Monday, 7 April 2014
Walkabout by Andreas on Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 11a.m.
Andreas Chasomeris presents The Gray Scale (1946), the premier solo exhibition by cutting edge Durban based visual artist and queer philosopher. This exhibition showcases the latest large scale paintings and photographs by Chasomeris that explore identity, sexuality, history and Film Noir.
The exhibition is thematically framed by three major concepts:
1) The Greyscale is the tonality between Black and white used in computers, notably used in black and white photography and Film Noir.
2) The Gay Scale is the slang term for the scientifically evaluation of human sexual orientation called the Kinsey Scale and
3) The American spelling of Gray in the title is in reference to one of the artist’s favourite poets, playwright and first documented usage of the legal term homosexual in the English language that of Oscar Wilde’s infamous The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).
Provocative and thought provoking, the portraiture and objects of desire represent a culmination of an intimate journey of self-exploration.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
In the Main Gallery:
“Gather” a collection of artists
24 March - 12 April 2014
This exhibition presents a group of artists, facilitated by Grace Kotze, who choose to paint together and exhibit as a collective. “Gather” represents a cross section of creative spirits, from beginners to exhibiting artists who enjoy the experience of learning and growing through the process of a collective exploratory experience.
The exhibitors display a very strong sense of “self” within the group, which describes the many personal journeys each artist pursues. Such individual identity presents an exhibition of great diversity.
This show is a celebration of the creative nature of the human spirit and the will to reach for more than what the structure of the day-to-day presents. Artists vary in age from teenager to retiree yet all possess the same will to explore create.
Participating artists: Yasmin Khan, Ingrid Adams, Patricia Lategan, Michelle Offerman, Gil Sevel, Julie Mayo, Val Fields, Shirley Yell, Alex Coutts, Suraya Tewary, Deidre Maree, Anne Reardon, Pippa Styles and Megan Bonnetard.
In the Middle Gallery:
“Traces” by Megan Bonnetard
In this body of work Bonnetard expresses the traces which are left on her by the subject and which she in turn leaves on the subject.
She has used two main vehicles for this expression: portrait and landscape.
In the Front Room and Corridor:
“SUMI-E” by Ingrid Adams
Adams' work is rooted in the technique and process of SUMI-E. Her work begins with the experience and sensation of the scene. The subject matter is of movement in qigong practice, portraits, and land, using chance, mark and washes. The medium here is ink stick on mulberry , rice and Waterford paper. The second section is mainly abstracts, the colours inspired by meditative visions. Through process and evolvement, she aim to create sensations of form, movement and texture. Using natural weaves: cotton, silk, jute and linen, which she has dyed and painted, to create collages, together with embroidery and fibres.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
GREAT ART TAKES
Blood, sweat and tears are the building blocks of all our artistic endeavours. It symbolises the hard work we put in and transforms what we have created from ordinary to extraordinary. So what if we combined the primary colours by which all art is created with the blood, sweat and tears of three South African artists and created a world first: paint infused with the essence of their hard work.