‘Coffee with the Artist’
26th February, 11am
Join Jill Trappler at 11am this Thursday the 26th of February at The AVA Gallery for coffee and a discussion around her exhibition Familiar Places (currently showing at The AVA) and other works.
Opening on the 31st January 2018 | 6pm
For the month of February you can look forward to three new exhibitions at The AVA Gallery. ’& Friends’, Sorrel Hofmann‘s solo exhibition of painting, sculpture and installation in the Main Gallery is an exploration into the forms of violence – psychological, ecological, political and personal – that are perpetrated in the name of ‘grand narratives’ emanating from theoretical regimes.
Professor Brian Bradshaw (1923 – 2016), best known for his personal vision of the South African landscape rendered in oil paint in a bravura style, created a lesser-known series of gouaches that will be on display in The Long Gallery along with a selection of his diaries and sketchbooks dating from his childhood.
’Shape-shifting: Reimaging mothering and mother-being’, a solo exhibition by Marguerite Moon in the Mezzanine gallery, offers a contemporary representation of mothering and mother-being by shifting the gaze from the age-old ‘Madonna and Child’ trope—a utopian image and ideal devised by the male gaze, bolstered by religious convictions—to a personal lived experience.
This solo exhibition is an exploration into the forms of violence – psychological, ecological, political and personal – that are perpetrated in the name of ‘grand narratives’ emanating from theoretical regimes. Sorrel Hoffman’s work has paid particular attention to such violence as it affects women, the people of Africa and the environment in recent years. Emanating from deep, on-the-ground research and wide reading and interviewing of people, the artist attempts to position herself less as an accuser than as one who is ‘in conversation’ with those she critiques. The works on show incorporate painting, sculpture and installation as well as a series of large scale books which Hofmann has been working on for several years.
Professor Brian Bradshaw’s legacy is one which has a particular resonance both as an artist who has made his mark, literally and figuratively, on the South African landscape and on many South African artists. It is this legacy that the exhibition of never before exhibited gouache paintings reflects upon, bringing to the attention of the art world and public the outstanding contribution Bradshaw made to South African art.
Shape-shifting: Reimaging mothering and mother-being
Marguerite Moon’s exhibition offers a reimaged and contemporary representation of mothering and mother-being by shifting the gaze from the age-old Madonna and Child trope—an ideal devised by the male gaze, bolstered by religious convictions—to a personal lived experience. By acknowledging the mother’s selfhood (mother-being and artist-mother) and mothering as an active and ever-changing state, the layers present within and between mother-being and mothering are unpacked. Exploration of the intersubjective and relational dynamics between the artist’s two daughters and the artist directly influence her photographic methodology. The photographs become objects of convergence: of absence and presence; time passing; feminist mothering within the domestic space; projection, reflection and mirroring—through photographic strategies that imitate these elements.
AVA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
The AVA’s 2018 Programme is well underway. To ensure you don’t miss any of the exciting exhibitions and activations we have planned, renew your membership for a fee of R150 for one year (1 person) or subscribe for the first time by visiting the gallery.
We can’t wait to give you our 2018 programme brochure, filled with all you need to know for the year – availabe at The AVA from the 1st of February.
See you at the Association for Visual Arts
We look forward to seeing you in January and February:
•Jill Trappler: Coffee with the Artist – 26th January, 11am
•Sorrel Hofmann, Brian Bradshaw, Marguerite Moon exhibition openings: 31st January 2018
•Investec Cape Town Art Fair – Booth F5, 15th-18th February