Wednesday, 7 October 2015

"The Exploded View" by Robert Balfour Opening on Monday, 12 October at 6:30p.m.

Opening talk by Fran Saunders

This collection profiles two themes within the overall title of the Exploded View (drawing from the title of Vladislavic’s, 2004 novel). The Exploded View concerns the extent to which perspectives on the view can be regarded as natural or normal (thus assumptions as regards what is ‘real’, ‘normal’ or to be expected, are contested).

Robert Balfour’s focus in this exhibition extends the focus of his 2007 exhibition at artSPACE durban.

"Pulp Fiction" a group show Opening on Monday, 12 October at 6:30p.m.

"Pulp Fiction"

The genre of pulp fiction was most popular in the first half of the 20th century and still going strong. Cover art played a major role in the marketing of pulp magazines.

image by swany

For the first half of the 20th century, pulp fiction was one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. The typical pulp magazine consisted of a slick, glossy, vibrantly coloured cover and within, pages of fiction and advertising printed on poor quality “pulp” paper. Crime, romance, westerns, horror and fantasy were all staples for the pulps. Illustrators, painters and artists created original works to adorn the covers and attract the readers. They were usually sensational and lurid depictions of the short stories and articles inside.

In South Africa we had our own version of pulp fiction, the photo magazine story. They were extremely popular in South Africa in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Various titles such as Tessa, Grensvegter and
Kid Colt were produced by Republican Press.

The artists pay homage to, or critique this art form or the Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction
This exhibition closes on Saturday, 31 October at 2p.m.

Monday, 14 September 2015

“From where I stand” - an exhibition of paintings by Suraya Tewary and Deidre Maree Opening on Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

“From where I stand” acknowledges the process of painting as an ongoing exploration of learning and discovery.

Deidre Maree:
The subject of this exhibition is the medium.  The concept is to record an investigation into oil paint, and to acknowledge that the process of exploration and discovery is ongoing.  The painted solution to a visual reference will take different forms along my painting journey. Through constant dialogue with the medium a rich, truly crafted, painterly surface is sought.
Since the work is figurative, the stimuli for each of these investigative pieces are the photographs taken and the interpretations and memories of what has been seen. The very personal act of witnessing and recording is then expressed through a manipulation of compositional elements to demonstrate a response to space, colour, light and form. By representing the natural and emotional world with dignity the painting becomes a description of both the physical and metaphysical, and a reflection of a state of being.

Suraya Tewary:
My body of work is a seemingly material one of images and moments from everyday life – a string of visual patterns of my surroundings, of the space, colour, light and form which shapes and informs my emotional landscape through the medium of paint.
It is however, a desire to physically and emotionally examine the image and subject matter, and find a way through my process of photographing, editing and paint application to convey the emotive stimuli behind the memory of these images.
My work aims to create a space for balance, contemplation and self-observation. A space for momentary stillness and immersion, when noise and voices recede and we are left bare, with the simple act of observation and reflection.

June 2015

The exhibition closes on Saturday, 10 October at 2p.m.

“You don’t have to speak” by Grace Kotze and Melody French Opening Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

“You don’t have to speak” is an exhibition showcasing new paintings by Melody French and Grace Kotze.  Looking at the work in broad terms, it describes why both French and Kotze choose visual arts as their means of communication and not words. Neither artist feels the need to “spell out” the meaning of their emotions. French’s atmospheric landscapes and Kotze’s portraits and life observations describe the artist internal state yet the viewers are given space for their own interpretations.



 Grace Kotze’s thoughts on her work:
Painting is the way I celebrate life, gain understanding and find stability. Yet under the pressure of needing to make money from sales I constantly double guess my decisions. This is the part of the process that causes me great anxiety, as there are often times where I question whether I am making authentic decisions or making compromises in order to please the market place. This exhibition is a modest yet very important one for me where I am giving myself the gift of acknowledging the importance of my eyes in the process. “You don't have to speak” acknowledges my acceptance of my need to be confident in my vision.

For me it’s a show where I don't over explain with grand visual declarations but rather paint small exploratory works describing some of the people and places that life introduces into my being.

Melody French describes her work: 
“You don’t have to speak” is to me, exactly as the statement implies. Sometimes things feel over described, and over stated.

So In the quietness of a brush mark I can enjoy the feeling it gives me, or enjoy how I feel when I am in my creative emotional space quietly and internally.

Without having to emphasize with words what I am doing, feeling or why.

There is an infinite amount to be felt when ‘its’ not always said, sometimes words seem to solid and definite, sometimes I like that, but that’s not what this is about.

I would rather my work be looked at without a statement. To feel it for you, no matter what those feelings are.

Closing on Saturday, 10 October at 2p.m.

"recalculating… " by Megan Bonnetard & Pam Benporath Opening on Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

Opening talk by Roz Fisher


This exhibition is a collaborative experiment, reflecting on the journeys we have each taken. At this point our paths have crossed and we pause to reflect on the individual journeys that have led us to this point. We do not always take the intended route when embarking on a journey, life throws curveballs, we make questionable choices and in the journey of art, as in life, so many possibilities exist, the journey becomes an adventure.  Through a process of collaboration, multiplicity, reworking, and general experimentation, we explore these possibilities where one artwork may have numerous resolutions.