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They are disappearing
20 July 2018 to 6 August 2018
Art is intrinsically part of Johan Steyn’s being - he was raised by the foremost batik artist in the country. Whilst playing in his dad’s studio, the smell of art and paint intoxicated him. He says: ‘I think I could paint before I could talk’.
He qualified as a die-sinker and engraver in 1992 and started his artistic career as a professional engraver at the South African Mint where he designed and developed circulation and collector coins for several countries including South Africa.
Nature is his greatest inspiration. ‘I live in a country where fauna and flora are abundant. Namibia’s almost desolation begs to be committed to canvas. I find stimuli in South Africa’s east and west coasts.’
Artist Proof Studio
I SEE U
6 July 2018 to 25 July 2018
I SEE U is the acronym for Innovation, Self-Awareness, Engagement, Excellence and Ubuntu - the philosophy shared and nurtured at the Artist Proof Studio, printmaking centre of Newton, Johannesburg.
For this group exhibition with the same title (I SEE U) prints of established and collaborating artists of the Artist Proof Studio were selected. The prints by associate, alumni and graduate printmakers capture the core of printmaking allowing multiple reproductions of an image from a matrix or plate. Each print is carefully recorded and documented as a part of an edition to maintain the value and integrity of the artist’s image. All prints from Artist Proof Studio are done by hand in collaboration with a team of printmakers and master printers.
The studio focuses on all aspects of printmaking and development including sales, production, and education which is made possible through valuable partnerships and collaborations.
Artists whose work will be on exhibit include Kim Berman, Christiaan Diedericks, Sandile Goje, Walter Oltmann and David Koloane showcased alongside that of emerging graduates including Boitumelo Gautlhaelwe, Thandiwe Khumalo, Ramarutha Makoba, Donald Makola, Phillip Mabote, Mario Soares and established alumni artists such as Mongezi Ncapayi and Bambo Sibiya.
The Allure of the Unruly
An exhibition of works on paper by Thelma van Rensburg
13 July 2018 to 1 August 2018
Thelma van Rensburg has studied and travelled extensively. She always had an interest in art, but did not pursue it as a career until 2004.
With his exhibition ‘the monstrous and unruly female body is explored, alongside the allure of ink mediums, to uncover the ways in which we struggle to come to terms with the abject female body,’ the artist states. ‘The main purpose of my work is to dissolve the fetishized surface of the female body in order to reveal the abject traces of decay and bodily fluids of the interior.’
Thelma first completed her studies in Psychology and Physical Education before she completed a B Tech degree in Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology. Two years ago she completed a Masters degree at UP and is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in Practice Based Research at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.
Since graduating in 2007 she has participated in eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions across the country. She was a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2007, Sanlam Vuleka Fine Art competition in 2009, Thami Mnjele Fine Art Awards from 2009 to 2011 and the For the Love of arts competition in 2014 and 2015.
Potter of the month
Potter of the Month: Carolyn Heydenrych1 July 2018 to 27 July 2018
This is the first solo-exhibition for potter Carol Heydenrich for which she has produced many pieces.
Heydenrich likes to explore the concept of weightlessness and she likes drawing with a black pen on a white surface. The imagery reflects her architectural background and is depicted by drawings of buildings seemingly floating on the surfaces, negating gravity. She uses thin porcelain walls to create translucence with light shining through the walls in different shades.
Lately, Carolyn has been exploring the delight of pure pattern, using it to have a cut out effect as in collage. Transparency is also an aspect of her work, as will be seen in her mobiles.