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CAPE TOWN
12.12.01 Odd Enjinears at the Bijou
12.12.01 'Krishna Smiles - Flowers Bloom' at Bang the Gallery
12.12.01 Tenth Art Salon at the Bay Hotel
12.12.01 Karen Stewart - 'Renunciation' at Rafiki's
12.12.01 David Brown at the Everard Read Gallery
12.12.01 Hylton Nel retrospective at UCT Irma Stern Museum
12.12.01 Lee-Ann Heath and Xandre at Wembley Road Studios
12.12.01 Janet Ranson at Greatmore Studios
05.12.01 'Homeport' at the V&A Waterfront
05.12.01 Frances Sanders at João Ferreira Fine Art
05.12.01 James Webb and Gabby Raaff at the Museum of Temporary Art
28.11.01 Annual Michaelis exhibition and auction
28.11.01 Tracy Payne - 'Flashback' at João Ferreira Fine Art
28.11.01 'Corpus' at the Arts Association of Bellville
28.11.01 Louis Jansen van Vuuren at the AVA
28.11.01 'Under the Southern Cross' at the Chelsea Gallery
28.11.01 'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery
28.11.01 Judith Moir Loewenthal at DC Art
21.11.01 'Hero' - Brett Murray at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
21.11.01 'In Transit' at the Cold Room
14.11.01 'Chafe' by Mark Wilby at the South African Museum
07.11.01 Shany van den Berg and Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery
19.09.01 'Birds of a Feather' at the SA National Gallery

STELLENBOSCH
05.12.01 'Robert Hodgins: 50 Years A Painter' at the Sasol Art Museum
05.12.01 Vivian van der Merwe at the US Art Gallery

NIEU BETHESDA
28.11.01 Antoinette du Plessis and Karin Preller at the Ibis Art Centre
CAPE TOWN

Odd Enjinears

Invitation to Odd Enjinears at the Bijou


Odd Enjinears at the Bijou

Based in Cape Town, the Odd Enjinears describe themselves as an "African laboratory for unusual site-specific theatre". Their work, usually presented as performance, combines various artistic disciplines, objects, materials, sound and movement in a unique engagement with the unconventional sites and contexts they choose for their productions. Fabulously conceived machines, unconventional music devices and instruments, and a challenge to the conventional relationship between site, performance and audience characterise their work which is at once enchanting and unsettling. True to the nature of their process, their proposed performance is not yet realised and they are currently based at the venue, familiarising themselves with the gutted interior, heavy machinery and latent energy of the Blacksmith Forge. The Odd Enjinears comprise Mark O'Donovan, Geert Jonkers, Simon Dunckley, Jutta Holzapfel, Mzwandile Nhlangothi, Harry Kentratos and Debra Prior. Having seen their production Hoopie Le in Oudtshoorn last year, I certainly won't be missing this.

Shows take place at 9pm on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and January 4 and 5. Tickets are R40.

Blacksmith Forge, Bijou theatre, 178 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Tel: 082 820 8475 (Mark O'Donovan)
Email: oddenj@mweb.co.za




'Krishna Smiles - Flowers Bloom' at Bang the Gallery

Mukunda Michael Dewil, Norman O'Flynn and Christopher Slack produced a series of work for 'YDETAG' at the National Gallery. Now they have expanded their engagement with the world of advertising and commerce to include a number of other artists including Charl Grabe, Alex Hamilton, Sydney Scallon and spraycan artist Mantis. The opening will feature a performance by Riche & Angie, Douglas Wilson, Vlam and Croc c Moses.

Saturday December 15 at 6pm

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Email: alexh@bangthegallery.co.za
Website: www.bangthegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa
Single Mother
Paint and collage on digital print


Tenth Art Salon at the Bay Hotel

Curated by art consultant Rose Korber, the Art Salon is an annual summer event at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town. This year there will be paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics by more than 75 leading and emergent contemporary South African artists. These include William Kentrdige, Norman Catherine, Sam Nhlengethwa, Willie Bester, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Deborah Bell, Nina Romm, Francine Scialom-Greenblatt, Xolile Mtakatya, John Kramer, Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Walter Oltmann.

