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Openings This Week: JHB |Lots Of Painting, An Installation, Book Launch And Discussion


This week is packed with art openings and events, starting today! There are two openings in Braamfontein, one of those an exhibition of work by the acclaimed photographer Cedric Nunn. Then on Thursday you’ll be hard pressed to choose one of the 6 shows that are opening, the same case on Friday. There’s an interesting book launch on Saturday as well as a tapestry show, and Colbert Mashile’s opening on Sunday.


Tuesday 10 March 2015 


Through the Extent, by Danielle Wepener




This solo exhibition invites the viewer to experience a series of paintings that resist and tease spatial slippages of structure and containment. Within the exhibition, Wepener presents a selection of large scale abstract paintings which meld and contrast, fluid and gestural marks, against defined analytical structures.


Noswal Hall, Corner Bertha and Stiemens streets, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Unsettled, a photographic exhibition by Cedric Nunn




Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer and British.


Wits Art Museum, Corner Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein


More info on the WAM Facebook page. 



Thursday 12 March 2015


Along the Line, group show





A paint based group exhibition opening featuring Maja Maljević, Quinten Edward Williams, Mary Wafer and, Robyn Penn.


David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Islands, by Heidi Fourie and The Pyromancers: A Pilgrimage to Destruction, by Izak Buys


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The annual Mentorship Programme exhibition showcases the work of Heidi Fourie, who was mentored by established artist, Frikkie Eksteen, over the last year. Izak Buys, a finalist at the 2014 Thami Mnyele Art Award, was mentored by Gordon Froud over the last six months.

Heidi’s exhibition interprets and investigates the dualities between isolation and escape. Utilizing the internet, specifically Google Earth, the artist sets out on virtual travels from her studio space in Pretoria. Fourie explains: “My studio became an island – a fertile place of isolation and escape, yet hard to physically escape from. An island is either looked at from a distance or is seen as a remote outpost from which to stare back.”

Buys’ work draws parallels between narratives found throughout history, blurring the lines between the decisive binaries of past and present. He engages with the images through which these events are mediated to us, in a manner that is in itself suggestively violent – cutting, cropping, displacing and re-positioning them.


Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook event page.



Umhobe we Sizwe, by Thando Mama




The project is a multi-media installation with components of audio, video, prints and text, exploring the concepts of memory, memorialization and nationhood. The project aims to promote intercultural engagement through dialogue in the critique of our national symbol in the form of the national anthem. Not only is it relevant in the context of the city, but it also aims to bring a national debate back to the arts space.


GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng


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Ian Houston solo exhibition




This exhibition features Ian Houston’s latest oil paintings of various landscapes from his travels around the globe. The picturesque works, with their glowing colour and elegant brushstrokes, are examples of very fine landscape painting and evidence of the artist’s true passion for capturing light and atmosphere.


In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrew Street, Birdhaven


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Design Share Party vol. 12




The Design Share Party is a monthly gathering where we invite artists and people concerned with art to share their work and inspiration. We’re doing things a little differently this year. We’re going on a tour of creative establishments.This month’s edition of Design Share Party features MJ Turpin on behalf of Kalashnikovv, Vusi Beauchamp and Atang Tshikare.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein


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Scarf, by Gary Stephens




Everard Read, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


More info on the gallery website.



Friday 13 March 2015


LAB: An Exhibition in 3 Parts 




LAB brings together three innovative, independent artist-run spaces from the UK to take over the Ithuba Arts Gallery. Acting as a hub for collaboration and connection between British and South African visual arts scenes, this exhibition considers the possibilities opened up by working cross-culturally.


Ithuba Arts Gallery, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



30 Days and a City, by Studio-X Johannesburg





30 Days and a City is a collaborative multi-medium urban art project, curated by Rendani “Missblacdropp” Nemakhavhani in collaboration with Studio-X Johannesburg. This exhibition consists of a series of artists who were asked to document the city as they see it. Thus, it presents emerging representations of Johannesburg that challenge dystopian representations of everyday life in in the city.


Fox Street Studios, second floor 280 Fox Street (Corner Fox/Kruger), Maboneng


More info on the GSAPP website and event Tumblr.



Poster Exhibition




A fundraising poster exhibition and event for folk duo Shotgun Tori + the Hound. Artwork by Fallen Heroes tattoo artists and others.


Fallen Heroes, 53 6th Street, Parkhurst


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Saturday 14 March 2015 


Good Riddance, book launch




The launch of GOOD RIDDANCE, book 5 of 10 in the series WAKE UP, THIS IS JOBURG. In this book, writer Tanya Zack and photographer Mark Lewis track several survivalists who haul mountains of recyclable stuff on homemade trolleys across the suburbs, following them for miles from their homes in the city to the lucrative dustbins of Parkwood, Melville and Windsor, to the waste depots, and back home.


Fourthwall Books, 5 Reserve Street, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page.



Textured Translations, The Stephens Tapestry Studio


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This exhibition pays tribute to the extraordinary talent of Marguerite Stephens, founder and owner of the Stephens Tapestry Studio in Diepsloot, Johannesburg and the contribution that she has made to art in South Africa through her tapestry collaborations with artists.


Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark


More info on the gallery website.



Sunday 15 March 2015 


Beast of Burden, by Colbert Mashile




The theme of the show was conceived on the idea of how the beastly attitude in man often rears its head unexpectedly. The instinctive voracious manner of survival is so imbedded in man that it becomes the sole instigator of power relations in our modern society.


NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page. 


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