Archive: Issue No. 50, October 2001

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24.10.01 This week's Joubert Park Project walkabouts
24.10.01 'Extraphonic' in Joubert Park
24.10.01 Severa Rech Cassarino at Innerspace Exhibitions
24.10.01 Natasha Barnes at the Little Louvre
24.10.01 Market Photography Workshop Annual Students' Exhibition
24.10.01 Pascal Rabate and Anton Kannemeyer at Art on Paper
24.10.01 FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 at the Market Theatre
17.10.01 'My World/Our World' at Johannesburg Art Gallery
17.10.01 DaimlerChrysler Award for Sculpture 2002 at the JAG
17.10.01 Christo Coetzee at the Sandton Civic Gallery
17.10.01 Student exhibition at Vaal Triangle Technikon
17.10.01 Keith Joubert at the Everard Read
10.10.01 Red Bull Creativity Contest at Spark!
10.10.01 'Clean' at Millennium II
10.10.01 Mara Verna at the Bag Factory
10.10.01 Minnette Vári and Michael Pettit at the Standard Bank Gallery
10.10.01 PhotoZa previews Paris Photo 2001 show
10.10.01 Group exhibition at The Artspace
10.10.01 Maureen Quin at the Absa Gallery
03.10.01 Sam Nhlengethwa at the Goodman Gallery
03.10.01 Marina Du Bruyn Aguiar at New Century Art Gallery
03.10.01 Lawrance Brennon at PhotoZA
26.09.01 '[Sample] EC' at the Gertrude Posel Gallery
19.09.01 TJ Lemon at the Bensusan Museum of Photography
12.09.01 Isabel Thompson at the Goethe Institute and Alastair Findlay

24.10.01 Egon Tania at the Open Window
24.10.01 Art party in a panelbeater's workshop
17.10.01 Brent Record at the Millennium Gallery
03.10.01 'Less is More' at the Association of Arts
03.10.01 What's on at the Pretoria Art Museum
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

This week's Joubert Park Project walkabouts

Saturday October 27

11am: Jo Ractliffe will speak about her collaboration with Sebastian Dias Morales, 'One Year Later'.
1pm: Sally Gaule will speak about her collaboration with Susan Beningfield, 'Fugitive Faces' - a photo-based installation which presents the results of comprehensive research into the social dynamics and built environment of Newtown in the inner city.

Sunday October 28

11am: Jeannette Ginslov and Marcus Neustetter will speak about their collaboration, 'See-Saw' - an interactive multi-media installation with sound by André van Rensburg.

For further information contact Dorothee Kreutzfeldt on 083 956 0507. Bookings for the tours can be made at the JAG (Tiny Moletane: 725 3130).

'Extraphonic' in Joubert Park

'Extraphonic' by Cecilia Parsberg and Elin Wikstr�m (Göteborg/Umeå, Sweden) opened on Saturday October 20 and will continue this weekend, Saturday/Sunday at 12.30pm.

This event takes place simultaneously in Joubert Park and a public bath in Umeå, Sweden. 'Extraphonic' is a series of ongoing exchanges between two expanding networks, one in South Africa and one in Sweden. During twice-weekly sessions 12 participants in Johannesburg and Umeå will share their stories and speak to each other across the globe via conference-call. There will be a live and recorded broadcasts of these conversations on radio in South Africa (Yfm) and Sweden.

The artists state: "'Extraphonic' aims to set up an active link between the two locations and radio listeners. This is about listening and speaking to each other as a way of establishing a sense of collectivity beyond the groups that one belongs to or associates with."

To contact Cecilia Parsberg and Elin Wikström: or

October 27/28 at 12.30pm

Severa Rech Cassarino

Severa Rech Cassarino

Severa Rech Cassarino at Innerspace Exhibitions

'Then and Now, The Journey' is the title of an exhibition of paintings by artist and educator Severa Rech Cassarino. Born in Italy but raised in South Africa, Cassarino graduated from Wits University and is represented in many corporate collections. If you like bold forms and riotous colour, this one's for you.

