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MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 42 FEB 2001



Durban
20.02.01 'The Pulse Project; Documentation Exhibition' at the NSA
13.02.01 'Africa' at BAT Centre's Democratic Gallery and;
'Time of Life' at BAT Centre's Menzi Mcunu Gallery :

06.02.01 Oldrich Kulhanek at Technikon Natal Gallery
30.01.01 'Art Deco' at the Durban Art Gallery
30.01.01 Red Eye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery
30.01.01 Animation and interactive graphics at Technikon Natal Art Gallery
30.01.01 Bronwen Findlay, Daina Mabunda and Faiza Galdhari at the NSA Gallery
09.01.01 'Story Board' at the NSA
Pietermaritzburg
09.01.01 'Jabulisa 2000' at the Tatham


Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe
Photograph
Detail of mural



Sebastian Diaz Morales

Sebastian Diaz Morales
Video still




DURBAN

'The Pulse Project; Documentation Exhibition' at the NSA

PULSE is an initiative set up by Durban artist Greg Streak under the auspices of R.A.I.N. (Rijksakademie International Network). The objective of PULSE is to create a platform for interaction and debate for the visual arts in South Africa, through projects conducted on an annual basis. Streak has already curated the highly successful 'open-circuit' exhibition and accompanying mini-conference in November 2000. This project sought to address the interface between technology and tradition - the collision or fusion between Hi-tech and Lo-tech structures within the debates of margin/centre. Both exhibition and conference brought to Durban artists and guest speakers from other regions in South Africa as well as from abroad.

In this follow-up one-week exhibition, Streak has curated an exhibition in which the photographic work of Jo Ractliffe (South Africa) and the film of Sebastian Diaz Morales will be seen. Streak states that, "whilst the earlier exhibition 'open-circuit' looked at the diversity of the interface between first and third worlds in the hybrids that emerge from the fusion of technology with tradition ...this follow up show - 'open-circuit (closing)' ...focuses on context relative to the thematic umbrella'. Thus both Ractliffe and Diaz Morales have produced works that engage the themes of the original conference but they do so directly in the context of Durban. Neither artist lives in Durban and according to Streak "the resulting work allows some fresh and varied interpretations of a place we probably thought we knew very well".

Ractliffe has produced a photographic work that although only 20cm in height will span 20 metres - wrapping itself around the gallery walls. Diaz Morales' film will be projected onto the main wall of the Gallery space.

The opening of this event will also see the launch of the publication of a catalogue of both exhibitions and the conference papers. The catalogue will be on sale at the opening for a nominal fee.

Opening: Tuesday 27 February at 6:00 pm
Closing: 4 March 2001

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N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Viler

Viler (Herminio Albino Vilanculos)
Acrylic



Isaac Sithole

Isaac Sithole
Colour woodcut



'Africa' at BAT Centre's Democratic Gallery

'Africa', an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and drawings by 20-year-old Mozambiquan artist, Viler (birth name Herminio Albino Vilanculos), is on show at the BAT Centre's Democratic Gallery.

Inspired by Austrian painter and illustrator Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918), whom Viler describes as his 'master' and his reason for painting, Viler's work is often described as 'European' in style. His highly decorative work abounds with colour, tiny recurring motifs/symbols (birds, fish), peacock feathers and an extensive use of gold. Love, says Viler, is the main theme of the exhibition, but he paints everything he encounters - from nature to cars.

He works mainly in acrylics, oils, watercolours, pen and ink, but also sculpts and works with found objects. Freedom, included in the exhibition, is a bird, constructed from AK47 parts and cartridges. It rises, Phoenix-like, from the devastation of war.

Despite his youth, Viler's works are included in collections in England, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, France, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, the United States, Australia, Angola and Mozambique. A member of the internationally-renowned and greatly esteemed artists' collective, Nucleo de Artes Maputo-Mocambique, Viler's works are on permanent display at Maputo's National Cultural Directorate, Maputo's Psychiatric Hospital, the conference hall at Mozambique's Commercial Bank and in Norway.

