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Christiaan Diedericks in his studio in Woodstock. Photo: Gabriel Clark-Brown

Christiaan Diedericks Planetary Platitudes

Carl Collison “We’re really so blessed to be surrounded by all these amazing things. Most of the time though we choose to stay blind to them,” says Christiaan Diedericks as he expounds on the advantages of having his studio based in Woodstock: from having the “fruit sellers outside as my security” to “the vibrant mix of cultures.” Anyone remotely familiar with the work of this acclaimed artist would easily see how this (at times disconcertingly charming) cosmopolitan district is in many ways perfectly suited as the birthplace for Diedericks’ work. His work, does, after all - not unlike the area, with its hodgepodge of influences - employ all manner of media (photography, drawing, mixed media and printmaking) and varied references (pop culture, literature, philosophy etc) to bring to life characters that are at once beautiful and darkly mesmerizing. Despite a ceaselessly demanding workload, Diedericks is the epitome of affable charm as he lights a cigarette (“I’m as sick as a dog, so I really shouldn’t,” he laughs) and speaks about his motivation for creating art: “I make art to try and understand the world a bit better because I really have no clue. I also want to help others understand the world a bit better.” It would appear though that, with his new body of work, Planetary Platitudes (which he will be exhibiting together with a previous body of work, The Wisdom of 14

Dragonflies at the South African Print Gallery), Diedericks is looking at more than merely ‘trying to understand the world a bit better’. This time around, the Cape Town-based artist seems more intent instead on sweeping the rug from underneath us and the ‘lies’ we feed each other on a daily basis. Or, in his own words: “the meaningless shit we tell each other”. “I thought that it would be a good idea to create art using everyday platitudes. I called it ‘planetary’ because it’s so huge – we all do it. And really it’s truly fucking meaningless but we still do it.” One such work, Planetary Platitude No. 3 looks at the ‘beauty is only skin deep’ cliché. “Its rubbish,” says Diedericks. “People fall in love with beauty so it’s definitely not skin deep.” Youth and our obsession with it are Diedericks staples and feature heavily in his works. “Why are we as human beings so afraid of getting old?” he asks. Is he not afraid of this himself, I ask? “Yes, absolutely,” he responds. “My own mortality is very important. I’m very aware of this: the fact that I’m getting older; the fact that I lose my energy; the fact that I can’t work as hard I used to. So, yes, I can feel the changes in my body and that’s quite alarming.” Pausing slightly, Diedericks adds: “It’s a difficult thing to deal with.” This seeming contradiction is typical of Diedericks’ ouvre – and something he clearly enjoys playing with: “Within my work there are always two aspects: it calms and it disturbs at the same time,” he offers with a hint a satisfied mischief in his eyes. “There’s always a secondary narrative in my work. It’s not only what you think you see. There’s always a secondary meaning.” Another subject that is never far from Diedericks’s astute gaze is that of dystopia, which, he offers, “is not necessarily the opposite of utopia but more a heterotopia with hope. SA ART TIMES. October 2012


The Wisdom of Dragonflies II Hardground and Aquatint Etching 2012

The world is in turmoil – has always been – but there’s always room for hope. I deal with this a lot because I think that we are surrounded more than ever by dystopia: in terms of money; in terms of class; in terms of the class difference between rich and poor getting bigger and bigger, while the comfortable middle ground is disappearing; the banking system that’s failed over the last few years. I’m intrigued by this – it feeds and fuels my work.” The subject that enjoys the most overwhelming focus in Diedericks’ work, however, is that of masculinity. “I’m very intrigued by masculinity and body politics, especially our standing as men in society. Why,” he asks, “is it so hard for contemporary man to figure out what it really means to be masculine? This is one my biggest ongoing questions.” A possible answer to this niggling question, he says, came in the form of feminist writer Susan Faludi, author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the Modern Man. “Faludi postulates that our main issue in life as men is to figure out how to be more human. Not how to be ‘men’ or ‘masculine’. Women, seem to have done this a long time ago but men still battle with it. Does being masculine mean we get to fart, burp and beat people up? I don’t think so.” It is possibly due to his take-no-prisoners look at the ever-more-fragile notion of this once seemingly unshakable concept - and, naturally, his own sexual orientation – that critique of Diedericks’ work has, often unfairly, relied too heavily on boxing it within ‘queer art’. Although his work contains more than just a few of what could easily construed as ‘homosexual references’, such interpretation negates the many nuanced layers present in his work and often leans towards a lazy and ultimately patronizing reading. Planetary Platitude No. 4 is, according to Diedericks “not a gay image at all”. Rather, he offers, “it’s about the compelling

driving force behind me as an artist: the fierce masculine energy that sits over me like an angel – a wicked angel – forcing to me keep creating new work.” This masculine muse must indeed be very forceful, if Diedericks’s non-stop schedule is anything to go by. “I try and do at least two international residencies a year,” he says. Having, amongst others, completed eight residencies at Paris’ Cite Internationale des Arts, two at the prestigious Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium and receiving a much-coveted Ampersand Fellowship in 2006, Diedericks will this year be doing a residency at the Venice Print Studio on the island of Murano. “The residencies,” he says, “really feed me in terms of both the culture and the artists I’m exposed to.” The Venice sojourn is one he is particularly excited about: “They have the largest press beds in the world so it is the most amazing opportunity because I’ll be able to print up to 3 x 1½ metres in one go, which is phenomenal.” Given his workhorse ethic, the “technically brilliant” possibilities this residency holds is something Diedericks is clearly reveling in, particularly as he states with confident ease: “I literally have ideas for the next 20 years.” No periods of creative doubt, I ask? “I’ve been very blessed in that I’ve never experienced creative block. I’ve seen fellow artists and students with creative block and it’s no joke. One of my personal work mottos is that when you experience creative block, work through it. Even if you make bad work, just do something. It doesn’t have to be a master work, because the moment you stop is when you have a problem. I want to work till I die. I want to make a difference till I die. And, really,” he smiles, “I’m only half way.”