Opening: October 31 at 6.30pm
Closing: November 18

Innerspace Exhibitions/New Century Art Gallery, Rivonia Cloisters, Ninth Avenue, Rivonia
Tel: (011) 803 9944
Website: or
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 2pm

Natasha Barnes

Natasha Barnes

Natasha Barnes at the Little Louvre

Louis Audie opens this exhibition of paintings by Natasha Barnes, a local artist recently discovered by international print publishers. Barnes's work has been exhibited at the Birmingham Spring Fair and at other international art fairs around the globe.

Opening: October 27 at 11.30am
Closing: November 10

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


From the Market Photoworkshop

Market Photography Workshop Annual Students' Exhibition

To celebrate the official opening of their bright, newly renovated space, the Photoworkshop displays the best work by their students produced this year in an exhibition called 'Move'.

Opening: October 26 at 6.30pm

Market Theatre complex, corner Bree and Wolhuter Streets, Newtown
Tel: (011) 832 1641
Fax: (011) 492 1235

Pascal Rabaté

Pascal Rabaté (detail)

Pascal Rabaté and Anton Kannemeyer at Art on Paper

If comics are the ninth art, as some say, then Pascal Rabaté is France's most interesting contemporary export of the medium. Famously proclaiming "I work quickly and dirtily", this new-generation French cartoonist and ex-petrol pump attendant is in Johannesburg for a one-month visit, including student workshops, book signings and two exhibitions of original comic strip work, this one accompanied by Bitterkomix's Joe Dog.

The widely travelled Rabaté's masterpiece is Ibicus, a four-volume Russian historical cartoon - the second volume having been voted best cartoon book for 1999 at the Angoulême Festival. Rabaté is currently hanging out in Yeoville, the setting for a comic the French Institute of South Africa hope to see published soon.

The artists will lead a walkabout of their work on October 29 at 6pm. Rabaté will sign his books during French Week at the Rosebank Mall on November 7, and from November 8 his work will be on view at Berea's fabulous Supper Club, complete with Senegalese dinner.

Opening: October 24 at 6.30pm
Closing: November 1

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

Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
Home Movies: Where do I begin
Still from video

FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 at the Market Theatre

In a move that will no doubt please (or pacify) Johannesburg audiences, the FNB Vita Art Prize travels this year from Durban, coinciding with the Market Theatre's 25-year anniversary. The venue is not ideal, resulting in Clive van den Berg choosing not to show his large, wall-mounted pieces, but instead exhibiting large-scale photographs of his Durban installation. Other artists on this year's show are winner Moshekwa Langa, Kim Lieberman, Kathryn Smith, Robin Rhode and Jan van der Merwe.

Opening: October 23 at 5.30 for 6pm
Closing: November 30

Market Theatre complex, corner Bree and Wolhuter Streets, Newtown
Tel: (011) 832 1641
Fax: (011) 492 1235

'My World/Our World' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery seems to be getting its act together on the publicity front at last, with announcements of exhibitions arriving timeously in Artthrob's inbox. Could this be spurred by the awesome energy inspired by the monster success of the Joubert Park Project's opening event?

The travelling exhibition 'My World/Our World: A Children's International Photography Project' comes to the JAG in the presence of First Lady Judy O'Bannon, wife of the Governor of Indiana, USA. The show also brings with it a delegation of Indiana cultural workers looking to invest, at least intellectually, in the cultural landscape of Johannesburg.

