Archive: Issue No. 87, November 2004

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05.11.04 Liezel Prins's 'God as Amplified Nerve Tissue' at artSPACEdurban
05.11.04 Shauna Southam 'Adore' at artSPACEdurban
05.11.04 Mlu Zondi's 'IDENTIKIT' at the NSA's Multimedia Room
05.11.04 'Point and Pixels' by Vega Navigators (JHB and DBN) at the NSA
05.11.04 'Moving Targets' Edeltraut Rath at the NSA Gallery
05.11.04 BUZZART: Shining stars at the NSA Gallery
05.11.04 The Fatherhood Project at the Durban Art Gallery
05.11.04 HotTopic at the NSA

03.10.04 Photographs by Ranjith Kally at the Durban Art Gallery


Liezel Prins

Liezel Prins
Ceramic sculpture

'God as Amplified Nerve Tissue' by Liezel Prins at artSPACEdurban

Liezel Prins is a third year student at the Durban Institute of Technology and as part of end-of-year shows she is exhibiting drawings, sculptures and ceramics titled 'God as Amplified Nerve Tissue'. She says of her work, 'I work with hidden parallels within the spirals of life, from the micro- to the macro-cosmos. The drawings are limited to a segmented shape where experimentation takes place. All the works, from sculpture to ceramics, have their own separate meaning but fit into one whole conclusion for my theory life'." Opens: November 8
Closes: November 13


Shauna Southam
David, 2003
Oil pastel on Canvas, 1.5m x 2m

Shauna Southam's 'Adore' at artSPACEdurban

Shauna Southam is a BTech student at the Durban Institute of technology. She exhibits drawings of portraits and figures as part of the year end student's exhibitions.

Stylistically Southam draws from a number of sources that are of particular interest to her, such as early Renaissance art, the tradition of sacred art, early craft work such as gilding and the decoration of altar panels, Byzantine mosaics and Christian iconography.

She has combined elements from these sources with a personal take on her subject matter to create a play between realism and a dreamlike quality, evoking traditional frescoes and a feeling of otherworldiness. Some of her portraits and figures are gritty and realistic, showing aged hands and crow's feet. Others are fleeting images, showing obscured views and fragmented pieces, surrounded by intensely crosshatched backgrounds and mosaic surroundings.

A turmoil of hatches, crosses and energising vigorous line-work describe the lives of the individuals concerned; the obscured, obliterated areas speak of something private, contemplative, meditative thoughts of those concerned, and Southam's sense of place and relation to those she draws.

Opens: Monday, November 15
Closes: November 26

Mlu Zondi

Mlu Zondi
performance still

Mlu Zondi's IDENTIKIT' at the NSA's Multimedia Room

Mlu Zondi is a prominent young performer and choreographer living and working in Durban. He is a graduate of the Durban Institute of Technology where he obtained a Diploma in Drama and performance studies. In 2001 he started creating experimental work and developed his interest in installation performances.

As part of the NSA's Young Artist Project (YAP) Zondi will presents a series of public interventions in the city of Durban, leading up to an installation and regular in-situ performances during the exhibition in the NSA Multimedia Room.

Documentation from his street performances will form the basis of the installation, and public process will inform the final performances in the gallery environment. Zondi will use the traditional game 'Mlabalaba' as a structural and metaphorical reference in these interventions.

Zondi has participated in numerous performance collaborations and projects including 'Redeye art', and the recent site-specific performances 'Republic'. He has also presented work for the Lausanne Dance Festival after a two-month residency in Switzerland during 2002.

The Young Artists Project (YAP) is an ongoing initiative to showcase new work through four exhibitions, a publication and a public seminar annually.

Opens: 6pm, October 26
Closes: November 14

Christiaan van der Westhuizen

Christiaan van der Westhuizen
Thoughts on square love (from a series of three digital images), 2004

'Points and Pixels' by Vega Navigators at the NSA Gallery

Vega, The Brand Communications School, is a tertiary institution dedicated to graduating a new breed of brand communicators. Vega offers full-time, part-time and corporate training in the A-Z of building brands. The Vega school prides itself on delivering individuals whose expertise is to generate sustainable ideas that build businesses.

The exhibition will occupy the NSA's Main Gallery and will showcase recent work by 'Vega Navigators' - mentors and lecturers at this leading institution, most of them who have received considerable recognition in the South African art world.

Participating artists include Kevin Collins, Chris Diedericks, Ian Marley, Deirdre Pretorius, Naretha Pretorius, Nicky Shongwe, Vhaugn Sadie, Greg Tregoning, Katty Vandenberghe and Christiaan van der Westhuizen.

