This week it’s First Thursdays in Cape Town, which means plenty of fresh exhibitions. There are 7 solo exhibition openings, 2 group shows, a Drink ‘n Draw session and a showcase of a human centred creative process. Here’s all the information, so you won’t miss out:
Tuesday, 5 August
Assume Relaxed Positions, Part Two of an exhibition by Marc Pradervand opens at Erdmann Contemporary
This is Part Two of an exciting exhibition which initially opened in Port Elizabeth earlier this year. Our guest speaker is Pieter Badenhorst. Marc will be in Cape Town for the opening.
84 Kloof Street at 6pm.
Be sure to stop by the Blah Blah Bar after.
More info on the Facebook event page.
It’s Twenty Fifty‘s 1st Birthday Party complete with a Drink ‘n Draw session and Print Sale
August 5th marks one year since Twenty Fifty opened its doors with a few desks and members and we’re celebrating with a Drink ‘n Draw session and Print Sale. We’re hosting a special edition Drink ‘n Draw with the theme “Future Fictions”. Stretch your imagination, travel in time, and put your future fictions on (A5) paper for 1000 Drawings – Cape Town’s upcoming group exhibition. We’ll have some groovy tunes, mad visuals, a few surprises, and of course pizza and beer. Between 10and5 is hosting a pop-up prints sale, so stop by to shop some local art.
36 Buitenkant Street from 7 – 11pm.
More information on the Facebook event page.
Viewing room #02: ARCHITECTURE is opening at SMAC
The second installment in the Viewing room series, entitled ARCHITECTURE, gathers together a unique selection of works around a structural theme. Featured artists include Abrie Fourie, Kate Gottgens, Helen A Pritchard and Sandile Zulu.
In-Fin Art Building (Cnr of Buitengracht & Buitensingel Streets)
Thurday, 7 August
Two exhibitions open at Commune1
State of Blackness by Ayanda Mabulu is opening in Commune1’s Gallery I
Following a two month in-gallery residency at Commune.1, Mabulu’s large-scale paintings and paper works are presented in progress along with materials, visual references, writings on the wall and other outcomes of his creative process. For the duration of the exhibition, Gallery I will function as a living artist’s studio. According to the artist, working in this way in the gallery space is like a mirror of the unfinished business of racial redress and thus assumes a performative function.
In this new body of work the artist’s message is once again a highly politicized one. The contradictions of our current politics – evinced by Marikana – are conflated with the psychological and physical harm inflicted on the black body during colonialism. Mabulu employs visual placeholders for these systems of repression in addition to both recognizable and anonymous politicians and colonial figures.
Groot Geraak by Gordon Clark is opening in Commune1’s Gallery II
Groot Geraak (Became Big) examines the life of Quentino, a young boy growing up in Elsies River on the Cape Flats, an area that has been plagued by endemic gang violence. Quentino and his peers are photographed at various stages over a three-year period in an attempt to locate defining moments in their lives. Clark expresses a personal interest in these defining moments and their potential implications; here the individual is pitted against powerful collective agents. In areas where these agents have a strong presence, individual identity gives way to survival and the need to conform.
64 Wale Street at 5pm.
Both exhibitions runs 07 August – 10 September 2014.
Between Subject and Object, curated by curated by Josephine Higgins, Kathryn Smith and Penny Siopis is opening at Michaelis Gallery
The exhibition accompanies the Medical Humanities in Africa Conference, and focuses on the representation of human remains at the interface of art and science, from contemporary and historical scientific illustration, anatomical preparations, forensic specimens and depictions, contemporary photography, and photo-based works. In short, objects and images drawn from the visual cultures of both fields which trouble the subject/object status.
31-37 Orange Street from 5pm.
AFRICANUS, an exhibition of wall plates by Clementina van der Walt is opening at 6 Spin Street Gallery
An exhibition of wall plates by Clementina van der Walt inspired by South African and African literary figures and Fayum mummy portraits. The special Pre-opening will be on First Thursday 7 August and the Official Opening with poetry readings will be on Saturday 9 August.
6 Spin Street (Church Square / across Adderley Street)
Immigrants at the border by Adolf Tega is opening at Worldart’s Black Box gallery
Immigrants at the border, a body of paintings that explores the density and scale of people moving across borders in search for a better life, will be his first solo exhibition. Tega, whose family moved from Zambia to Zimbabwe when he was a child, obtained a Diploma in Fine Art from the Zimbabwe National Gallery in 2006. In 2007, he won The Best Young Artist award from The Delta Gallery in Harare and later that year moved to Cape Town where he joined the Good Hope Art Studios in the Castle. Here he worked with artists like Ayanda Mabulu and Dion Cupido. In 2010 he was given his first exhibition in Cape Town by the AVA Gallery. Tega uses a mixture of oil paint and sand to create textured paintings populated densely with his subject matter. This style is effective in conveying his fascination with the faceless and often disregarded masses that populate our environment in search for a better life.
52 Church Street from 5pm.
ARIA, a solo exhibition by Catherine Ocholla is opening at StateoftheART
The term ‘aria’ is synonymous with a solo vocal performance, usually in the context of opera. What is little known is that ‘aria’ means ‘air’ in Italian, and is derived from the Greek and Latin ‘aer’ meaning ‘atmosphere’. In this series of oil paintings Catherine Ocholla has drawn inspiration from different arias. Turning her gaze upwards she has captured a detailed representation of the dramas playing out in the sky. In ‘Aria’, Ocholla attempts to pen down her own ‘grand opera’, only this time through ‘air’, attaching interesting anecdotes to describe how some of her paintings were assigned their arias.
61 Shortmarket Street from 5pm.
Fantasme, a pop-up exhibition showing works by Gerda Louw is opening at 78 Hout Street
Enter the fantasy world of the well known local artist and poet GerdaLouw with this exhibition titled Fantasme. The exhibition includes of some of her latest works. Her oil paintings and photographic art, form part of private collections locally and abroad.
78 Hout Street from 5pm.
Friday, 8 August
Ill Beings, a showcase of a human centred creative process is taking place at On the Radar
On the Radar is excited to host Ill Beings, a showcase of a human centred creative process. Featuring Ill Skillz with a creative breakdown by Jay One their producer. This presentation will be accompanied by a curated Exhibition with local graphic designers, artists and photographers.
Work by Mpumelelo Macu, HuemanBeingDesign, Karla Kreuser
Talk by Tahier Variawa
126 Waterkant Steet from 8pm.
More info on the Facebook event page.