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Conversations CATALOGUE

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Athi-Patra Ruga

Born Umtata, South Africa in 1984 and lives and works in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Exploring the border-zones between fashion, performance and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics. Bursting with eclectic multicultural references, carnal sensuality and a dislocated undercurrent of humor, his performances, videos, costumes and photographic images create a world where cultural identity is no longer determined by geographical origins, ancestry or biological disposition, but is increasingly becoming a hybrid construct. A Utopian counter-proposal to the sad dogma of the division between mind and body, sensuality and intelligence, pop culture, craft and fine art, his works expresses the eroticism of knowledge and reconciles the dream with experience.

Athi-Patra Ruga was also recently included in the Phaidon book ‘Younger Than Jesus’, a directory of over 500 of the world’s best artists under the age of 33. His works form part of private public and museum collections here and abroad, namely: Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano Italy; CAAC – Pigozzi Collection; The Wedge Collection, Iziko South African National Gallery.


Athi-Patra Ruga

The future White Woman of Arzania lightjet print on cotton rag edition of 5 90 x 120cm $2,750 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Barbara Wildenboer was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. She completed a BA (Ed) with majors in English literature, Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Pretoria in 1996. In 2003 she obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from UNISA followed by a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007. Wildenboer has been awarded several international residencies such as the UnescoAschberg residency (Jordan, 2006), the Al Mahatta residency (Palestine, 2009) and the Red De Residencias Artisticas Local (Colombia, 2011). In 2011 she was nominated and subsequently selected as one of the top 20 finalists for the Sovereign African Arts Awardfor which she received the Public Choice Prize.

She has participated in several group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and had her 5th solo exhibition entitled Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large at ErdmannContemporary in 2011. Her next solo exhibition entitled Canaries in the coalmine will be hosted by ErdmannContemporary during May 2012.


Barbara Wildenboer

Lateral Planes 1 altered book 67 x 73cm $2,750 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Lateral Planes 2 altered book 67 x 73cm $2,750 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Lateral Planes 3 altered book 67 x 73cm $2,750 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Sacrum Simulacrum 1 paper construction with clock mechanism $1,980 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Sacrum Simulacrum 3 paper construction with clock mechanism $1,980 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Sacrum Simulacrum 5 paper construction with clock mechanism $1,980 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Sacrum Simulacrum 7 paper construction with clock mechanism $1,980 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Burning Bridges 1 photographic prints on cotton paper, pins and silver thread small $900 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Burning Bridges photographic prints on cotton paper, pins and silver thread medium $1100 framed


Barbara Wildenboer

Burning Bridges 7 photographic prints on cotton paper, pins and silver thread large $1,200 framed


Beth Armstrong

Beth Armstrong graduated in 2010 with a MFA from Rhodes University. In 2009 she was heralded as one of Art South Africa’s ‘Bright Young Things’.

Her most recent solo exhibitions, To skip the last step and Towards an architecture of loss, operate in conjunction to explore the concept of traversal and surmounting of loss.

Grace O’Malley noted in a review for Artthrob, that Armstrong’s work “offered a multifaceted intellectual examination of human psychology through line and space”. Ashraf Jamal, in a piece on Armstrong for Art South Africa’s “Bright Young Things”, states that “Armstrong’s warping of the sculpture paradigm makes way for new applications and new figurations in a genre caught in the tedious warp of thingness”; later stating that Armstrong introduces not only a new philosophy of making and meaning, but its solution”.

Armstrong currently lives and works in Johannesburg.


Beth Armstrong

Untitled Tree 5 tin, copper binding and welded 4mm wire 40 x 35 x 42cm $1,700


Cobus Haupt

Cobus Haupt’s bronze sculptures offer a new take on a time-honoured Western sculptural tradition. The Pretoria based artist works directly from live models creating forms in clay that he then casts in bronze. By leaving bumps and imperfections unresolved, Haupt highlights the casting process, making his work as much about the transparency of method as it is about the human figure. A number of works included in the exhibition can be handled by the viewer and a few of the compositions altered. Objects are displayed on shelves alongside other found items such as antiques, stones, African sculptures, and bronze pieces found in the sculptor’s studio. The shelves, cast in bronze, also form part of the sculpture. By allowing elements of malleability, Haupt highlights the relationship between touching and seeing. This emphasis, combined with his innovative methods of display, culminates in a highly inventive and current exhibition.

