This week we’re looking forward to a bicycle exhibition at SAM by Stan Engelbrecht, Ricky Lee Gordon’s first ever indoor solo show and the opening of Infecting The City public arts festival. It’s First Thursdays this week, which means there are loads more exhibition openings and events around town. Here are the details:
Tuesday 3 March 2015
It’s Pecha Kucha night volume 32 at The Assembly.
People share their ideas, works, thoughts, passions through presentations. Nine Speakers each present 20 images at 20 seconds per image.
Free entrance fee. No RSVP required.
The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street from 7pm – 9:15pm
See the Facebook event for more info.
Thursday, 5 March
Divine Violence, an exhibition by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin is opening at Goodman Gallery.
While visiting the Bertolt Brecht archives in Berlin, Broomberg & Chanarin discovered a remarkable artefact: Brecht’s personal bible. The object caught their attention because it had a photograph of a racing car stuck to the cover. Inside the pages they discovered that the German playwright had used his bible as a notebook; pasting in images, underlining phrases and making notes in the columns.
This was the inspiration for their own illustrated Holy Bible, which they realised first in book format (published by Mack, 2013) and now, on show at Goodman Gallery as a full-scale exhibition. For this project, the artists have combined images taken from The Archive of Modern Conflict – the largest archive in the world dedicated to images of war and conflict – with phrases in the text which they have underlined in red ink.
3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Road, Foreshore at 6pm.
Exhibition runs until 11 April 2014.
See the gallery’s website for more info.
Tour of Arae 2014, new work by photographer (and bicycle enthusiast) Stan Engelbrecht is opening at South African Market (SAM).
The focus of this installation is the 2014 inaugural Tour of Arae, a six-day stage race ridden on vintage South African-built steel road bicycles and covering 666km. The installation of photographs, maps, artefacts and actual bicycles aims to demonstrate the sheer challenge of the race.
1st floor, 107 Bree Street, Cape Town from 6pm – 9pm.
On show until 31 March 2015.
See SAM’s Facebook page for more.
Node, an exhibition by Kyle Morland is opening at Blank Projects.
Node marks the next step in the ongoing development of Kyle Morland’s studio practice as a complex network of interrelated ideas which serve to generate new works. It incorporates two large steel sculptures, a series of works on rock paper and a wall-mounted steel profile.
113 – 115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock at 6pm.
Exhibition closes on 4 April 2015.
See the Blank Projects website for more.
Four new exhibitions are opening at Stevenson Cape Town.
Odili Donald Odita’s Third Degree of Seperation
Odili Donald Odita, (born in Nigeria and now living in the United States) will present new paintings investigating the condition of being between here and there, Africa and the Western world, and the idea of a Third World and a mainstream First World, which will be hung alongside his preparatory templates and sketches, to offer an insight into his thought processes, and the narrative under-pinning of his paintings.
Sabelo Mlangeni’s No Problem.
Sabelo Mlangeni will present 2 photographic studies, My Storie, which focuses on one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs, Bertrams, andpremiered at the Liverpool Biennale in 2012 but has not been shown in South Africa before, and No Problem, photographed in Alexandra township between 2011 and 2013, whilst the artist was resident there. Both these studies of Johannesburg, showing 2 very different parts of the city, and when seen together, construct a revealing relationship and exchange with each other.
Perspectives 2, the second in a series of group exhibitions is opening.
Perspectives features work by Walter Battiss, Zander Blom, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeyer, Moshekwa Langa, Stanley Pinker, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis and Portia Zvavahera. Many of the works included in Perspectives 2 have been exhibited in the gallery over the past 12 years; others by gallery artists were exhibited further afield. They return to be offered to new collectors to start new conversations, and from this group several themes emerge.
Laura Windvogel aka Lady Skollie will occupy the ramp at Stevenson.
The entrance to Stevenson’s Cape Town gallery space used to be a loading dock for the factory that occupied the premises. On occasion gallery artists have used the ramp for the production or display of work: Odili Donald Odita conceived a mural, Serge Alain Nitegeka created a tunnel with internal obstacles, and both Robin Rhode and Mawande Ka Zenzile placed cars in the space-a mural and a real wreck, respectively. A new series at Stevenson invites young artists to create site-specific installations in the entrance space. While the English meaning of the word ‘ramp’ describes the project’s physical parameters, its meaning in Afrikaans – ‘disaster’ – provides the thematic subtext of the series. The first artist to occupy the ramp is Laura Windvogel, also known as Lady Skollie.
Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock 6 – 8 pm.
Exhibition are open until 11 April 2015.
See the Stevenson website for more.
PAPA Chapter Two, a group photography show is opening at Gallery F.
A Retrospective Exhibition of B/W Analogue Photography Circa 70’s – 90’s. All images are South African generated works and highly collectable. Most images are signed by the photographer or accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Photographers include Juhan Kuus, Gunther Komnick, Obie Oberholzer, Billy Monk, Pierre Crocquet, Michelle Loukidis,Ginger Odes, Ian Difford, Roy Zetisky.
