Friday, 24 February 2017

“Olive Schreiner Revisited” a solo exhibition by Jannie van Heerden 4 - 16 March 2017


Opening on Saturday, 4 March at 11a.m.

The exhibition to be opened by Professor Johan Jacobs
Emeritus Professor, Senior Research Associate and University Fellow, English Studies, School of Arts, College of Humanities, UKZN

11 March Join us for a walkabout, where The Artist will be hosting an informal discussion about his paintings and drawings.

 

Olive Schreiner is best known for her novel: “The Story Of An African Farm”. I grew up in Cradock, Eastern Cape where Olive Schreiner lived as a teenager along with her elder brother and sister and where she worked later as a tutor on the farms: Gannahoek and Klein Gannahoek. In 1921 she was buried on the mountain Buffelskop, just outside Cradock.

As a young boy my father often took me to the Schreiner House, then derelict, where Olive lived with her siblings, and we once ascended Buffelskop to look at her grave. The legend of Olive was always with me and was realised in 2013 with my exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban: “Olive Schreiner: The Story Of An African Farm”. However in the past few years I felt that I had not done her justice and thus the revisit.

Olive was born on the Wittenberg mission station in 1855. Her first encounter with Cradock was in 1867 when as a teenager she lived with her elder brother and sister in Cross street (now part of the English National Literacy Museum). She returned later to serve as a tutor on farms in the district. The landscape and its people left a deep impression upon her, and influenced her famous novel which was published under the pseudonym Ralph Woods, as women were not allowed to publish at that time. Her other best-known works are: “Thoughts On South Africa” and “Women And Labour”, long considered as the bible of the women’s movement. Olive was deeply involved in politics and was a fighter for all the oppressed peoples of South Africa, she was totally opposed to Rhodes and British imperialism.

In 1894 she married Cron, 8 years her junior and they settled on the farm Krantzplaats, Cradock district. She insisted that he took her name and he was known as Cronwright Schreiner. During this time they ascended the mountain Buffelskop, with its breathtaking view across the valley. Olive decided that this was where she wanted to be buried and acquired the plot.

Olive was excessively asthmatic and she soon had to leave the damp riverbeds of Krantzplatts and spent a lifetime searching for a suitable climate for her health, first Hanover, then Kimberley, Johannesburg and eventually Matjiesfontein. Her firstborn child lived for only 9 hours and after that she had 3 miscarriages.

Olive and Cron eventually drifted apart and she left for Europe and England in 1914.  She already knew many influential people there like Havelock Ellis and Eleanor Marx, both who influenced her outlook on life.

Olive returned to Cape Town in 1920. She died in 1921 and was buried in the family crypt. According to her wishes Cron had her body exhumed and buried in 1921 on Buffelskop.

The re-internment on Buffelskop was a very dramatic event. Eight carriers spent 2 days carrying her coffin plus those of her dead child and her dog, Nita, up the hill.
The undertaker schooling built a dome shaped sarcophagus on the pinnacle to take the coffins. According to Olive’s wishes no religious ceremony was allowed. As Cron finished his eulogy an eagle soared across the sky, to paraphrase the “The Story Of An African Farm”: “the dark plumed bird uttered its deep low cry: Immortality”

- Jannie van Heerden

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

“I See In Colour” by Izolda van der Merwe 11 February - 2 March

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Izolda is inspired by everyday objects, situations and people. Growing up in rural South Africa, she was mesmerised by the beauty of the ordinary and still is today. The things we take for granted, a view as you drive, a person walking down the street. There is a sincerity in her day to day life that is portrayed in her paintings, a whimsical movement which is captured through colour and pattern. 
 
Working in mixed media Izolda’s art has been pushing the limits of different application processes. This has opened up a world of possibilities in executing technique/creating art, pushing those boundaries in growing her style of art. 
 “I See In Colour” looks at Izolda’s world and the influence nature has on her life. Being an avid gardener and collector of aloes and succulents, the geometric patterns and symmetry of the plant structures has fascinated her. There is a sense of order in their construction, which resonates with finding order in everyday life.
Great influences in her work are Hung Liu (a Chinese-born American contemporary artist) and Michael Carson (American painter). Their use of pattern and movement has added to the freedom of expanding her technique and breathing life into the canvas. Being aware of a “traditional” landscape or portrait style of painting has allowed her to transform that visualisation/surrealism of her mind into a visible reality for the viewer to partake in.