This year 10% of all sales will be donated this year to Street Universe, an organisation dedicated to the constructive rehabilitation of street children in Cape Town.

Opening: Thursday December 13
Closing: December 27

The Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Tel: (021) 438 9152 or 083 261 1173
Email: roskorb@icon.co.za
Hours: 10am - 9pm


Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart
Afro Goddess


Karen Stewart - 'Renunciation' at Rafiki's

Karen Stewart is a young artist whose work addresses issues around the body-politic imposed on woman's self image by "magazine culture". In her painting she explores the fears and fascinations of her own changing body. The work takes women's bodies out of the realm of desirable objects into that of the potently sexual seeker, adventurer and discoverer, which Stewart considers very important issues in a society where women are largely disempowered.

Stewart graduated with a BAFA from Wits and this is her second solo show.

Opening: Wednesday December 12 at 8pm with Jane Rademeyer doing interactive voice-overs to DJ James McLaughlin's easy beats
Closing: December 26

Rafiki's, bottom of Kloof Nek Road
Email: karen@vanilla.co.za


David Brown

David Brown
Made in Hong Kong II
Wood and mixed media
230 x 74 x 100cm


David Brown at the Everard Read Gallery

Last chance department: Until Thursday December 13 only, you have the opportunity to see new work made by well-known Cape Town sculptor David Brown over the past few years. Departing from the large bronze tableaux of thuggish characters on which he built his reputation, Brown has made a whole suite of pieces which refer to his own personal history against a background of the apartheid years. A wonderfully crafted wooden truck has odd items of painted metal, photographs and found objects with diverse references under the hood and in the back, and on the walls of the gallery hang rows of what might be called memory boxes. Still hardly intimate, these steel-framed, glass-fronted receptacles are the repository for photographs, objects, text, fragments of the bronze faces of yesteryear's work and much more.

Closing: Thursday December 13

Everard Read 'Summer Exhibition', Clocktower Precinct, V&A Waterfront
Tel: (021) 418 4527
Email: ctgallery@everard.co.za


Hylton Nel

Hylton Nel
Cat Lady
2000
Double vase


Hylton Nel retrospective at UCT Irma Stern Museum

The retrospective of ceramicist Hylton Nel, curated for the Grahamstown festival by the King George VI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, is touring the country and touches down in Cape Town at the Irma Stern. Nel's work is known for its paradoxes, seemingly naive and crude yet simultaneously witty and knowledgeable. It assimilates many ceramic traditions, particularly those of the ancient Chinese, with masterful sophistication.

Opening: December 11
Closing: January 31

UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank
Tel: (021) 685 5686
Fax: (021) 686 7550
Email: bpettit@protem.uct.ac.za
Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm


Lee-Ann Heath and Xandre

The invitation


Lee-Ann Heath and Xandre at Wembley Road Studios

"From my mind's eye I survey each canvas as a landscape where I can explore colour, texture and contrasts of form," says Lee-Ann Heath of her oil paintings. Xandre shows photographs, writing: "It is a simple reproduction of frustrating self sensation, creating a body of images that are amplified by the human gesture ..."

Opening: December 19 at 6pm

Unit 2, Wembley Road Studios, Wembley Road, Gardens




Janet Ranson at Greatmore Studios

'Materialising' is the title of Cape Town artist Janet Ranson's exhibition at Greatmore Studios. The opening coincides with an end-of-year party with drinks, music and poetry.

Opening: December 12 at 6pm

Greatmore Studios, 47 Greatmore Street, Woodstock
Tel: (021) 447 9699
Email: artmore@mweb.co.za


Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound, one of legendary Cape Town tattooist Jimmy Adams's drawings - part of a work for 'Homeport' by Andrew Putter, Natasha Becker, Jimmy Adams and Clive Miller


'Homeport' at the V&A Waterfront

Initiated by a Rotterdam-based group called Cell, 'Homeport' is the last in a series of six events which have taken place in port cities around the world. Forming part of Rotterdam's celebration as the cultural capital of Europe this year, the project started in Havana and went on to Rotterdam, Shanghai, Mumbai and Jakarta before reaching here. The festival took a variety of forms in its various venues, and in Cape Town, where Public Eye is co-ordinating the event, 16 visual artists have been asked to make largely text-based work which considers the harbour's role in the economic and cultural life of Cape Town and South Africa.

