/ CURRENT Exhibitions
The Birthstone Collection
An exhibition of handmade jewellery
2 November 2018 to 28 November 2018
Three local artists, Anneloes Rosema, Estelle Lourens and Zelda Horden, decided to create a collection of jewellery with birthstones as the theme. Every person has a birthstone and the unique pieces produced for this exhibition should appeal to everyone.
All the artists are inspired by the beauty of jewellery.
An exhibition of paintings by André Naudé
19 October 2018 to 7 November 2018
‘Naudé paints the way Gabrielle Garcia Marcquez writes. A magician seeing and hearing the mundane and transforming it into a feast of brush-mark and of colour, into something apart from its inspiration, existing in its own right in terms of beauty, of line and colour and form. The story is in the telling, bitter and delicious like chocolate. Telling the bad news with the most exquisite language. The magician who can get cynical brown to shimmer with Alice blue.’ (Wilna Panagos)
BLOOM, as a theme for this exhibition, is interrogated by Naudé as an antithesis. He delves into irony. The artist refers to British author and Ceramist, Edmund de Waal’s following quote.
“I follow Dürer, his line of thinking, his moment of exposure. It is his aloneness that speaks to me. He cannot control, what is happening, only record, what he remembers, what he sees, what he feels. This exactitude is not self protection. It is a way of approaching what is happening when the world is unstable. During the night we are alone and vulnerable, the certainties disappear.” (Edmund de Waal, British author and Ceramicist)
(Post)partum: how to swaddle a baby
16 November 2018 to 5 December 2018
The work offers insight into the artist’s recent experience of becoming-mother to a little girl. Working with selected objects extracted from her archive, Adendorff wraps these in tissue paper as a metaphor for the continuous wrapping and uncovering of a developing child: an ongoing of post-partum condition that oscillates between parting and bonding – a relationship that shapes both mother and child. As such, the practice of wrapping aims to explore this delicate and fluxional bond: mastering the art of swaddling a baby appears to be one of the first vital skills a new mother is expected to learn, however, this operation extends from a mere performative ritual to encompass a conceptual interpretation of preservation, repetition and concealment.
The artist’s sentimental attachment to mysterious and personal objects has always defined her practice: these figurative renditions offer a failsafe against the unreliability of memory as memorialised objects are archived. For Adendorff the naturalistic tradition of oil painting is equally pertinent: in an age of digital reproduction, this labour-intensive process of creation appears futile – however, the artist approximates the labouring of the canvas with caring and mothering for a small child. Each little stroke also builds her becoming-mother identity in the same way that the paint builds up the surface of the canvas. This method also suggests a mimicking of nature: Adendorff notes for her, this new role sparked her memory to retrieve codes for motherly behaviour from deep within her archive – systems, modelled by her mom, of the ideal mother figure.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a video piece in collaboration with the artist’s husband, Hermann Venter and a series of collaborative paintings produced by Adendorff and her 18-month old daughter. These, along with the set of paintings, investigate the delicate bond between mother and child as a continuous process of attachment and separation in the ongoing search for the self.
Potter of the month
Potter of the Month: Pride MoyoPride Moyo is the Association of Arts Pretoria and Ceramics SA’s Potter of the Month in November 2018.
His work is inspired by the people around him, his surroundings, the environment and the rapid change happening in Africa and the world. The women symbolise strong, beautiful people who carry their dignity with pride and confidence, despite all the challenges they may be facing in their everyday lives. He also acknowledges young men who strive to work hard to make ends meet and to meet societal demands and expectations.