Openings This Week: JHB | 3 solo exhibitions, 4 group shows, 100% Design SA and a CreativeMornings talk

Crammed in over the next five days are eight different art openings and events, including the 100% Design SA expo, the next edition of CreativeMornings (held at 100% Design SA), three solo exhibitions and four group shows.


Wednesday 6th August 2014 


100% Design South Africa: 6th – 10th August 2014




The renowned international design exhibition 100% Design is launching on the African continent for the first time ever. 100% Design started in London and has become the leading go-to exhibition for forward-thinking design. The local exhibition will be no different, focusing on residential, hospitality, office and product design and featuring a number of leading South African companies and world renowned designers.


100% Design South Africa runs alongside Decorex SA

Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

More info on the 100% South Africa website, Facebook, and 10and5.



Six of Lions, an exhibition of recent work by Frederick Clarke and MJ Lourens




The exhibition title is both abstract and relevant, as both artists share 6th August as a birthday. This body of work marks a point; as both artists celebrate each other’s work, and provide an interesting dialogue of two different areas of interest; Lourens exploring semi-industrial landscapes through painting, and Clarke focusing on abstract mark-making in the medium of monotype. 


Rubixcube Gallery, Unit 22, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main


More info on the Facebook event page.



Canvas, by Liza Lou




For this exhibition, Lou’s first in South Africa, the artist explores the surface normally accepted as the ground for art – the canvas – making it into the subject of the work, but instead of cloth, the “canvas” here is woven out of unified, off-white glass beads. 


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the gallery website.



Performing Wo/Man, a group show




The primary aim of the show is to explore how a changing post-apartheid socio-political environment is causing South African men and women to create new conceptions of identity, and to comment on how South Africans are breaking down previously imposed and preconceived identities.


UJ Art Gallery, Crn. Kingsway and University Road, Aukland Park


more info on the Facebook page.



Thursday 7th August 2014 


Drawing the Line, an exhibition by Shaun Hill, Lazi ‘Greiispaces’ Mathebula and Jacques ‘Noelkudo’ Kleyhans



A group show comprising 3 of the most promising interdisciplinary visual practitioners blurring the line between Graphic design, Illustration and Fine Art.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein

6:30 pm

More info on the Facebook event page.



Backspace (r e – t r a c e), a month-long open residency  


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In August, the Ithuba Arts Gallery will be a space dedicated to production, inviting artists across media to create work site specifically. The space will additionally host a series of visiting happenings, performances and interventions while the residents build on their own research and process during the month. 


Ithuba Arts Gallery, 100 Juta Street Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page.



Into the Blacka solo exhibition by Serge Alain Nitegeka





In his exploration of formal and philosophical ‘blackness’, Nitegeka follows a lineage of art movements that have placed the colour at the centre of their rationales, including Russian Constructivism, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism: from Malevich’s ‘generative’ black and Rothko’s ‘pulsating’ black, to Reinhardt’s ‘degrees’ of Black. In Nitegeka’s latest self-portraits the colour acts as both body and gesture, translating past experience of trauma into formal qualities of texture and surface abrasion.


Stevenson, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the gallery website.



Friday 8th August 2014


Why we need to fail faster in Africa – Terry Behan is this month’s CreativeMornings speaker


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This month’s CreativeMornings talk is taking place at 100% Design South AfricaTerry is a creative thinker, social entrepreneur, author and brand builder across the African Continent. He has worked extensively with many of Africa’s best-loved brands and is the CEO of VWV across Africa & The Middle East. He is also a fellow of The Africa Leadership Initiative, and is a director of the Southern Guild Design Foundation.


100% Design South Africa, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richard Drive, Midrand

10:30am – 12:30pm

Attendance is free, but you must register online to reserve your seat and ensure free entry into the expo. More info on the Facebook event page.



Reveal, by Richard Smith




Richard Smith’s latest solo exhibition, Reveal, is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and celebrates nine years of Smith and Lizamore working together. Smith’s works are intuitive, allowing the medium to guide the process. 


Lizamore & Associates Gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook event page.



Sunday 10th August 2014 


3, an exhibition exploring the dynamic interaction between Stephan Erasmus, Richard Forbes and Ansie Nitegeka’s work. 




All three artists work both in sculptural mediums and in 2-dimensional formats and their works each directly or indirectly interpret notions of body, mind and emotions and the various tensions and interactions which are manifested through this process. 


NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page.



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