Sunday, 24 April 2016

“Helen Martins and the Owl House - a personal view” by Jannie van Heerden 30 April - 19 May 2016

Opening talk by Celeste Bredin

Artist’s Statement:

The reason that I chose the Owl House is because I met Helen Martins in Nieu-Bethesda and was very impressed by her liveliness and total dedication to the creation of her wonder world. She originally trained as a teacher at the Graaf Reinet College and after a short marriage settled with her parents in Nieu-Bethesda. After the death of her parents she commenced on creating the sculpture garden with the assistance of Koos Malgas. Her inspiration was the Bible and Omar Khayam, but she was also obsessed by owls and the Mona Lisa, which she depicted in many different ways. The interior of the house has walls and ceilings covered in powdered glass which gleams in low light and with the beveled mirrors on the walls creates a mysterious atmosphere, She also placed sculptures inside the house, e.g. lying figures as doorstops and mermaids on the edge of the bath. Helen became more and more isolated from the conservative Afrikaner community of the town who considered her eccentric behavior with suspicion. To compensate for their hostility they would send her gifts of canned fruit and jam, which she never ate but used as decorations in the kitchen shelves. Her eyesight started failing by 1978 and she committed suicide in the front room (painting: The final room), where she hung a black golliwog upside down on a crossed shaped mirror and drank caustic soda. My paintings do not attempt to depict the MUSEUM (all neatened up) as it is today but rather the house as it was when I met her, and also a year after her death when I obtained the keys to the locked up house, and the plants in pots inside had grown huge and fallen over onto the beds (e.g. painting "Helen and the Cacti"), I have also used a lot of artistic freedom and rearranged objects in the paintings. I am attempting to depict the SPIRIT of Helen Martins. Helen is today considered as a forerunner of SA outsider Art.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

"My Favourite Things" by Angie Arbuthnot 2 - 28 April 2016

Introduction of the artist by Pascale Chandler

Fun with colour and design, underpinned with her love for cattle, has allowed Angie to build a series of work that depicts her intuitive, raw and unapologetic art.

Starting with a history of under-painting, haphazardly scraped and splashed, she draws out of this “pasture”, her cattle, quietly chewing the cud! The contour drawings, as wobbly and unpretentious as they are, give life to the animals, forming structure and movement through the colour. A system of delicately adding and subtracting, washing away, scraping, and dribbling….. brings Angie to the point where she has achieved something unique and instinctual. Her colours are a celebration and her brushstrokes are bold. 

These are my favourite things…..

“I wanted to start with the familiar…. Having grown up on a farm and now farming with my husband, our cattle provide endless reference material; their square shapes, knobbly knees and boxy noses along with their nurturing and humble demeanours, give us endless hours of enjoyment!” 
The exhibition ends on Thursday, 28 April.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

BIRDS and MAN by Anthea Martin 4- 31 March 2016

Birds kept appearing in my collages, so called me to question their presence and to reflect on their beauty and ability to survive our changing world climate and destruction of their habitat.
Man and birds have had a long connection that encompasses centuries of beliefs, superstition and facts about birds. As birds can negotiate the heavenly heights they were thought to be messengers of the Gods.   Omens were read from the appearance of certain types of birds such as owls and ravens as harbingers of birth, death or foretelling significant events. Eagles, Hawks and other birds of prey were frequently used as symbols of power and might. 
On the earthly plane, birds are used for hunting to procure food and for sport.  Their feathers have adorned our bodies in the past and present.  Their quills wrote in ink our histories. Literature has endless references to birds in poems, prose, fairy and folk tales which explore their enduring power to fascinate us.

Carol Brown of Curate-a-Space gave the opening talk.
"The Messenger"

The exhibitions runs through Thursday, 31 March.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Future of artSPACE durban Middle Gallery and Corridor

The Middle Gallery and the Corridor will continue their role as gallery spaces under the continued direction and supervision of Karen Bradtke with Veronica Nezar on site.

artSPACE durban is looking for proposals for interesting exhibitions in our
Middle Gallery for 2016!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

13th Annual Affordable Art Show 7 December 2015 - 16 January 2016

artSPACE durban's  Annual Affordable Art Show is now in it’s 13th year and  is one of our most popular exhibitions.  We have managed to select and collect a wide range of fine art.  The gallery is full of a wide selection of works to give the buyers plenty to choose from. The maximum sale price is R3 500 once again this year.  as Over 80 artists are participating and have brought us a variety of works from oil paintings, ceramics, prints, photographs, drawings and more.

What is special about this exhibition over our others, is that when you purchase the artwork(s): you pay and then you can take!!  This encourages people to buy during this show for themselves, family and friends!!

The Annual Affordable Art Show gives people the chance to start their collections at an affordable price.  If you are already a collector there is plenty to choose from to add to your collection.

Participating artists thus far are:
Tony Starkey, Angie Arbuthnot, Patricia McLuckie, Jean Elworthy, Corina Lemmer, Rob Bolter, Celeste van der Merwe, Zaf Zafer, Terence King, Lesley Ireland Mathew, Anne Schauffer, Cameron De Bruyn, Pam Smith, 
Mariek Petzer, Corné Eksteen, Andrew Swanepoel (swany), Pam Donegan, Raja Oshi, Izolda van der Merwe, Margot Cousens, Deidre Maree, Rani Pillay, Isaac Sithole, Andrew Verster, Elma Matthews, Ingrid Adams, 
Mike Brightman, Emma Robb, Pat Daniel, Adrienne D’Aeth, Ann-Marie Nason, Mervyn McMurty, Angela Randall, Rheta Kotze, Bevan Vowles, Frances Reynolds, Akiko Nakaji, Karen Bradtke, Anthea Martin, Yasmin Khan, 
  Jane Alexander, Jumko Ishida, Colleen Hansen, Amy Waller, Louise Waller, Thokozani Happiness Khumalo, Rosemary Lubbe,  Annette Hadley, Steffi Steffen, Carina Weineck, Jeannie Kinsler, Arlene McDade, 
Ronnie Huber, Elizabeth Sparg, Jan Coetzee, Bradley Schwartz, Marianne Meijer, Ros Kernoff, Grace Kotze, Jane Alexander, Michelle Rall, Bernice Stott, Carol Hayward Fell, Sandra Hogg, Colleen Larsen, Hannah Mullins, Colleen Hamer, Siobhan O'Reagan, Nomsa Ngidi, Anne Swankhart, Denise de Sa, Rob Orator, Helen Kuttner,  Julie Mayo, and Joana Nitschke.