Archive: Issue No. 123, November 2007

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Lisa Brice

Lisa Brice
CD's Teen Venus 2007
bleach and dye on denim
122 x 152cm


Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Slings and arrows 2007
oil and glue on canvas
20 x 25cm


Lyndi Sales

Lyndi Sales
Old R2 note 2007
mixed media
11 x 10cm


Wilhelm Saayman

Wilhelm Saayman
I fought the law 2006
colour and graphite pencil with marker
21 x 29.5cm


Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Say Cheese 2002
oil on canvas
168 x 198cm



   [04.11.07] 'Finding UCT: Narratives New and Old in the UCT Permanent Collection' at the UCT Centre for African Studies'
Anna Tietze reviews 'Finding UCT: Narratives New and Old in the UCT Permanent Collection' at the UCT Centre for African Studies', an exhibition curated by Clare Butcher and Linda Stupart. Their choices appear to be driven by both personal preference and the narrative of the exhibiton's title. Tietze appreciates what the juxtapositions in this modestly scaled show reveal about particular works and how the collection appears to reflect the University's acquisitions policies over the years, as well as the opportunity to see rarely seen works from the collection.

   [04.11.07] Lisa Brice at Goodman Gallery Cape
Lisa Brice, writes Tavish McIntosh, 'explores our ambivalent relationship with those initial sexual encounters in an exhibition that hides its hard-hitting content behind sumptuous technical skill', in 'Base One Two Three', her second recent show of paintings. Brice here turns her focus onto adolescence and the awakening of sexual desire that takes place, appropriating clichéd Hollywood images and personal snapshots alike.

   [04.11.07] 'Penny Siopis at Michael Stevenson
Tambudzai LaVerne Sibanda reviews Penny Siopis' 'Lasso' at Michael Stevenson. She describes the paintings as a 'human tableau' that engages in uncomfortable conversations about emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Sibanda argues that Siopis is most interested in the after-effects and the imprints that remain after such trauma.

   [04.11.07] Bridget Baker at João Ferreira
In 'Bridget Baeker', the artist introduces us to a new persona - 'The Pilot' - using this character and referencing much of her past work in one film work and two large scale photographic prints. Bettina Malcomess writes that Baker now turns 'an anthropological gaze on European tradition, from a point of view located in the supposedly non-Western, postcolonial context of South Africa'.


   [04.11.07] Kate Tarrat Cross at AVA
Student Michae Chandler reviews Kate Tarrat Cross' show at the AVA

   [04.11.07] Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta at Bell-Roberts
Jacqueline Landey reviews Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta's 'Detached' at Bell-Roberts. She finds his characteristic mixing up of styles to be both the strength and weakness of the show.


   [04.11.07] Lyndi Sales at Gallery Momo
Anthea Buys reviews Lyndi Sales '1 in 11 000 000 Chances' at Gallery Momo. Sales' conflation of playing cards, and hence a gambling metaphor, with the odds of death in an air disaster may not describe a perfect narrative trajectory, but as a 'predominantly historical and metonymic representation' of the crash of the Heldeberg Flight 259 in which her father died, functions very well. While Buys admires Sales' craftsmanship and ingenuity, she tired of the endless repetition of some of the smaller works and found the larger installation more poetic and successful.

   [04.11.07] Wilhelm Saayman at Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art
Michael Smith imagines that if Wilhelm Saayman's 'The girl who always ignored me got hit by a bus' could speak, it would do so with 'a complex mix of suburban lilts and phrases, rapid one moment and drawling the next, sacrificing correctness for emphasis'. He hails Saayman's show of urgent, child-like pencil and marker drawings as 'an important milestone for SA drawing, in all that it avoids replicating'.

   [06.11.07] Sabelo Mlangeni at Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Gallery
Sabelo Mlangeni's 'Invisible Women' finds the artist photographing the women who clean Johannesburg's city streets by night. Sipho Mdanda says that while 'Mlangeni does not shy away from taking photographs that explore the extreme nature of this occupation... it is his empathy with these women and their situation that ultimately makes this exhibition successful.'


   [04.11.07] Andries Botha at the Bank Gallery
Andries Botha's '(dis)Appearance(s)' represents the artist's first solo exhibition in the country for more than a decade, and served to inaugurate Durban's new Bank Gallery. Robert Sember reviews Botha's 'generous' show comprising more than 40 works. Juxtaposing issues as diverse as Boer concentation camps and a large portrait of his late father, Botha articulates himself with great eloquence and avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality.

   [04.11.07] Johannes Phokela at the KZNSA
Johannes Phokela's 'Compendium' is his first one-person show in Durban. Julian Brown finds his expectations confounded, and concludes that the success of these works lies in their ability to resist any fixed interpretation despite an appearance which suggests the opposite.