Closing: March 3

'Time of Life' at BAT Centre's Menzi Mcunu Gallery :

'Time of Life', an exhibition of woodcut prints by BAT Centre resident artist, Isaac Sithole, is currently at the Menzi Mcunu Gallery. Born and raised in Mozambique, Sithole started learning traditional woodcarving from a friend when he was twelve years old. At the age of sixteen Sithole moved to South Africa and established a link with an artists' workshop. He later moved to the BAT Centre where he worked as a professional woodcarver. Two years ago he discovered woodcut printing, a medium he has embraced. "I am inspired by beauty in the ordinary; I wish to transform the spirit of the living into art," says Sithole. His attitude is reflected in his work which deals with a wide variety of what might be deemed traditional African subjects: from village scenes to masks. For Sithole these are a reminder of what once lived, of what is frozen in time. In addition he works with more abstract renditions of the intangible world of emotions such as the complexities of love. Sithole has exhibited at a number of galleries in and around Durban, including the Durban Art Gallery, the African Art Centre and the BAT Centre's Democratic Gallery. This is his first solo exhibition as a printmaker. "I want to keep growing, to refine my work and develop through experience and the inspiration that comes from the people around me," Sithole says.

Opening: February 9
Closing: March 5

For more information contact Frances van Melsen

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451
E-mail: batcntre@mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.batcentre.co.za


Oldrich Kulhanek

Oldrich Kulhanek
Successful Pig, 1988
Lithograph
59.5 x 42.7 cm



Oldrich Kulhanek

Oldrich Kulhanek
How Are You , 1991
Lithograph
59.7 x 48.8 cm



Oldrich Kulhanek at Technikon Natal Gallery
An Exhibition of lithographs and etchings

The Czechoslovakian Embassy has organised a series of exhibitions and a mini film festival which are to be held at various galleries and museums in South Africa, a welcome initiation for South Africans to the cultural ethos of the Czech Republic.

Technikon Natal Gallery will host two exhibitions by two Czech artists, Oldrich Kulhanek (13 - 27 February 2001) and Adolf Born (6 - 22 March 2001). The latter exhibition will be accompanied by a mini film festival consisting of video screenings and a series of animated films, several created by Born.

Born in Prague in 1940, Oldrich Kulhanek is an artist concerned with giving an account "of oneself, one's time, the place where one lives and of the soul of one's contemporary man." Since the 1960's Kulhanek has projected the violence and convulsions of the society around in highly refined drawings and prints. In the tradition of Durer, Callot and Goya, Kulhanek utilises the power of relatively small graphic works for serious subjects.

The eroticism and overt political expression of his etchings, however, proved too controversial for the Czechoslovak Communist regime of the time and in 1971 Kulhanek was arrested, jailed and his prints were condemned. Although marked by this experience for the rest of his life, Kulhanek did not change his orientation and continued to work.

In 1980 Kulhanek attended an art symposium held in a former Gestapo prison in the Bohemian town of Terezin. Shocked by the horrors of the place he began making prints and drawings in which he focused meaning into the expressive power of details of the human body such as eyes, hands and the mouth. Increasing the format of his works he progressed from the intricate and precise linearity of etching to the softly modelled qualities of lithography. With a series of large format prints he paid homage to past masters whose works has always impressed him: Bosch, Brueghel and Grunewald.

In 1990 Kulhanek took up a teaching post in America and continues to produce monumental drawings, lithographs and etchings which expose the idiosyncrasies and foibles of modern life. Inspired by writers such as George Orwell and Franz Kafka his works have a strong sense of ironic narrative. Although inspired by a revolt against the stupidity, violence and spiritual bankruptcy of humankind, Kulhanek retains a "deep faith in the good of the world".

Opening: February 13
Closing: February 27

For more information contact Frances van Melsen

Technikon Natal Gallery, First Floor: Library Block
Technikon Natal, 51 Mansfield Road (Gate No. 2), Berea, Durban
Tel: (+27) 31-2042207
Gallery hours: Mon - Thurs 8:30 - 16:00; Friday 8:30 - 12:00


J.H. Pierneef

J.H. Pierneef
Two trees, (undated)
Woodcut



'Art Deco' at the Durban Art Gallery

The Art Deco period reached its peak between the two World Wars. Instead of the naturalistic ornamentation of Art Nouveau, the Art Deco style engaged with the purist aesthetic of modernism and extolled the virtues of industrialised production techniques. Experiencing a revival in the sixties and often referenced in Post-Modernism, it is a style which has retained an immense popularity.

