Archive: Issue No. 55, March 2002

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DURBAN
27.03.02 'CityScapes' collaborations at Durban Art Gallery
13.03.02 Isolde Krams - 'Orb' at the NSA Gallery
13.03.02 L'Atelier regional exhibition at the Alliance Française
28.02.02 'From Place to Place' - art/dance at the BAT Centre
28.02.02 'CityScapes' collaborations around Durban
20.02.02 Ulric Roldanus and Michael Croeser at the NSA
20.02.02 'The Truth about Tibet' about the NSA
20.02.02 Ellis 'n Bheki at the NSA Gallery
06.02.02 'Episodes' at Durban Art Gallery
06.02.02 KwaZulu-Natal Schools Art Exhibition 2002

PIETERMARITZBURG
06.03.02 Terence Patrick at the Tatham Art Gallery
13.02.02 'Fibre Works' at Tatham Art Gallery
DURBAN

CityScapes

'CityScapes'
Performance at North Beach, Durban

CityScapes

'CityScapes'
Performance at North Beach, Durban


'CityScapes' collaborations at Durban Art Gallery

Throughout March a series of dance works co-ordinated by Jay Pather have taken place at venues around Durban - including 320 West Street and North Beach. Pather, the artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, has worked with other dance companies to explore and reflect the diversity of cultural life in Durban. The final outdoor performance will take place at Legends, Musgrave Centre, on Saturday March 30 between 3pm and 4pm.

At the same time five artists were asked to "document" the performances on video and make a related work. The videos - by Junaid Ahmed, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Greg Streak, Thando Mama and Virginia MacKenny - will be installed at Durban Art Gallery from April 1-4, and shown together with a reworking of the various performances.

April 4-7 at 7.30pm

See REVIEWS

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm


Isolde Krams

Isolde Krams
Populating Couple, 2001
Rubber


Isolde Krams - 'Orb' at the NSA Gallery

'Orb' is a continuation of work that Isolde Krams has been engaged with over the last four years. Inspired by a strong interest in conservation and environmental issues, it links to earlier work both in terms of stylistic sources and an ongoing engagement with a feminist perspective and notions of nurture. Using metamorphosed material and figures, Krams sets up binaries of positive and negative symbols and images: soft and hard, male and female, familiar and fantastical. Salt is utilised, engaging its duel capacity to both corrode and preserve; rubber latex, which evokes skin in its softness, is also chosen on the basis of being environmentally sound. Found objects and recycled materials are utilised with a similar consciousness, as well as a notable quirkiness.

'Orb' comprises 11 small rubber figures (each available in an edition of 10). These will, in time, be transformed into life-size, animated sculptures, with sound, and will perform a giant absurd opera in a tent. "Miss World" has already made her appearance in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In Durban she will be accompanied by two further full-scale figures.

The exhibition will be opened by Andrew Verster. There will be a special appearance by Miss World at the opening and on March 21 at 12.30pm.

Opening: Tuesday March 19 at 6pm
Closing: April 7

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm




L'Atelier regional exhibition at the Alliance Française

It's Absa Atelier (now L'Atelier) time again, with young artists around the country competing for the R70 000 cash prize (an increase of R10 000 from previous years) and a six-month sabbatical at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Regional judging is underway, and the overall winner will be announced at in Johannesburg on July 24. This year four runner-ups will each receive R15 000 in cash (an increase of R5 000 per winner from previous years).

Opening: March 19
Closing: March 29

Alliance Française, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside
Tel: (031) 312 9582


Anne de Beaufort

Anne de Beaufort
(detail)
Acrylic on paper

Neliswa Rushualang

Neliswa Rushualang in Out and About
Photo by Anne de Beaufort


'From Place to Place' - art/dance at the BAT Centre

'From Place to Place' is the second phase of 'Movements and Territories', a French/South African project the first part of which was presented in Durban in 2000. Aiming to create a dialogue between visual art and contemporary dance, French artist Anne de Beaufort and South African choreographer Ntombi Gasa, with Neliswa Rushualang and Khulekhani Qwabe from Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre Company, collaborated to produce Out and About, a work that engages notions of territory, both physical and spiritual.

De Beaufort, who exhibits in the Menzi Mchunu Gallery, started out as a geographer and urban planner, thus space and territories have always been a main concern. She has been exhibiting her work since 1995 in galleries and cultural centres in various French regions. Her painting is directly inspired by the shapes and movements of dancers and is often done on site with the performers. Akin to automatic writing, her painting translates both the rhythms of the music as well as her intuitive and automatic responses to the dance onto large transparent sheets of plastic.

Gasa is a choreographer and also one of the original founder members of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre Company. She has received an FNB Vita Performance Award for most outstanding up-and-coming female dancer and was nominated for Best Female Dancer in a contemporary style in Durban.

Out and About will be shown on March 6 and 8 at 7pm at the BAT Centre Hall. Two other performances will also be presented - Ngila I Am Here, choreographed by Ntombi Gasa, and Locked Up, by Neliswa Rushualang from Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre Company, both in collaboration with Anne de Beaufort. Watch the press for performance times.

