Monday, 10 October 2016

4ORTY - a performance by swany 29 October at 6:30 for 7 pm.

Artist statement:

What is the significance of the number 40?

In Western ideology it is closely linked to Christianity and its beliefs. In Christian scriptures Christ is driven into the desert wilderness by the Holy Spirit where he is tempted three times by the Devil while he fasts for the period of 40 days and 40 nights. The number appears numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments and has come to symbolize a period of testing, trial or probation. In addition, forty years is considered to be a generation. For the men of my generation forty days was the ritually celebrated day of the commencement of our final 40 days as conscripts in the South African Defence Force.

These various readings of the number 40 inform this performance piece. I am at present busy with my Masters in Visual Arts for which I am researching white South African masculinities, specifically those of my generation. This performance is a practical realization of some of that research. In 40RTY I will interrogate masculinity and our perceptions of it utilising a performance within an installation and within a gallery space. To prepare myself I will fast for 40 days and 40 nights prior to the performance. The work will be documented by both photographer and videographer and viewers are welcome to do the same.

4ORTY – masculinity as a performance.

"Markings" by Rowan Phillips Opening Saturday, 22 October at 11a.m.


Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Rowan Phillips studied at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, majoring in etching, lithography and typography. He taught Art, worked in design studios and advertising agencies in Zimbabwe and in South Africa. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in his home country, here in South Africa and overseas.

“Texture, line and tone are my space, spirituality and people my passion. The human form is an amazing landscape and vehicle of expression. I have enjoyed exploring the combination of mark-making in the time-honoured way on paper and through photographic and digital means…call it 21st century mixed media. I have always been drawn to the cavernous depths of Rembrandt’s etchings and Kollwitz’s deeply affecting empathy with her subjects, both of them, through the graphic elements which speak to me, saying very profound things about things of the spirit and of the very material world of suffering ”.

The exhibition runs through 10 November at 4p.m.

Exchange @ artSPACE durban 15 - 20 October 2016 Prizegiving on Thursday, 20 October at 6p.m.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

"Friday Friends" 1 - 14 October 2016

Our group of friends paint together on a Friday at a local community hall. It is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to spend time away from the distractions at home to be able to be creative.

Participating artists are: Ann Waterson, Beulah van Rooyen,  Anna Viljoen Marie Mansfield,  Hazel Nunes, and  Brenda Pratt. All are members of USCAA (the Upper South Coast Art Association). 
Brenda Pratt, "Hagie Sofia, Istanbul"

“Femergy” – a group exhibition about a female lens on worldly issues 1 – 14 October 2016

2016 has begun with a series of explorations of the expressive and humanistic, depiction of issues that have affected most of the Third year DUT Fine Art female art students.

The collection of work looks at: identity, environmental and gender issues, as well as nostalgic. The interest in non-tradition media is very evident on the works that have been chosen. As a group of third year art students we have found that through most of our studying careers not much of the art we study focuses on the young female artist and wanted to delve into this.

Participating fine art students are: 
Alka Dass, Amy Waller, Bukelwa Vuyolwetu Ndakisa, Carla Foo, Chandre Solomon, Jessica Forster, Malinda Cebekhulu Ngcobo, Mandisa Mngadi, Nondumiso Msenti, Nokuphila Gwala, Tusani Mngomezulu, Yasmin Dadabhay

We hope this exhibition will inspire more young female artists.

Mandisa Mngadi, "Division of State", ceramic