on May 14. This show features small scale paintings of imagined landscapes.

Opens: May 14
Closes: May 30


 

Off The Wall

View of Main Gallery graffiti wall


'Off The Wall 3' at artSPACE durban

'Off The Wall 3' assembles artists from different genres of pop culture - cartoonists, graffiti artists, street artists, designers, fine artists, illustrators, musicians and poets - in a gallery environment. This year the theme for the exhibition is 'The Great Trek'. Participants are required to produce work based on themselves, their lives, culture, heritage, social standing and beliefs. Their work, a visual diary on a gallery wall, represents a melting pot of personalities, cultures and philosophies.

This third installment in the series at artSPACE durban has been curated by Ross Turpin and Tyron Love for the first time.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 10


 

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo
From the series Walking into a Light 2008
monoprint


Nelson Makamo at the KZNSA Gallery

Nelson Makamo was born in the town of Nylstroom (now Modimolle), Limpopo Province, 1982. After completing his Matric at Modimolle High School he worked on his own towards exhibitions in Modimolle, Waterberg and for the National Limpopo Art Exhibition. He joined the Artist Proof Studio in January 2003 where he received a Johnson and Johnson bursary and the Pinpointone Human Resources Scholarship. In 2005 he received his Certificate in Advanced Professional Printmaking and since then has worked full-time at the Artist Proof Studio.

Makamo exhibits regularly in group exhibitions, the most recent being 'Ten Years of Printmaking: David Krut Print Studio' (2006). In the same year he exhibited at the Gallery on the Square, in the Artist Proof Studio annual exhibition for artists and students. In 2005 he had his first solo exhibition at Obert Contemporary in Johannesburg. He has had several commissions for murals, and has recently completed 10 paintings commissioned for Lekas Lekalakala's Chambers. The artist writes, 'Currently my work reflects everyday life situations and observations of people that work in and around Johannesburg.'

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 9


 

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Put Something in to Take Something Out 2006
mixed media interactive artwork

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Put Something in to Take Something Out 2006
mixed media interactive artwork

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Make a Wish, Part One 2008
mixed media interactive artwork photograph: John Hodgekiss

Andrew Verster

Alison Kearney
Make a Wish, Part One 2008
mixed media interactive artwork photograph: John Hodgekiss


Alison Kearney at the KZNSA Gallery

This solo exhibition by Alison Kearney consists of selected works made between 2006 and 2008. Parts of the exhibition have been shown in Melbourne, Basel and Johannesburg but, it is the first time any of these will be seen in Durban.

Put Something In to Get Something Out is an interactive artwork that invites direct audience participation. The installation consists of a series of wooden boxes, each containing objects (found or made by the artist), arranged or selected according to a theme. Participants are invited to take an object out of the box if they replace this object with something of their own. To complete the exchange process, participants are asked to write about the items they swapped, and the reasons for their decisions.

The objects represent what people had in their handbags, or what they brought specifically to exchange. Part of the aim was to amass a collection of objects that the artist did not choose, and to engage with, and explore, these objects in a new series of works.

The documents of this process of exchange were exhibited as a 400 piece mind map at Kearney's most recent solo exhibition titled 'Offerings' at the Goodman Gallery last year Further, she used selected objects collected at the interactive art event to make a body of new work that responds to the objects people had given. In this way a dialogue was created between the different audiences and the artist.

Kearney is based in Johannesburg, and holds a BA and MA in Fine Arts, from the University of the Witwatersrand. Kearney has been the recipient of the Maude Catherine Bird Scholarship, the E.J.A. Loerincz Scholarship and the Standard Bank History of Art Award. In 2003 she was a finalist in the MTN New Contemporaries Art Award, in 2004 she was awarded an artist's residency in Switzerland, and in 2006 invited to be artist-in-residence at the 2006 'Next Wave' festival in Melbourne, Australia. Kearney has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 9


 

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Metropolis Chief 2005
mixed media on paper

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Pink Splash 2005
acrylic and oil on canvas

Themba Shibase

Themba Shibase
Untitled acrylic and oil on board


Themba Shibase at the DUT Art Gallery

As part of his Master's degree submission Themba Shibase will be showing a body of work produced over the past two years.

Shibase illustrates the city landscape, concentrating on the interpretation of modern culture, interrogating masculine stereotypes, politics and cultural practices. His recent series, Portraits of African Leaders, presents multiple readings on Africa's current political state. His portraits of these African 'heroes' begin to question the notion of authority in politics.

The exhibition will feature drawings and large scale paintings.

Opens: April 29
Closes: May 23


 


Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print Portfolio at the Durban Art Gallery

'The International Print Portfolio' represents an artistic commitment to the spirit and values espoused in the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The variety of national and international prints comprising the portfolio reflects an understanding of the values that are fundamental to human existence. They pertain not to any one country, but to the international community at large. It is exciting therefore, to see how artists from a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, spanning a wide geographic location, have used the vitality and expressive potential of printmaking, to examine the values pertaining to human rights in their countries.

South Africans featured in the portfolio include Jan Jordaan, Verdant Nanackchand, Faiza Galdhari and Helen Sebedi amongst others.

Opens: March 20
Closes: May 18


 


'Intimate Confessions' at Kizo Gallery

Kizo Art Gallery will host 'Intimate Confessions', an exhibition of various artworks of an erotic nature. Due to the nature of the artwork, this exhibition is restricted to those who are over 18. Whilst erotica has always been a subject that has been interpreted in art, it has mostly remained behind close doors.

The show includes paintings and sculptures. A private collector has agreed to exhibit a fascinating collection of almost 150 wooden pieces produced by two talented Zimbabwean sculptors (Zephaniah Chuma and Isaiah Manzini), which are sure to attract much attention. Nathi Gumede, curator of Kizo Gallery, has invited other artists to participate in this show.

KwaZulu Natal has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids infection in the world. This makes an exhibition of this nature very relevant to our province as it brings issues of intimacy and sex into a public domain for our communities to debate. The pandemic is also a national crisis and hence the exhibition includes artists who reside outside of KwaZulu Natal. Participants include:

Richard Scott, Gavin Rain, Vanessa Berlein, Anthony Holmes, Nontobeko Ntombela, Zephani Chuma, Isaiah Manzini, Amos Lesoalo, Lawrence Lemoana, Mary Sibande, Lerato Shadi and Marjorie Human.

Opens: April 22
Closes: May 4


 

Vulindlela Nyoni

Vulindlela Nyoni
Untitled from Seven Heads series
Charcoal drawing & silkscreen


Recent Acquisitions at the Durban Art Gallery

The Durban Art Gallery will be opening an exhibition of 'Recent Acquisitions' on March 20 in the circular gallery. As acquiring new artworks is one of the core functions of any art museum, this installation will feature all donations and acquisitions made over the last three years.

The DAG has an acquisitions committee made up of visual artists, educators and key representatives from the Durban art world who select according to a laid down DAG policy which considers conceptual, aesthetic, social, historical issues among others and how the particular work will fit into the existing collection. The DAG accepts donations and these are also vetted by the same committee with the same criteria.

The installation will show a variety of media, which include works by Langa Magwa, Johannes Phokela, Duke Ketye to name a few. Within the holdings is a growing collection of works around HIV/AIDS and included on the exhibition is a recent donation by Bernice Stott titled Femidoms and Traditional Herbs, which centres around women's choices through developments such as the femidom and the juxtaposition thereof against traditional medicine in women's health.

For more information contact gallery curator Jenny Stretton on (031) 3112262.

Opens: March 20
Closes: April 20


 
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