A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.2 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm. The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.
Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
"For the first time in South Africa an exhibition dedicated to exploring a ‘romantic’ turn in contemporary art will be staged at the Barnard from January 29. It is curated by well known art commentator Mary Corrigall, who has been closely observing this movement, which has largely been confined to a generation of young Cape Town based-painters, all contemporaries. Their works will be presented along with established mid-career artists from Joburg that have been preoccupied with the area where nature, science and the sublime converge under the banner of romanticism. In harnessing and coming to grips with the aesthetic and ideological drivers behind this painterly mode, Corrigall has chosen to dub it ‘new romanticism’ as it shares characteristics with a titular movement in the late 18th century..."
Corrigall will host The New Romantics #artcrawls on February 10, allowing visitors to gain insight into this movement and meet the artists.
“In his book Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell describes a double-speak totalitarian state where most of the population accepts ‘the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them’……The world not imagined is the one that now exists” - Ian Dunlop, The Guardian (2017)
Myopia, a two-woman exhibition by Mandy Coppes-Martin and Ronél De Jager, queries our myopic lens and global mindsets on environmental issues through a series of mixed media works, examining beautiful and precarious seascapes and landscapes.
...Ronél De Jager presents a new series of paintings to consider ways of looking. The artist experiments with the visual experiences of myopia in the close-up stills of a quiet, seemingly undisturbed undersea world and more abstract paintings of fossil-like forms and topological views.
De Jager exposes mankind myopia through these stills of a quiet, seemingly undisturbed undersea world and by placing that which we don’t often consider on her canvas. These images allude to an undersea world we don’t often have an association or connection with, except for perhaps on a seaside holiday, a visit to the Aquarium or an episode of David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet. In a comparable way, De Jager paints an intimate narration with specific decisions on the scale of canvas directing our view and varying painterly qualities and styles which switch our thinking strategies, engaging our ‘sympathetic curiosity’ with the undersea world.
“This series continues my fascination with time on a grand scale, through ideas of evolution of the world around us, geological time and the antiquity of the earth, whether by the formation of an ocean and the movement of tectonic plates and its references to a time before human life. But I also wanted these histories to speak of a contemporary moment and show the response from the earth to our presence; I wanted to emote the earth, specifically the sea, with its unknown cavities and seascapes.” - Ronél De Jager
A painting exhibition curated by Wayne Matthews & Alison Jean Shaw
OPENING Thursday 2 November 18h00
ENDS 30 January 2018
PRIEST Gallery | Parkwood, Johannesburg
Like the god Pan, painting has frequently been proclaimed dead.First, the photograph killed it and then Duchamp with the ready-made. His criticism of retinal art removed technical virtuosity as painting's primary virtue. However, in the panic of its own demise, the medium found a way out of potential redundancy to redefine itself as infinitely flexible.
The assimilatory capacity of painting is where its true virtue lies; consuming whatever seems to pose a threat to its relevance. It seems that this very crisis is what allows the artists who employ this sensual, gestural medium to continually reformulate its scope and character. Through its fluidity, the material responds to the pressures placed on it.
The exhibition aims to draw together a small selection of artists who have contributed, in one way or another, to the vitality of painting in a contemporary South African context.
Eric Duplan, Claire Lichtenstein, JP Meyer, Ad-Reflex, Heidi Fourie, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Willie Saayman, Vusi Beauchamp, Matthew Hazell, Tanya Poole, Ronel de Jager, Olaf Bischoff, ELizaveta Rukavishnikova, Marc Pradervand, Jennifer Ord & Leanne Olivier
“Nature is like a woman who enjoys disguising herself, and whose different disguises permit those who study her, to hope that one day they may know the whole of her person” - Denis Diderot
The ‘eternal feminine’ has come to be known as a psychological archetype or philosophical principle that idealises the immutable concept of “Woman”. It is one component of gender essentialism, the belief that man and woman have different core ‘essences’ that cannot be altered by time or environment.
The natural world is often personified as female, and one with two faces; one, the passive and nurturing mother, the other, wild and uncontrollable. Thus the earth, giver and supporter of life was symbolized by woman, as was the image of nature as disorder with ‘her’ storms, droughts and other natural disasters. What better time than Spring to celebrate, with tongue firmly in cheek, the bounty of mother nature, in all its guises and gendered dichotomies. Participating artists are encouraged to explore the natural world, highlighted and complicated by the themes of artistic representations of women and nature, as well as examine the myth of the ‘eternal feminine’, which has been irrefutably reinforced through psychoanalysis, history, biology, mythology and literature.
