Current and upcoming exhibitions you need to see:
At Home, After Dark
In Kayser’s second solo exhibition with Kalashnikovv Gallery, he explores the basis of meaning and how we prescribe its function through the language of art in our current society. In a world where we confine meaning – through myths,history, fiction and religion Kayser explores a sense of stability and order. This most recent body of work invites you into a space that emphasizes the fleeting, intangible nature of meaning.
Through the use of peculiar juxtapositions, veiled archetypes,subjective stereotypes and expansive metaphors, the viewer is solicited to construct their own narrative. ‘At Home, After Dark’ offers a look into Andrew’s dark and complex take on the world: where moments are ambiguous, and nothing is absolute.
When: 20 July
Where: The Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Service Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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Curated by Johan Conrad. A group show including: AD-Reflex, Thonton Kabeya, Nathani Luneburg, Chris Slabber, Zelda Stroud and Hannalie Taute.
Conceived by artitst and curator Johan Conradie, the exhibition takes as a starting point the evocative lyrics of pink Floyd's 1979 song, Comfortably numb. The exhibition brings together the works by contemporary South African artits which combine visual tension and a strong conceptual vigour, whilst reverberating closely with the ideas and sentiments as expressed through this iconic song. Envisioned as a dialogue between the works of artistd from different backgrounds, the exhibition explores notions of 'alienation', 'disillusionment', 'delirium', 'disembodiment', 'emotional detachment', 'in-between state', 'invisibility'and 'melancholy'.
When: Aug 3 - 26 Aug
Where: Gallery 2, 138 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
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Past | Present | Future
Arts Association PTA
Past | Present | Future is a celebration of prints published over the last 10 years at Artist Proof Studio. This exhibition includes prints by established artists, emerging artists, graduates and alumni students with the intention of sharing an experience of Artist Proof Studio through printmaking.
The exhibition also serves to showcase the technical excellence of the studio’s Professional Master Printers, who collectively have many years of experience in collaborating with leading established artists as well as cultivate the talent of emerging artists who graduate from Artist Proof Studio.
When: 21 July to 6 August
Where: 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
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Candice Berman Gallery, Bryanston
With this body of work, as with all of his works, John-Michael Metelerkamp’s undergoes a process of deconstructing his past, present and future in the hope of learning about who he is and where he finds himself in the moment.
The surface of anything is a mere manifestation of the viewers ideology in whatever form that takes. So he chooses to represent the true self of the protagonist in an additional face of either blue, white or red. Colour plays a huge role in his work — using it to create juxtaposition between dark subject matter and his whimsical sense of humour.
When: 31 August to 13 September
Where: Candice Berman Gallery, Riverside Shopping Centre, Bryanston, Johannesburg
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Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment
Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment seeks to view Black womanhood as delicate – as temporal and intimate – as weightless. Fragility, tenderness and softness are conjured in Ayana V Jackson’s latest solo exhibition at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg. Jackson’s new work acknowledges a self-realization of the weight of gravity, both metaphorically and physically, fixed upon the bodies and subjectivities of black women. As if to deny the very physics that control time and space, these works take pleasure in seeing this body being allowed to be light, allowed to lose herself in unspoken tales and rapture often denied to nonwhite bodies.
Jackson deliberately uses classic tropes to highlight this injustice while also providing glimpses of women in bondage claiming freedom by stealing moments of pleasure and tenderness.
The Art of Making It
Sasol New Signatures Finalist Jonathan van der Walt is exhibiting his latest series of sculptures with 99 Loop.
Craftsmanship in contemporary sculpture production is the main area of focus in this collection, which explores the tendency of big-name contemporary artists to be physically uninvolved in the making of their own work. Van der Walt focuses on celeb artists like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, who take up the role of an art director in charge of hundreds of assistants. His beautifully crafted sculptures examine the intersection of skill and celebrity.
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.1 invited over 50 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.
When: 26 July to 15 August
Where: Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands, Cape Town
For more information call 021 671 1553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Came at a Time
This collection of sketches & paintings is inspired by Claassens's recent trip to Antarctica as the official artist accompanying the latest SA Agulhas scientific research venture.
On Saturday 5th August, 99 Loop is hosting a lecture & discussion on climate change, art and our effects on the furthest reaches of nature with the artist and Associate Prof. Marcello Vichi, director of the Marine Research Institute at the University of Cape Town. With Antarctica birthing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded between the 10th and 12th of July this year, and the severe drought in Western Cape, climate change has been nipping at the corners of our minds.
Using melted Antarctic sea-ice, water-colour and oil, Claassens’s paintings create space to remember, to mourn, and most importantly to emphasise our melting world. Drawing on her work, research and experiences both in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the works touch upon humanity’s fingerprints at furthest, wildest reaches of the earth.
When: 03 – 19 August from 10:30
Where: 99 Loop St, Cape Town
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Diamonds Aren’t Forever
A solo exhibition by photographer Dillon Marsh. In this body of work, Marsh turns his lens to the former mining areas on the Diamond Coast of South Africa and Namibia.
In recent years, declining yields of diamond ore have forced the mines to retrench large numbers of workers and move their operations offshore. The small towns that serviced the mines are now showing signs of neglect as residents leave to find work elsewhere. In the Namibian town of Oranjemund, houses lie empty and unused, their gardens gradually laid bare by the harsh, arid climate. Across the border, in Alexander Bay in South Africa, crosses and numbers have been painted on stripped and abandoned cars, marking them as scrap metal to be collected later. These photographs examine how homely places become defamiliarized and reclaimed by their landscapes. In a culture where images of political and economic upheaval are oriented around action and movement, Marsh’s photographs reexamine the simple and haunting nature of what is left behind.
When: 20 July to 19 August
Where: 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
For more information call 021 424 5150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org