The artists, who are working with elements such as flags, codes and messages and in a vast range of media, are Doreen Southwood, Vuyisa Nyamende (a recent Michaelis graduate), Malcolm Payne, Alan Alborough, Warrick Sony, Roderick Sauls, James Webb, Randolph Hartzenberg, Jean Brundrit, Bridget Baker, William Hewett, Peet Pienaar, John Nankin, Barend de Wet, Andrew Putter and Natasha Becker.

The event starts at 2pm with a cash bar, the Navy Band and free water taxis taking viewers to the various sites around the waterfront and docks. The event is being hosted by the Maritime Museum. A free catalogue is being produced which will be available from the museum.

See News for full story.

Opening: Saturday December 8 at 2pm
Closing: January 15

V&A Waterfront, adjacent to the Maritime Museum, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 448 1087
Email: bobman@iafrica.com


Frances Sanders

Frances Sanders


Frances Sanders at João Ferreira Fine Art

Frances Sanders graduated from Michaelis at the end of last year, where her works drew much attention at the final-year show. Painted in bright, smooth, saturated paint, Sanders presents whimsical line drawings and images which are seductive to the eye.

Opening: Thursday December 13 at 6pm
Closing: January 9

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: (021) 423 2136
Email: info@artjoao.co.za
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm


James Webb and Gabby Raaff

James Webb and Gabby Raaff
Know Thy Worth
2001


James Webb and Gabby Raaff at the Museum of Temporary Art

Know Thy Worth, a light/text sculpture created by James Webb and Gabby Raaff for 'YDETAG' at the National Gallery, is relocated to the Museum of Temporary Art in Observatory. The work plays on the sign at the entrance to the oracle of Delphi, "Know thy self".

Closing: January 2002

Museum of Temporary Art, 39 Trill Road, Observatory
Tel: (021) 448 9990


Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon


Annual Michaelis exhibition and auction

Michaelis graduates and postgraduates exhibit their work on campus annually, and this year proceedings will be started off with an audio-visual presentation and an address by the director of the school. In addition, there will be an auction of works by both graduates and staff, with profits going to the bursary and material fund for needy students.

The auction will include works by Cecil Skotnes, Bruce Arnott, Malcolm Payne, Pippa Skotnes, Fritha Langerman, Johann van der Schijff, Gwen van Embden, Gavin Brown and Zapiro; print portfolios and artists books; paintings and pastels by Helmut Starcke, Francine Greenblatt and Louis Jansen van Vuuren; prints by Jane Alexander, Peggy Delport, Stephen Inggs, Roderick Sauls, Katherine Bull and Lyndi Sales; photographs by Geoff Grundlingh, Neville Dubow and Karina Turok.

Contact the auctioneer, Andrew Lamprecht, on (021) 480 7103 for more information. A preview of auction items takes place on December 4 and 5 between 11am and 3pm. The opening is on December 6, with the auction taking place at 7.30pm.

Opening: December 6
Closing: December 21

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Michaelis School of Fine Art, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Upper Orange Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5681 or 082 569 1099
Email: gwenvan@global.co.za


Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne
Coastal Resort
1996
Pastel on paper
104 x 73cm


Tracy Payne - 'Flashback' at João Ferreira Fine Art

'Flashback' presents works by Tracy Payne dating from as far back as 1994 up until this year. Comprising highly naturalistic yet unexpected coloured drawings, paintings and assemblages, Payne's work is a little harder to digest than its rendering would imply.

Opening: Wednesday December 5 at 6pm
Closing: January 5

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136
Email: info@artjoao.co.za
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm




'Corpus' at the Arts Association of Bellville

'Corpus' is a group exhibition looking at the body, and has been organised by Theo Kleynhans. He says: "We would like to show the current state of the body as art object, whether the nature of that body is sociopolitical or psychosexual". Participating artists are Evan Oberholster, Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi, Anton Momberg, Diane Victor, Simon Stone, Johan Scott, Andrew Mogridge, Philip Barrett, Nigel Mullins and Elzaby Laubscher.

