/ CURRENT Exhibitions

North Gallery


Loeritha Saayman
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.
 

Main Gallery


Awesome Womxn
curated by Dr Adele Adendorff


2 August 2019 to 20 August 2019

“We should all be feminists, that ‘single stories’ curtail and inform our thinking, especially about Africa,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014) explains in her book.  Adichie urges us to ‘unlearn’ the lessons of our youth and instead foster new narratives where we may all strive to be as we are.
 
Awesome Womxn is a group exhibition curated by Dr Adéle Adendorff and hosted by the Association of Arts Pretoria in celebration of Women’s Month 2019.  The exhibition aims to make visible alternative, poly-vocal and multiple stories around the intersectional category, Womxn.  Artworks from thirty artists working with various materials and subjects offer a platform where we may expand our imaginations beyond the normative categories of gender and race to project new possibilities for ourselves and others. 

Gallery Chaton


Erica Schoeman
Place and Identity

16 August 2019 to 4 September 2019


When asked about this collection of works, Schoeman remarked that earth was mapped out by inquisitive and restless humans.  Our lives are still marked by movement, be it from home to work, travelling through the country or abroad or even crossing borders in migration.  Maps are needed as guidelines for direction.  Like animals, we have a built-in sense of direction and we map our routes accordingly.  21st Century technology has given us Google-maps and GPS - the Global Positioning System. However, hard copies of road maps and atlases are still being published.
 
Alas, wherever we go, we leave our footprints; trace evidence of where we’ve been.  Moving around also sometimes requires that we abandon what we know and is dear to our hearts.  We have to resettle at a place on a map where we can feel at ease.  This implies saying farewell to our own individual, incomplete maps.
 
The brain makes connections via the eye and memorises where we are.  Brain neurons network like maps: monitoring every step and action we take.  In an ever more complex world we map our steps but also our individual lives over time, creating a maze of intricately woven pathways.
 
These drawings and paintings on discarded maps aim to let the viewers travel through places and time while pausing on their own paths and dwell for a few moments on their personal past and future journeys.  Hopefully Place and Identity inspires them to find new ways of coping with life.
 

Potter of the month


Jean Beckley

Potter of the month
4 August 2019 to 28 August 2019


Jean Beckley began tuition in ceramics with the late Julia Fraser who in turn had been a student of John Edwards.  Being in the dance world most of her life, she found the creative aspect right up her street.   Having joined Digby Hoets’s studio around 1985/86 she kept expanding her studies and technique. 
 
All her work is on the wheel and in general with porcelain clay, but occasionally she uses earthenware clay.  She prefers creating ‘form’ as opposed to highly decorative pieces, and has been influenced somewhat by the classical period of Greece and ancient Oriental shapes.  Reports have indicated that she works in the ‘Anglo/Oriental tradition’.
 
In 1998 she entered, what she describes as her ‘dotty’ period!  This resulted from a visit to family in Australia where she discovered the Aboriginal art of dot painting.  One area of particular interest is South African rock art, which she sometimes portrays on a clay body using the ‘Dot-painting’ technique.
 
Jean Beckley has participated in several workshops offered by Ceramics SA and other individual artists, and have exhibited in both Regional and National exhibitions.  On occasions she achieved Highly Commended Awards and has a work acquired for the Corobrick Collection and another by the William Humphrey Gallery.
 African painted dogs I

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

African painted dogs II

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Camouflage

mixed media and collage on Fabriano paper

Comfort seekers by nature

found map, coffee and natural fibres on canvas

Devil's knuckles

found map and fine liner on acid-free board

Diversion from direction

Freedom puzzle

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

It sounds like a song from Africa

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Mapping between old routes and new routes

spray paint and cotton thread on canvas

My theme park

Collage on Fabriano paper

Social weavers

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Territorial race

Tracing footpaths

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Trapped

acrylic stained found maps, shoe inners and cotton thread on Fabriano paper

White shadow

acrylic, coffee and spent paint on canvas

Who is the king of place?

acrylic, coffee, found map and cotton thread on embossed Fabriano

Greenhouse

mixed media and lino print on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

The sower, the reeper II

mixed media and found map on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Crossing

handmade paper, cotton thread, coffee and spent paint on canvas

Handmade contours

mixed media on wood

Backbone

mixed media on lazer-cut wood and acrylic sheet

Diversion from direction

collage from wax-silkscreen print on canvas

Journal page 267

mixed media and found map on canvas, Fabriano and acid free board

Interwoven

mixed media and cotton thread on canvas

Cape Bunting on lover's rock

mixed media and thread on canvas

Procession

oil and acrylic on canvas

Free-range map

mixed media and collage on Fabriano paper

Adele Adendorff

Cocon - oil on canvas

Maaike Bakker

Homage to Zadie II:  You have to make it meaningful - vinyl on mirror

Maaike Bakker

Homage to Zadie I - Forever thankful - vinyl on mirror

Jaco Benade

After the ceremony - oil on canvas

Debbie Cloete

Pink - digital print

Carla Crafford

Who is rocking the baby?  - digital image from orignal black and white photograph