Opening: October 29 at 5pm
Closing: December 30

Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
Tel: (011) 725 3130
Fax: (011) 720 6000
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Claudette Schreuders

Past work by Claudette Schreuders
Jacaranda, jarra and avocado wood, painted

DaimlerChrysler Award for Sculpture 2002 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

This year's nominees for the DaimlerChrysler Award will be presenting their work downstairs at the JAG, alongside the main area of the big Joubert Park Project exhibition. Jane Alexander, Minnette Vári, Moses Seleko, Albert Munyai, Paul du Toit, Claudette Schreuders, Joachim Schönfeldt and Langa Magwa complete the lineup of artists vying for the coveted cash prize, exhibition, study opportunities abroad and an enviable monograph. But the rationale behind this year's focus on sculpture and the multidisciplinary nature of the work produced by some of the nominees remains something of a mystery.

Opening: October 26
Closing: December 4

Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
Tel: (011) 725 3130
Fax: (011) 720 6000
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Christo Coetzee

Christo Coetzee
Still Life, 1997
Oil on board

Christo Coetzee at the Sandton Civic Gallery

The Sandton Civic Gallery now falls under the auspices of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, in the midst of radical museum and civic restructuring in the fair metropolis of Johannesburg. The gallery is also up for sale, but has begun hosting exhibitions again.

'Christo Coetzee: Paintings from London and Paris' traces the work of this South African artist who was closely associated with the French avant-garde and the European postwar aesthetic of abstraction (1950s and 1960s) that is receiving renewed critical attention internationally. A collection of 49 canvases painted in London and Paris during this period were recently brought to South Africa after being stored away by the Parisian art dealer Rodolphe Stadler, and the widow of Coetzee's mentor in London, Anthony Denney. The accompanying book includes an essay exploring the forces that shaped Coetzee's art - from his breakthrough years in postwar London to the formative influences of Spanish art and culture, and his productive association with French, Italian and Japanese contemporary artists. It illustrates lavishly many of the provocative and imaginative canvases produced by Coetzee between 1954 and 1964, and includes photographs that contextualise his life and art during these years.

Opening: October 24
Closing: November 17

Sandton Civic Gallery, corner Rivonia Road and West Street, Sandton
Tel: (011) 881 6431

Student exhibition at Vaal Triangle Technikon

Students in the photography department at the Vaal Triangle Technikon take annual trips to KwaZulu-Natal to record their impressions of the area and the people who live and work there. This exhibition shows the results of the 13th annual field trip.

Opening: October 11
Closing: October 25

Photography Department, K Block, Main Campus, Vaal Triangle Technikon, Vanderbijlpark
Tel: (016) 950 9309 (Thinus Mathee)

Keith Joubert

Keith Joubert
Oil on canvas
110 x 160cm

Keith Joubert at the Everard Read

Keith Joubert shows 'The Rift Valley Paintings', a collection of commanding, vibrant canvases that stray a bit too far towards the romantic notion of 'noble savages' in Africa.

Closing: November 1

Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: (011) 788 4805
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 5pm

Disco Boots

Disco Boots

Red Bull Creativity Contest at Spark!

"See What You Can Do With The Can" was the challenge from Red Bull Creativity Contest posters blitzed around art schools, galleries, schools and colleges throughout the country. Bearing in mind the claim that the energy drink revitalises body and mind, the idea behind the Creativity Contest was to look for the funniest and most imaginative ways an empty can of Red Bull could escape their normal fate of recycling.

A total of 348 pieces were entered nationally, with 161 making it through to the final exhibition. The oldest person to submit an entry is 62, the youngest 11. Sculptures, mobiles, fashion accessories, garments, functional appliances and conceptual pieces are all in the mix, which will be installed in a transformed Spark! gallery, designed by The Trinity Session. Some of South Africa's art critics and other personalities will be on hand to interpret the artists' work and determine which three art pieces best represent Red Bull as a brand and its philosophies. Winners will be off on an art trip to Paris.

To add aother dimension to the viewing of art, a stimulating fringe programme will be implemented for the duration of the exhibition. There will be various forms of entertainment including a live radio broadcast on Yfm on Tuesday October 23 featuring DJ Fresh and Rude Boy Paul, DJs G-Force and Craig Massive and musicians Bezwanna Brass and Bruce Cassidy.