Christiaan Diedericks will be exhibiting at The SA Print Gallery, Woodstock, CT 06 - 27 October. See for more SA ART TIMES. October 2012




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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Until 4 Nov, “People, Prints and Process - Twenty Five Years at Caversham” (Main Building) Until 24 October, “Fractal Young Artists’ Exhibition – Penumbra” (Annex Gallery) Toni Pretorius, Mandi Bezuidenhout, David Griessel and Louis Kruger take part in this year’s Young Artists’ Exhibition. Annex Gallery, Oliewenhuis. 4 – 28 Oct, Oranje Quilters Guild Quilt Exhibition (Reservoir) Founded by a group of innovative quilting ladies in 1989 as part of the South African Quilters Guild, is still going strong. 30 Oct– 2 Nov, Loeries Travelling Exhibition (Annex Gallery) The work on show depicts the innovative campaigns for winning brands across an array of disciplines, including architecture, publication design, PR communication, live events, TV, radio, print, digital and more.16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T.051 447 9609

Clarens Clarens Centenary Celebrations 19-20 Oct. Clarens Galleries Association Art Route; Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by well-known artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Jan Vermeiren, Marjorie Wallace, Eben van der Merwe, Conrad Theys, Hennie Niemann, Hannetjie de Clercq, ceramics by Laura Du Toit, sculpture by Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle, glass by David Reade & Shirley Cloete and numerous others.279 Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1298 or Anton Grobbelaar. C. 082 341 8161 Blou Donki Art Gallery In Oct, Exhibition by Elzette Welgemoed. Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1757

Johan Smith Art Gallery The gallery permanently exhibits a wide variety of classical and selected contemporary art works featuring Johan Smith, Elbè van Rooyen, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Nicole Pletts, Gregoire Boonzaier, Otto Klar, and various others. Specializing in ceramics, the gallery supports artists such as Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. Collectable bronzes and handmade glass by David Reade also available. Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1620

Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 CIRCA on Jellicoe Until 6 Oct, “Love Land” a Solo Exhibition by Wayne Barker. 25 Oct – 3 Dec, “A tendency Toward Complexity”, first solo exhibition by Bronwyn Lace. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 Everard Read Jhb 11 Oct-30Nov, “Altered Spaces”, a solo exhibition by Zwelethu Mthethwa. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788-4805

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Absa Art Gallery 7-25 Oct, “Transit”,solo exhibition by Kevin Brand Kevin Brand’s work is distinguished by his use of non-traditional sculptural materials to make strong but increasingly nuanced comments on aspects of South African social history and life. Absa Towers North, 161 Main Str, Jhb. T. 011 350 5139

Gallery AOP Contemporary artworks on paper, and sculpture. 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) Jhb. T. 011 726 2234. Gallery MOMO Until 15 Oct, “Nobody can take away the good times we’ve had” by Martin Y Sicilia. Until 12 Nov, Blessing Ngobeni, Solo Exhibition. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247

Alice Art 4-8 Oct, Alice Art will be at Aardklop Festival in Potchefstroom. 27&28 Oct, Brian Rolfe. 3&4 Nov, Petro Neal. 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 083 377 1470 The Art Place Until 3 Nov “Indelible Moments” by Cheryl Curnick & Angela Eidelman. 144 Milner Ave, Roosevelt Park. T. 011 888 9120 Artspace Jhb Until 24 Oct, “I Am Safe Here” by Danelle Janse van Rensburg & Gina Niederhumer. 27 Oct-24 Nov, Portra”, by Kilmany-Jo Liversage Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood T.011 880 8802

Grahams Fine Art Gallery 18 Oct-16 Dec, “Caballos”, (Horses), by Eduardo Navarro. The gallery exhibits fine examples of South African art including works by; Maggie Laubser, J.H Pierneef, Irma Stern, Freida Lock, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker & Peter Clarke. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192

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GALLERY GUIDE | GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA, EASTERN CAPE 16 Halifax Works by Michael Heyns, Leon Muller, Braam van Wijk, Marina Louw, Mimi van der Merwe and other artists can be viewed by appointment in Johannesburg at 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695 In Toto Until 9 Oct, “Helen Joseph-New Work” latest series of paintings in oil and watercolour. 12 Oct – 6 Nov, “Trace” by Cathy Abraham & Jane Eppel; 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str, Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery Leading Art Gallery in Rosebank showcasing today’s most Modern Contemporary Artists. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery 15 July – 14 Oct, “MMXII” a solo exhibition by James Webb. 5 Aug – 28 Oct, “Oblique” a solo exhibition by Abrie Fourie. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3130 Manor Gallery Until 3 Nov, 88th National Open Exhibition of the Watercolour Society Africa /2nd Open Exhibition of the Art Society Africa. Stunning artworks in all media by top South African artists to be exhibited. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways. T. 011 465 7934 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables. Ground floor, Bordeaux Court, Corner of Garden & Allan Rds, Bordeaux. T. 011 789 7422 or 083 675 8468 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: No 8 Burnside Ave, Craighall Park, Jhb. T. 011 501 3360 Standard Bank Gallery Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889 Stephan Welz & Company Auctioneers of Decorative and Fine Arts. 13 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg Until 2 Nov, “A thousand things”, by Wim Botha. 62 Juta Str, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034 Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants. Country Club Johannesburg, Corner Lincoln Rd & Woodlands Drive, Woodmead.T. 079 407 5140 UJ Art Gallery Until 10 Oct, “Rendezvous Focus Painting” the fourth undertaking by the Rendezvous Art Project, presents a travelling exhibition of works by 60 artists using paint as medium. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099 The White House Gallery The gallery has a wide ranging portfolio featuring renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore, Portway, Pasmore, Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney - to name a few. Also the more affordable works of up and coming artists in Britain and France, along with globally acclaimed South African artists. Shop G11 Thrupps Centre, Oxford Rd, Illovo, Jhb. T. 011 268 2115

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer The Alette Wessels Kunskamer operates as an Art Gallery and Art Consultancy, specialising in South African art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. Maroelana Centre, 27 Maroelana Str, Maroelana, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0728 Association of Arts Pretoria 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100