Earlier this year, the gallery exhibited 35 Years: A Lizamore Perspective, an acclaimed exhibition that featured a selection of artists which represent an overview of Lizamore’s career. Whereas 35 Years: A Lizamore Perspective was a reminiscent glimpse of Lizamore’s time in the industry, she reasserts her gaze with the curation of 35 Years: Trailblazers to look toward the future of the South African contemporary art industry. The exhibition showcases a selection of artists that represent a new wave of South African contemporary art.
These artists, hand-picked by Lizamore, have shown potential to have a noteworthy impact on the progression and expansion of the contemporary South African art landscape.
One11 is set to be an Artist led space located in the busy district of Cape Town’s Loop Street. The intimate gallery is set to open its doors in early Spring with a diverse schedule of selective solo and group exhibitions presenting a combination of Artists from South Africa as well as afar.
A varied selection of Artists such as Philipp Pieroth (Berlin/ SA); Isabella Chydenius (Helsinki/ SA); Dennis Mubiru (Kampala, Uganda) and Guto Bussab (Brasil/ SA) to name but a few.
The curation schedule will also be incorporating a modus of operation through establishing and encouraging cross- collaborative projects- inviting independent curators and local galleries to participate in the gallery schedule.
The works on show explore a range of processes that draw on ideas and interpretations of the Sacred and the Profane. It stems from the need of every era to reinvent “spirituality” for itself.
Art has the potential to lead us to a place of vision that unites the material and ethereal worlds (Hart 2005:3).
Human experience has the possibility to be ordered by the sacred and to create fundamental meaning in the world.
This duality causes humanity to become aware of the sacred because it manifests itself as something wholly different from the profane (Eliade 1959:11). This awareness becomes a reality that does not belong to our world, in objects that are an integral part of our natural "profane" world (Eliade 1959:11). Humanity of every culture and era has exerted great efforts to presence and to glimpse the numinous through ritual, art and monumental architecture. The exhibition, Sacred and Profane brings together a group of artists seeking the impossible, confronting dualities and investigating the intertextual nature of adding meaning to what is already known. In this sense, authenticity cannot be handed down, new maps of consciousness need to be drawn along with an exploration of new visions that challenge the structural contradictions inherent in the human condition in an attempt at a truthful transcendence.
Women’s month presents a time in which the country focuses on the invaluable role of women within our society and places the needs, conversations and issues of women at the forefront. By selecting a variety of female artists for this exhibition, working in diverse media, the exhibition will showcase the incredible talent of the female artists and their mastery of medium.
The title Material Consequences presents a play on words for the consequences of art making practices and materiality with which these artists are concerned with.
Broeigrond: Fertile Ground for Golden Regrets is a multidisciplinary exhibition by Ronél De Jager, inspired by the Karoo landscape, geology, infrared photographic process and cosmology.In this series of works, the artist constructs fictionalised landscapes which oscillate between the familiar and alien; De Jager constructs artifacts of paintings, light-boxes, glass orbs with brass and copper electroplated flora and time-lapse film gathered from previous expeditions in the Karoo.
These artefacts present fertile landscapes with an energy potential, at the cusp of its revelation; they incubate our imagined future, thoughts and potential regrets. Beginning as a photographic process of experimentation, De Jager, uses infrared photography to investigate the characteristics of the landscape and found flora. These flora represent the biota of a specific landscape, period and people. These are then re-interrogated in her studio as she translates this into paintings and multimedia works.
Like a heat seeker the infrared analyses its components, tapping into magnetic fields which we cannot see as humans, providing us some kind of alternative universe where we may see these energetic fields and imagined futures through the landscape. It is this very mediation between scientific process and fine art object where De Jager actively teleports her viewer.
These artifacts consider time and space and play on the notions of memory as transcendental, ephemeral and intangible.
As an alter ego exists so it seems De Jager wishes to reconstruct herself through the reconstruction of these familiar spaces. The landscape becomes her internal universe; the infrared becomes the electromagnetic wave seeker, searching for the obscure, inspecting within the unknown.