Schools in the Gauteng area will be bused in during the exhibition and walkabouts scheduled for any interested educational institutions.

The event will culminate in an auction in aid of the Topsy Foundation with 50 of the best pieces being auctioned live. The Topsy Foundation is a multifaceted sanctuary for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Public opening: October 23
Closing: November 1

Spark!, 10 Louis Road, Orchards
Tel: (011) 622 8297
Special gallery hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Marcus Neustetter

Marcus Neustetter
Untitled 104 (.matrix on paper series)
Dot matrix prints on paper, light, motion sensor, electrical flex

'Clean' at Millennium II

With the only directive being to produce "white, clear or colourless works", 12 contemporary artists were rounded up by artist Retha Erasmus for one of the first radical contemporary shows to be defined by contemporary art's apparent worst enemy - the 'F' word (that's formalism to you). Erasmus herself, Wim Botha, Kathryn Smith, Marcus Neustetter, Kim Lieberman, Hanneke Benade, Frederik Eksteen, Berco Wilsenach, Diane Victor, Gordon Froud, Christian Nerf and Stefanus Rademeyer will try and rise to the occasion. A comprehensive CD-ROM catalogue and print version of the same will be available through the gallery.

Opening: October 20 at 8pm
Closing: November 10


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

Mara Verna

Mara Verna
'Art and Craft in Joubert Park'
With performance artist Toni Morkel

Mara Verna at the Bag Factory

'Sorry to Disturb' is the title of this exhibition by the Bag Factory's current resident guest, Canadian video and performance artist Mara Verna, who is also a featured artist on the Joubert Park Project. Having recently bemused and amused motorists at various Johannesburg intersections with several of her personas including a charwoman wearing scrubbing brushes on her feet, prosthetic teeth, oversized sponge gloves and a sign demanding "Please hoot if you think she works harder than you", Verna shows the work she has produced while resident in Johannesburg. Based on one-on-one interactions with people, and stories she picks up on, Verna's practice is motivated by a desire to push the envelopes of complex social relations in and between cultural and geographical boundaries. This show is a short one, so pull out the stops and get there.

Opening: October 17 at 6pm
Closing: October 20

The Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Newtown
Tel/fax: (011) 834 9181
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Minnette Vári

Minnette Vári

Minnette Vári
'Aurora Australis'
Video animated looped indefinitely

Minnette Vári and Michael Pettit at the Standard Bank Gallery

Minnette Vári, fresh from the World Wide Video Festival, shows 'Aurora Australis' downstairs at the Standard Bank Gallery, while Cape Town-based painter Michael Pettit shows a comprehensive collection of paintings upstairs.

Pettit's exhibition is the culmination of some four and a half years' work, with the artist choosing to exhibit only once he felt the body of work had developed sufficiently. The collection includes dark and meditative works, theatrical themes and sensuous still lifes.

Vári's current research involves visualising the connective "tissue" she sees between scrambled signals from non-decoded pay TV stations with their arbitrary soundtracks and the phenomenon of aurora australis � the southern lights. She says: "At times I can sit and watch these scrambled signals for hours, marvelling at the strange combinations of recognisable image and sheer visual 'noise', all the while noticing that the soundtrack is not at all part of the programme being broadcast, since they rotate the same lame 1980s songs over and over again. Intermittent break-ups in the audio signal bring storms of electronic hiss and crackle, or long stretches of silence followed by the voice of an unaccountably excited host announcing upcoming attractions that will remain just 'noise' to me and millions of other South Africans, until I can afford my decoder, that is. Despite this, there are moments where I think I recognise the flash of mangled footage as coming from a movie that I've seen before, or footage of some other event that I know of, and this keeps me riveted to the screen for more clues. Invariably I come away seeing flashes of light when I close my blood-shot eyes.