Opening Wednesday December 5
Closing: January 10

Arts Association of Bellville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville
Tel: (021) 918 2301/2287
Fax: (021) 918 2083
Email: artb@icon.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm


Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Louis Jansen van Vuuren


Louis Jansen van Vuuren at the AVA

Well-known painter Louis Jansen van Vuuren has been working on several new series of work in his studio in the Chateau la Creusette in the Limousin region of France, where he now lives. The body of work includes both oil paintings and pastels. Still lives, landscapes and the human figure are all depicted in the artist's characteristic bright, sensual pallette

Van Vuuren, who was born in 1949, spent his professional academic life lecturing in art and graphic design at university level. He has been active in the Western Cape for many years until his move to France in 2000. He began exhibiting in the mid-1960s and has held more than 80 exhibitions throughout South Africa and abroad. In 1998 he was invited to hold a solo exhibition at Galerie Akka in Paris, followed by a second in 2000. His work is represented in most major public and corporate art collections locally, including those of the National Gallery, the Universities of Cape Town and Bloemfontein as well as the collections of Vodacom and Santam.

Opening: Wednesday December 5 at 6pm
Closing: January 14

Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Lyn Smuts

Lyn Smuts


'Under the Southern Cross' at the Chelsea Gallery

'Under the Southern Cross' is the Chelsea's last show for the year and features work by a wide range of artists including Beezy Bailey, Hardy Botha, Lien Botha, Liza Grobler, Gregory Kerr, Patrick Mautloa, Lyn Smuts and Larry Scully.

Opening: Tuesday December 4 at 6.30pm

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel: (021) 761 6805
Fax: (021) 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: http://home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm


Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel
Treatment Action Campaign march, International AIDS Conference 2000. Durban, South Africa
Black and white photograph


'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery

A collaboration between the Terrence Higgins Trust, Network Photographers and people living with HIV, this exhibition uses photography and personal testimonies to communicate the human story behind the AIDS pandemic. The images and text present the personal experiences of people, reflecting the issues and emotions that confront them in living or working with HIV/AIDS.

Since the exhibition was seen at the National Gallery in 1995, it has travelled extensively, visiting India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Europe, the USA and Australia and has grown and changed significantly with new stories and photographs being added at each stop. New work reflecting experiences from Cape Town and environs will be added here. Next year will also see the start of a tour to nine regions in Mozambique, where local stories will form a central part of the exhibition. Organisers hope to extend the tour of the 'Positive Lives' gallery show to other cities in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, along with their outreach programmes.

This event is made possible by volunteers from 'Positive Lives' in the United Kingdom and continued support from the Levi-Strauss Foundation. It tours with the support of various sponsors including Glaxo-Wellcome, AIDS Trust of Australia, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the British Council, Roche Products and Drik Gallery.

'Positive Lives' has a full educational programme which includes guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday lunchtime. A full programme for school groups, including paper prayer workshops, quilt-making workshops and tours of the exhibition, and free educational pamphlet are available. Information volunteers will be present in the exhibition at all times. To arrange workshops and seminars, contact Dammon Rice at (021) 448 0117 or 082 673 8604. For more information on theproject contact Kevin Ryan at positive.lives@tht.org.uk or visit www.positivelives.com.

Opening: December 1
Closing: March 24 2002

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm




Judith Moir Loewenthal at DC Art

'Rainbows, Rebirths and Mitochondrial Eve' is the title of an exhibition of new paintings by Judith Moir Loewenthal. The works range from abstract to representational, taking in both vast spaces and minutiae. Loewenthal draws as much on reality as whimsy, the commonplace as the extraordinary. The artist says: "For me painting is a vehicle to express an inner life that is the real life that continues beneath the surface appearance, to try to create both a magical 'other' world and to interpret my own."

