/ CURRENT Exhibitions
an exhibition of paintings by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts
1 November to 20 November 2019
'Jaarringe' is the third duo presentation by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts and, as with the previous two (Spieëlkamer and Spoorlyn), the show is both individual and collaborative. Both artists try to define a distilled line that runs through their respective body of work. A line that is clear, yet subtle and attempts to navigate, untainted, through the noise of digital imagery.
Swarts states that every object has its own visual language, with logic and internal references and therefore a history. As a figurative artist, she uses objects as metaphors and changes their language to provoke a new narrative. For this body of work her paintings are exercises in imagining memory - the paintings themselves becoming a space of perpetual present tense, defining specific clear captured moments filled with images personally related to her, but open to the viewer’s subjective interpretation.
Kloppers on the other hand says his work in essence deals with landscape. They’re not merely landscapes in the traditional sense. They should not be read as windows to the outside world, nature scenery or vistas of nature. They should be regarded as monuments or chosen images of natural elements that act as conduits to an inner landscape. They represent the moment when what the eyes see in the landscape is translated into thoughts, stories, histories, memories, visions, the unexplained, the stirrings of emotions, cultural or linguistic symbols or metaphors. One can better describe them as doorways into the inner landscape. They are all moments of reflection.
A gentleman's treasure chest
A selection of prime works on paper from a private collection
25 October to 9 November 2019
Hanneke Benade, Deborah Bell, Colin Cole, Bevan de Wet, Eric Duplan, Diek Grobler, Louis Kok, Judith Mason, Oliver Mayhew, Hosea Matlou, Katlego Modiri, Craig Muller, Diane Victor, Pieter van der Westhuizen & Jahni Wasserfall
8 November to 27 November 2019
8 November to 27 November 2019
Kobus Walker is a Pretoria based artist. He completed a Fine Arts Diploma in 1992 at the Pretoria Technikon. After his studies he worked with fellow artist, friend and mentor Tivan van Dyk for almost 10 years.
Since 2007 he devotes all his time to being an artist. His work is mostly theme-based. He takes inspiration from the classical painters and employs these influences and remoulds them into his own indigenous statement within a contemporary context. Together it creates a dialogue between the viewer and subject matter.
His latest exhibition which opens on Friday 8 November 2019 at the Pretoria Arts Association was inspired by birds and Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection which is the principle by which each slight variation of a trait, if useful, is preserved. Individuals best adapted to their surroundings are more likely to survive and reproduce.
In this exhibition birds are combined with the everyday objects we inherit as humans. The way they interact with each other, their surroundings and nature create the narrative and dialogue with the viewer. Together they are preserved visually in a new conceptual context. The works are all oil paint on board.
Potter of the month
Sandy Godwin - November 2019The Pretoria Arts Association’s potter for November is multi-award winning South African ceramicist Sandy Godwin. Her works are on display in collections, including the Corobrick collection, galleries and homes around the world. All her creations reveal the perfect poise of a vessel crafted at the hands of a disciplined artist. There is a classic restraint in this beauty; a reserved confidence that draws in the discerning eye.
Moreover her work is a celebration of femininity; infused with her memories and the traces of lace from her childhood. She elevates the character of clay and embroiderers a decorative dance across each perfect piece.
What started as a hobby transformed into a passion for Godwin. Once her passion was ignited, her perfectionist nature honed her curiosity into a discipline. Passion, discipline and curiosity form the trio that drives her creativity and the ability to refresh her approach. A member of Ceramics South Africa, she is based in Dowerglen, Johannesburg, where she has a home-based studio. Her work has been exhibited all over and as stated, she has received several awards.
The exhibition will be opened by Pieter van Heerden on Sunday 3 November 2019 at 10h30 for 11h00 and runs till 27 November 2019.