"[...] Great flowing ribbons of coloured light brighten the skies over the polar region too far south to be seen from the southernmost part of my country. And yet, because of its location I feel strangely territorial about this grand display. Just like the coloured bands in the scrambled transmission on my TV set, these seem to carry some hidden message, and hold some remote enchantment, even a chance at intellectual and spiritual illumination to those who watch. Like the goddess of dawn, Aurora (or Greek Eos), it heralds of something out there, something greater, a cryptogram of things to come."

Vári casts herself as an unknown actor or body double in these scrambled screen grabs, replicating actions or completing them: "I would like to be able to read the signs of the world in the same way that the ancient peoples made sense of nature's everyday and more uncommon displays."

Opening: October 16 at 6pm with guest speaker Judith Mason
Closing: December 1

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

PhotoZa previews Paris Photo 2001 show

The PhotoZa Gallery will exhibit work by some of South Africa's foremost photographers as part of the Paris Photo 2001 exhibition in the Louvre in November 2001.

The show will be installed at the Market Theatre Galleries, where PhotoZA gallerist Michelle Rock is guest curator for three months. Participating photographers include Michael Meyersfeld, Jurgen Schadeberg, Victor Matom, Bob Cnoops, Marlene Neumann, Sally Gaule and Lawrance Brennon.

With Mary Fitzgerald Square now under much-anticipated construction, safe and plentiful parking can be found around the back of the theatre complex, near the NAC and Ifas building.

Opening: October 14 at 2pm
Closing: October 24

Market Theatre Galleries, Market Theatre Complex, Newtown Cultural Precinct
Tel: (011) 832 1641

Group exhibition at The Artspace

Rosemary Marriott, Andre Strauss, Franci Cronje, Magda Joubert and Maria van Rooyen show recent work alongside a selection of embroidery and beadwork.

Opening: October 5
Closing: October 26

The Artspace, 3 Hetty Avenue, Fairland
Tel/fax: (011) 678 1206

Maureen Quin

Maureen Quinn
'The Hunt'

Maureen Quin at the Absa Gallery

Well-known sculptor Maureen Quin shows her 'Hunt Series', a collection of 12 anthropomorphic bronzes created over a period of eight years, that allude to both the hunter and the hunted. She sees the body of work as a tangible expression of her anxieties about post-colonial Africa.

Opening: October 3
Closing: October 30

Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 350 4588
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm

Sam Nhlengethwa

Sam Nhlengethwa
The Red Frames
Collage and oil on canvas
Diptych, each panel 110 x 150cm

Sam Nhlengethwa at the Goodman Gallery

After a successful collaborative exhibition with Zwelethu Mthethwa earlier this year, collagist and painter Sam Nhlengethwa shows a brand new body of work entitled 'Jozi People'. He has this to say about it: "'Jozi People' is a culmination of an idea that was conceptualised a long time ago through my everyday interaction with a variety of people. Jozi is a great cultural metropolis. I have seen it evolve through many stages making its people more interesting as they also get engulfed in this evolution.

"What fascinates me about Johannesburg is that people from different cultural backgrounds converge in the city and almost through 'mutation' produce a unique cultural identity of their own. I'm at a loss for words as to how much Jozi has inspired me through its architect[ure], people, the general vibe and of course the lingo. With its varied and pacy lifestyles, Jozi can either make you or break you.

"Jozi has influenced me so much that sometimes when I visit other big cities like New York and watch people go through their daily routines, I long to say to the next person I see, "Heyta, my bra. Hoezit?!" (Hi, my brother. How are you?). I love Jozi with a passion. Through 'Jozi People' I have at last achieved my long time wish to deal with Jozi and its people on canvas. I had fun."

Preview: October 13 between 9.30am and 4pm
Opening: October 14 at 6pm
Closing: November 3


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

Marina Du Bruyn Aguiar

Marina Du Bruyn Aguiar
Ceramic sculpture

Marina Du Bruyn Aguiar at New Century Art Gallery

'Seven Levels of Illumination' comprises an installation of 17 almost life-size ceramic sculptures and five sand and resin graphics. The work is described as "depict[ing] the passage of discovery and triumph of the human spirit - a personal and universal odyssey".