Closing on Thursday, 2 March at 4p.m.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing at artSPACE durban 2 February

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NIBS VAN DER SPUY & GUY BUTTERY
LIVE AT artSPACE durban – 2nd Feb 2017
© Deborah Roussouw

Having shared the stage together for more than 15 years now, the opportunity of catching Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing as a duo in South Africa has become increasingly rare these days. With their demanding schedules as solo artists and with Nibs being based 6 months of the year in Portugal, the duo only manages a handful of shows together a year, if any at all. This however all changes this January and February as Guy and Nibs kick off the year with a series of concerts around their home province of KZN including a one off concert at artSPACE durban in Durban.

These two internationally renowned musicians have toured many major festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK in promotion of their SAMA nominated album, “In the Shade of the Wild Fig”. The duo has also won the very prestigious “Standard Bank Ovation Award” at The National Arts Festival. These accolades led to further sold out performances at numerous festivals and concert halls in both South Africa and in Europe receiving rave reviews for both their live show and their recorded work. Van der Spuy and Buttery were then invited to perform with the 52 piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest orchestra” and were later voted “Top Live Show of the Year” by The Cape Times.



These two virtuosos collaborated on a series of shows in the early and mid-2000’s before their respective solo careers took off with whirlwind individual touring schedules across the globe. Their performing paths crossed at a major festival in Toulouse, France, and this inspired a new combination of performances and sowed the seeds for recording a full length album together. “In The Shade of the Wild Fig” showcases their mutual interest and deep love for World Music and different folk movements featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tampura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.



Their upcoming live performances will showcase their numerous recordings as well as the collected live work, which is unique to every concert. They capture the spirit of an exciting New South Africa, with its vast melting pot of influences and colour.



• Date – Thursday, 2 February

• Venue – artSPACE durban Gallery, 3 Millar Road, Durban

• Time – 7:30pm

• Price – R120

• Contact – hello@noblecoffee.co.za



Listen to their debut new album here – www.nibsvanderspuyandguybuttery.bandcamp.com

Visit their official Facebook Page here - www.facebook.com/nibsandguy


Monday, 16 January 2017

14th Annual Affordable Art Show 2016 Last day 26th January!



artSPACE durban's  Annual Affordable Art Show is now in it’s 14th year and  is one of our most popular exhibitions.  We manage 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.  The participating artists have brought us a variety of works from paintings, prints, and drawings.


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 are:

Raja Oshi, Bernice Stott, Ilma Matthews, Steffi Steffen, Rani Pillay, Mariek Petzer, Barbara Becke, Londiwe Mtshali, Jeanette Edwards, Patricia McLuckie, Pam Donegan, Ritha Fenske, Scott Kotze, Philma Badenhorst, Julie Mayo, Mervyn McMurtry, Arlene McDade, Gail Baxter, Des Freeman, Annchen Naude, Rosemary Lubbe, Rowan Phillips, Alison Akal, Sisonke Ndabambi, Philisiwe Nene, Lindani Nyandeni, Grace Kotze, Melody French, Marianne Meijer, Paige Bates and Astrid Ramsden.




eNCA newsclip: http://www.enca.com/media/video/durban-art-gallery-aims-to-provide-affordable-art-pieces


Follow this link to see images from the exhibition: http://artworksartspace.blogspot.com
 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

“Transformation” 26 - 1 December 2016

Artists’ Statement:

As a group of Durban University of Technology (DUT) Fine Art students we began the year with a series of experimentations and explorations and with different materials and expressive depiction of issues which affects us. The collection of work looks at: identity informed by life experiences, human condition informed by emotionality, fragility and ephemerality of life and socio-political issues informed by the #FEESMUSTFALL saga. The interest in non-traditional media is very evident on the selected artworks.

Participating DUT Fine Art students are:
Minenhle Buthelezi
Andy Dlamini
Sithembiso Dube
Bongumusa Shezi