The Art Deco Society was formed a year ago, with artist and Art Deco lover Jean Powell in the chair. It was initiated in order to attract the International Art Deco conference to Durban in 2003. As things have transpired, both Durban and Cape Town will share the hosting of the conference. As one of their first public events, the Durban Art Deco Society, in conjuction with the Durban Art Gallery, are holding an exhibition to showcase the gallery's permanent collection of Art Deco.

The works on show will include Lalique glass, jewellery, pewter and paintings. In addition a unique aspect of South African Art Deco will be included in the form of woodcuts by Pierneef taken from a collection that has not been on public display previously. The exhibition will be supported by works which influenced the movement and Wyndham Lewis' famous portrait of T.S.Eliot will also be on view.

Closing: February 03

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Box 4085, Durban 4000
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Gallery hours from 09:00am to 12:00pm


Red Eye

Fashion will be a focus at February's event.

Photo: Steve Hilton-Barber



Red Eye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery

Red Eye @rt will have its first event of 2001 on Friday, February 2. To start the year with a bang, East Coast Radio will be hosting the evening. Popular D.J. Kevin Minter-Brown will be creating the vibe.

A new feature for Red Eye @rt, which has become known for its fashion installations, will be a live fashion show featuring young up and coming Durban designers, Tumi Motlamare (Smirnoff International Fashion Award winner 2000), Rowan Pinnoy, Lisa Lunn, Pregasen Govender, Hameera Haniff, Bella Shongwe and Thandile Umhlekazi. The models are from Faces International several of whom are finalists in the Face of Africa competition - so expect lots of glitz and glamour.

Jay Pather of Siwela Sonke has choreographed a special dance for the event and Roland Moses and Natalie Rungan from University of Natal music department will contribute a jazzy note.

On the visual art side there will be a performance piece by Nicolette Van der Walt, photography by Dean Elliott, more photography in the form of a project by the Red Eye @rt committee called '24 Hours', mendhi body art by Naseeba Saik Habib, and an exhibition of Art Deco drawn from the Durban Art Gallery's permanent collection. Also for those with a need to know - find out what 2001 has in store from resident Sangoma Sylvia Shozi.

For the best in young music, fashion and art be at the Durban Art Gallery on Friday, February 2 from 6-8 p.m. Entrance R15 and R10 for members and students.

Opening: Friday, February 2

For more information contact: Liana Turner (031) 311 2268

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Box 4085, Durban 4000
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Gallery hours from 09:00am to 12:00pm




Animation and interactive graphics at Technikon Natal Art Gallery

With cross-overs happening between disciplines as a matter of course these days, it is no surprise to find the Technikon Natal Gallery hosting an exhibition of animated films and interactive presentations by three Bachelor of Technology Students in the Department of Graphic Design at Technikon Natal. Presented for an extremely limited period, the show is worth making the trip for just to play with the machines.

All three students have been working with moving images. Rowan Gatfield, this year's winner of the Emma Smith Art Scholarship Award, has produced an interactive programme on the Durban "Underground". He researches and documents the aspirations, demographics and lifestyle of six local subcultures : surfers, new-age hippies, band culture, rave culture, skate boarders and kwaito putting them all together in a play of sound and image.

Jonathan da Canha has produced an inter-active multi-media programme which is a time line on the progress of man through visual design which promises to be both intriguing and informative whilst Justin Joshua has made an animated films including one on a heart bypass operation.

