What’s up in the galleries
Exhibitions to keep a beady eye on
Curatorial Lab, featuring Banele KhozaBanele Khoza’s style is figurative abstraction. He shows colourful portraits of the male nude — obscure, ghostly figures in a palette of mostly pink and blue. The acrylic pigments are combined and blurred together in brushstrokes applied with sensitivity, but also a sense of the uninhibited. They bleed and drip into the empty spaces.
Romantic and dreamlike, the portraits allude to sensual fantasies underpinned by homoerotic desire mixed with feelings of vulnerability and incompleteness. Is this fanciful exploration an attempt to mask the everyday reality of loneliness?
Technology and social media from the digital information age came with a promise to form intimate bonds between communities and individuals. But it also delivered the convenience of superficial relationships — fleeting connections of lovers lost in cyberspace. Perhaps these men yearn for acceptance and to find belonging in a society disconnected from deeply meaningful relationships.
Khoza’s visual language examines the suppression of complex and diverse expressions of masculinity — an attempt to liberate the emotion between men trying to find love from each other in today’s filtered virtual world.
This exhibition is supported by Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the #CoCreateSA banner. – zeitzmocaa.museum
Khoza is showing 10 works at Zeitz MOCAA’s Curatorial Lab in Cape Town. The exhibition will run from Wednesday.
Harmonia: Sacred Geometry, the Pattern of Existence, by Gordon Froud“Geometry is widely held to be the universal plan by which all material existence is described. The patterns of proportion, shape, form and numbers are found in the smallest atomic structures and are perpetuated at every level of existence. Most belief systems acknowledge geometry as a plan, blueprint or map through which matter has come into being. This has variously been described as the thoughts of God, divine utterances, proof of a creator, a masterplan, and so on. In its application (from the Greek to measure (metron) the earth (geo), geometry is often imbued with notions of the divine or the sacred referring to a creator or God or energy force.” – Gordon Froud, 2018.Gordon Froud, artist, curator and senior lecturer in sculpture at the University of Johannesburg, has been working on an exhibition that investigates various aspects of sacred geometry in the world around us. His large cone virus sculptures (pointed polyhedra) have become iconic in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and, most recently, in Richmond in the Eastern Cape, on rooftops, in parks and on the streets. Having featured steel mesh geometric sculptures at Nirox Sculpture Park, Hermanus FynArts festivals, Boschendal and Almenkerk wine estates, here Froud brings his research into focus for a mid-career show. This exhibition extends beyond these iconic sculptural works and includes drawing, printmaking, digital imaging, embossing and animation. Froud finds sacred geometry in the landscape, the cityscape, in the human form and spirit, reinforcing the extent to which geometry is inherent in both our corporeal existence and the patterns of the universe. Froud explores sacred geometry across many belief systems from ancient Egypt, the Maya, Judeo-Christianity and Islam, to contemporary belief in aliens; the inter-dimensionality of beings; the authenticity of crop circles.
On at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg.
Moving Bodies Workshop, by Kwaneli Finch ThusiThe Wits Art Museum is holding a three-hour creative and developmental dance event, encouraging participants in a guided exploration of unique compositions. The session will teach you about the development of movement and engage you in the creation of an alternative narrative through collaboration and experimentation. This free session is facilated by internationally versed artist and lecturer in movement at Wits University, Kwanele Finch Thusi.
April 13 from 1pm to 4pm, Wits Art Museum, Corner of Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 011-717-1378.
Invocations to the Plate, Deborah Bell
The latest prints by Deborah Bell in collaboration with David Krut Workshop and visiting US master printer Phil Sanders explores the border between binary oppositions such as mortality and immortality, matter and spirit, and presence and absence. Works featured include the seminal piece of the collaborative project, a large two-metre-long diptych called She Wolf. The cave and the open expanse are about the inner and the outer, the womb and the world – and going inwards as opposed to only expressing “out there”. Also displayed are smaller explorations of Bell’s thoughts and subjects.
On at DK Projects on Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg from April 12, 011-447-0627.
Looking, by selected artistsLooking is a group exhibition featuring paintings and prints by Desmond Mnyila, Gerda Nicholson, Qhama Maswana, Sandile Goje and Simone Soutter.
The exhibition was curated by Carmen Ford and Cassandra Wilmot, graduates of the Rhodes University graphics and print department in Grahamstown.
The exhibition at the Festival Gallery includes five recently editioned prints by Sandile Goje, whose now famous print Meeting of Two Cultures was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It was printed by the artist at Dakawa Art and Craft Community Centre in Grahamstown in 1993 in an edition of 100.
Simon Soutter’s paintings rely on an abstracted and collaged approach to ways of seeing within a context of mental health awareness. This painterly approach to image making is a reflection on the mass media consumption of the 21st century, as endless scrolls of images are uploaded on a per second basis onto image platforms such as Instagram.
Until April 28 at 38 Somerset Street, Grahamstown.
Dallas Art Fair, featuring Frances GoodmanFrances Goodman has exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Spit/Swallow at Galleri SPECTA in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2018; Beneath Her at Richard Taittinger in New York in 2017; Degreened at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town (2016); Rapaciously Yours at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York (2016); Let Your Hair Down, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf as part of the TEI Art-in-Buildings Programme in New York; Lick It, Walgreens Art Windows, Art Center South Florida, in Miami (2015); and The Sweetest Ride at TM Projects in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014. Her current works, The Sequin Paintings, borrow from trashy sexploitation film stills to seductively remind one of woman as automaton, perpetually on the cusp of ecstasy regardless of her emotions, both manipulating and being manipulated by the viewer.She is currently preparing for her solo presentation at the Dallas Art Fair and a group presentation at artmonte-carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco, both in April, as well as her upcoming solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in September.
Palais de Tokyo, featuring Bronwyn KatzYoung South African Bronwyn Katz has been selected to partake in the SAM artist-in-residence 2018. SAM Art Projects will sponsor her studio at Cité International des Arts in Paris. The work produced during the residency will be exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and curated by Marie Ann-Yemsi.
Katz finished a year-long residency at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg recently. Her work incorporates sculpture, installation, video and performance. She is a founding member of the women artist collective iQhiya based in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Memory can make room for alternative histories in her work: “Memory is embedded in land. In my [practice], land is represented as a repository of memory. I refer to my personal memory of land as a component of a larger memory of land, where land memorises the precolonial, the colonial and the neo-colonial. I reflect on the trajectory from my ancestors to my present through the capacity of the land to remember, to be scarred, to hold the residue and to create opportunities for alternative histories/narratives,” she says.
The SAM artist-in-residence exhibition will be on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from June 22 to September 9.