This project is supported by the AFAA and the Grenoble City Council. For more information contact Anne de Beaufort on 083 761 3955.

Opening: March 6 at 6pm
Closing: March 26

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour
Tel: (031) 332 0451
Fax: (031) 332 2213
Email: info@batcentre.co.za
Website: www.batcentre.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 4.30pm




'CityScapes' collaborations around Durban

Jay Pather, award-winning choreographer and artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, has initiated an innovative collaborative project involving artists, choreographers, dancers and spaces in Durban.

During March a series of dance works will occur around the city. Pather will be working with other dance companies - The Celtic Dance Company, Pravika's Kathak Kendra, The Flatfoot Dance Company and the Our Hour Pansula Dance Company - to reflect the diversity of cultural life in Durban. Each piece will be situated in a specific site as Pather attempts to engage in what Durban offers beyond surf, Zulu dancing, bunny chow and Durban Poison. Pather sets out to explore both well-known sites and lesser known spaces often representing the familiar in a way that may surprise the viewer. North Beach Pier, 320 West Street escalators, a room in the Albany Hotel, the Workshop Out of Africa coffee shop and the Musgrave Centre will each be invaded for three free performances providing an event for whoever happens to be there.

Pather has also asked five artists to "document" the performances on video and make a related work. Artists include Junaid Ahmed, guest lecturer at UDW in Drama and Performance and producer and director of productions for Channel Four (UK), SABC and ETV; Storm Janse van Rensburg, NSA Gallery curator and cultural facilitator; Greg Streak, ex-Rijksakademie, currently teaching video in the Fine Art Department of Technikon Natal; Thando Mama, a Masters student at Technikon Natal; and Virginia MacKenny, senior lecturer at the Technikon Natal Fine Art Department.

The videos will be installed together with a reworking of the performances for four nights at the DAG in April.

The full performance programme is as follows:

320 West Street
Saturday March 2 at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

North Beach Pier
Sunday March 10 at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

Out of Africa Coffee Shop, The Workshop Shopping Centre
Sunday March 17 at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

Albany Hotel, Smith Street (only 10 bookings per performance - call 306 3827 to reserve a place)
Saturday March 23 at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

Legends at Musgrave Centre
Saturday March 30 at 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

Durban Art Gallery
April 4-7 at 7.30pm

Tickets R25/R20 - book at Computicket.


Ulric Roldanus

Ulric Roldanus
Afrikaansparketcimelic, 2002
Mixed media
Installation view

Michael Croeser

Michael Croeser
Chinese Economically Viable Birth/Death Paradox
2001
Charcoal on paper


Ulric Roldanus and Michael Croeser at the NSA

In the main gallery, Ulric Roldanus from the Netherlands presents 'The Road', an exhibition that engages with the idea of being on the road and moving. Artist-in-residence at the Technikon Natal for the past six weeks, Roldanus is based in Amsterdam but references his childhood in the Cameroon. The exhibition comprises work produced during his residency in Durban as well as works shipped from home.

Utilising a variety of media, the show will centre on installations of photographs, ceramics, maps and found materials that attempt to unravel the links and relations between Roldanus's "African" background and his European experiences as a travelling and working artist. Speaking of the dirt roads leading towards the village where he grew up, Roldanus says, "I always remember these red tracks full of dust cutting through the deep green landscape. When it rains these roads turns into nonnegotiable mud trenches, the colour which is referenced in most of my work." For additional information on the artist see www.roldanus.com.

On the mezzanine Durban-based Michael Croeser shows five large-scale charcoal drawings produced in the past two years. These hard-edged monochrome works were developed from small-scale collages depicting contradictory and unrelated elements, crude and absurd pastiches of images and meanings culled from an archive of old magazines, postcards and comic art (mass media debris of sorts). These collages have been meticulously drawn and look like huge high-contrast photocopies from a distance.

Croeser's sensibility is anarchic and melancholic. He is influenced by dreams and daydreams and get his ideas sometimes sitting around doing nothing. He states: "I don't read the papers or watch television or pay much attention to current media or trends, except for browsing through magazines at CNA at closing time." Although Croeser states that the "images speak for themselves", he acts as an interpreter seeking meaning in the barrage of imagery surrounding us. For additional information, see www.redmenace.za.net/croeser.

Opening: February 26 at 6pm
Closing: March 17

See REVIEWS

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm


Damaged bronze Buddha

Unknown photographer
Damaged bronze Buddha


'The Truth about Tibet' at the NSA Gallery

In the NSA's Park Gallery, 'The Truth about Tibet' is a powerful photographic exhibition organised by the Tibet Society of South Africa. This collection of photographs was donated by various human rights organisations and the Tibet government-in-exile. It gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the Tibet that China does not want the world to see. The photos reflect the destruction of Tibet's environment, the oppression of its people and the gradual but ruthless eradication of their culture and religion.

