/ CURRENT Exhibitions
Exhibition by Tanja Malan
Friday 18 August 2017 till 6 September 2017
Pretoria artist Tanja Malan's third solo exhibition titled Pursue (pursue: Continue to investigate or explore) follows in the footsteps of her previous exhibitions at the Association in 2011 and 2013: Pure and Perseverance.
Pure was born from her fascination with nature's pure form and simplicity, while Perseverance testified of the renewal and persistence of nature and her beloved aloes. With this exhibition the artist would like to remind viewers that by pursuing their connection with nature, it can have a profound impact on their lives.
The artworks are primarily in encaustic wax and mixed media as the artist feels the different layers of wax sculpted by heat not only challenges the viewer on a visual and emotional level to experience more, but portray the different layers that a person and nature is formed by.
Slate carvings & digital prints
4 August 2017 to 23 August 2017
Milton Miltiades started collecting fragments of slate as a student in the late 80’s and was influenced by die work of Spanish artist Antoni Tapies (1923-2012). “Because of its multilayered composition and of the way it weathers, slate reveals other colours and textures as well as a period of trace of its unfathomably ancient million history of formation.
Miltiades starts from a drawing and his working procedure entails a dialogue between the drawing and the shape and texture of the stone. The drawing is adapted to the stone and modified to retain the character of the stone. Influenced by classical and Byzantine architecture and ornamentation, he is also intrigued by the anonymous nature of religious ornamental carving and by its intense labour and repetitiveness. “For me it represents a form of devotion.”
For the artist’s prints he uses drawing, found objects and digital photography to explore desire, loss, memory and the precariousness of existence. He sees it as a trace of a reality that can fade, discolour or disappear over time.
The exhibition will be opened by Pieter van Heerden, Director of the Association of Arts Pretoria, on Friday 4 August 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00 and runs until Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Potter of the month
Maria ZiesslerPotter of the month - August 2017
Maria Ziessler and her husband Holger moved to South Africa in 2000 and soon after opened their ceramic studio. Her love for salt glazed and wood fired pottery came from her childhood where old traditional pottery of this kind was handed down from generation to generation and with the inspirations gathered from Japanese and German potters she began to rebuild the studio.
She studied pottery in the former East Germany in 1987 and 1988 and worked in different pottery studios in Germany and operated her first private ceramic studio in 1994-1997. In 2015 Maria was privileged to be invited as international ceramics artist to the first International Bhutan Art festival in Thimpu. Here she worked one on one with the last of the Bhutanese potters learning immensely from their rich heritage.
Her inspiration comes from the shapes and forms she sees in daily life and in nature and is deeply reflected in her ceramics. Her extensive travels have left a mark on the patterns and influences shaping her pots which are ravaged by a raw imperfection. In essence her pieces reflect highly functional stoneware ceramics moving away from a perfectionist reproducible design to allowing the clay to develop the story through subtle guidance.
Wood fired, salt glazed stoneware is made according to an old German tradition from the 15th century: the clay is hand thrown on the wheel, Bisque fired, hand painted and decorated.
Her exhibition opens on Sunday 6 August 2017 at 10h30 for 11h00. The opening coincides with the monthly Pretoria Art Meander when the gallery is open from 10h00 to 13h00 on the first Sunday of the month.