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Openings This Week: JHB | Three Solo Exhibitions, Two Group Shows and The Winter Sculpture Fair

This week is a full one for art openings and events in Johannesburg, including the first full-scale solo exhibition of Niall Bingham, a group exhibition on religious iconography and The Winter Sculpture Fair’s return to the NIROX Sculpture Park.


Tuesday 6 May 2014


Deconstructing Dogma, a group exhibition at UJ Art Gallery


Works by Lawrence Lemaoana (left) and Conrad Botes (right)

Works by Lawrence Lemaoana (left) and Conrad Botes (right)


Curated by Professor Karen von Veh and presented by UJ Arts & Culture, Deconstructing Dogma is a group show of  transgressive Christian iconography in South African art. The selected artists – Conrad Botes, Wim Botha, Majak Bredell, Christiaan Diedericks, Christine Dixie, Gordon Froud, Lawrence Lemaoana, Julie Lovelace, Jacki McInnes, Diane Victor and Derek Zietsman – address the ways in which religious iconography has been bound up with the regulations of society, the construction of identity as well as political and social change. According to von Veh, “such interpretations provide a valuable strategy for contemporary artists to engage with perceived social inequalities.”


UJ Art Gallery, Cnr Kingsway and University Rd, Auckland Park.

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Thursday 8 May 2014


Mirror Images, a solo exhibition by Niall Bingham


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This new body of work includes paintings, installations, photography, prints, drawings and a short film.  Often working collaboratively with fellow artists, Bingham’s explorations in various media challenge the notion of authorship in artistic production; and map the artistic community with which he associates.  Bingham strategically acknowledges his collaborations in manifestos and foregrounds the role of process in his work.

His use of self-portraiture to image his various personas can be seen as a response to I am Niall, a documentary that catalogues a moment in time, serving as a point of departure for this iteration.


MOAD, 281 Commissioner Street, Jeppestown

7pm – I am Niall will premiere at The Bioscope (before the exhibition opening)

8pm – Exhibition opening at MOAD

More info here.



Safe, a solo exhibition by Danélle Janse Van Rensburg


Safe - Danélle Janse Van Rensburg


In her debut solo exhibition, Safe, Danélle Janse Van Rensburg searches for components amongst the disorder and choas of this reality – not only to question the existence of safety, but to interrogate where a ‘safe’ place even exists for the children of South Africa. With Child Protection Week approaching from 26 May – 1 June, the relevance of an exbition devoted to this subject is more imperative than ever as our country is one where the statistics on the murder, violence and abuse of children has risen amongst some of the highest in the world.


Lizamore & Associates Gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.

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De-Con-Structure at In Toto Gallery




A duo-exhibiton featuring the complementary work of Leanne Shakenovsy and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, De-Con-Structure questions the ways in which we see the world and encourages more questions than it provides answers. Challenging notions of financial value ascribed to artworks as well as the constructed concept of the “perfect family”, Shakenovsky questions the idea of worth on a monetary and familial level. Sunstrum’s drawings, on the other hand, reflect her observation that both mythology and science attempt to construct and deconstruct the same mysteries, namely: the nature of things, the history of things, the meaning of things, and the future of things.


In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, Birdhaven.

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Horror Vacui by Maja Meljevic


Maja Meljevic- 'Horror Vacui'


Following on from her solo project Ex Nihilo, comes Maja Maljević’s latest body of work titled Horror Vacui – a Latin term which in science means “nature abhors a vacuum.” The project emphasises the artist’s working methods, who works across a range of scales from her small home studio. With Horror Vacui, Maljević breaks the norm by recreating a sense of the studio in the gallery – paintings are crammed together with little room between them. As a result, traces remain of the close proximity of the artist to the works throughout their creation.


David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.

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Weekend of the 10th & 11th May 2014


The Winter Sculpture Fair returns to the NIROX Sculpture Park





The Winter Sculpture Fair returns for a second year to the picturesque NIROX grounds. You’re invited to spend an idyllic day out in the country enjoying the finest produce and wines from the Franschhoek valley amidst an outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition comprising over 100 works.


NIROX Sculpture Park, 24 Kromdraai Road, Cradle of Humankind

10am – 5pm on both days

Buy tickets online to avoid disappointment as limited tickets will be for sale at the gate.

More info here.


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