Opening: Friday November 30 at 6pm
Closing: December 24

DC Art, Riebeeck Square, cnr Bree and Church Streets, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 6939
Fax: (021) 422 1768
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Brett Murray

'Hero' - Brett Murray


'Hero' - Brett Murray at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

'Hero' is an appropriate title for this show by Brett Murray, recently named Standard Bank Young Artist for 2002. Murray has never been afraid to stir things up a bit, and this body of work once again crosses words with the political correctness which so irks him. This work - a series of bronzes, a video projection and his customary wall sculptures - takes to task such sacrosanct issues as nationalism, racism and religious intolerance. Murray also takes apart the myth of the "superhero".

Opening: November 28 at 6pm
Closing: December 22

See REVIEWS

Bell-Roberts Art Gallery, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1100
Fax: (021) 423 3135
Email: suzette@bell-roberts.com
Website: www.bell-roberts.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


In Transit

'In Transit'


'In Transit' at the Cold Room

'In Transit' is a group exhibition of photography by third-year students from the Ruth Prowse. The participants are Sean Candy, Lara Christian, Megan Jones, Sarah Nankin, Claire Sarembock, Paul Solomon and Marushka Stipinovich.

Opening: Wednesday November 28 at 6.30pm
Closing: December 28

The Cold Room Gallery, 143 Harrington Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 447 4183
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 1pm


Mark Wilby

Mark Wilby
'Chafe'


'Chafe' by Mark Wilby at the South African Museum

Mark Wilby of Nieu Bethesda's Ibis Art Centre presents 'Chafe', a project engaging with the "karretjie people" of the Karoo and the predicaments of museum presentation, in the Khoisan Room of the South African Museum.

Wilby writes: "Rootless, placeless, property-less, the so-called 'karretjie people' are the nomads or the gypsies of the Karoo. The image of the weary donkeys, the pneumatic tyres and the heap of family and belongings is an essential emblem, like the windmill, of those vast, parched plains. Like the gypsies of Europe, these nomads are viewed, on the one hand, as a romantic curiosity, and on the other, with scorn and suspicion. Early in 2001, I embarked on a visual art project aimed at trying to depict that ambiguity.

"The development of the 'Chafe' project coincided with a resurgence of concern and controversy regarding the San diorama at the South African Museum in Cape Town. The 'bushman' lifecasts were made in the early 1900s and in the 1950s they were displayed in the naturalistic setting of a diorama. According to the museum, this has been by far their most popular exhibit. However, recent criticisms have been levelled at the idealised, ahistorical and dehumanising nature of the exhibit, and the diorama was closed from view, amid much media debate, in April this year. ...

"As the project proceeded, I became aware of the rapid rate with which the karretjie lifestyle was being pressed out of existence by a dominant material society. And furthermore, I was forced to recognise the problems inherent in any attempt to depict the factors that supposedly differentiate one form of culture from another. Societies influence one another through a complex of agencies such as aspiration, frustration and aggression - hence the title of the project.

"A number of contemporary issues relating to the 'politics of presentation´┐Ż are apparent and common to the issue of the diorama and to the 'Chafe' project. ... As a consequence of these developments, the 'Chafe' undertaking has become increasingly concerned with the sites and signs of cultural intersection. In literal terms, this has centred on the town of Leeu-Gamka - approximately 400km from Cape Town and 75km from Beaufort West. Here, cargo trucks and freight trains intersect, at high speed, with the world of donkey carts at a physical and a metaphoric crossroads."

Until January 21 2002

See REVIEWS

South African Museum, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 3330
Hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm


Shany van den Berg and Alex Hamilton

Shany van den Berg and Alex Hamilton
'Soul Search'


Shany van den Berg and Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery

'Soul Search' by Alex Hamilton and Shany van den Berg explores new mediums and ideas for both these artists, who challenge each other to think and work outside their usual genres. The basic questions of where, when, who, what and why form the basis of their inquiry.