78 Shortmarket Street at 6pm.
See their website for more info.
Precious Obsession Pop-up Exhibition is taking place at Brundyn Gallery.
Precious Obsession is a South African Contemporary Jewellery Art Showcase. About 20 artists who work within the sphere of jewellery design will exhibit their work in this second edition of a series of pop-up exhibitions.
170 Buitengracht Street from 6pm – 9pm.
See the Facebook event for more info.
Open City is taking place on Church square.
The Cape Town Partnership invites you to take ownership of the public space at Church Square. In the past we have had live bands, debates, live painting, films screenings and more. We are here to help with practical guidance, permits and connecting you with the relevant stakeholders. If you have a creative or artisitc contribution that you would like to share please email email@example.com
o.za with a short description of what you would like to do.
Church Square, Corner Spin and Parliament Street from 5pm – 9pm.
See the Fscebook event for updates.
Greymatter, a photography exhibition by Nicette dos Santos is opening at Friends of Design.
Through the seemingly limited lens of an iPhone 5, Nicette’s unique body of work, entitled ‘Greymatter’, explores the art of ‘iphonography’ devoid of any superficial effects, filters or apps. Taking this concept further, Nicette has chosen to capture subjects that weigh between a greyscale of black and white, revealing to the naked eye the ethereal experience of subject and colour in its most natural and simplest form.
186 Bree Street at 5pm.
See the Facebook event for more info.
The nature of our presence by Ricky Lee Gordon (Freddy Sam) is opening at Worldart.
This exhibition explores the presence of nature in man and the nature of our present. It will be Ricky Lee Gordon’s first solo exhibition. Ricky is best known for his murals, which appear in major cities around the world, from Madagascar and Rwanda to New York and Istanbul painting under the pseudonym ‘Freddy Sam’.
54 Church Street at 6pm.
Ryno De Wet’s Dreams is opening at Ebony.
I have been fascinated by the ocean ever since I can remember. At the same time the ocean’s ability to make a human completely vulnerable terrifies me. But I love how this forces me to accept whatever will happen when I step into the water and to just be in the moment. From a human perspective, it is an alien environment that we cannot never inhabit. We can swim in, or surf or sail on the ocean for relatively short periods of time, but we must always return to land. All of these factors working together have had a significant effect on me.
67 Loop Street at 6pm.
Exhibition runs until 6 April 2015.
See the Ebony website for more.
Two exhibitions are opening at Luvey ‘n Rose.
Too Young to Die by Wilhelm Saayman is opening alongside Studio Bomb by Stephen Allwright.
For this First Thursdays, we present the art that was exhibited as part of our dual-exhibition at That Art Fair. These works create a dialogue that speaks of pertinent issues latent in South African contemporary society.
66 Loop Street at 6pm.
Find Luvey ‘n Rose on Facebook for updates.
Young Guns featuring Adriaan Diedericks, Stanislaw Trzebinski and Victor Kirov is opening at The Jan Royce Gallery.
An exhibition of sculptures and objects by three young up-and-coming artists. The artists use diferent media; bronze, resin, and stainless steel.
64 Church Street at 6pm.
INSTAGENIC #sontagged is opening at Chandler House’s Voorkamer Gallery.
For our March Exhibition in the Voorkamer Gallery, we have approached 9 of our favourite local Instagrammers to supply us with 9 of their carefully framed and filtered Instagrammed images that showcase their lives in the Cape. INSTAGENIC aims at exploring the role of instant photography in our relatively recent digital society ‒ drawing on theories from Susan Sontag’s seminal book ‘On Photography’.
53 Church Street at 6pm.
Find Chandler House on Facebook for updates.
The Road Is Home a photography exhibition and zine launch by Thomas Pepler is taking place at Clarke’s The Pit.
133 Bree Street from 5pm – 7pm.
Find The Pit on Facebook for more.
Monday, 9 March
Infecting The City is taking over Cape Town.
Infecting The City (ITC) is a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival. It strives to bring exceptional, socially-engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s Central Business District – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone.
ITC takes place from 9 – 14 March.
The Maker Library Network Showcase has been extended unitl Friday 6 March 2015.
Photo credit: Keziah Suskin
Launched in South Africa in 2014, the Maker Library Network is a British Council Connect ZA initiative designed to foster creativity and collaboration between makers and designers across both countries through creating a reading, showcasing and making space. The exhibition at 75 Harrington features work produced by Maker Librarians, including local designers and Maker Library curators Heath Nash and Thingking, pieces by makers that have inspired them and the books they feel have had a lasting impact on their practice as designers – exploring the themes: Make, Show, Read. The results of some exciting collaborations that have taken place between Maker Libraries across the UK and SA are also be on display
View the showcase at 75 Harrington Street, Cape Town until Friday, 6 March 2015.
Entrance is free.
For more information and resources, visit the Maker Library Network website.