Openings This Week: JHB | Willem Boshoff, Diane Victor, WAM After Hours and Aardklop

This week’s art openings and events include a botanically inspired art retrospective, Willem Boshoff contemplates the power of words in his new solo show, WAM After Hours is back, a large-scale group sculpture show at Nirox Sculpture Park explores ‘play’, Diane Victor does live smoke drawings, and the Aardklop Kunstefees takes over Potchefstroom.


Wednesday 8 October 2014


Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa




Originating out of a desire to showcase the extraordinary national treasure of botanical illustrations in the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) collection, and extended by curator Cyril Coetzee, Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa brings together three intersecting themes: botanical illustrations from SANBI and other collections; contemporary botanically inspired fine art; and southern African objects of material culture made from a variety of grasses, reeds and creepers.


Standard Bank Gallery, Corner Simmonds and Frederick Street, Johannesburg

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 8am -4:30pm; Saturday, 9am – 1pm

More info on the gallery Facebook page. 



Thursday 9 October 2014


Beauty and the Beast of Burden, by Marcel Marcel 




Merging the contradiction and incompatibility between two or more visual propositions, Marcel Marcel is combining iconic images in a new range of drawings and paintings, titled Beauty and the Beast of Burden. Yielding new paradoxical visual conclusions, Marcel Marcel is exploring the idea of a contradiction as a unity of opposites. Within this context, the imagery is forced to coincide with chaos and order, harmony and disorder.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page.



Friday 10 October 2014


Future Sound of Mzansi, Joburg screenings




Future Sound of Mzansi premiers in Jozi! Catch the highly acclaimed documentary by Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba which explores South Africa’s vibrant electronic music scene.


The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Fox Street, Maboneng

Fri 10th October – 7:30pm
Sat 11th October- 6pm & 8pm
Sun 12th October- 5pm & 7pm
Mon 13th October – 7:30pm
Wed 15th October- 7:30pm
Thurs 16th October 7.30pm

More info about the film on the Facebook page.  



Saturday 11 October 2014


Oh My Word! by Willem Boshoff




Text,context, subtext and pretext are prime areas of concern in the new solo exhibition by Willem Boshoff titled Oh My Word! As the title implies, taking ownership of one’s actions also involves possessing the power to describe. Beyond the exclamation though we have the simple truth of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remark, ‘Words are Deeds’. The exhibition in its entirety addresses the question of whether words give us an acceptable reason to take action, or whether words themselves constitute action.


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the gallery website.



WAM After Hours




This year’s WAM After Hours event is centred around the current exhibition, Doing Hair: Art and Hair in Africa. We have a special guest performance by, Albert IBOKWE Khoza who is known for his culturally rich and visually captivating performances. He has performed both locally and internationally.


Wits Art Museum, Corner Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein


More info on Facebook.



Welcome Stranger,  by Karin Daymond




Daymond is known for her evocative South African landscapes that explore this sense of belonging. In her recent work there is a stronger human presence. It is as if she silently journeys with the refugees who make the treacherous ocean crossing from Africa to Europe. Traces of these refugees are evident in footsteps and shadows and in her dedicated portrayal of a multitude of African fabrics, suggesting the fleeting presence of people who couldn’t stay where they belong.


Gallery 2, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the gallery website.



Sunday 12 October 2014


PLAY, a group exhibition




PLAY, an exhibition of sculpture, photography, film and performance, is taking place at the NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle. The exhibition explores the notion of play as an art form. The aspiration is to present an exhibition that investigates the frivolity of play in conjunction with the reception of the mediums on exhibition, and distracts viewers from the formalities and seriousness so often felt when considering art.


NIROX Sculpture Park, 24 Kromdraai Road, The Cradle


More info on the Facebook event page, or the exhibition website.



Also on and just outside of Joburg: 


Saturday 11 October 2014


Smoke Drawings,  by Diane Victor



Diane Victor will produce new smoke drawings in situ at the opening.  Join us for this rare opportunity to see the artist in action, and to witness first hand how these magnificent works are created.


Fried Contemporary, 1146 Justice Mahomed St (formerly 430 Charles St), Pretoria


More info on the Facebook event page. 



7th – 11th October 2014


Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees

More info and full programme details on the festival website and Facebook page. 


Eyetunes, a group exhibition – part of the Aardklop festival




Eyetunes is a group exhibition, curated by Magdel van Rooyen and Maricke du Plessis, that will be hosted in the Snowflake Buidling at this year’s Aardklop festival in Potchfstroom. This exhibition is inspired by Kandinsky’s understanding of the affinities between painting and music.


The Snowflake building is one of Potchefstroom’s historical buildings, previously known as the Horsfall Milling Company.




One Comment

  1. Great article. I will be going through a few of these issues
    as well..