Apart / A Part – You are invited!

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Note from the curator Laurette de Jager:

“Apart / A part is not intended to explore the banality nor the cliche’ of lockdown art. The intention of this group exhibition is to delve into the human psyche, to explore the longing, the reflection, and the horror of living social distant lives: as artists we almost universally create in isolation. Solitude provides rich and fertile soil for creation, we are no strangers to it. However, what has become apparent over the past few months is an interesting manifestation of the longing of the human psyche for connection. Within the pandemic zeitgeist, three universal themes have emerged as indicators of where the human soul searches for connection. These themes: The Mundane, The Sublime and The Abject, are reflected in the work created by selected invited artists. Within these spheres, we see the reflection of the human condition as it manifests when connections are stretched, severed or temporarily suspended. As the artists submitted work for this exhibition and interesting phenomenon emerged: the themes overlapped, they intermingled, it became a beautiful organic process, completely unplanned. I have come to realize that all of life is essentially a dance on the precipice between the mundane, sublime and abject.”

I was invited by Laurette to submit work for the “Abject” Part of this exhibition…And this was what I proposed:

The brief:

The Abject
But that word, “fear”- a fluid haze an elusive clamminess- no sooner has it cropped up
than it shades off like a mirage and permeates all words of the language with
nonexistence, with a hallucinatory, ghostly glimmer. (Kristeva 1982:6)
The Abject resides where the sublime meets horror, evoking a deep-seated
fear, a dread of the incomprehensible, and the uncanny. The viewer cannot
help but be enthralled by the abject, it is a part of human nature: Kristeva’s
(1982) concept of becoming corpse as ultimate abjection, corresponds to Burke’s
(1844) philosophical enquiry into the sublime in that the sublime essentially evokes
overwhelming feelings of dread and melancholy in its terrifying infinity (De Jager
2019:85).
The pandemic conjured up images of death, and destruction. From the works
of Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Bruegel the Elder and more recently David
Wojnarowicz, these artists grappled with making sense not only of our finitude,
but of death on a grand scale. Artist’s working during the pandemic turned to
the abject as a means of trying to make sense of the horror of global loss. The
selection will refrain from literal masked ( be they gas or surgical masks)
depictions, instead artists who invoke the uncanny, the strange as symbol for
these strange times, will be invited to exhibit works which speaks to horror on
a conceptual and symbolic level.
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Falling Buffalos), 1988-1989

“A violent bunch” Cotton and acrylic thread and rubber 2020
Kaboom! Cotton thread, polyester fiber filling and rubber 2020
BOO-HOO Cotton and acrylic thread and rubber 2020

For more information or to RSVP to the opening, kindly contact the gallery directly.

Women’s day exhibition snapshots…and invitation to a walkabout

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Installation view of my work in the group exhibition at Millennium gallery

So, a while ago I invited you to the opening of a Women’s day group exhibition at Millennium Gallery (Pretoria).

Today I would like to share some photos of the opening night, or those of you, like myself, who couldn’t be there.

A big thank you to fellow artists and friends who did attend the opening, and for sharing the pictures with us.

And for those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening but live in the Pretoria region, you are invited to a walkabout at the gallery tomorrow:

Best wishes for a great weekend!

 

Reminder: Opening tonight and you are invited!

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The Awesome Womxn exhibition 2019
a group exhibition curated by

Dr Adéle Adendorff

The exhibition will be opened by
Dr Rory du Plessis
on Friday 2 August 2019 at 19h00

Opening
Friday 2 August 2019 from 18h00 to 20h00

Closing Date
Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 15h00

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014) explains in her book, We should all be feminists, that ‘single stories’ curtail and inform our thinking, ‘especially about Africa.’  Adichie urges us to ‘unlearn’ the lessons of our youth and instead foster new narratives where we may all strive to be as we are.

Awesome Womxn is a group exhibition curated by Dr Adéle Adendorff and hosted by the Association of Arts Pretoria in celebration of Women’s Month 2019.

The exhibition aims to make visible alternative, polyvocal and multiple stories around the intersectional category, womxn.  Artworks from thirty artists working with various materials and subjects offer a platform where we may expand our imaginations beyond the normative categories of gender and race to project new possibilities for ourselves and others.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr Rory du Plessis who lectures in Visual Culture Studies at the University of Pretoria and is also the co-editor of the accredited journal, Image & Text.

Association of Arts Pretoria
173 Mackie Street
Nieuw Muckleneuk
Tel:  012 346 3100
Pieter van Heerden:  082 774 4390 | Nandi Hilliard: 083 288 5117

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday:  09h00 to 18h00
Saturday:  09h00 to 13h00
Sunday 4 August 2019:  10h00 to 13h00