Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Walkabout on Saturday, 28 February at 11a.m.

"OUTPOST' by Anthony Morton
"Re(viewed) by Terence King
on Saturday, 28 February at 11a.m.
All are welcome and it is free. 

Monday, 9 February 2015

"Re(viewed)" by Terence King 16 February - 7 March 2015

Opening talk by Louise Hall

Rooted in observation, the works aim to engage three long-established genres in painting and drawing; the figure, the physical environment and the still-life, with a view to marrying the concrete subject and the subject imagined.

Still-life, traditionally associated with displays of material possession, can also represent a world of work – the tools of trade in domestic and manufacturing settings – which are here presented on surfaces reminiscent of the tablelands of the inland landscape.

The landscape works, in turn, are based on the ways in which natural markers, such as these hills around Harrismith, tend to punctuate the geometry of agriculture. Familiar markers of routes travelled, with a deceptive sense of constancy, these landforms are in actuality fragile and impermanent.

The compression of space is a feature too of the figurative works, in which flat planes are intended to create uncomplicated settings in which to observe the sitter. The notions of watching and of exposure, typically critical elements in rendering the nude figure, constitute a major part of the content of the drawings.

Terence King is a retired Professor in Fine Art and Art History at the University KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, where he had been since the mid-1980s, having previously taught at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and South Africa, and Technikon Natal.

Walkabout on Saturday, 28 February at 11a.m.

"Outpost" by Anthony Morton 16 February - 7 March 2015

In this body of work a long-standing interest in the dynamic relationship between South African landscape and urban youth culture unfolds.

I began to see land as a constant in the events of history. During my research at Rhodes University, I felt a sense of nostalgia as I considered landscape and how it has been depicted in canonical art history and, in turn, my connection to this as a South African.  This work references the lineage of Land Art, which includes Bushman art, the idealistic, uninhabited, ready-to-conquer landscapes of Piet Pierneef, the Grahamstown group lead by Noel Hodnett, Gerard Sekoto, and, also, European movements inspired by primitivist aesthetics.  Production of art in South Africa became a symbol for the progression of time and the unfolding of history.  I find interest in searching for what is permissible and relevant as South African landscape painting through situating myself in relation to this narrative.  Much has changed yet has stayed the same.

Through natural and intuitive painting Morton shows sensitivity to the history of South African landscape painting as well as critical awareness of land as singularly constant in a world governed by change

- Jenifer Ball

Anthony Morton has recently finished his BFA at Rhodes University in which he majored in painting. Morton was brought up going on hikes in the Drakensberg with his father which later gave birth to him thinking about how memory and nostalgia constitute ones ideals of generic landscape painting of South African nature scenes. Morton is preparing to spend this year drawing in Beijing as well as researching traditional Chinese print.

Walkabout on Saturday, 28 February at 11a.m.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Walkabouts Saturday, 14 February at 11a.m.

Walkabout by Kevern Sandalls and John Robinson
starting at 11a.m. on Saturday, 14 February.
It is free and all are welcome!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

"South Beach" by John Robinson 19 January – 14 February 2015

Zambian-born John Robinson has been focusing on the world through his camera lens as a social documentary photographer for 18 years, picturing aspects of life in Sub-Saharan Africa. He captures some of the ‘goings on’ of people in a series of portraits taken along the South Beach beachfront of Durban. He documents his subjects against the ebb and flow of the ever-changing sand and sea.

In this work he has gone back to using black and white film, rather than digital. John takes photographs with a small rangefinder camera instead of the larger DSLR camera. He feels that this makes him, as a photographer, less ‘visible’ and keeps him more humanly ‘in touch’ with his subject. Photographing with an analogue camera he feels less tethered to technology and more free to just take pictures of ‘what is’.

John Robinson is a social documentary photographer and stroke survivor living in South Africa, these are his own words and images.

South Beach is a part of the City of Durban’s longest uninterrupted stretch of beach sand. The City of Durban is on the eastern seaboard of South Africa and the people here are washed with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. To the north of this stretch of sand are beaches with cafe society hang outs. To the south there is a pier with the upmarket Moyo’s Restaurant at it’s end and the uShaka Marine World complex and the private surf and sea clubs of the Vetches Beach area. Between these northern and southern affluent areas lies this long uninterrupted and relatively undeveloped stretch of beach sand. It’s along this beach that some of the ‘scatterlings’ of Africa come to be alone, sleep, pray, walk, swim, surf, work, commune with another, or just the sea sand and water.