See Art is based on the premise that successful visual artists structure their works using an alphabet of "art-making" to initiate dialogue that should cause viewers to 'see' the works. The "Alphabet of art-making" has many compoents: inter alia; colour; mark-making; shapes; use of positive and negative space; texture; balance; emphasis; harmony; movement.
The exhibition will be opened by David Paton, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg on Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 12:00.
Acclaimed gallerist and curator, Teresa Lizamore, celebrates 35 years in the contemporary art industry in 2017. To celebrate this benchmark year, Lizamore & Associates, kicks off their calendar of art exhibitions with a retrospective exhibition titled 35 years: A Lizamore Perspective, featuring a selection of artists who represent an overview of the curator’s time in the industry.
As an extension to this exhibition, Lizamore will also be curating a special installation from her private collection, titled A Room of Her Own.
#Selfie is a group painting exhibition that questions and investigates the notions of ‘traditional’ self-portraiture in a digital realm. The digital realm we often find ourselves in, gives individuals the opportunity to present themselves – or often a selected version of themselves – on various cyber platforms. This has lead to an online revival of the genre of the self-portrait. The popularity of self-portraiture is made possible in part through ubiquitous tools such as web and cell phone cameras.
Artists are invited to consider the use, and perhaps the shift, of the self-portrait in a digital age where social media provides the platform for identity formation and how this democratization of self-portraiture has shifted from its original purposes. This exhibition challenges artist to use painting – a medium often seen as ‘traditional’ – to investigate the shifts in self-portraiture in the digital realms.
A group exhibition featuring highlights from the 2016 KKNK festival
OPENING Sunday 6 May 11h00
ENDS 27 May 2016
ABSA GALLERY | ABSA Towers, Johannesburg
Art Lovers who couldn’t make it to this year’s KKNK festival in Oudsthoorn can catch some of the best art from the festival. Empty Space An Overview of KKNK 2016, opens on Sunday 8 May. The exhibition features work from Absa Gallery’s 2016 KKNK exhibition and pieces from other KKNK curated exhibitions.
The theme for the visual arts at KKNK 2016 was Blank Spaces: the poetry of the unfinished or the beginning of the new. “The design brief explored the idea of blank spaces: the we embrace the concept that there is more space than can be seen; that there are void spaces; or, as it were, that there is a vaster horizon,” says Stephan Erasmus, curator of the Absa Gallery’s Empty Spaces exhibit. “The brief also embraced the idea of opportunities created through these spaces. Blank spaces allow for the new; fresh start.”
“Contemporary painting retains from its Modernist and Conceptualist background the belief that every artist’s work should stake out a position—that a painting is not only a painting but also the representation of an idea about painting” - Barry Schwabsky.
In response to the earlier exhibition ‘It is what it is’ which investigated drawing as a contemporary medium, ‘For what its worth’ aims to investigate the move towards contemporary painting as a current trend. Since the move towards abstraction, painters have divulged the need to translate the seen world to the canvas, while at the same time, capturing the essence of the artist as well. Contemporary painting explores visual languages and rhythms and how the act of painting itself can encompass experience. The artists selected for this exhibition approach painting fluidly, dealing with both the individual and collective, coupling this with excess, indulgence and obsession.
Heidi Fourie, Jana Hamman, Mia Chaplin, Ronél de Jager, Paul Senyol, Swain Hoogervorst.
Falling in line with the overall theme for the 2016 KKnK festival ‘Empty Spaces’ the idea of the spaces between has been selected as a guideline for the Absa KKnK exhibition...
...Through the continuous drive to conquer/understand the world and events around us we have inadvertently dispelled the wonder and mystery that life sometimes contain.
Historically in the early stages of mapping the world the ‘undiscovered’ spaces were given to the unknown and the mysterious. The representations of the inhabitants of these areas were discussed at length in the representation of the other. Good examples of these types of narrative based maps can be seen in the work of Jorge Luis Borges, particularly the ‘Labyrinth’ a collection of short stories where the reader becomes a traveller that moves through a world of mystery, the macabre and the magical.
In this exhibition artists are invited to find their own spaces between the maps of everyday life, the spaces that we in the busyness of contemporary life fleet over without paying any significant attention to these spaces.
OPENING Wednesday 3 February 18h00
ENDS 20 February 2016
NO END CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE | Linden, Johannesburg
'FIFTEEN HUNDRED' called upon artists to produce work with the aim of encouraging emerging art buyers to initiate or expand on their collections. As No End is an artist-run contemporary art space that aims to create a platform that supports artists' careers, this exhibition is directed at encouraging emerging buyers to support and gain further interest in the arts.