Centurion Art Gallery Is a commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. c/o Cantonment and Unie Avenues, Lyttelton T. 012 358 3477 Fried Contemporary Until 13 Oct, “Me 2” with Erna Bodenstein, St John Fuller, Lucas Thobejane, Aidon Westcott, Marlise Keith, Johan Moolman, Pascual Tarazona. 430 Charles St, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158 Front Room Art Two- and three-dimensional art by a variety of contemporary artists available.Viewing by appointment 116 Kate Ave, Rietondale. Jennifer Snyman 082 451 5584 Gallery Michael Heyns The Gallery has moved to 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park, Pretoria. T. 012 804 0869 Pretoria Art Museum 11 Oct – 25 Nov, “Flatlands” Photography by Marc Shoul, (North Gallery) Until December in the North Gallery, “A Story of South African Art” a selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Museum (South Gallery) Until December in the East Gallery, “Abstract Art” a selection of abstract artworks from the permanent collection of the Museum. 8-27 Oct, in the Ceramic Gallery, “Corobrik Ceramic Collection” a selection of ceramics, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters of South Africa over the past 30 years is on display. Until December, “Study Collection” art media and techniques are illustrated in the Information Centre.Cnr Frances Baard and Wessels Str, Arcadia Park, Arcadia, Pretoria.T.012 344 1807/8 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: 367 Lynnwood Rd, Menlo Park, Pta. T. 012 460 6000 St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pta. T. 012 4600284 UNISA Art Gallery 01-12 Oct, MVA exhibition, Final and Work in Progress. Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5683 University of Pretoria Until 15 Nov, “High Tea @UP” fine porcelain and antique teawares from the ceramic collections of the University of Pretoria Museums. Mapungubwe Gallery, Old Arts Building, UP. T.012 420 2968 University of Pretoria Until 30 Nov, “Villa in Bronze” showcasing the life of Edoardo Villa (1915 – 2011). Hatfield Campus, UP, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria. T.012 420 2968

North West Potchefstroom Edwards Fine Art, Modern & Contemporary Large selection of top South African Art, Kentridge, Dumas, Skotnes, Villa, Feni, etc. Large selection African Art – paintings, sculptures, ceramics, etc. Hartbeespoort Dam. C. 0764729812 NWU Gallery 2 - 7 Oct, Clover Aardklop, Visual Arts Festival Potchefstroom 2012 The Absa L’Atelier 2012 Top 100 Exhibition; photographer, Daniel Naudé, is the 2012 festival artist. “Long Distance” photographs by Obie Oberholzer’s. “ INK-Complete: Capturing Music II”, by Photographers Sean Brand and Christelle Duvenage.ATKV “Skilder met woorde III”, curated by the ATKV. Includes: Strijdom van der Merwe, Pauline Gutter, Nathan Trantraal, Sam Nhlengethwa, Elizabeth Gunter, Karin Miller and Diek Grobler and the poets Diana Ferrus, Tom Gouws, Ronelda Kamfer, Johan Myburg, Melt Myburgh, Martjie Bosman and DanieMarais. Theo Kleynhans, will conduct daily art tours. Solo exhibitions by Hanneke Benade, Barbara Wildenboer, Paul Cooper, Clare Menck,Craig Müller en Talita Swarts. 18 Oct - 16 Nov “Song of (a life) time”; A show of paintings by Coral Fourie. 1 Oct – 15 Nov, “Hot cross nuns & other visual puns” by Ian Marley, Botanical Gardens Gallery, Potchefstroom campus. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom.T. 018 299 4341

Mpumalanga Dullstroom Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces, by well-known local artists. Shop no9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, Mpumulanga. T. 013 254 0335

White River The Artists’ Press Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original handprinted artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. Also artists books, monotypes & letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in SA. Waterfield Farm near White River, Mpumalanga T. 013 751 3225 The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. This is the place where you will find a unique and superior item or have something commissioned that you have always envisioned. Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 & Numbi Rds White River T. 013 758 2409 The White River Gallery Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview & Numbi Gate Rd, White River. C. 083 675 8833

Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden Enjoy refreshments under the jacaranda tree while enjoying the sculptures of international sculptor Maureen Quin. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from the main street.T. 046 6530121 C. 082 7708000

East London Ann Bryant Gallery Permanent Collection and Gallery of Prints, Paintings, Ceramics, Sculptures and drawings.9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 Floradale Fine Art Gallery A newly opened gallery at the Floradale complex showcasing a wide variety of works by local artists including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, mixed-media, photography as well as jewellery & decorative arts.Floradale Centre, Old Gonubie Rd, Beacon Bay. T. 043 740 2031 C. 078 294 7252 Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey plus works by a selection of local artists. 60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421

Port Elizabeth ArtEC Until 6 Oct, “Downtown”, Anonymous Exhibition; 8-19 Oct, “Emergence”, a Solo Exhibition by Kathy Botha 23 Oct-2 Nov, Pine Pienaar’s students photographic Exhibition. 36 Bird Str, P.E. T. 041 585 3641

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NORTHERN CAPE, WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Until 18 Nov, “Melting Pot” artworks such as Indian miniatures, Chinese textiles, Japanese wood-cuts, Xhosa beadwork, British oil paintings, International prints and everything else in between. Until 6 Jan 2013, “Fun in the sun”; Until 27 Jan 2013 “Ship & Shore”.1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 506 2000 Ron Belling Art Gallery Until 16 Oct “Four Rooms” Bretten-Anne Moolman’s solo exhibition of oils, acrylics and mixed media. 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973

Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery A selection of drawings from the contemporary SA WHAG collection. Malcolm Payne – ‘Face Value’, and exhibition of graphic prints on loan from Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein. 10th Annual David Walters and Friends Ceramic Exhibition in the newly opened Bonnie Ntshalintshali Ceramic Wing. 1 Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre, Kimberley. T. 053-8311724/5

Western Cape Cape Town Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists. Namely : JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Maurice Van Essche, Tinus De Jongh, Gerard Bhengu, Ephraim Ngatane, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, Conrad Theys, William Kentridge, to name a few. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville. T. 021 914 2846 Art b 3-28 Oct, “Belville Collective” Group show. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 918 2301 Artvark Gallery An innovative collection of recycled rubber tire baskets and mats, woven and crocheted, designed by Mara and beautifully hand crafted by Artisans Nelson and Petronella. 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay Tel 021 788 5584 AVA Until 19 Oct, 3 new solo exhibitions; “Diminished Man” by Unathi Sigenu; “ A country imagined” by Msa Xokelelo; “Embracing the nature” Bangikaya Maqoqa. 29 Oct – 23 Nov, “Life under Democracy” Photographic exhibition by award winner, Dale Yudelman. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436 The Avital Lang Gallery Until 3 Oct, “Remember Me” by Nadea Victor. Art Classes also available. Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. (Next to Newport Deli) T. 021 439 2124 Barnard Gallery Until 3 Oct, “Cacophony Collection” various collection of artworks by represented artists.24 Oct – 28 Nov, “Money and God in his pocket”, a solo exhibition by Robert Slingsby. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects. Oct, “Machine Worries, Machine Hearts”, Group exhibition feat. South African & Norwegian artists curated by Anthea Buys. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951 Brundyn & Gonsalves Until 3 Oct, “Order & Division” by Gina Heyer. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150

