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My daily maze under construction
19 July 2019 to 8 August 2019
Thematically the works portray ‘protecting and securing vulnerable life rhythms during drastic change.’
Saayman obtained her degree in Visual Arts at UNISA. In 2000 she opened the Brooklyn Fine Arts Studio. She’s enjoyed multiple solo and group exhibitions both locally and abroad. She’s also involved in various community projects, annually acting as adjudicator at the Pretoria Eisteddfod and National Eisteddfod Academy and serving on the council of the Pretoria Arts Association. Her works have found homes in numerous private and corporate collections as far away as China.
Insecurity and uncertainty are fuelled in an era of political, economic and environmental change. Subsequently these penetrate the boundaries of what should be a ‘safe space’ although a truly safe place remains a debatable and ideological construct.
The artist takes stock of her own life situation by choosing to upcycle used materials. She creates an installation with works depicting an imaginary journey towards a physical and psychological safe space. This journey explores the uprooting of ‘self’ and draws a comparison between human and animal behaviour regarding territory and migration.
Saayman makes use of aerial photographs and land maps of her own surroundings, old artwork and printed media in combination with cotton thread and spent paint. This process is therapeutic and also serves the purpose of metaphorical change in redefining the ‘authentic self’ within the borders of a personal safe space.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Rudolph van Graan on Friday 19 July 2019 at 18h30 for 19h00 and runs until Thursday 8 August 2019 at 15h00.
12 July 2019 to 31 July 2019
Helena Hugo has been a full time artist since graduating from the University of Pretoria in 1996, majoring in painting. After working for ten years almost exclusively in oils she made a transition to working in the more direct medium of pastel creating highly finished, detailed expressions of people – mostly South African labourers. Most recently she started to explore the world of fibre art using as her medium re-appropriated clothing previously worn and owned by South African workers and through this medium she investigates the universal human condition and the cycle of birth, death and resurrection.
Legacy will explore the unease humans experience with the idea of the loss of “self” which can be equalled to the fear of death and how it sometimes manifests in destructive behaviour towards other humans, animals and nature. It becomes apparent in our need to be remembered or to leave a legacy.
Hugo is well-known for her realistic pastel portraits of South African workers. However, her latest solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Association will be of a far more conceptual nature. Hugo returns to painting, though she uses a monochrome greenish palette which lends to the paintings a semblance of drawings. She also explores the mediums of fibre art, photography and sound and experiments with unusual mediums such as animal footprints and algae.
This is an exhibition not to be missed by art lovers and collectors.
The exhibition will be opened by Mike Bolhuis on Friday 12 July 2019 at 19h00. During this exhibition the will be a free screening of HOME, a French documentary film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, at the gallery on Wednesday 17 July 2019 at 18h30 and Helena will present a walkabout on Saturday 20 July 2019 at 11h00. The exhibition runs until Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 15h00.
Singing the blues
Dalene Pierini & José Vermeij
5 July 2019 to 24 July 2019
Two artists collaborated for the exhibition Singing the Blues. Dalene Pierini studied Textile Design (1983 - 1985) at the then Pretoria Technikon. She works in various media: pencil, charcoal, oil paint, watercolour, collograph prints, etching, and more recently experimenting with cyanotype. Originally from the Netherlands, and having stayed in the US for a few years, artist José Vermeij lives in South Africa since 2015. Just before moving here she took classes for three years at the Academie Voor Schone Kunsten Arendonk, Belgium to pursue an art degree in printmaking. Here she continues taking art classes in different mediums.
When the opportunity was presented for Dalene and Jose to exhibit together, they contemplated a theme and a medium. They decided on cyanotype as medium because both can apply their strengths, and the colour blue is a unifying element. Dalene makes phenomenal drawings and Jose likes to work in mixed media with photographs.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a Cyan-blue print. Paper is coated with a mixture of two photosensitive chemicals. Objects or negatives are then placed on the dry paper and exposed to UV light which reacts with the chemicals and starts a chain reaction which results in ferrocyanide, or the pigment Prussian blue. Hence the well-known term blueprint.
With Singing the Blues they wanted to give the above process a more creative turn. It’s perfectly suited to use more than one medium. Dalene uses negatives of her drawings of ‘fins and feathers’ and other objects to create her cyanotypes. Jose uses original photos, plastic and other objects to create her prints on ‘the threats that endanger our oceans’. Embossing, Indian ink and linocut print is used to add detail and finish the artworks.
Potter of the month
Sharon ErichsenPotter of the month
7 July 2019 to 31 July 2019
The Association of Arts Pretoria’s potter of the month for July is Nelspruit resident, Sharon Erichsen. Sharon completed her MAFA in 2011 from the University of Kwazulu Natal. She primarily works in porcelain; hand building organic forms using the methods of coiling and pinching. She experiments with various forms of mark-making to create texture and pattern on the surface of her pieces.
Erichsen’s ceramic forms are influenced by her surroundings; exploring themes of habitat and the interaction of form and self with the environment, primarily through the creation of shadows. The soft and hard qualities of porcelain clay are reflected in the juxtaposition of an undulating, organic edge and a linear form thus creating an interesting tension within a piece. The element of chance occurring during the firing process is embraced in her pieces, often resulting in an unexpected softening of an otherwise rigid form.
Shadow, light and dark, geometric pattern and repetition are constant sources of fascination. These elements are translated into her work through mark-making, surface perforation and cut-out forms. Each piece is individually handmade. Porcelain clay is her preferred medium as the characteristic translucency heightens the interplay of light and dark in a piece. She creates sculptural forms and porcelain jewellery.