Wednesday, 3 May 2017
I Improve-We Become 2017
These two-dimensional artworks comment on the way today's digital new media condition superimposes itself onto the technologies of a shadow baby boomer, or the pre-digital generations. Millennials have a perspective from the digital, a perspective of a generation growing up with the technology of keyboards, computers, cellphones instant access and an app for almost anything. The way communication has changed due to the introduction of the digital ripples through society. We need to be reminded that those of us from the 60s and before grew up without televisions, calculators, computers, cellphones, laptops, World Wide Web, Twitter, e-mails, Facebook, WhatsApp and the rest of new media technology. This chasm between analogue and digital remains a challenge, where the ideals and structures of the past are being challenged and replaced by a fuzzy logic of living and of Life. Where engaging in the process is more important than finding “the answer”.
In the latest works I have grappled with an understanding of the digital generation from my shadow baby boomer perspective. I would see the perpetuation of posting selfies as ego centric, self obsessed and narcissistic but from explanations gained in conversation with millennials where showing or sharing is sociocentric, consensus seeking , egalitarian and humanitarian. Millennials see themselves “ of service to one another”.
New technologies change society and adjusting to the introduction of new technologies is what the (humankind) techoanthropological does.
New media superimpose themselves on technologies of the past. The stone age replaced the iron age etc etc, what is different however is that new technologies are now being introduced so rapidly that they are intergenerational. The actions of a generation is the reflection the technology of the day. With rapidly changing technologies all people from older technological pasts are having to accept and embrace new technologies during their lifetime. It’s a bit like having to trade in something that still sort of works for a so called better model. It’s not that the old does not work it is the adjustment to the new that enables contact between generations.
The old idea of the self (theses) needs to change to the new media(antithesis) in order for a synthesis to emerge, although the digital has arrived and some of it’s affects are reality we are living in a transitional phase, until a new technology arrives to replace the digital we will not have a clear perspective of it.
Much like a cat gets excited by a flutter of wings, she is thrilled by an intrinsic primal hunter-gatherer desire to visually immerse herself in plant forms.
The lines and shapes of plants are both exciting and captivating and I can only think that, like the smell of soil, this visual engagement produces endorphins that make us happy.
Her work is part of a series of double exposure botanicals.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Reminder: the gallery is closed on Thursday, 27 April for Freedom Day!
When we are talking about living ‘together apart’ we are describing the lifestyle of two partners/siblings/relatives who do not necessarily live under one roof. Maybe what we are describing can be called a sort of tribe (NOUN a large group of related families who live in the same area and share a common language, religion, and customs).
Together Apart is about two connected people with the same intense interest in art and creativity, but whose works might be different and, therefore, ‘cannot be put under one roof’, except during this exhibition!
Chris de Beer and Marlene de Beer
Heather Pattenden andMhairi Pattenden
Miranda Crooks and Nicholas Crooks
Karla Nixon and Dane Stops
Pascale Chandler and Claude Chandler
Grace Kotze and Melody French
Ian Calder and Nina Calder
To see the images for this exhibition click here: http://artworksartspace.blogspot.com
To see the images for this exhibition click here: http://artworksartspace.blogspot.com
Friday, 24 February 2017
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 National English Literary 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 Iron, 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”
The exhibition closes on Thursday, 30 March at 4p.m.
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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
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.
NIBS VAN DER SPUY & GUY BUTTERY
LIVE AT artSPACE durban – 2nd Feb 2017
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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 –
Listen to their debut new album here – www.nibsvanderspuyandguybuttery.bandcamp.com
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