Thursday, 26 November 2015

NEWS about artSPACE durban

artSPACE durban studios 2016     PRESS RELEASE 
artSPACE durban was born out of a dream to explore the concept of space, by bringing artists and creatives together in a warehouse style space. For over twelve years, artSPACE durban has opened its doors as a much-loved art gallery and event venue, hosting hundreds of exhibitions, shows and seminars and attracting people from all walks of life.

While we are sad to announce that this phase of artSPACE durban is coming to an end, we are excited about the gallery’s future evolution. With the vision and experience of the architects of Arkus, our space will relaunch on the 1st of March 2016 as the home of a small group of creative professionals from various fields. The name artSPACE durban will remain, as the original concept of space is re-designed, and a community of likeminded people is built. artSPACE durban studios will be a limited number of exclusive “artisan” studio spaces, incubators for creative businesses to grow. The concept of space will be redefined with the gallery as the blank canvas.

The Annual Affordable Art show from the 7th of December to the 16th of January will be the gallery’s final event before artSPACE begins its new chapter in March and we thank you for all your support over the years.

The images below are a sneak preview of what 2016 will hold for artSPACE durban studios:

Friday, 20 November 2015

Hans Bjelkhagen talks about Holography Friday, 27 November at 5:30 for 6:00pm

In celebration of the International Year of Light 2015,
 the Research Office together with the School of Chemistry and Physics at UKZN presents

Science meets Arts
Hans Bjelkhagen
Hansholo Consulting Ltd, Dyserth, Wales, United Kingdom
Friday, 27 November 2015
17h30 for 18h00
artSPACE durban, 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road)

for more information, please contact the gallery

Friday, 13 November 2015

“Personal Myth, Collective Dream 2” by Roz Cryer 16 November - 5 December 2015


Artist’s Statement

I have become increasingly curious by the depth of wisdom myths and dreams have to offer us as individuals and fellow journeyers in life. As well as the collective myths that speak of the human journey and condition each of us has a personal myth that shows itself to us through our dreams. This force drives us and further reveals itself through the patterns in our lives, choices we make, the stories we are drawn to and images we work with. Our myth impacts our everyday lives and influences who we are and how we behave.

When we become aware of our mythology, both on a personal and a collective level, through a journey into the psyche we gain the opportunity of facing and changing our story. Each part of the journey brings us a step closer to individuation which, in Jungian terms, is a transforming process where the personal and collective unconscious are integrated into consciousness.

One of the ways this concept is being explored is through my artwork.

This exhibition will have on show paintings which will form part of the final body of work that I will be presenting at the completion of my masters at The Centre for Visual Arts UKZN and the spring board for a PhD proposal in practice led research in Fine Art. 

In my last exhibition I described the mythical forest in my oil paintings. Terri Windling, a writer, artist and book editor for the New York Publishing Industry describes this forest as “...the forest primeval, true wilderness, symbolic of the deep, dark levels of the psyche...” In this exhibition I am moving from the forest into the house symbolising a deeper exploration of the psyche. Each painting represents a room in the house or a part thereof in which the characters and backdrops emerge from my own personal myth. 

Technically each painting has been a journey in its own right. I have consciously left behind much of what I have known and endeavoured to find a new way of approaching my work. As in the forest, one of the challenges is to leave the well trodden path and find a new fresh way through.

The exhibitions closes on Saturday, 5 December at 2p.m.

“lies behind” by anne schwankhart 16 November - 5 December 2015


Artist’s Statement:

it is curiosity that inspires my work.

i am in the exploratory phase of my art, experimenting, trying new ideas.

inspired by art at an early age, i admired master painters like Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Hundertwasser as well as my uncle, Francois Wenger, who was a full time artist and cartoonist.

i started painting as a gentle journey back to myself through playfulness. an exploration of my paradoxes, my opposites.

i now use creativity to express the overflow of emotions i often feel; an attempt to make sense of this world, to release, to transform and to find the humour in it all.

this year i decided to paint one face a day, for 365 days, and it is keeping me in a constant state of exploration; showing up daily and experimenting incessantly. my first solo exhibition is a selection of these faces, as well as some larger work.

i work quickly and spontaneously from my imagination, often finding the face in the pre-prepared, layered background; the details are sparked from clues and signs from my everyday life, a conversation, a trait, a colour combination.

my work is playful and unconventional yet it invites the viewer to look a little deeper at what may lie behind.

anne schwankhart comes from nendaz, a ski resort in the swiss alps. for the past 14 years she has loved, explored and lived in South Africa with her husband.

from tourism to kinesiology to becoming an artist she has had a colorful and diverse career so far.

The exhibition closes on Saturday, 5 December 2015

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

THE COURAGEOUS I... shared experience, intrepid explorations 2 - 14 November

The title of this exhibition came about after much discussion between the painting students at artWorks Studio in Salt Rock. Although there are various and different reasons why people take up painting, the common words that came up included journey, explorations, discovery, soul searching, bravery, fear, challenge, discipline, play, escape, sanctuary, intuition, individual and collective. Putting one self out there. Exposing one self. Risk taking.

There was much discussion about what the title of this group exhibition should be, it was agreed that, although painting side by side in the studio, for most, it was an individual journey with highs and lows, fear, frustration, patience, trust and, eventually, exhilaration when the finished piece seemed to capture something.

For each participating artist, painting is a journey of self-discovery that they have committed to. Each has a unique vision and paints to express it.

Skills are learned and refined and each student takes what works for them and finds their own way of expressing themselves on canvas. And in deciding to exhibit their work each person is putting a bit of themselves out there, hence ‘THE COURAGEOUS I’. For each it is a shared experience and an intrepid exploration.