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Openings This Week: CT | A Black and White Show, Open Streets and What Not To Miss

This week a black and white photography, video and sculpture show by Luke Kaplan is opening at Commune.1, Lorraine Loots is exhibiting her 365 Paintings for Ants at 6 Spin Street, Open Streets is taking over Bree Street and it’s the last week to see a colourful group show at Stevenson, an exhibition of affordable art at Salon91 and selected works by the late Frank Spears at the Irma Stern Museum. Here are the details:


Wednesday, 14 January


Nat, a new show presented by the Rust Co-Operative




Rust Co-Operative’s new show, Nat, stars Iman Isaacs and Richard September and features voice work from Indalo Stofile. A multi-lingual performance (Afrikaans vernacular, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu) that uses text, movement and soundscapes, Nat is intended as a sharp slap in the face of collective apathy and acceptance that certain children will always live in adversity and be subjected to a particular set of realities. The expendable children that populate our disadvantaged communities – the children who are too poor to have a childhood.


Nat is showing at the Rosebank Theatre from 14 – 31 January. Book tickets at www.webtickets.co.za


Thursday, 15 January


Refugium, a photography exhibition by Luke Kaplan is opening at Commune.1


‘Refugium’ by Luke Kaplan


Refugium by Luke Kaplan consists of analogue and digital photographs, a video and a sculpture. Kaplan’s black and white film photography, processed and printed by hand, represents a meditative enquiry into the translated qualities of light. His practice concerns itself with landscape and history, in particular how people, through interaction and through time, form an identity with the natural world in which they move and how this interaction feeds into and sculpts our own internal landscapes and histories.


64 Wale Street from 6pm – 8pm.

Find out more on the Commune.1 website.



Saturday, 17 January


365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots is opening at 6 Spin Street Gallery.


365 Postcards for Ants


The 2014 collection of 365 Cape Town-inspired miniature paintings by Lorraine Loots will be on show, along with both 2013 + 2014’s retrospective posters. Postcards, posters and 2013’s books will be for sale. We will accept cash and Snapscan transfers.


6 Spin Street from 11am – 3pm.



Sunday, 18 January


Open Streets is taking over Bree Street.


Open Streets


Bree Street will be car-free from 9am to 2pm and it will become Open Streets! Confirmed activities include a bike bus organised by Bicycle Cape Town, a skating obstacle course by Africa Skate and other skating activities by the National Skate Collective, a kids’ corner by Elemental Kids and a wide array of spontaneous urban interventions by 100in1 Day Cape Town.


Bree Street from 9am – 2pm.

For more information and to find out how to get involved, see the Facebook event.



What Not To Miss:


Chroma, a group show exploring the theme of colour is on show at Stevenson until Saturday 17 January.




The exhibition takes its title from a book of musings on colour by filmmaker Derek Jarman. Written just before his death in 1994, when his vision was failing, the book draws from art history, philosophy, science, medicine and literature, alongside Jarman’s acute observations of his own life, to reflect the extraordinary multiplicity of ways in which colour is experienced and comprehended by the human eye and mind. The exhibition sets out to explore colour from diverse perspectives, and various quotations cited here are extracted from his text. Artists include Zander Blom, Bruno Boudjelal, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Wim Botha, Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Derek Jarman, Samson Kambalu, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Moshekwa Langa, Daniel Naudé, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Deborah Poynton, Walid Raad, Viviane Sassen, Berni Searle and others.


Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.

See the Stevenson website for more info.



Golden Haze, a group salon in aid of the Sunflower Fund is showing at Salon 91 until Saturday 17 January.


Golden Haze


Golden Haze consists of accessible, affordable artwork across a broad range of mediums by emerging and established local creatives.


91 Kloof Street.

See Salon 91’s website for more.



Selected works by the late Frank Spears (1906-1991) will be on show at the Irma Stern Museum until Saturday 17th January.


Frank Spears


His style was impressionist bordering on abstract. Spears’ oil paintings are full of colour and underpinned by his ability to draw. His favourite subjects were flowers, clowns, music, landscapes, portraits and religious scenes. In the show there will also be some of his early watercolours and architectural drawings from his work as a designer. Spears painted not to make a living but because, as he put it ‘I just can’t help but paint.’ He was a mystic, deeply interested in religion, philosophy and music as is evidenced in so many of his works, especially the clowns.


Cecil Road, Rosebank.

More info on the Irma Stern Museum website.



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