Things to see in Cape Town this week include an exhibition of recent paintings by Gabrielle Raaff titled Night Watch, a multi-media installation in the canopy of the forest as part of a new Stephen Hobbs solo show titled Permanent Culture and a series of collaborations that span across different mediums as part of the IMBADU Collective. Here are the details:
Tuesday, 17 February
GRID Cape Town Biennale is having their official opening at the Castle of Good Hope.
GRID is an international photography biennial about contemporary visual culture and offers a wide range of exhibitions by renowned artists and new talents, organized in several upcoming creative cities in the world. GRID brings together formal country exhibitions and statements from the creative industry. GRID Cape Town will take place from the 14th of February until the 15th of March 2015. Around 20 countries and projects will participate with a photography and/or video art exhibition. The main exhibition areas of the biennial are the Castle of Good Hope, the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront and 6 Spin Street.
The official opening is taking place at the Castle of Good Hope from 5pm – 7pm. See the Facebook event for more info.
GRID is on until 15 March 2015.
See their website for more information and the line-up of exhibitions, events and talks.
Wednesday, 18 February
Night Watch, an exhibition of recent paintings by Gabrielle Raaff is opening at Salon91.
Working with the ephemeral qualities of watercolour and ink, Gabrielle explores certain spatial conditions of figurative and architectural form within the urban realm. Her latest works see a return to oil and a more intuitive, visceral exploration of the internal landscape of the subconscious.
91 Kloof Street at 6:30pm.
See their website for more information.
Greatmore Studios is hosting Halfbread Technique – Post Capitalism for Beginners.
Written by Swiss artist Martin Schick and curated by Valerie Geselev, Halfbread Technique is a performance lecture using humour, contemporary dance, audience interaction and money. The lecture will be followed by an open conversation on the economics of arts, and the art of economics hosted by curator, Carlyn Strydom.
47-49 Greatmore Street , Woodstock at 6pm.
See the Facebook event for more information.
Thursday, 19 February
Two exhibitions are opening at Commune.1.
In the end, we’re all to blame by Elize Vossgatter is opening in Gallery I.
Following an ongoing interrogation into notions of the self and its relation to body politics, Elize turns to examine different instances of collectivities, groups, gatherings or crowds, through metaphors of the stage and the staged. Her paintings consider the psychology of the collective and the pressure it places on the idea of individuality or selfhood.
Myths of Harare by Wycliffe Mundopa is opening in Gallery II.
Combining personal iconography and allegorical imagery with harsh and gritty references to social reality, Wycliffe’s paintings confront the plight of marginalized groups (mostly women and children) in Harare’s underprivileged neighbourhoods. He transforms Mbare, Harare’s most populous, high-density area, into a sardonic and contorted fantasyland of vice and excess.
64 Wale Street at 6:30pm.
Both exhibitions run from 19 February – 26 March 2015.
Visit the Commune.1 website for more info.
IMBADU Collective exhibition is opening at Guga S’Thebe in Langa.
IMBADU Collective is a ceremonious coming together to celebrate design, heritage and creative collaboration and to share with the community greater possibilities. This project seeks to create a space in which the artists can showcase their individual works but also importantly to showcase their collaborative works that span across different mediums. The exhibition will be showcasing work by Andile Dyalvane, Laduma Ngxokolo, Mlondolozi Hempe, Loyiso Mkize, Atang Tshikare, Trevor Stuurman and many more young South African designers, with live performances by local artists Msaki, Umle and poet Nstika Tyatya taking place during the opening.
Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Washington Street, Langa from 6pm – 10pm.
Exhibition runs from 19 to 25 February 2015.
See the website for more information.
Animal Botanical, a showcase of work by Ardmore Ceramic Art is opening at The Cellars Hohenort in Constantia.
Ardmore Ceramic Art will be showcasing their modern-day collectables alongside a pop-up artist residency, where four of Ardmore’s artists will be in residence over the three-day period, giving those attending the exhibition the chance to see the studio’s working process up-close. There will also be a series of Ardmore Ceramic Art talks that reflect on the 30-year history of this singular art studio and showcase a fascinating time-lapse video of the creation of a big Rider sculpture. The exhibition also provides Ardmore collectors with the opportunity to bring their artworks in for restoration with the presence of restorer Christopher Ntshalintshali on site for the duration of the event.
The exhibition runs from 19 – 22 February 2015.
1000 Drawings is hosting the Grolsch Drink ‘n Draw Doodling Session at Twenty Fifty.
8 Spin Street from 7pm – 10pm.
See the Facebook event for details.
Friday, 20 February
David Krut Projects presents Permanent Culture, a solo show by Stephen Hobbs opening at the Montebello Design Centre.
Stephen Hobbs’ preoccupation with the politics of town planning and urban design has led to a 3-year investigation,starting with a study of the characteristics of the David Krut Projects space in Newlands and extending outwards – from the canopy of the forest to the concealed First and Second World War bunkers and gun batteries of the Cape Peninsula. Permanent Culture represents an elaborate multi-media revelry in the optical and psychological effects of camouflage and the historical role the arts have played in creating deception in the battlefield. Equally, the exhibition is an artistic analysis of the isolated nature of the gallery and suburban surrounds relative to the socio-political transformation of the Cape in the past 400 years.
31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands from 6pm.
Exhibition runs 20 February – 25 April 2015.
See the David Krut Projects website for more information.
Saturday, 21 February
The Beautiful North is opening at the South African Print Gallery.
This showcase includes a selection of handmade fine art prints and limited edition etchings, linocut and monorints by artists like Sizwe Khoza, Themba Khumalo, Xolani Malindi, Lehlogonolo Mashaba and others.
109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock.
Exhibition runs 21 February to 17 March 2015.
See their website for more information.
Life Room presents life drawing sessions every Tuesday night.
Life Room is a space dedicated to affordable and informal live drawing sessions with models. They aim to help creatives rediscover or advance the study and observation of the beauty of the human form.
Every Tuesday from 6pm – 9pm at Artsauce on Roeland Street, Cape Town.
R70 adults and R55 students. Reserve a spot at email@example.com or 0834101438.
See their Facebook page for more information.