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Cape Gallery Until 6 Oct - A solo Exhibition of Paintings by Hilary Iwanski. 7-27 Oct, “A year in Nature” by Noel Ashton. 60 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 5309 Carmel Art Dealers in Fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point. T. 021 4213333 Casa Labia Gallery 02 Oct – 25 Nov, Month of Photography exhibition, by Araminta de Clermont: “Transformations”, featuring work from “Life After”, “Before Life” and “A New Beginning”. Walkabout with Curator on 13 Oct. Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068 Cedar Tree Gallery Contemporary Fine Art Gallery at Rodwell House. Rodwell Rd, St. James, CT. T. 021 797 9880 The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery of Art deals exclusively in original & investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned & upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville T. 021 913 4189 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676 Christopher Møller Art New arrivals: Visit our website to view Barry Jackson’s, “Bushman bowhunter ” & “ Cheetah family”. Barry Jackson specializes in Bronze Sculpture which is a medium that lends itself to depicting and capturing the human figure and wildlife. Through his realistic style of sculpture he hopes to capture the essence of The Bushmen and the power and beauty of African wildlife. 7 Kloofnek Rd, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599 The City Bowl Gallery Hand thrown decorative and functional wares. Pottery Classes. Ceramic Design. Bespoke Pottery. 2 Norwich Ave, Observatory. T. 021 447 4884 C. 083 412 8098 Garth Meyer Commune.1 Gallery Until 14 Oct, Birthday group show, with artists Christopher Swift, Nina Liebenberg, Katherine Spindler, Natasha Norman, Dominique Edwards, Gretchen van der Byl, Roelof Petrus van Wyk, Ledelle Moe, Rodan Kane Hart, Michael Elion, Greg Streak, Gordon Clark, Robyn Farah, Stan Wannet and Leila Anderson, and Peter Campbell. 64 Wale Str, CT. T. 021 423 5600 Dante Art & Decor A modern Art Gallery since 1995. Proudly South African Art, Ceramics, Gifts & Decor. Furnishing your home with a modern touch of Beauty. Shop L90- Cavendish Square, Claremont. C. 084 700 9196, David Krut Projects Until 13 Oct, “Ex Nihilo” an exhibition of paintings by Maja Maljević David Krut Projects, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave. T. 021 685 0676 Ebony Ebony has added to their Winter exhibition with exciting new work including hand-felted sculptures by Larita Engelbrecht, new ceramics by Kahmilla Abrahams’s and Ayalah Zohar and paper sculpture by Pieter Henning. Also hanging are several abstract works by John Murray and Hannes Harrs. 67 Loop Str, C.T. T. 021 424 9985. Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za Until 28 Oct, “Beijing - multiple interpretations of an Ancient Modern City”. Artscape Theatre Complex Marble Foyer Gallery, Foreshore, Cape Town. The exhibition forms part of the Cape Town Month of Photography 2012 Festival, Curated by Heidi Erdmann Until 2 Oct, “Die Antwoord”, solo exhibition by Roger Ballen. 63 Shortmarket Str, CT. T. 021 422 2762

Everard Read CT Until 3 Oct, “Berlin” Solo exhibition of paintings by Sasha Hartslief. 3 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527 Until 13 Oct, “Exposure Now!” A Speke pop up exhibition at Merchants on Long. In association with the CT Month of Photography; 34 Long Street Cape Town. T. 021 422 2828 34 Fine Art Until 13 Oct, Group exhibition. 2-23 Oct, “Numberrs” by Asha Zero London, Solo exhibition; 1 Oct-12 Nov, “Motel 7” Solo exhibition 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T.021 461 1863 The Framery Art Gallery Until 15 Oct, “Hypnos’ Mixed media on paper by Francois Mouton. 67g Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 G2 Art A gallery of diverse and interesting work by local artists, with exciting new offerings by Nicole Pletts, Ronel Human, Adolf Tega, Vanessa Berlein and sculpture by Armand du Rand and Aleri Odendaal. 61 Shortmarket Str between Loop Str & Bree Str. T. 021 4247169 Gill Allderman Gallery The Gallery is dedicated to promoting some of South Africa’s valuable talent. Having moved into cyber space, but based in Kenilworth, Cape Town, the gallery will be specialising in home and corporate visits. C.083 556 2540 Goodman Gallery Cape Town Until 27 Oct, Mounir Fatmi “Suspect Language”, multimedia solo exhibition. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 Hout Bay Gallery New artworks by Sarah Danes Jarrett, David Kuijers, Koos De Wet and many more. 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 Infin Art Gallery A gallery of work by local artists. Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str. CT. T. 021 423 2090 Irma Stern Museum 6-20 Oct, A solo exhibition of paintings, and a book launch, by artist Carol Mangiagalli. Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA National Gallery Until 14 Oct, “Rendez-vous 12” an exhibition of international contemporary art from the Lyon Biennale in France. 25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing, Dutch treat: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, CT. T. 021 481 3800 Iziko Castle of Good Hope Until 26 Feb 2013, “Fired” an exhibition of South African ceramics. Buitenkant Str, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 Johans Borman Fine Art Exhibiting a selection of works by SA Masters and leading contemporary artists at the 48th SAADA Antiques Fair, The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Sandton. 10am – 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 26 to 28 October 2012. 16 Kildare Rd, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863.