Aguiar has held 17 solo and numerous group exhibitions and is represented in private and corporate collections in South Africa and abroad. She has worked as a teacher and art critic, lecturing on History of Art and Sculpture for the past four years at the Pelmama Academy in Dobsonville, Soweto. This culminated in a successful exhibition of her student's sculptures at the X Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, in December 2000.

Preview: October 5 and 6
Opening: October 7 at 2pm with guest speaker Cheryl Gage
Closing: October 27
Walkabout with the artist: October 13 at 10am

Innerspace Exhibitions/New Century Art Gallery, Rivonia Cloisters, Ninth Avenue, Rivonia
Tel: (011) 803 9944
Website: or
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 2pm

Lawrance Brennon

Lawrance Brennon
Colour photograph

Lawrance Brennon at PhotoZA

'African Light' represents well-known lensman Lawrance Brennon's developing passion for colour photography: "Although the black and white medium has always captivated me, I find myself being increasingly drawn to colour, particularly in the panoramic format. Since returning from a year in England I have a new appreciation for the rugged and less explored wilderness areas of southern Africa. The panoramic format, with its sweeping three to one aspect ratio, has become an extension of my vision." In addition to winning numerous international awards, Brennan's images have been published in Hasselblad Forum.

Opening: October 7 at 7pm
Closing: October 30

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

[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

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

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


Egon Tania

Egon Tania
Jacaranda wood
Height 30cm

Egon Tania at the Open Window

Wood sculptor Egon Tania shows a selection of figurative pieces. He's popular with private buyers, so if you're wanting to purchase, make sure you get to the preview.

Preview: October 31 from 9am
Opening: October 31 at 7pm
Closing: November 16

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

The Fonk

The Fonk logo

Art party in a panelbeater's workshop

Fonk Art Nuseum, a loose collective of young Pretoria artists, have come up with a unique venue for an interactive art party - a functioning panelbeating workshop in central Pretoria. Proclaiming an "absence of prescribed criteria [...] where the experience becomes the means of evaluation", the event includes live performance in the form of music, poetry, break dancing, graffiti, film, fire dancing and a real-time panelbeating experience by the staff, as well as work by young contemporaries.

Saturday October 27 from 7pm

472 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
Tel: Annerie 082 396 6524; Maja 083 717 5309; Xander 082 408 2903; Vicky 082 661 0155

Brent Record

Brent Record
The Watchers

Brent Record at the Millennium Gallery

Brent Record shows a collection of "gently satirical" deep-relief sculptures hung like paintings, featuring leering and bemused heads and figurines locked into formal constructions. Record utilises waste materials and found objects, including paper fibre mixed with clay or cement, and natural materials including raw beeswax and horse manure.

Opening: October 20 at noon
Closing: November 7

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

'Less is More' at the Association of Arts

Photographers Thys Ferreira, Bob Cnoops, Chris Reilly, Michael Meyersfeld and Lourens Uitenweerde show an extensive body of work in an attempt to undo the preconception that photography remains a stepchild of the visual arts.

Opening: October 14 at 6pm with guest speaker Ronel Rensburg and saxophonist Chat Devroop
Closing: November 1

Association of Arts, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk
Tel: (012) 346 3100
Fax: (012) 346 3125
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

What's on at the Pretoria Art Museum

'Contemporary Art from the Museum Collection' is on view in the North Gallery until May 2002; 'SEEINGBlind' is a tactile experience in the West Gallery which ends on October 14; 'Paintings of Pretoria' runs until December 2001 in the South Gallery; art by artists featured in the high school syllabus is displayed in the South West Gallery until March 2002; and the Henry Preiss Hall features South African graphics from the collection dealing with mystique, myth and mythology until January 2002. The Pretoria Art Museum also now holds the Corobrik ceramic collection that used to be housed at the Sandton Civic Gallery in Johannesburg.

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

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