/ CURRENT Exhibitions
In the beginning
18 May 2018 to 6 June 2018
Michael Teffo, a much lauded artist, who held his first solo exhibition at the Association of Arts Pretoria in 1978, holds an exhibition of wood sculptures from 18 May 2018. He has held various solo-exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions since. Teffo is mainly self-taught and a versatile artist. However, he does not feel the lack of formal training as he does not wish to be influenced by other artists, but wants to remain himself in his attempts at showing life and interpreting it through symbols.
According to the holy scriptures (Genesis 1:24) God said: ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beauty and beasts of the earth’, Michael says, ”This is how I got inspired and began to produce my work from what is already out there by God’s creation. My choice of wood as medium is because it was also once alive and we are the beneficiaries till today.”
The artist applies a metaphorical approach to investigate the spiritual relationship of God’s creations. “We are also spiritual beings able to recreate forms that God has given. Abstract art is multi-form - Elephant and Rhino simultaneously become Eleph-Rhino, Amphibian and Reptile becomes one in Crocodile –Frog.”
The exhibition will be opened by Samuel Isaacs on Friday 18 May 2018 and runs until 12h00 on Wednesday 6 June 2018.
Friday 4 May 2018 to Wednesday 23 May 2018
Rudolph Vosser was born in Vryburg in the Northern Cape in 1965. He completed his BA (Fine Arts) degree (cum laude) and a BA (Honours) degree in Art History at the University of Pretoria. He passed away in Pretoria in October 2017.
Vosser was an exceptionally gifted artist and craftsman, someone who could apply his brush or pencil with utmost creative self-assurance. He left us with a legacy of sheer amazement in the manner in which he applied his mark making on canvas and paper to convey intimate, imaginative worlds. With great skill his artist’s hand captured and marked the everyday, mundane moments in which he unobtrusively revealed himself to the viewer.
He employed visually seductive techniques, bordering on the almost ‘obscenely’ beautiful, whether it was an exquisite nasturtium to a life-size portrait, all presented with astounding skill and compassion. Time and again the viewer is seduced by the ease with which Vosser applied his brush in thick impasto and in his almost voyeuristic attention to the ‘object of his immediate attention’, whether it is a figure or a still life. Vosser could breathe beauty into a pack of toilet rolls stacked in a cupboard or a collection of folded men’s shirts.
An exhibition of a collection of works from his studio will be opened by Pieter van Heerden on Friday, 4 May 2018 at 18h30 for 19h00.
Preview: Thursday 3 May 2018 - 17h00 to 19h00
Alet Pretorius & Dylan Graham
11 May 2018 to 30 May 2018
Reverb is an abbreviation of the word reverberation and refers to an echo, pulsation or a continuing effect on a sound. This exhibition is the third collaborative effort by photographer Alet Pretorius and painter Dylan Graham in which an original thought by one artist is intercepted and re-worked by the other to ensure a lasting reverberation.
Alet Pretorius is a freelance photographer specialising in photojournalism and art photography. She has extensive experience in photojournalism as she worked for a daily newspaper as a photographer and picture editor for thirteen years. Career highlights include the opportunity to travel into Africa and covering the death of icon Nelson Mandela. Her photographs have been widely published and she has won several awards.
Dylan Graham received a degree in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology in 2000. His main medium is oil on canvas or wood. Even though his paintings are predominantly figurative and representative, he likes to focus on the tactile and expressive qualities of paint, and has an interest in abstract ideas surrounding the act of painting. He has had several solo exhibitions and been part of group exhibitions.
Potter of the month
Potter of the Month: Karen van der Riet6 May 2018 to 30 May 2018
Karen van der Riet’s fascination with clay began in 1976 when she attended classes. She soon set up her own studio in Shakaskraal, Kwazulu Natal. She worked in stoneware, in the Leach tradition, and made functional pieces which were fired in a gas kiln.
Karen is now creating objects of great beauty in porcelain. Forms are classic, simple and glazing is a continuous experiment: ‘I love the way the glazes combine and flow and react with one another and with the clay. My wish is for my work to be a reminder, in some small way, of the natural beauty which surrounds us and is part of us.’
The artist is a member of Ceramics SA and has received several regional and national awards. Her work is included in the Corobrik Collection as well as in various private collections in South Africa, Germany, United States, Israel and China.
Her exhibition is opened by Pieter van Heerden on Sunday 6 May 2018 at 10h30 for 11h00 and runs until 30 May 2018.