Sunday, 11 January 2015

"South Beach" by John Robinson Opening TONIGHT Monday, 19 January at 6/6:30p.m.

Zambian-born John Robinson has been focusing on the world through his camera lens as a social documentary photographer for 18 years, picturing aspects of life in Sub-Saharan Africa. He captures some of the ‘goings on’ of people in a series of portraits taken along the South Beach beachfront of Durban. He documents his subjects against the ebb and flow of the ever-changing sand and sea.

In this work he has gone back to using black and white film, rather than digital. John takes photographs with a small rangefinder camera instead of the larger DSLR camera. He feels that this makes him, as a photographer, less ‘visible’ and keeps him more humanly ‘in touch’ with his subject. Photographing with an analogue camera he feels less tethered to technology and more free to just take pictures of ‘what is’.

John Robinson is a social documentary photographer and stroke survivor living in South Africa, these are his own words and images.

South Beach is a part of the City of Durban’s longest uninterrupted stretch of beach sand. The City of Durban is on the eastern seaboard of South Africa and the people here are washed with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. To the north of this stretch of sand are beaches with cafe society hang outs. To the south there is a pier with the upmarket Moyo’s Restaurant at it’s end and the uShaka Marine World complex and the private surf and sea clubs of the Vetches Beach area. Between these northern and southern affluent areas lies this long uninterrupted and relatively undeveloped stretch of beach sand. It’s along this beach that some of the ‘scatterlings’ of Africa come to be alone, sleep, pray, walk, swim, surf, work, commune with another, or just the sea sand and water.

Closes on 14 February at 2p.m.

"Human Nature?" by Kevern Sandalls Opening TONIGHT Monday, 19 January 6/6:30p.m.

This exhibition is predominately about asking Questions, not making Statements. It is taking a look at the everyday scenes around us that, when viewed in a critical light, show up the complex relationship between humanity and nature. What is humanity’s underlying nature - what’s below the façade? Where does our drive evolve from? Is it simply extended evolution or are we a revolution of natural principles? What is this drive away from nature and toward separation? Could it be a distorted spiritual yearning, or is it just a simple mutation of Maslow’s* hierarchy? Are our drives to create and control inseparable, or are these two distinct behaviours emanating from polar sources? In paying attention to the stark reality of human impact on this once apparently pristine planet, it seems obvious that these questions are begging an answer. Yet, within all this impact lies immense creativity! What are we to make of this paradox and where will it all lead? It seems absurd to think that we may stay so focused on the mundane complexities of controlling our survival and comfort while expressing our creativity, that we will miss the ‘big picture’ and simply run ourselves into the ‘earth’!? Yet, there appears to be little evidence that our long and established trajectory is likely to change any time soon? Do we keep asking questions, or will we have the courage to face some ‘real’ answers?
*Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970)
An American psychologist best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.

Kevern Sandalls Bio
Kevern began his photographic career in 1988 with freelance work for the newspapers and assisting prominent professional advertising photographers. After studying photography at Technikon Natal, he began touring Southern Africa as a Nature Guide and Fine Art Photographer in1993. His combining of these two fields of skill has allowed him to travel and photograph extensively throughout much of the remote and beautiful landscapes on this subcontinent. He is presently building an ‘off the grid’ home in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, and intends to continue exploring the realms of creative and physical expression in commune with nature.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

12th Annual Affordable Art Show 2014

Saturday is the last day until December to view the artworks of 100 artists all in one place. 
Come buy or simply enjoy and get inspired by the huge variety of artworks.

artSPACE durban's  Annual Affordable Art Show is now in it’s 12th year and  is one of our most popular exhibitions.  We manage to collect and select a wide range of fine art keeping the prices down.  We pack the gallery full of works to give the buyers plenty to select from. The maximum sale price is R3 500 once again this year.  In years past we have had hundreds of artworks to choose from and a variety of medium from oil paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings and more. This year is no different. 

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 this year are: Andrew Verster, Jeannie Kinsler, Aidon Westcott, Lesley Magwood Fraser, Jabulani Cele, swany, Sharleen Boaden, Julia Forman, Jocelyn Reitz, Roz Cryer, Pam Donegan, Deidre Maree, Moya Evans, Kim Wessels, Daphne Garrett, Terry King, Mariek Petzer, Karen Bradtke, Wendy Fundudis, Marlene Jacobs, Ashley Viljoen, Akiko Nakaji, Sharon McClelland, Jane Alexander, Stefan Hughes, Chris Khoury, Ann-Marie Nason, Jane Digby, Patricia McLuckie, Julie Mayo, Rheta-Mari Kotze, Wachania Mithayo, Anne Cleveland, Maureen Babcock,  Lesley Ireland Mathew, Denise Becke, Margot Cousens, Karin Janse van Vuuren, Hermine Spies Coleman, L.B Evans, Charles Janse van Rensburg, Scott Kotze, Janien Smythe, Raja Oshi, Keyla Aufrightig, Geoff Price, Ian Walsh, Bronwyn Bruce, Steffi Steffen, Emma Robb, Stephanie Hennig-Churton, Shirley Howells, Johanni Ackermann, Jane Jarvis, Karen Debruto, Eloff Pretorius, Arlene McDade, Coral Spencer, Gill Nicholson, Carina Weineck, Megan Bonnetard, Erna Wade,  Ntokozo Xulu, Terryll Eloff, Khulekani Cele, Lucky Govender, Jeannette Edwards, Carol Hayward Fell, Grace Kotze, Nicola Firth,  Ivan Vicente, Audrey Rudnick, Jana Vorster, Dave Hadlow, Bradley Schwartz, Christiane Jamar, Fathima Sader, Harry Lock, Gail Dahl, Louise Jennings, Corri Hook, Jan Coetzee, Anne Reardon, Catherine Stempowski, Nela Maria Manuela, Lindani Nyandeni, Denise de Sa, Melody French, Shirley Yell, Marianne Meijer, Bernice Stott, the Deco Collection, Val Wilson and more.


 Ends on Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 2p.m.