A fine weekend in the country: The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014

Doreen Southwood, 'Suspension of Disbelief'
Doreen Southwood, ‘Suspension of Disbelief’

 

The Nirox Sculpture Park in The Cradle of Humankind once again provided the picturesque setting for The Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard. This luxe event, just two years old, has already become a fixture in the Joburg social calendar with thousands of people attending over the two days. Yet despite the overwhelming popularity, the spacious grounds and exceptional organisation ensured the event remained a completely enjoyable affair for all. Visitors meandered through the park-like grounds admiring the artworks, snapping photos, and picnicking on food and wines from the Franschhoek Valley.

 

This year’s sculpture exhibition took a year to plan and realise and includes new works by more than 50 artists. Mary Jane Darroll, who curated the show, describes it as a “diverse resonance, a multi-valency of form and content” interrogating how we perceive the present through the veil of history. “Art has a way of making us think anew”, she says, “I hope that the show can awaken contemplation in all who pass through it”.

 

The Winter Sculpture Fair, an Artlogic event (the same agency behind the Joburg Art Fair), has established itself as a major local art event, exposing new and familiar audiences alike to exceptional contemporary South African sculpture.

 

Serge Nitegeka, 'Father and Son'
Serge Nitegeka, ‘Father and Son’

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Michele Mathison, 'Breaking Ground'
Michele Mathison, ‘Breaking Ground’
Cobus Haupt, 'Self'
Cobus Haupt, ‘Self’
Jop Kunneke, 'Nothing but a Hound Dog'
Jop Kunneke, ‘Nothing but a Hound Dog’

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Cobus Haupt, 'Self'
Cobus Haupt, ‘Self’
Steven Delport, 'Decontamination: Mademoiselle Omitted, Prodigy and Pugilist'
Steven Delport, ‘Decontamination: Mademoiselle Omitted, Prodigy and Pugilist’
Steven Delport, 'Decontamination: Mademoiselle Omitted'
Steven Delport, ‘Decontamination: Mademoiselle Omitted’
Johannes Maswanganyi, 'Desmond Tutu'
Johannes Maswanganyi, ‘Desmond Tutu’
Richard Forbes, 'Monolith'
Richard Forbes, ‘Monolith’
Simon Zitha, 'Cat and Dog'
Simon Zitha, ‘Cat and Dog’
Frank van Reenen, 'Where Clouds Come From'
Frank van Reenen, ‘Where Clouds Come From’
Johannes Maswanganyi, 'Peace Mandela'
Johannes Maswanganyi, ‘Peace Mandela’
Angus Taylor, 'Morphic Resonance Head'
Angus Taylor, ‘Morphic Resonance Head’

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Mandy Johnston, 'Duality I'
Mandy Johnston, ‘Duality I’
Collen Maswanganya, 'Wide and Loud'
Collen Maswanganya, ‘Wide and Loud’
Brett Rubin, 'Mpumalanga, outside Middelburg'
Brett Rubin, ‘Mpumalanga, outside Middelburg’
Marco Cianfanelli, 'Vertical Figure I'
Marco Cianfanelli, ‘Vertical Figure I’
Marco Cianfanelli, 'Vertical Figure I'
Marco Cianfanelli, ‘Vertical Figure I’
Rodane Kane Hart, 'Structural Palimpsest'
Rodane Kane Hart, ‘Structural Palimpsest’
Bronwyn Lace, 'Orient to Occidnet'
Bronwyn Lace, ‘Orient to Occidnet’
Bronwyn Lace, 'Orient to Occidnet'
Bronwyn Lace, ‘Orient to Occidnet’
Brett Rubin, 'Mpumalanga, outside Middelburg'
Brett Rubin, ‘Mpumalanga, outside Middelburg’
Johann Nortje, 'Convoluted Rites'
Johann Nortje, ‘Convoluted Rites’

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Lwandiso Njara, 'Playstation 2, Transformation of the Xhosa Ancestral Spiritual Identity'
Lwandiso Njara, ‘Playstation 2, Transformation of the Xhosa Ancestral Spiritual Identity’
Bronwyn Lace, 'Orient to Occidnet'
Bronwyn Lace, ‘Orient to Occidnet’

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