Opens: 6pm, October 26
Closes: November 14

Edeltraut Rath

Edeltraut Rath
Moving Targets, 2003
Mixed media on paper

'Moving Targets' by Edeltraut Rath at the NSA

Edeltraut Rath is an artist living and working in Bremen, Germany. Bremen is twin-city to Durban, and the exhibition is a celebration of the formal ties between these two urban centres.

During 2003 Rath collaborated with Durban artist, Joseph Manana on an exchange programme to produce public murals in Bremen. The exhibition is a further addition to her ties and connection with Durban.

Rath's work is an investigation into what she terms 'the pattern of cultures' and is borne out of an interest in the multicultural environments of her home city, and its relationship to other parts of the world. She works with geometrical forms, patterns and ornamentation but does not only explore formal qualities. The work is also visual research into the patterns and decorative colours of different nationalities, identities and communities. The work is thus an exploration of 'differences' and 'similarities' through these symbolic patterns.

Rath states that: 'The world has developed into a global village, especially through the advancement of the media. This is the reason why it has become more and more important to understand and tolerate other peoples and their differences. In the Bremen quarter Obervieland for example, people from 105 different nationalities live together. In Durban you also see people from different national origins in the street.'

In addition to her own work, Rath has initiated and developed various exchange programmes and public art initiatives in Bremen, Namibia and South Africa.

Opens: 6pm, October 26
Closes: November 14


Tim Dlammini

BUZZART: Shining stars at the NSA Gallery Complex

BUZZART is an annual 'Christmas exhibition' held at the NSA Gallery Complex where innovative, original, quirky, affordable selection of stunning festive season gifts are available under one roof.

Taking up the challenge the NSA has decided to offer something quite different from other retailers and has taken the idea of Christmas shopping and placed it into an art gallery context. Dozens of outstanding artists and crafters are producing ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, wirework, mosaic and beadwork.

This is complemented by the 'Shining Star' exhibition of artworks and collectables in the Mezzanine and Park Galleries, featuring top crafters including Johnny Foreigner, Monkeybiz, Tim Dlamini, Trayci Tompkins, Martha Zettler, Chris de Beer and Barry Hartley.

Opens: November 21
Closes: January 10


Lara Gray
Tranquility, 2004

The Fatherhood Project at Durban Art Gallery

The Fatherhood Project exhibition features approximately 120 photographs of men in fatherly roles, selected from a larger number submitted by professional photographers, students and schoolchildren around South Africa. In additions, three photographic essays by celebrated South African photographers Paul Weinberg, Ruth Motau and George Hallett give an intimate portrayal of the life of an ordinary father.

Perhaps the most profoundly affecting of the photographs exhibited are those taken by schoolchildren, many of whom come from disadvantaged families. The children, none of whom had any previous training, were provided with disposable cameras, and requested to take pictures of their fathers or father figures at home. The resulting images are a powerful testimony to the enduring presence and value of committed fathers including, and perhaps especially, in the poorest communities. They also demonstrate the fathering role played by men who are not the biological fathers of the children.

The show comprises one aspect of the Fatherhood Project - awareness raising and advocacy - aimed at stimulating public discourse around men caring compassionately for children and is also part of the run up to the Fatherhood Conference to be held in Durban from November 24.

Opens: November 1
Closes: November 30

Jay Pather

Jay Pather

HotTopic at the NSA

The public is invited to join the NSA for this month's HotTopic series, an NSA Gallery initiative to engage different issues. This hot series is entitled 'Cultural currency: cream cheese bagels and quiet diplomacy'. Jay Pather, director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, will deliver a talk on their recent performances in New York for 'Personal Affects' at the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Pather recently received a Brett Kebble Art Awards.

6.30pm, November 10

Ranjith Kally

Ranjith Kally

Ranjith Kally's Restrospective at the Durban Art Gallery

While some know the name Ranjith Kally from the photo credits in the social pages of Durban newspapers, others claim that their school photographs were taken by this ubiquitous, ageless photographer.

Kally started taking photographs while working in a shoe factory in Durban during his teens. He stumbled upon a Kodak Postcard camera at a jumble sale in 1946 and it took him to a lifetime career as a photographer. He supplemented his income by photographing social events for the Leader newspaper on weekends. In 1952 he won third prize in an international competition held in Japan from a field of 150 000 entries, and in 1967 he was selected for membership to the Royal Photographic Society, London for his selection of portraits.

While the exhibition features many of Kally's images of Durban in the 50s along with photos of that famous jazz club, The Goodwill Lounge, these are contrasted by the sensitive private black and white portraits. The exhibition is as much a reflection and recognition of Kally's work since 1945 as it is of the social history of Durban.
Shot with an artistic eye, the exhibition, which is curated by Riason Naidoo, allows the viewer the privilege of reflecting on our fascinating past through the lens of this veteran photographer.

Opens: September 23
Closes: November 9