Derric van Rensburg I always was aware of my artistic tendency but unfortunately it was not a subject my parents knew much about except the old rumours of starving artists etc. Ultimately I gave up efforts in the “real world” and entered the “mysterious world” of the visual arts in 1986. I had no assurance that what I was about to do would be sufficient to support a family but I was that desperate to find out and so I put to rest all the prejudices I had grown up with about the artistic life and starving artists and went for it. In 1970 I studied Graphic Art in Cape Town and worked closely with the commercial side of the arts but lacked the conviction to this particular form of art and decided to just paint. My early work sold quite easily as I worked mainly in watercolour. I should add that I also taught art during this time and that is how I earned a living. In 1990 I moved to a small town called Greyton in the Overberg and it was during the following six and half years that everything changed for me. I changed the medium from watercolour to acrylic and started painting local landscapes of wheat fields and vineyards and it was this change that opened my market to a much larger audience. My style is impressionism and the influence of the Overberg and its patchwork of colours inspired me then as it still does now. My brand of impressionism is influenced by the graphic art training and so I am more interested in shape and colour than any specific subject matter. The brand as I call it turned out to be easily

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noticed by an even greater audience than I had ever imagined. My art impacts my life daily and inside the cover of my coffee table book is written the following: “To have 40 years of one’s life represented in a beautiful book is probably something that most people would consider an incredible achievement and please don’t misunderstand me, I certainly believe that it is an amazing achievement! Yet I find myself wondering and thinking back on how it all came about. Like every other person I have not lived my life in isolation. The various experiences that are written about in the book have formed me, the way I see life and fundamentally how I paint. For many of us what we do and who we are is two separate concepts but I have found that, being an artist these two concepts have become inexorably linked. Let me explain – when I am sitting in a restaurant drinking numerous cups of espresso (which I love) my mind searches for ways to remember this scene. I allow, where ever I find myself whether driving, talking to friends or listening to music to become part of my mind in order to put it onto canvas so that ultimately you may also come and live in my world. I do not paint because it is my work I paint because I “can do no other” to quote those famous words used by Martin Luther. My art then is not only representative of who I am but of all who has been in and out of my life – my parents, siblings, wife, friends, children, grandchildren and even those who challenged me and my art form.” I have helped many aspiring artists to find their own way some have left school and some still in school. I believe my gift for art is to be used to help others as well as to enrich my own life. My works are bought by people all over the world and are distributed to all the well known galleries throughout South Africa, most of whom have their own websites. I have also exhibited in London, Portugal, Germany and the United States.

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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Kalk Bay Modern Until 6 Oct Photography by Jurgen Schadeberg and Andrew Barker on show. 11-24 Oct, “Domestic departures”, a group show including Christina Bryer Cheryl Rumbak, Erica Elk, Katherine Glenday, Lyn Smuts, Tracy Megan, Mary Anne Botha, Gwen van Embden, Josie Grindrod, Lorienne Lotz, Kathy Robbins, Cathy Abrahams, Nicola Baily, Michele Kriek, Taryn Millar, Anne Graaf. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571 Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South African artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 The Lovell Gallery Until 06 Oct, Group exhibition in partnership with the Month of Photography. 9 – 27 Oct,: Los Angeles artist street artist Augustine Kofie and Paul Senyol from Salon 91 will be creating work live in the gallery. Kofie will be doing his graffiti on a Porche 911 in the gallery as part of the exhibition. The final reveal will be on 25 October from 18h30. We will also have the finalists of our One Day in Woodstock Competition on exhibit and we encourage the public to come in and vote. 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 MM Galleries From 2 Nov, “Revelations”, Group show, Shop 3, 31 Palmer Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. T. 082 739 7567 Michaelis Galleries Until 13 Oct, “Facing the Climate” 5 Swedish & 5 SA Cartoonists take a sharp & disturbing look at the Climate; “EK . Duo” Simon Max Bannister. University of Cape Town, 31 – 37 Orange St, CT. T. 021 480 7170

The Pot Luck Club Gallery Contact curator Las Madurasinghe on 074 180 4895 The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. Provenance Auction House Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Home Luxury. 8 Vrede str, Gardens, CT. T. 021 461 8009 Red! The Gallery RED! The Gallery is a dynamic art gallery featuring work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists , including works by Andrew Cooper, David Kuijers, Wakaba Mutheki and Donna McKellar to name a few. Steenberg Village shopping centre, Reddam Ave, Tokai. T. 021 7010886 Rose Korber Art Until 31 Oct, “Making Faces” a portraiture exhibition featuring work by contemporary South African artists. The selection comprises works made in a variety of media from the 1950s by Jurgen Schadeberg, William Kentridge, Richard Smith, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Slingsby, Anthony Lane, Claudette Schreuders, Pamela Stretton, Diane Victor, Georgia Lane and Hanneke Benade. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C. 082 781 6144 or 083 261 1173 Rossouw Modern Groot Constantia An Extensive collection of Cobus van der Walt’s works are on exhibit at Bertram’s Tasting Room on the Groot Constantia Wine Estate. Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia. T. 021 794 2605 Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 Bree Str, CT. T.021 426 0384

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Until 18 Oct: In Salon A: Theo Kleynhans exhibits “Island” in Salon B: Vasti Wilkinson exhibits “The Swan and the Beauty Shop” and in Salon C: Paula van Coller Louw exhibits “Siklus” In the Clay museum: Ceramics by Yvonne Martin and Ineke Nicolle. 23 Oct – 15 Nov, In Salon A: Johan Coetzee; In Salon B: Titia Ballot and Muller Ballot; In Salon C: Aidon Westcott; Clay Museum: Ceramics by David & Sarah Walters 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691 Salon 91 3 - 27 Oct, “The Quiet” a solo exhibition of paintings by Kirsten Lilford. Her technically accomplished paintings echo the work of early nineteenth-century realists but she has already developed a unique style of her own that is at once naturalistic and also informed by contemporary painting practices. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 South African Print Gallery 6-25 Oct, “Planetary Platitudes”, new prints by Christiaan Diedericks. A wide selection of fine art prints available, by South African masters and contemporary printmakers in stock. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851 Sanlam Art Gallery Sanlam, 2 Strand Rd, Bellville. T. 021 947 3359 SMAC Art Gallery, CT SMAC Plus: 11 Oct – 22 Nov, Uwe Wittwer, “New Works”, and Jacques Coetzer, “The Atlas Complex”. In-Fin-Art Building, Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 422 5100

