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Book Review: Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994

Posted on 2 December 2015 in Reviews.

Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994 published by Fernand F. Haenggi, features a photographic collection of major works by the artist in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world.

Exploring the world virtually - Islands by Heidi Fourie

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Maps are important tools in understanding in a visual way the world around us. Heidi Fourie's Islands explores the world virtually where her studio becomes an 'island' from which she interprets and investigates the dualities between isolation and escape.

From Paper to Print - Tenth Annual Group Exhibition by the Blue Door Print Studio

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Printmaking has become a mode of creative production in the contemporary art market, creating a body of accessible and affordable artworks available to a wider art audience. The 10th annual Blue Door Print Studio group exhibition, held at Upstairs@Bamboo in November 2014, showcases works by distinguished and many new names presenting works that appeal to various tastes.

Performing our fluid identities

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Through our interactions with other people and with society at large, the body serves as a critical site of identity performance. Performing Wo/Man, curated by Derek Zietsman at the UJ Art Gallery explores performativity of gender identity in contemporary South African art.

When a farmer seeks a wife...Absa L`Atelier 2013 winner explores the culture of marriage

Posted on 26 July 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

When a farmer is in search of a wife, the community is as much involved as the couple in question. Pauline Gutter`s Die Huweliksaansoek raises the question: does the farmer choose his wife on the same base that he breeds his stud bull?

The many faces of Lionel Smit

Posted on 12 July 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

When one first looks at an imposing portrait by Lionel Smit, one is arrested by the sheer beauty of the subject of his close-up portrait. Like billboards, their faces capture your attention, the viewer constructs an imagined self in the painted anonymous personas.

Behind Craig Muller`s Ochre Curtain lies a new and unknown world

Posted on 13 June 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Behind the Ochre Curtain lies illusionary and anonymous images in a show of magical creations of unexpected hybrid creatures and dark mythological drawings created by artist Craig Muller.

The Objects on Karin Preller's Mantelpiece

Posted on 13 June 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Just Above the Mantelpiece sees Karin Preller`s return to still life in her characteristic 'photographic' way of seeing. Preller's use of photographic painterly distortion defamiliarise the objects offering viewer's a new world view.

Emma Willemse explores memory in dis(place)

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Mandy Conidaris in Reviews.

dis(place) by Emma Willemse represents the culmination of the artist's creative journey of exploration, research and art making spanning several years, including notions of displacement, loss, traces and memory.

There are witches among us - Roll Call explores society's perception of women

Posted on 7 March 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Roll Call is made up of a paper scroll depicting fifty-two drawings and inscribed with various references to the individuals who lost their lives in witch persecutions. Bredell discusses the binaries between good and evil and how society's confined beliefs based on hearsay and imaginary assumptions.

Say White? Derek Zietsman's Performing 'man' explores South African white masculinity

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Derek Zietsman`s Masters exhibition Performing `man` focuses on how white South African male artists tackle whiteness. His works, primarily black and white prints, reflect an uncertainty around white masculine identity performativity within the complex South African society.

Re-sampled exhibition: Old meets new

Posted on 14 November 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Re-Sampled at the Absa Gallery juxtaposes renowned historic artworks within their art collection against the modern interpretations conceptualized by promising young artists.

2012 ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibition questions consumerism

Posted on 3 October 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

In today's consumer driven society, consumption reflects the need for more, constantly craving and consuming leaving behind useless waste. The 2012 ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibition features artist use recycled materials to reflect the notion of overconsumption.

Me 1 explores identity

Posted on 8 August 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

The questioning of identity has been of one the most conflicted themes in art throughout the centuries. Fried Contemporary's current exhibition entitled Me 1, which opened on 4 August, explores the view of our identities in today's contemporary South African society.

Wilma Cruise takes audience down the rabbit hole in The Alice Diaries

Posted on 28 July 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

Wilma Cruise's audience were taken on a trip down the rabbit hole into a darker rendering of life-size ceramic and bronze figures, prints and drawings surrounding the fairytale novel theme of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Terra's final installment suggests retrospective

Posted on 28 June 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas in Reviews.

The final installment of the Terra exhibition series,Terra Pericolosa, explores the relationship of the self to place, land, soil or territory.


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