All artworks were on sale for a set price of fifteen hundred rand.
Supporting The Bookery (www.thebookery.org.za). The gallery & artists donating 10% of all sales towards building a library & running a creative workshop with the kids at Usasazo Secondary School in Khayelitsha.
Twilsharp Studios, 40/42 Gordon Rd, Bertrams, Johannesburg
079 885 3187 l 079 509 4880 l twilsharpstudios.com
WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE
Group exhibition presented by George Bizos Bursary Fund
OPENING Thursday 14 July 18h00
ENDS 17 July 2016
Turbine Hall | Newtown, Johannesburg
This theme alludes to a place or situation where the participating artists find themselvess in strange surroundings outside their comfort zones or scope of understanding, considering the socio-political and economic attitudes of a people that have reached adulthood twenty one years after democracy.
Despite the fact that during moments of social and national unity most South Africans flirt with the idea of simunye and ubuntu, we increasingly find the harsh reality of an ailing global economy and a local social order bereft of the vision, inspiration and justice. Observing the shock and disappointment of the violence, corruption, inequality, poverty, misguided nationalism, religious conservatism and the multi layered upheaval of the society around us, we are grappling to find new answers to old problems, much overdue.
Charity Art Exhibition
OPENING Thursday 12 November 18h00
37 Barrack Street | Cape Town
"Pages torn from Broken Monsters, the latest novel by award-winning author Lauren Beukes, have been transformed into artworks by top local creatives to raise funds for the NGO Book Dash. Contemporary art and design curator Jacki Lang is working her magic on the unmissable Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show to be held in Cape Town on 12 November and in Joburg on 26 November. Nando’s Art Initiative is sponsoring the exhibition."
More info contact: Jacki - email@example.com | www.laurenbeukes.com
Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg l www.joburgfringe.com
An exhibition curated by Kim Lieberman, Lesley Cohen & Kevin Handelsman
OPENING Wednesday 19 August 2015
King David Primary School, Victory Park l Johannesburg
Opening address by Linda Givon
Featuring Artists: Willem Boshoff, Phillemon Hlungwani, Bambo Sibiya, Bevan de Wet, Usha Seejarim, Deborah Bell, Richard Penn, William Kentridge, Terry Kurgan, Kim Lieberman, Norman Catherine, Robert Hodgins amongst others. With a selection of works donated by The Goodman Gallery.
BARCLAY'S L'ATELIER 2015
Top 100 finalist exhibition and awards
15 July - 28 August 2015
ABSA GALLERY l Absa Towers North, Johannesburg
GALA EVENT (by invitation only) l Wednesday 15 July 2015
Now in its 30th year, Barclays L’Atelier is one of South Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. Held annually, it is open to artists aged 21 to 35. Historically, this award has not only ensured that South Africa’s young and emerging artists were recognised, but has also afforded them the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. A look through the list of previous winners will testify to this.
Prizes are sponsored by Barclays Africa, the Alliance Française, the French Institute, the French Embassy and SANAVA, and includeinternational residencies in New York, Paris and Johannesburg as well as mentorships by established artists.
New works presented by Lizamore & Associates Gallery
17 – 19 July 2015
Turbine Hall, Newtown l Johannesburg
VIP OPENING Thursday 16 July 18h30
Artists that will be exhibiting at the Lizamore & Associates booth includes: Stephen Rosin, Benon Lutaaya, Ronél de Jager, Mandy Coppes Martin, Zolile Phetsane, Mandy Johnston, Louis Olivier & Peter Mammes.
Auction to raise funds for Lesley Perkes from Art@work
PREVIEW Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 June 2015
AUCTION Thursday 25 June 2015 18:30
GALLERY MOMO l Parktown North, Johannesburg
Lesley Joy Perkes (17 June 1961 – 13 February 2015) dedicated her life to providing access for every South African to arcane, mysterious and delightful products of the imagination. She made a powerful and energetic contribution to growing our understanding of the role and status of art – particularly public art.
At the time of her passing, Gallery MOMO was collaborating with artists, friends and concerned people to raise the funding to cover her hospital costs. As a testament to the love and respect that Lesley inspired, many artists donated works of art to Gallery MOMO for an auction of art – the proceeds of which will benefit her grieving family as well as keep her legacy alive.