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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Online Art Gallery A curated online art gallery showcasing original and affordably priced artwork by Fine Arts graduates and emerging artists. Each artist has been hand-picked by our curatorial panel to ensure the quality of the work that you are purchasing. Shop directly from the website and have your art delivered to your office or home. Start building your contemporary art collection today! Added value bespoke services include: Corporate Art Solutions; Art Specifier for Interior Designers and Architects, Collectors Resale and Art Commissions. We Ship Worldwide - art delivered to your doorstep. T.072 470 9272, Stephan Welz & Company 2 & 3 October, Auction of Decorative & Fine Arts. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 6461 Stevenson Cape Town Until 13 Oct, “New Paintings” Zander Blom solo exhibition. 18 Oct-24 Nov, “Event Horizon”, 6 new paintings by Odili Donald Odita.18 Oct-24 Nov, A solo exhibition by Steven Cohen. Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 1500 Strauss & Co. 8 Oct, Auction of South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts. Preview 5-7 Oct. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 What if the World/Gallery Until 27 Oct, “These waves” by Pierre Fouche, solo exhibition. N. 1 Argyle Str. Woodstock, CT. T. 021 802 3111


Ebony Continuation of Winter exhibition of classic South African artists including James Thackwray, Matthew Whippman, Diederick During, Gordon Vorster, Alexis Preller and more. Also showing new work by contemporary artists Henk Serfontein, Claudia Ongaro, Shany van den Berg, Olaf Bisschoff and Erik Laubscher. 4 Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477 The Gallery at Grande Provence 1-25 Oct, “Fine Lines” by Louise Hall in the Gallery ; The Project Room will feature work by the artist Kelly John Gough. A collection of works that comment on fracking will be on show in The Cathedral. Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630. Is Art Until 21 Oct, Franschhoek Artists Group Exhibition. 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443


Hyatt Regency Oubaai “Transitions” a collection of new sculptures by Anton Smit. 406 Herolds Bay Rd, George. T. 044 851 1234

Strydom Gallery A great selection of South African artworks. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027

Knysna Art Gallery 01 -7 Oct, “Knysna Woodworkers exhibition” Old Gaol Complex, cnr of Main and Queen Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 7124


Knysna Fine Art An exhibition of paintings by Margaret Vorster and Elise Macdonald. Featuring bronze sculpture by Lionel Smit. Thesen House, 6 Long Str, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 C. 082 552 7262

Abalone Gallery Oct: Main Gallery: SPRING EXHIBITION, Group Show: paintings, works on paper, graphic art, photography and sculpture by artists Titia Ballot, Lien Botha, Christo Coetzee, Hannes Harrs, Cecil Higgs, Tadeus Jaroszynski, ELzaby Laubscher, Judith Mason, Lynette ten Krooden, Louis van Heerden and Andrew Verster Until 18 Oct, in the Annexe: “African Reflections”, Works on paper and on canvas by Amos Letsoalo, Nyangiso Lindi, Nomthunzi Mashalaba, Leonard Matsoso, sculpture by Jackson Hlungwani and El Loko. 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935 Art Amble Hermanus Village Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists’ studios to visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries in Main Road or at the Hermanus Tourism Office. Contact Terry Kobus on 083 259 8869 or email for more information. Bellini Gallery & Cappuccino-Bar Until 8 Oct, “Big Dreams and Little Moments” recent paintings by Tanya Swiegers-Loots and Henrie Koekemoer. 167 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 312 4988 Originals Gallery The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery space. Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083 259 8869 Rossouw Gallery Hermanus 3 Harbour Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2222 info@rossouwmodern. Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up and coming South African artists. 171 Main Rd, Hermanus. contact: Francois Grobbelaar 028 312 2928

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Sheena Ridley Open Studio and Sculpture Garden Sculptures and Paintings N9 Langkloof near Uniondale, Klein Karoo T. 083 5892881


Dale Elliott Art Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa! 2 Galleries: Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre & The Knysna Mall T. 044 382 5646 A Different Drummer Featuring new ceramics by Marylou Newdigate and furniture by Wally Rossini as well as an ongoing exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photographs and object de vertu. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna.C.082 552 7262

Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing exhibition of recent watercolour and oil paintings. Upstairs in the Knysna Mall. C.082 342 3943


Bay Gallery Bay Gallery supports excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. Marra Square, Bree St, Langebaan. Contact: Daphne 073 304 8744


ArtKaroo Gallery Original works of art by established and emerging artists. 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093


Hout Street Gallery The Gallery specialises in South African paintings and fine art and features an extensive range of paintings, ceramics and sculptures by more than thirty South African artists. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030


The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy Until 29 Oct, a group exhibition entitled “Indulgences”. Participating Artists are: Alex Hamilton; Annelie van der Vyver; Annelie Venter; Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Clare Menk, Diane Heesom-Greene, Christiaan Diedericks; Judy Bumstead; Hermie Voulgarelis; Johan du Plessis; Madelein Marincowitz; Eric Du Plan, Eugenie Marais, Michele Davidson, Kennett Sinclair, Jan du Toit, Grace Kotze, Sandra Hanekom. From 3 Nov, “From genre to manifesto”, exhibition. 17 Main Str, Piketberg. C: 083 739 6196 / 072 659 1973

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Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the Prince Albert Gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. From George Coutouvidis’s quirky post-modern cartoonism to Guy du Toit’s striking bronzes 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057 C. 082 749 2128 (Brent)

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WESTERN CAPE, NATAL | GALLERY GUIDE Gallery 91 Showcasing New Exciting Artworks by Kwazulu-Natal Artists. New functional Handmade Ceramics. 91 Andries Pretorius Str, Somerset West. T. 021 852 6700 C. 084 441 7233 Liebrecht Art Gallery 34 Oudehuis Str, Somerset West. C. 082 682 5710


Sasol Art Museum Until end Oct, “20Stellenbosch”: two decades of South African Sculpture (inside sculptures) David Brown, Jackson Hlungwani, Noria Mbasa, Collen Maswanganyi, Samson Mudzunga, Meshack Raphalalani & Philip Rikhotso.3 Oct – 19 Jan 2013, “Atyd Lig”, Maggie Laubscher (1886 - 1973 ), retrospective exhibition. 52 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691


Dale Elliott Art Gallery Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa. 80 Main Rd, Villiersdorp. T. 028 840 2927


Elizabeth Gordon Gallery A gallery situated in vibrant Florida Road, offering a variety of SA art. Stockists of Dave Tomlinson bronzes. New paintings by Lindy Acton & Wheildon. 120 Florida Rd, Durban T. 031 303 8133

Pharoah Art Gallery The gallery features an exquisite collection of Peter Pharoah’s fine art originals & prints including rich colourful portraits, unforgettable African wildlife and bold textured abstracts that are inspired by his travels around Africa. Wilderness Centre, George Road, Wilderness T. 044 877 0265

KZNSA Gallery 2-1 October, “Life under democracy”, Inagural Ernest Cole award Exhibition winner, Dale Yudelman.166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood. T. 031 277 1705

Beatrix Bosch Studio Unique works in leather as well as paintings & photography can be viewed 57 Die Duin, Wilderness.