Coinciding with the exhibition, a special commemorative event will be held on March 10 at 2.30pm to honour those Tibetans who died in the Tibetan National Uprising in 1959. Seven days after this uprising, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader, was forced to flee into exile. The Chinese military retaliated with brute force, resulting in the massacre of thousands of Tibetan men, woman and children. Jampal Chosang, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative for Africa and the Middle East, will be the guest speaker. For more information contact Renato Palmi on 083 943 0235.

Opening: February 26 at 6pm
Closing: March 17

SEE NEWS

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm




Ellis 'n Bheki at the NSA Gallery

Well-known Durban performers Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane will perform at the NSA Gallery for one weekend of the month for the next three months. They aim to create a dynamic performance area incorporating both the sloping lawns and the restaurant area, and to invite musicians and other artists whose work enhances the spirit of their African outdoor theatre.

The first 'Ellis 'n Bheki' NSA experiences will be from February 22-24 when they will perform Big Udder. The second weekend will be March 29-31 when they will perform their all-time favourite Boy Called Rubbish, and on April 26-28 they'll present a brand new piece commissioned by the Grahamstown Festival

Tickets are available at the NSA shop at R40 for adults and R20 for children. Inquiries to Sue at 082 882 9869 or clarence@icon.co.za.

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood


Handspring Puppet Company

A Handspring Puppet Company production


'Episodes' at Durban Art Gallery

Having just completed a successful run at the Tatham 'Episodes', an installation of puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company, is opening at the Durban Art Gallery. Featuring work from seven productions over sixteen years it promises a fascinating insight into the production side of specialised theatre.

The original focus of the Handspring Puppet Company, founded in 1981, was the creation of new South African theatre for children but in the back of their minds the company felt there was space to develop an adult audience for the puppets.

In 1985 the production 'Episodes of an Easter Rising' delighted adult audiences and the press and exposure to international theatre for the puppets at the Seventh International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Charleville-Mzzier's increased resolve to work for adults. The rich theatre life of Johannesburg during the eighties and nineties provided opportunities for the company to work with top South African directors, such as William Kentridge, provoking new and challenging developments in the way Handspring Puppet Company made and worked with puppets.

Handspring Puppet Company is now in its 22nd year and run by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones. The company is currently based in Kalk Bay and provides an artistic base for a core group of performers, designers, theatre artists and technicians who collaborate on a project basis.

Nearly all the figures on this exhibition (with the exception of the petticoats from Starbrites!) represent productions that have been seen at and sponsored by the Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown.

Opening: February 13
Closing: March 31

See REVIEWS

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm


Carryn Killian

Artwork by Carryn Killian from Carter High School


KwaZulu-Natal Schools Art Exhibition 2002

KZN students strut their stuff in the annual KwaZulu-Natal Schools Art Exhibition. Showcasing a wide range of art, craft and design produced last year by senior learners in the province's state schools, the exhibition always attracts a large audience from the education sector and the general public.

The basis of the senior art course at schools remains observational drawing. The finest of these drawings show remarkable powers of observation and a high level of technical skill. Apart from such traditional abilities there is an increased emphasis on applied craft represented by fabric printing, fashion and jewellery design, while interest in contemporary media such as digital design is also evident. Also on display will be highly creative examples of wearable art made out of waste materials and a whole range of other non-traditional media borne out of a need for art educators to be resourceful when faced with cash-strapped budgets.

Given the current climate of cutting back, it is commendable that this yearly show continues to inspire a large and appreciative following in celebration of youthful artistic endeavour and creativity.

Opening: February 13
Closing: March 31

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm

PIETERMARITZBURG



Terence Patrick at the Tatham Art Gallery

Terence Patrick, a graduate of Natal University, will be exhibiting new paintings and drawings at the Tatham. He last exhibited four years ago when his work was informed by what he describes as "politically correct multiculturalism" and a postmodern world view that was supported by the adjectives "important" and "substantial". According to the press release, he has since then been engrossed in situation theory and structuralism; he has worked through post structuralism and dallied over Wittgenstein, he has even toyed with the uncertainty principle. More recently deconstruction theory has so engrossed his waking hours that he has decoded four volumes of the Harry Potter mysteries. He posits "hyper-reality" as the correct, albeit intellectually flabby, term to describe his work.

Opening: March 7
Closing: April 7

Tatham Art Gallery, corner Longmarket Street and Commercial Road
Tel: (033) 342 1804/01
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm


Fibre Works

Invitation for 'Fibre Works' (detail)


'Fibre Works' at Tatham Art Gallery

Fibre Works, a countrywide organisation for fibre artists, is bringing its members' most innovative and challenging works to Pietermaritzburg for this exhibition. Since its inception in the 1960s fibre art has continued to flourish, bringing to the fore the arts of sewing, quilting and needlework that are traditionally associated with women. Engaging in some unexpected gender role reassessment in the States where it was apparent that there were many highly skilled men interested in the arena, fibre art challenged ideas on what constituted "serious" artmaking. Working in cotton, wool, plastic, paper, leather, grass and wire, local artists stretch the possibilities of their media while making work that draws on cultural traditions from around the globe.

Opening: February 12
Closing: March 17

Tatham Art Gallery, corner Longmarket Street and Commercial Road
Tel: (033) 342 1804/01
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm

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