This week Cape Town hosts 7 solo exhibitions, 3 group shows and a creative showcase. Here’s the what, when and where:
Tuesday, 22 July
Two solo exhibitions open at Blank Projects
The Comforter by Wilhelm Saayman
“These seven paintings are about the transients of our society: migrants, outsiders and drifters. These individuals live their lives on the fringes where they are compelled to pretend and assume identities that are not theirs. They seek out and frequent marginal spaces where they can transact and mingle. Or just find comfort in the solitude of this liminal place, where the land gives way to the sea.” – Wilhelm Saayman.
Khaya Sineyile’s Abahananasi Abangcwele
It is impossible to be in any of South Africa’s many townships on a Sunday morning without spotting the ubiquitous uniform worn by members of the Wesleyan Methodist church’s mothers union. A uniform dominated by the bright red jacket which signifies the blood of Christ, worn with a black skirt symbolizing sin, and a white hat signifying the purity of the woman. Khaya Sineyile explores this idea of hypocrisy in a series of paintings depicting these ‘oomama bebhatyi’. The women are depicted holding owls, wearing shoes that are too big for them and clutching knives – all images that, according to the artist, allude to acts of witchcraft. These paintings are executed by Sineyile’s assured hand with a rawness that contrasts with the cartoon-like outlines; a device which removes the figures from their ground and introduces an element of playfulness to the otherwise loaded subject matter.
113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock at 6pm.
Two exhibitions open at Stevenson Gallery
This is the first exhibition in a series titled Perspectives, a new aspect of shows at the gallery. In the 1990s, Michael Stevenson dealt extensively in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South African art until the opening of the gallery in 2003, focusing on contemporary work. Going forward, the gallery will present periodic exhibitions, entitled Perspectives, that offer post-war South African and African works in the context of more recent works by contemporary artists. These exhibitions will be co-ordinated by Darren Levy who is a partner at the gallery.
Some Assumptions, a solo exhibition of Ian Grose’s work
In this exhibition, Grose uses the leitmotif of his previous show – images of folded, patterned fabrics – as a starting point from which to explore the nature and interpretation of painting. The new works stem from an attempt to see painted images as thresholds between opposites; an integration of both aspects of ultimately reductive conceptual pairs.
Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock at 6pm.
Thursday, 24 July
Three exhibitions open at Brundyn+
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s exhibition titled SURVEY opens in Room 1
SURVEY is a third in a series of joint solo shows by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. Held at BRUNDYN+, the exhibition follows two prior shows, Before being asked by the machine (2013) and Space Station All-Stars (2013). By having two artists presenting solo exhibitions at the same time, in the same venue, the artists dismantle the notion of autonomy and simultaneously disrupt the idea of collaboration. This investigation culminates in a fusion of ideas – while the artists explore different themes in their respective work, the viewer is led into a labyrinth of speculation as they attempt to fuse the different elements together.
Chad Rossouw’s The Planet’s Wake opens in Room 2
The Planet’s Wake takes its cue from many sources. It is distinctively inspired by science fiction and fantasy narratives like the Terminator franchise and GeorgeR.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, but also looks to medieval manuscripts and weapons, translations and mistranslations, apocalypse, classical Rome and apocryphal stories. Linking these sources are three underlying concerns: a worry about truth, authenticity, irony and fakery; the weight of history, both personal and South African; and a fascination with ruins and fragments. Correspondingly, the works span diverse media, from faux paint effects, woodcuts and marble, through to digital paintings, vintage photographic techniques and video.
Kiluanji Kia Henda’s As god wants and the devil likes it opens in Room 3
Kiluanji Kia Henda’s As god wants and the devil likes it comprises a series of works concerned primarily with conceptions of Africa, its history and its future. Held at Brundyn+, the exhibition contemplates the aftermath of colonialism and its mark on the current Angolan physical, social and political landscape.
All three exhibitions open at 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town from 6pm – 9pm.
Homeless Butterfly, an exhibition of photographs by Txumari Ezpeleta (Spain) opens at Greatmore Studios
The title of the show is Homeless Butterfly “relating to a place where one lives”. We all have a place that brings back memories, that revokes memories of music, color, and pictures – a place where we keep our memories safe and ideal, this place we call home. Homeless Butterfly explores the concept and meaning of home – and its association with shelter.
47-49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town at 6pm.
Friday, 25 July
THOSE WHO WANDER, a multimedia group exhibition opens at Salon91
THOSE WHO WANDER is a multimedia group exhibition exploring the wastelands, misfits and outcasts of the artists’ imaginations and of our universe. Featuring a unique collection by eight incredibly gifted young South African Artists including Daniël du Plessis, Jade Klara, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Bruce Mackay, Ree Treweek, Jean de Wet, Rikus Ferreira. Guests will be treated to an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture, complemented by Mediterranean Delicacies’ delicious new Regal Range and gourmet tapas, as well as Avontuur Wines.
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91 Kloof Street, Gardens at 6:30pm.
ILL BEINGS Creative Showcase, an introspective on South Africa 20 years into democracy from the youth’s perspective, is taking place at Radar
Ill-literate-Skill, known as Ill Skillz, is a cutting edge South African rap duo, exploring the frontiers of Hip Hop. “Notes from the Native Yards”, Ill Skillz’s most recent album which launched on the tail end of 2013, speaks to their musical coming of age. Now in 2014, they’re curating ILL BEINGS Creative Showcase, an exhibition in collaboration with Radar, an advertising and marketing agency, and ILL CREATIVES. Artists include HuemanBeingDesign, Carla Kreuser and Mpumelelo Macu. Music by Ill Skillz.
Radar 126 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, Western Cape at 7pm.
Monday, 28 July
Rainbow Transit, a photo exhibition by Per-Anders Pettersson at V&A Waterfront
In 2014 South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy since the end of Apartheid, and commemorates the first democratic elections that were held on April 27, 1994. In the spring of 1994, Swedish-born Per-Anders Pettersson arrived in South Africa for the first time to cover the historic election in which Nelson Mandela was to become South Africa’s first black president. Thus began Pettersson’s love affair with South Africa. Over the next two decades, he explored the “Rainbow Nation”, questioning the complex realities of daily life in one of the success stories on the African continent.
V & A Waterfront Clock Tower, Cape Town
Exhibition runs July 28 – 10 August 2014.