Slee Gallery 11-26 Oct, An exhibition of paintings by Francé Beyers. 101 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385

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SMAC Art Gallery Until 25 Nov, “ARTOMS: Histopathology, Regeneration and Other Cases”, Solo Exhibition by Sandile Zulu. 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607

The African Art Centre Until 6 Oct, Contemporary handbuilt Zulu Pottery by Jabu and Thembi Nala.94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5

Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. 34 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343 US Art Gallery 03 – 12 Oct, “Challenging the Hand”, visual art exhibition of masters degree work, by Hanje Whitehead.Cnr. of Dorp & Bird str, Stellenbosch


Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery Representing a wide variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists. 19 Swellengrebel str, Swellendam. T. 028 5142905 C. 082 4349291

Durban Art Gallery Visual Art Schools Curriculum Show. This semi-permanent exhibition is aimed at giving students an opportunity to view and reflect on the artworks whilst preparing for final examinations. 2nd Floor City Hall, Anton Lembede (Smith) Str, Durban.



ArtSPACE Durban Until 13 Oct, “Body, Vessel, Archetype” Roz Cryer Solo Show in the Main Gallery. “A Life in Common” Rob Mills, Peter McKenzie, Matthew Ovendale and Wayne Reddiar group show producing work that intersects with the public and urban sphere in the Middle Gallery.13 Oct – 13 Nov, “Mail Art Makes the World a Town” curated by Cheryl Penn, Main Gallery. “Re Imagining The Landscape – Sites of Ambiguity”, Anthea Martin – Middle Gallery and Corridor. Main Gallery.3 Millar Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban. T.031 312 0793 The Collective 01-20 Oct, “Kitsch/Cool”, Come and paint a creature; 22 Oct – 3 Nov, Year-end VEGA exhibition 48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891

Tamasa Gallery A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists.36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban. T. 031 207 1223

Tatham Art Gallery Until 7 Oct, “Lumo” a solo exhibition of recent works by Dr Valerie Leigh in the Schreiner Gallery. Until 11 Nov, “Retinal Shift” by Mikhael Subotzky 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist, Photography exhibition. On show until 2013, in the First Floor Galleries, South African Landscapes: “Storm in the Wheatfields” - History of the Tatham Art Gallery 1903 to 1974.12 Oct-2 Dec“Office Politics – scenes from the sinking ship”, Drawing, prints & paintings in a solo exhibition by Faye Spencer. .Cnr of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd & Church Str. (Opposite City Hall) Pietermaritzburg. T. 033 392 2801


The Underberg Studio Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in South African Fine Art landscape photography & Ceramics. Owned by photographer Lawrance Brennon and his potter wife, Catherine Brennon, the gallery is regularly updated with their latest work. 21 Ridge Rd, Underberg. Signage from R617 T. 033 701 2440 / 072 141 9924 / 082 872 7830

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Ian Difford The Apartheid Years in Port Elizabeth: Adventures in Black and White Jeanne Wright Early in September, at the Ron Belling Gallery in Port Elizabeth, acclaimed fine art photographer and commercials film director Ian Difford held a retrospective exhibition of images which he took during the Apartheid era. Difford was educated at Grey High School and went on to study graphic design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. In his second year he was introduced to photography and trained under Michael Boutall who started his career as a photo-journalist. He later studied under the rubric of Robert Brooks whom he succeeded as Head of the photographic school in 1981. He was to teach there for 13 years. Between 1973 and 1979, he held three one man shows in Port Elizabeth and then moved to Johannesburg where he ran his own business before joining the Picture Tree Television Company as a freelance executive art director. One of South Africa’s most stylish and skilled stills photographer, he specialises in food photography. His client list features most of the biggest names in the local food and beverage industry. His television commercials for these major house brands are some of the most iconic in the business. He has a reputation for meticulous perfection in the compilation of his movie commercials and tabletop still images of food and beverages, his main focus being to create a distinctive style and unique look and feel which reinforces the profile of that brand. Having shot commercials for the big names of the industry, including KFC, Debonairs and Amstel, Difford is no stranger to the processes and tricks required to capture the perfect burger flip or bubble shot. While quick to praise the talents of food stylists and the SFX guys (special effects), he is also passionate about his responsibility to create an overall mood which rings true for the brand. “What I ultimately want is for people to recognise a distinctive style from one commercial to the next. Whether I shoot a commercial for ten different food or drink brands, each brand is handled in isolation with a unique look or feel which reinforces that particular brand. It’s not just about showing up on the day with a camera in hand. There is an underlying concept which begins with the script and the story board and it’s my job to make sure the brand’s values are carried through to the food styling, the camera angles and post production elements.” He is an acknowledged master of the genre. Needing a break from “life” as he puts it, and feeling stultified by the rigors of commercial stills photography, he recently re-visited a body of work which he’d made as a student and lecturer when living in Port Elizabeth. As a student, he had acquired a Leica M3 Rangefinder camera which allowed him to shoot subjects without the fuss and noise of the then currently fashionable reflex cameras. It was technically the kind of machine which demanded intuitiveness, judgment and experience with light as there was no internal light meter. It was also smaller and less obtrusive than other cameras which allowed him to shoot in places where he could have gotten into trouble. He used this camera to amass a collection of nearly 5000 35mm negatives on Port Elizabeth life which he took over a period of ten years from 1971-1984. He is also pretty “old-fashioned” (his words) about the skills required for his profession – an approach which he says was developed when he trained at the Technikon. The darkroom experience with its smell of chemicals and the excitement and the suspense of watching a roll of film develop is no longer around much in photography – along with the knowledge that what you had on the spool could not be altered in the way it can today. Being a purist in the most academic sense, he says that the kind of judgment and visual acuity needed to take the right shot is not a priority with digital media these days. So much can be altered or faked with the convenience of the technology. He talks about ‘photographic integrity’. He’s not much of a fan of digital photography but now uses it routinely as a tool in his profession because it’s cost-effective. Like LP record aficionadas, he says the kind of quality and depth you get from film is still better than anything digitally printed. Up until recently, he still used 35mm film from preference. Visually acute, he is accustomed to using high speed film (2000 frames per second) in the commercial arena. Within the industry he has a reputation for an unerring ability to extract the perfect single frame image from this medium - a facility which he says is a direct result of the kind of experience which the dark room training inculcated into his experience. It’s born of the innate ability to recognize the “rightness” of the image. Ian was around many of the figures prominent in the Grahamstown Group. They were part of his social set and many were colleagues. The domination of their presence in the teaching field in the Eastern Cape at the time was ubiquitous and aspects of their aesthetic are carried through in his images. This ethic defines itself as knowledge about format as a principal element; a visual understanding of landscape and the composition of structures within it, and above all, the instinctive ability to know when the light is right and how to exploit its qualities. The Eastern Cape landscape has a hard, flat light which tends to polarize light and shadow, making gradations difficult to


