Monday, 14 September 2015

“From where I stand” - an exhibition of paintings by Suraya Tewary and Deidre Maree Opening on Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

“From where I stand” acknowledges the process of painting as an ongoing exploration of learning and discovery.

Deidre Maree:
The subject of this exhibition is the medium.  The concept is to record an investigation into oil paint, and to acknowledge that the process of exploration and discovery is ongoing.  The painted solution to a visual reference will take different forms along my painting journey. Through constant dialogue with the medium a rich, truly crafted, painterly surface is sought.
Since the work is figurative, the stimuli for each of these investigative pieces are the photographs taken and the interpretations and memories of what has been seen. The very personal act of witnessing and recording is then expressed through a manipulation of compositional elements to demonstrate a response to space, colour, light and form. By representing the natural and emotional world with dignity the painting becomes a description of both the physical and metaphysical, and a reflection of a state of being.

Suraya Tewary:
My body of work is a seemingly material one of images and moments from everyday life – a string of visual patterns of my surroundings, of the space, colour, light and form which shapes and informs my emotional landscape through the medium of paint.
It is however, a desire to physically and emotionally examine the image and subject matter, and find a way through my process of photographing, editing and paint application to convey the emotive stimuli behind the memory of these images.
My work aims to create a space for balance, contemplation and self-observation. A space for momentary stillness and immersion, when noise and voices recede and we are left bare, with the simple act of observation and reflection.

June 2015

The exhibition closes on Saturday, 10 October at 2p.m.

“You don’t have to speak” by Grace Kotze and Melody French Opening Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

“You don’t have to speak” is an exhibition showcasing new paintings by Melody French and Grace Kotze.  Looking at the work in broad terms, it describes why both French and Kotze choose visual arts as their means of communication and not words. Neither artist feels the need to “spell out” the meaning of their emotions. French’s atmospheric landscapes and Kotze’s portraits and life observations describe the artist internal state yet the viewers are given space for their own interpretations.



 Grace Kotze’s thoughts on her work:
Painting is the way I celebrate life, gain understanding and find stability. Yet under the pressure of needing to make money from sales I constantly double guess my decisions. This is the part of the process that causes me great anxiety, as there are often times where I question whether I am making authentic decisions or making compromises in order to please the market place. This exhibition is a modest yet very important one for me where I am giving myself the gift of acknowledging the importance of my eyes in the process. “You don't have to speak” acknowledges my acceptance of my need to be confident in my vision.

For me it’s a show where I don't over explain with grand visual declarations but rather paint small exploratory works describing some of the people and places that life introduces into my being.

Melody French describes her work: 
“You don’t have to speak” is to me, exactly as the statement implies. Sometimes things feel over described, and over stated.

So In the quietness of a brush mark I can enjoy the feeling it gives me, or enjoy how I feel when I am in my creative emotional space quietly and internally.

Without having to emphasize with words what I am doing, feeling or why.

There is an infinite amount to be felt when ‘its’ not always said, sometimes words seem to solid and definite, sometimes I like that, but that’s not what this is about.

I would rather my work be looked at without a statement. To feel it for you, no matter what those feelings are.

Closing on Saturday, 10 October at 2p.m.

"recalculating… " by Megan Bonnetard & Pam Benporath Opening on Monday, 21 September at 6/6:30p.m.

Opening talk by Roz Fisher


This exhibition is a collaborative experiment, reflecting on the journeys we have each taken. At this point our paths have crossed and we pause to reflect on the individual journeys that have led us to this point. We do not always take the intended route when embarking on a journey, life throws curveballs, we make questionable choices and in the journey of art, as in life, so many possibilities exist, the journey becomes an adventure.  Through a process of collaboration, multiplicity, reworking, and general experimentation, we explore these possibilities where one artwork may have numerous resolutions.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

"disintegration" by corné eksteen 31 August - 19 September 2015

This selection of works, created over the last 3 months, consists mainly of portraits. Utilising a distinctive approach to this tradition, these works visually explore themes relating to the deconstruction and fragmentation of identity. Through a process of drawing on conventions of both, figurative and abstract painting, the works attempt to visually dissect the subject matter in the pursuit of an understanding of the dynamics and transient nature of the 21st century psyche. They are intended to evoke discussion on the idea of personal identity as a series of disjointed concepts in a continuous state of flux. 

WALKABOUT on Saturday, 12 September at 11a.m.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

"Sea Fever" by Jane Strode 31 August - 19 September 2015

"The sea has always been a part of my life: I grew up on the North Coast and then five years ago my brother moved to Muizenberg in Cape Town and I began visiting once a year. The light is so different there that I became obsessed and the line of poetry “I must go down to the sea again, the lonely sea and the sky” echoed in my head. I needed to be out in all weathers, documenting the changing light and mood of the sea with my camera the way other artists use sketchbooks. For me, a camera works better because the scene in front of me changes by the second.

Just relying on my camera is not satisfying enough however. I want to reinterpret those images with brushes and paint and palette knife. I want to put emotion into them. I want to paint that loneliness, that space, that vastness. I want to feel the clean colours, the coldness of the water. I want to paint the beauty and the fear of rough seas. My mind churns with ideas of how to capture the charm of the foamy curves of receding waves, the abstract patterns of reflections on that white Cape sand.

I have macular degeneration and my eyesight is currently only 50% of a normal person’s vision. The deterioration has been rapid – over two years I lost 20% of my vision and perhaps because of this my paintings have changed. I have found a freedom of movement in my brushstrokes and the colours that I use. This desire to experiment and break away from old habits has also invaded my textile pieces and I have become far more experimental than I have been in the past. But perhaps I place too much emphasis on my eyesight. Perhaps this new freedom is also part of growing older and more confident as an artist."

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