The group exhibition ‘Winter is Coming’ appropriately takes place in the 2015 South African winter months at The Equus Gallery at Cavalli Estate.
Artists are encouraged to investigate the classic adage ‘Winter is Coming’ with potential references to the trendy application of the motto in contemporary culture, inspired by the popular series ‘Game of Thrones’. The authentic meaning behind these words is however a profound warning that encourages constant vigilance - a reprimand to prepare for the adversities of winter or an omen of possible death and despair - these themes could be explored in a broader context with relevant allusions.
The Latin phrase “memento mori” (“remember you have to die”), was whispered into the ears of victorious Roman generals during their parade of triumph, to remind them that all earthly success is fleeting.
‘It is so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.’ John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent.
De Jager's final showcase in a three part debut solo exhibition
5 - 28 February 2015
Lizamore & Associates Gallery l Johannesburg
OPENING 5 February 18h00
The sense of movement, flux and change evoked in Part I and the ‘pause moment’ for reflection suggested by Part II come together in this culminating episode of the A.M. project, which draws together the contrapuntal tenors of the two previous shows. Featuring an installation of paintings, and video projections interacting with a central sculptural installation, this multi-media exhibition draws on the conceptual narratives brought to light by the project as a whole.
The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens has long been a reconnoitering territory for my inner artist child. There you will find me strolling with Juluka, my Jack Russell-Dalmatian cross, resting under a shady tree or carefully watching shadows as they move across a blank canvas. This is a space I’ve long savoured and marveled at.
En route to the final part of my debut solo exhibition A.M. (After Midnight) scheduled for February 2015 at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, I have felt it fitting to take a moment out of my preparations to share my processes, observations and discoveries with the public.
In the past, this has involved dodging management and running from security guards, but on 2 November 2014, I have the opportunity to perform this ritual in the open, publicly and without interruption.
An outdoor exhibition integrating culture and nature
31 October - 2 November 2014
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens l Emmarentia
OPENING Sunday 2 November 12h00
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After two years (2011 & 2013) of presenting the International Land Art Biennale in Plettenberg Bay and the Bitou region of communities in South Africa, Site_Specific now brings it’s project to the green areas of the large metropolitan city of Johannesburg.
Site_Specific is pleased to announce its second land art event in Johannesburg. The event will take place in conjunction with the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia on the weekend of 31 October – 2 November 2014. Mohammed Valli Moosa, former Minister for Environmental Affairs and President of the World Conservation Union, will officially open the event on Sunday 2 November at 12 noon.
19th century-style salon concept curated by Ann-Marie Tully
2 - 5 October 2014
Upstairs@Bamboo l Melville Johannesburg
OPENING Saturday 4 October 10h00 - 17h00
This exhibition represents n artist-led and artist-centered ethos; reviving the pre-white-cube experience of viewing art in tight knit groupings that prize the value of every inch of an exhibition venue, presenting each work in dialogue and tension with other work.
Gallery Hours: Preview Thurday 2 October 13h00 - 17h00 / Open Sunday 5 October 10h00 - 15h00 / Exhibition closes 15h00 on Sunday 5 October
Corner 9th Street & Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg l +27 (0)73 160 9815
De Jager's multi media debut solo exhibition: PART II
17 - 20 July 2014
Turbine Art Fair 2014, Turbine Hall, Newtown l Johannesburg
VIP OPENING Thursday 17 July 18h30
An Interlude is the second installment of De Jager’s three-part debut solo exhibition After Midnight and unfolds in the darkened basement of the Turbine Hall. By means of a specialised rotating camera mount (created in collaboration with cinematographer Thomas Pretorius), a video projection, capturing the circular motion of a ‘sky view scene’, is projected onto several layers of luminous material overhead. A soft echoing soundtrack enhances a simultaneous sense of immersion and isolation, as the viewer is drawn upward toward an endless sky.
Developing over time and across locations, each installment of After Midnight unveils elements that recalls and resonates with previous exhibition/s.
An Interlude follows on the sense of transience, movement and flux evoked in A Prelude (hosted by ROOM Gallery, June 2014), becoming a ‘pause moment’ for reflection, solitude and silence; both exhibitions culminating in the final episode scheduled for February 2015, at Lizamore & Associates Gallery.