read when it comes to the technical side of printing photographs or painting images. The experience gained from dealing with these aesthetic problems he says was invaluable when it came to his work as a professional. He is still acutely aware of the nuance and subtle shifts of tone in his images. The images on this exhibition were taken when he was in his twenties just before the State of Emergency was declared. On reflection, he says he was completely unaware of any political sub-text in the material he was selecting - a kind of “social naivety”. The Apartheid structure of the city’s society was so entrenched that unless you were an activist, as a white student, it wasn’t an issue. He says that at the time, he was preoccupied with composition, format, subject matter and the creation of perfect images and that what he was photographing was simply material that interested him. Township life and the kind of activities which went on in Main Street in the white areas of the CBD were simply a matter of choosing subjects which could be fitted into a single frame in a single shot. Obsessed then with what he calls the “disconnect”, the foreground subject matter is often anecdotal to what is happening on the fringes of the image or what is happening in the background. It was only recently, while browsing through some of the 5000 negatives that he had stored - many of them never printed - that he realised that he had a unique record of a particular time and place which revealed the dichotomies of Apartheid in his city at that time. The 67 prints on exhibition, selected from this archive of negatives, have not been seen before. Many of those he has selected to show, he had not considered for printing at the time because they did not conform to the technical specs he was interested in at the time. He pays homage to that ineluctable sense of choice which guides the eye of a creative photographer and says that the extent and of his vision, when viewed through the contemporary lens of the 21st Century changes in South African society, is a source of amazement for him. He says he just knew, then, that ‘stuff had to be photographed’ and intuitively followed his nose when it came to what had to be photographed. Because the negatives have not been cropped or altered, each print carries the veracity of its time. He has had the negatives developed and hand printed by master printer Dennis Da Silva who has an empathetic understanding of the photographer’s intentions and an understanding of the importance and reproductive quality of silver print. Monochrome images of well processed silver halide based materials have an established archival permanence. Difford says that he mentally uses, as a benchmark, the work of ϋber documentary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson all the time. Bresson is known principally as the greatest chronicler of the streets – images of impeccable composition, format and detail. The debate over whether photography is an art has raged for nearly a century, but as English arts critic John Berger expressed it, (the photograph) “bears witness to a human choice being exercised in a given situation.” Difford does believe that the photograph is a unique vehicle which can isolate and perpetuate a moment of time. Black and white photography is a demanding genre. It requires that the photographer subsumes the familiar aspects of a world full of colour and represents what he sees in a series of lights and shadows which describe the subject matter. It also needs a master’s eye to recognize and capture particular visual opportunities which encapsulate moments in time. Difford also has that rare ability to differentiate between the pictorial equivalent of investigative reporting and the aesthetic criteria which define dramatic and fine art images. The images portray things which will be familiar to Port Elizabethans – daily visual incidents from inner city and township life, the beach front, the polyglot mixture of races and the mish-mash of civic architecture and township shacks. They form an important and revealing document in the chronology of the city’s history. The prints are technically sophisticated in that they are unique prints from the uncropped original negatives. More than that, the photographer‘s command of his subjects and mastery of his process made this an exhibition out of the ordinary. Difford’s approach to his oeuvre is framed in his own story of the origin of the photograph which features the familiar walking figure logo for Telkom’s Yellow Pages…. which goes something like this… He was in North End in Port Elizabeth and he glimpsed a woman through the barriers of a bus shelter structure. She had on a long white dress which was blowing in the wind. He said he “stalked” her for 20 minutes knowing instinctively that there was going to be a fraction of a second in which the image he had in his head and the reality before him were going to synchronize… and when it did, he captured it. Cartier-Bresson famously describes this moment as “the decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives the event its proper expression”. He is currently conducting an ongoing project which involves photographing landscapes from the Western Cape hinterland, up the West coast and into Namibia.

SA ART TIMES. October 2012



Photos: Michaela Irving



(L-R) Madelein Marinckowitz , Janna Prinsloo, Robert Plotz, Paul Birchall,(Below) Opening MICHAELIS COLLECTION, OLD TOWN HOUSE MUSEUM, CT

(Left) Boys from St Augustine’s Primary School don paper collars and black plastic draperies in a fun recreation of Old Master portraits.(Right) upils from the Pioneer School for the Blind working with members of the Museums Access Project team. (Right below) Pupils from St Augustine’s Primary School emulate Dirck van Santvoort’s painting of A Dutch Family Group in the Michaelis Collection. MIRJAM MACLEOD AT HER STUDENTS SHOW, KALK BAY. Photos: Michaela Irving

Mirjam Macleod , Dawn Garisch, Eve Macnamara, Jenne Irving , Jenne Irving with her self portrait


BELIA OH FROM BELOW : Photos: Michaela Irving

Belia Oh, Joshua Grierson posing with the portrait of himself, The Beard poses with prtrait of Albert Frost behind, Zolani of Freshly Ground posing with her portrait PRINTMAKING 2012: SANDTON CIVIC GALLERY: BLUE DOOR, SA PRINT GALERY AND ARTIST PROOF STUDIO, CURATED BY DAVID BROWN

Opening the show: Gabriel Clark-Brown, Top Guests, Bottom: Bevan de Wet, Richard Forbes, Gabriel Clark-Brown, Colin Cole / Owen Blumberg. Photos: Rupert de Beer

OCT GG 2012