13 Jan Openings This Week: JHB | The Benediction of Shade and Objects Found Not Taken
It’s a quiet week for openings in Joburg but two current shows to check out before they end are a group show spread across all three of the David Krut spaces and a solo exhibition by Angolan photographer Edson Chagas at Stevenson.
The Benediction of Shade II, David Krut Projects
David Krut Projects Johannesburg presents The Benediction of Shade II, a group exhibition featuring a large selection of artists who have engaged with the figure, idea or metaphor of the forest or the tree in different ways and through various media. Also running as a subtext through the exhibition is the interplay between nature and the urban environment, and Johannesburg in particular.
Artists include Beth Armstrong, Lynda Ballen, Willem Boshoff, Mischa Fritsch, Bob Gosani, Stephen Hobbs, Gawie Joubert, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Jason Larkin, Carla Liesching, Khehla Chepape Makgato, Ramarutha Makoba, Maja Maljević, Andrew Munnik, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Robyn Penn, Senzo Shabangu, Sean Slemon, Nathaniel Stern, Chris Swift and Quinten Edward Williams.
The exhibition is an extension of the successful The Benediction of Shade exhibition curated by David Krut Projects Cape Town in 2013. The exhibition runs across all three David Krut spaces in Johannesburg (gallery, bookstore and print workshop).
The Benediction of Shade II runs across all thre David Krut space in Johannesburg – gallery (140 Jan Smuts Ave. Parkwood) bookstore and print workshop (264 Fox Str. Arts On Main) – until 31 January. Find out more at www.davidkrut.com
Found Not Taken / Tipo Passe by Edson Chagas at Stevenson
Stevenson presents the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Angolan photographer Edson Chagas. For Found Not Taken, Chagas walked through the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, Wales, collecting discarded objects and moving them, at times slightly and in other instances significantly, before photographing them. Taken out of their context and photographed in relation to a carefully chosen background, the mundane items are turned into abstract icons that animate the city. What might seem at first glance a symbol of a society characterized by waste and instant obsolescence is also a reflection on the fact that what is perceived as real is actually a construct. A selection from the series represented Angola at the 55th Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
The artist employs a similar approach in Tipo Passe, in which he stages portraits of models wearing traditional African masks borrowed from a private collection. As in Found Not Taken, the artefacts have been extrapolated from their history and context; the sitters are dressed in contemporary clothes from street markets, complementing the colours and forms of the masks. These objects with immense ritual meaning and a compelling presence are suspended between worlds and prompt the viewer to question the reality of what he or she is perceiving.
Found Not Taken / Tipo Passe is showing at Stevenson (62 Juta Street, Braamfontein) until 6 February. Find out more at www.stevenson.info/exhibitions/chagas