Opening: January 30
Closing: February 02

For more information contact: Frances van Melsen (031) 2042207

Technikon Natal Gallery, Technikon Natal, First Floor Library Block, 51 Mansfield Road (Gate No. 2)
Tel: (031) 2042207
Gallery hours: Mon - Thurs 8:30 am to 4 pm; Friday 8:30a.m. to noon


Bronwen Findlay

Bronwen Findlay
Untitled, 2000
Mosaic pavers



Daina Mabunda

Daina Mabunda
Untitled, 2000
Beaded cloth



Faiza Galdhari

Faiza Galdhari
Untitled, 2000
Painted plates



Bronwen Findlay, Daina Mabunda and Faiza Galdhari at the NSA Gallery

The lives and work of three women, Bronwen Findlay, Daina Mabunda and Faiza Galdhari, intersect in this exhibition. Each derives from a different cultural and ethnic group and has consequently been moulded by divergent world views and experiences. The vocabularies these artists have developed are inevitably drawn from their own surroundings and experiences, ideals and affinities. What links these women is not only creativity, but friendship, shared experiences and vulnerabilities. Despite their diverse backgrounds and the fact that they work independently, the three women's work has manifest thematic and formal similarities.

Findlay, the co-ordinator of this exhibition, has long displayed a nurturing and inclusive tendency in supporting and encouraging creativity. She invited Mabunda and Galdhari to exhibit this year in what has turned our to be a crucial period in their respective lives: Findlay was subject to retrenchment when the Fine Arts Department at the University of Durban-Westville was closed down in 2000, Mabunda, recently divorced, has had to independently renew and further develop her own enterprise, product and market for her work, and Galdhari, a highly promising master's graduate, one of the few Muslim artists in South Africa, has been challenged by her role as mother, and devastated by the illness of her husband (a heart transplant recipient), resulting in a reclusiveness and revised iconography as she increasingly gravitates towards more devout Muslim practice.

This exhibition represents a turning point in their respective careers, as all are currently faced with significant choices and challenges, both in terms of future developments and emphases, but also in terms of more fundamental economic and logistical considerations.

A full colour catalogue accompanying the exhibition, with text by art historian Juliette leeb-du Toit, will also be on sale during the run of the exhibition.

Opening: Tuesday February 6 at 6:00 pm
Closing: February 24

For more information contact Storm Janse van Rensburg / Nathi Gumede.

N S A Park Gallery and Multi-media room, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Alistair McLachlan

Alistair McLachlan
Shade of a Ghost, (detail)
16 colour photographs
each 20x15 cm



Siphiwe Zulu

Siphiwe Zulu
Inside My Zulu Hut
Gouache on paper



'Story Board' at the NSA

The NSA Gallery is launching its exhibition programme for 2001 with the group exhibition 'Story Board', an exhibition built around storytelling on paper. Visual narrative, long eschewed by modernism with its distrust of anything illusionistic or allusionistic, was never entirely rejected by artists working outside modernism´┐Żs narrow confines. Particularly strong in the South African tradition of township art or in black artists trained by the missionaries, such as Azaria Mbatha or John Muafangejo, narrative has remained important in a country which has needed to maintain a human dimension to its art production. Story telling engages both the reality of social context whilst providing a place for the world of the imagination. For this exhibition 'narrative' has been interpreted in the broadest sense of the word - veering from Illustration of myths and traditional legends to works that interrogate image/text positioning. 'Story Board' includes a selection of contemporary narrative works including, amongst others, works by Ingrid Winterbach, John Roome, Thembiso Sibisi, Gabisele Nkosi, Fran Saunders, Alistair McLachlan and artists of Sheet Magazine.

Opening: Tuesday January 16 at 6:00 pm
Closing: February 03

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Jason Boutelje

Jason Boutelje
Viruses, (detail)
Ceramic



PIETERMARITZBURG

'Jabulisa 2000' at the Tatham

'Jabulisa 2000', currently on at the Tatham Art Gallery, is a showcase for what is happening across the province, and has unearthed unknown artists as well as showing new work by established artists. Five regional selection points: Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Margate, Empangeni and Newcastle provided the base of the show which was further supplemented by works from both private and public collections. It covers a variety of disciplines such as painting, graphics, video work, sculpture, ceramics and has a particularly strong showing of fibre art. Sponsored by the Natal Arts Trust it should provide a useful overview of contemporary art production in KwaZulu-Natal.

Closing date: March 04

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Tatham Art Gallery, Cnr Longmarket St and Commercial Rd, Pietermaritzburg
Tel: (033) 342 1801
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

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