Lala Crafford

In pursuit of wisdom - mixed media collage

Jayne Kelly Crawshay-Hall

As I left it - 100s and 1000s and resin

Jayne Kelly Crawshay-Hall

As it was - 100s and 1000s and resin

Hannelize Human

#playlikeagirl - mixed media

Hannelize Human

Women's sport - mixed media

Danelle Janse van Rensburg

She wolf - blind print and pitt pastel on Fabriano

Danelle Janse van Rensburg

She wolf (detail)

Danelle Janse van  Rensburg

She wolf (detail)

Marlise Keith

Shroud II - mixed media

Ronel Kellerman

Veiled - oil on board

Ronel Kellerman

Confess - oil on board

Ronel Kellerman

Deliverance - oil on board

Ronel Kellerman
 

Shift -  oil on board

Ronel Kellerman

After dark - oil on board

Hannah Kempe

Seeding - gouache on paper

Stefanie Langenhoven

An octopus has three hearts - photogaphic print

Stefanie Langenhoven

Interlude I - photographic print

Stefanie Langenhoven

Interlude II - photographic print

Stefanie Langenhoven

Interlude III - photographic print

Stefanie Langenhoven

Interlude IV - photographic print

Stefanie Langenhoven

Utopia - photographic print

Grace Lottering

Jammer - mixed media of fabrics, cotton thread and beads

Grace Lottering

Jammer - mixed media of fabrics, cotton thread and beads

Grace Lottering

Jammer - mixed media of fabrics, cotton thread and beads

Grace Lottering

Jammer - mixed media of fabrics, cotton thread and beads

Amita Makan

Iphindlela: After Gopal Naransamy - hand embroidered with silk and viscose threads, silk cord, organza ribbons and Swarovski crystals on dupion silk

 

Leanne Olivier

Ophelian Sanctum ii - hematite, bone meal, ash and oil paint on canvas

Danielle Oosthuizen

A face is nothing - manipulated digital photography

Danielle Oosthuizen

The norm - manipulated digital photography

Danielle Oosthuizen

Someone, something - graphite drawing

Adele Potgieter

Floralia - oil on wood

Adele Potgieter

In my own words - oil on canvas

Adele Potgieter

Healing - mixed media assemblage

Adele Potgieter

Spring - mixed media assemblage

Henk Serfontein

Wilma Stockenstrom:  Ek laat my lok deur die nagvoël se fluit - charcoal and mixed media

Hannelie Taute

Bamboozle - cotton and acrylic thread on rubber

Hannelie Taute

Inanna - cotton and acrylic thread on rubber

Hannelie Taute

No action here - cotton and acrylic thread on rubber

Hannelie Taute

Pre-her-storic - cotton and acrylic thread on rubber

Johan Thom

Recital - Decay - video 

Nina Torr

Looking for a home - ink and gouache on paper, collage

Elleni Tossel

Dynamics - acrylic and oil paint

Thelma van Rensburg

Embodying abjection and decay - ink and waterolour on paper

Thelma van Rensburg

Rigor of feminine I - ink and watercolour on Fabriano

Jaco van Schalkwyk

Broos - oil on Belgian linen in theatrical box frame

Dalene Victor-Meyer

Sticks unturned - charcoal, gouache and blind embossing on Fabriano

Marina Walsh

Kombers - concrete beads and string

imile Wepener

Witchy womxn part 1:  Hardest of hearts -  ink, gouache and glitter

Imile Wepener

Witchy womxn part 1:  The girl with one eye -  ink, gouache and glitter

Death Mask II

drawing on map - 38 cm x 42 cm

Deflated

Drawing on map - 44 cm x 37 cm

Death mask I

Drawing on map - 38 cm x 42 cm

Drie breine 3

Drawing on map - 38 cm x 42 cm

Koolkop

Drawing on map - 44 cm x 37 cm

Kopbeen

Drawing on print - 42 cm x 38 cm

Meltdown

Drawing on map - 38 cm x 44 cm

Plant you mind

Drawing on map - 44 cm x 37 cm

Scull life

Drawing on map - 44 cm x 37 cm

Signature

Drawing on map - 38 cm x 44 cm

Soos jy is word jy isser

Drawing on map - 38 cm x 44 cm

The ancestors have spoken

Drawing on map - 44 cm x 37 cm

Bottle

Bottle

Flagon

Flagon

Flagon with handle

Large vessel - reduction fired

Mannequins - slip design and high fired

Mottled vase

Ox blood jar

Small flagon

Tall jar with handles

Trio (set)

Vase

Vessel - reduction fired

Vessel - reduction fired

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