Opening: November 5
Closing: December 21

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Email: alexh@bangthegallery.co.za
Website: www.bangthegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Lallitha Jawahirilal

Lallitha Jawahirilal
Untitled (detail)
c 1990
Gouache and mixed media


'Birds of a Feather' at the SA National Gallery

'Birds of a Feather' draws on the diverse collections of Iziko Museums of Cape Town to explore the world of birds - how they have fascinated artists, scientists, writers, ornithologists and musicians, and inspired works of art in which they feature as realistic images, objects of beauty and mystery, and symbols of another world. The exhibits range from stuffed birds to sculpted forms in different media, African masks to Meissen porcelain, decorative objets to paintings and drawings, and even live owls in the atrium. Cross-references are also made to other museums such as the Slave Lodge and the South African Museum. Jill Joubert, of the Frank Joubert Art and Design Centre, will lead an education and creative project for learners. Artworks produced will be exhibited in the Annexe Gallery, to be opened on December 8 at 11.30am by Minister of Education Kader Asmal.

Opening: September 24 at 12.30 for 1pm
The exhibition will remain on view until early next year

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

STELLENBOSCH

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Picture on a Striped Wall

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Saluting the Flag


'Robert Hodgins: 50 Years A Painter' at the Sasol Art Museum

This retrospective by one of the country's best-known and most productive painters includes work from 1953 to the present.

In his expressionistic paintings Hodgins represents historical events, images and impressions, which have impressed upon his mind over the years. Along with the subject matter, Hodgins' use of paint and the formal elements of painting lend his figurative work a great power. Hodgins is never lacking in humour, but the unlikely characters and events he portrays are both spontaneous and carefully calculated, and his canvases are as full of raw feeling as they are amusing. Hodgins confronts the canvas and the seduction of paint on canvas through an intuitive process of marks, colours and forms, from which emerges an image of the contradictions of being human.

Hodgins has shown in museums and galleries all over the world and his work features in many major collections, public and private, in South Africa and abroad.

Opening: Wednesday December 12 at 7pm
Closing: February 3 2002

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Email: usmuseum@maties.sun.ac.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm


Vivian van der Merwe

Vivian van der Merwe
World War II Suitcase
Painting


Vivian van der Merwe at the US Art Gallery

Vivian van der Merwe will be presenting a selection of drawings and paintings which he describes as 'New and Old Works'. His sombre-toned, carefully rendered paintings have become increasingly abstract, but Van der Merwe draws attention to the studio still life which he regards as a crucial source of information. He suggests that "it's all about the nature of artistic vision rather than the subject matter, or the style, or the content". Van der Merwe also writes: "An artwork, irrespective of style and perceived 'meaning', is nothing more, or less, than an incarnation of visual and creative intelligence. And always, somehow, the greater philosophical concept of 'beauty' comes into the picture."

Van der Merwe obtained a MFA from UCT in 1983 and has lived and worked in Stellenbosch from 1995. Visitors will be able to meet the artist on Saturday December 8 from 11am to 2pm at the gallery.

Opening: Wednesday December 6 at 6.30pm
Closing: January 3 2002

US Art Gallery, corner Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Email: usmuseum@maties.sun.ac.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

NIEU BETHESDA

Antoinette du Plessis

Antoinette du Plessis
Self-portrait Nieu-Bethesda


Antoinette du Plessis and Karin Preller at the Ibis Art Centre

'Depictions' is an exhibition of paintings by Antoinette du Plessis and Karin Preller. Both use painting from photographs as an element of their work. Preller sees the combination of the photographic and painterly ways of seeing as "allowing for an unfamiliar and mysterious perspective on the world of 'ordinary' appearances". Her painstakingly rendered, large oil still-lifes throw into sharp relief the practical immediacy of the photographic medium. Of her watercolours sized to match a jumbo photographic print, Du Plessis says: "My camera mediates between my eye and objects. It turns objects into subjects and so it plays a crucial part not only in composing, but also in investing pictures with meaning."

Opening: Saturday December 1 at 5pm
Closing: January 5

Ibis Art Centre, Nieu-Bethesda
Tel/fax: (04984) 11623
Email: ibis@intekom.co.za
Website: www.ibisartcentre.co.za
Hours: Mon - Sat 8am - 6pm

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