This week Cape Town hosts four solo exhibition openings, a group video exhibition and a live performance and print collaboration. Here are all the details:
Tuesday, 15 April
Four solo exhibitions open simultaneously at Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery:
Inside Out, a solo exhibition on new paintings by Swain Hoogervorst.
Inside Out uses the artist’s own photographs and found material to explore specific questions he has about painting. Hoogervorst is one of a new generation of South African painters who are reinvigorating the technical meticulousness of classical oil painting in their explorations of the contemporary.
Flash!-back(s) by Johann du Plessis.
Flash!-back(s) utilises photographs, reworked with collage and drawing, as a reflection of a newfound hope and dignity as the effects of treatment on the body and soul of the artist – who began to recover last year from a long and arduous battle with cancer – started to abate.
Figments, a solo exhibition of new photographs by Harris Steinman.
Figments uses an evocative series of night photographs of his childhood town to reflect on his disconnection of memories from their reality, presenting mundane neighbourhood scenes that come alive with the sense of a haunting presence hidden from sight.
Anti-aircraft girl (2014), a new sculptural installation by Stefan Blom.
Anti-aircraft girl is a sculptural amalgamation of a female torso with the mechanism of an anti-aircraft weapon. It is an immersive installation which ironically emphasizes non-participation. The polychrome fibreglass figure implies a complex and reciprocal relationship between its sculptural form and the colour enhancing it, modified into a mutual dependency. The artist’s intention is to explore the complex relationships when a personal sense of morality goes up in arms against authoritative coercion.
AVA Gallery, 35 Church street, Cape Town.
More info on these exhibitions.
Thursday, 17 April
Commute with Intuitive Instinct a group exhibition of video works curated by Portia Malatjie opens at Brudyn+
The exhibition showcases works by local and international artists Michelle Monareng, Mocke J Van Veuren and Theresa Collins, Bofa da Cara (Nástio Mosquito and Pere Ortín), Nick Cave, Vaughn Sadie and Sello Pesa and Gilad Ratman.
Brundyn+, 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
On show 17 April – 17 May.
Go here for more information on the individual artists.
Treading Soft Ground, a performance and print collaboration between Warren Editions and Katherine Bull happens at Warren Editions.
As a live print performance, Treading Soft Ground is a contemporary and experimental engagement with the traditional printmaking medium of soft ground etching. The loose immediacy of artist Katherine Bull’s line-work, drawn from a live webcam feed of the harbour, projected onto the project space wall, is to be translated in print by a team of Warren Editions printmakers. The team will etch and hand-print the artist’s images as part of the live performance.
Exhibition runs 18 April to 14 June 2014.
Find the Facebook Event here.