Haupt won first prize (technical) for his cement fondue male figure, Untitled, in the 2001 PPC Sculpture Competition. He has exhibited in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and has work held in the Webber Wentzel Collection.


Cobus Haupt

COBUS HAUPT Bust of Melissa bronze edition of 3 28 x 29 x 40cm $2,800


Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes was born in 1969 in Ladismith, Western Cape, and lives in Cape Town. He has an MA Fine Arts from the University of Stellensbosch (1997) and a Diploma in Second Phase Illustration from the Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands (1994). His biting satire, frequently directed at South African society, politics and religion, is channeled into both his painting and printmaking, and his comix which have been published in the Bitterkomix series, alongside those of his frequent collaborator Anton Kannemeyer, since the early 1990s. In 2004 Botes won the Absa l’Atelier award, and in 2009 he was festival artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom and has since exhibited in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad. Conrad Botes is represented by Stevenson Gallery. www.stevenson.info


Conrad Botes

Mermaid acrylic on glass 80 x 36 x 15cm $1,800


Diana Hyslop

Diana Hyslop lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her mid twenties she worked for Marvel Comics in London. On her return to South Africa Hyslop joined the film industry working on feature and documentary films. In the late eighties she studied painting at Bill Ainslie’s now legendary Johannesburg Art Foundation. In the nineties she spent a year at the Santa Monica Fine Arts Studios in California before returning to Johannesburg where she spent time between filming and painting.It was in 1998 that Hyslop committed to full time painting after having her first solo show at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. In 2002 she joined the Fordsburg Artists Studios (aka the Bag Factory Studios) as a permanent tenant artist and has been part of this downtown collective for nine years.

Largely informed by comics and film, Hyslop’s work explores magical realism and a universe of possibilities in which unexpected combinations are viable, all co-exist, and where everything can happen at once. She is interested in the duality of existence, a solitary/social phenomenon though which an eminent encounter can sometimes determine our pathways. And go beyond it. Hyslop has exhibited locally and abroad, and has her work in numerous collections in South Africa and has participated in international art workshops in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Uruguay.


Diana Hyslop

The Executroid acrylic on paper framed 40 x 40cm $1,980


Diana Hyslop

Wheel of fortune acrylic on paper framed 40 x 40cm $1,980


Diana Hyslop

Airplane acrylic on paper framed 40 x 40cm $1,980


Hosea Matlou

Hosea is primarily self taught artist having only attended communnity art workshops and a single drawing workshop at pretoria Technikon for just one day. He has also gathered some advice and critique from William Langa, Emmy Mark and Mike Mmutle.


Hosea Matlou

HOSEA MATLOU The Final mixed media on paper framed 39 x 28cm $550


Hosea Matlou

HOSEA MATLOU The Appeal mixed media on paper framed 39 x 28cm $550


Liam Mooney

Product designer Liam Mooney, has been designing products and furniture under his own label since, 2006. And as one of the founding members of the Whatiftheworld / Design Studio, he was responsible for promoting the work of young South African designers. He has exhibited his work extensively around the world; New York, London, Scandinavia; and in 2008, won the best lighting designer of the year award, from Elle Decoration South Africa’s, EDIDA awards. The studio’s work has been featured in various national and international publications, notably (Inside) Interior Design Review (AUS) and Travel and Leisure (USA). In 2011, Liam was chosen as one of the Top 20 Reasons to be in South Africa, but international design magazine, Wallpaper*.


Liam Mooney

Shona Lamp green opal stone 45 x 23.5cm $2,800 each


Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Louis Jansen van Vuuren now lives and works in rural France. This prominent artist was involved in art education and cultural promotion in South Africa for many years. Jansen van Vuuren was the National President of the South African Association of arts, the Chairperson for the Ava Gallery in Cape Town and the First Vice Commissioner for the 1993 Venice Biennale, South African entry. He has exhibtited extensively in South Africa, Europe, The United Kingdom and the United States of America. Some of his exhibitions include: Crosscurrents – Barbara Gillman Galery, Miami Beach, USA; Solo Exhibitions Gallery AKKA, Paris; Conflux, Mikado Galery, Luxembourg; Northcote Gallery, London; Galerie des Beaux, Paris and ‘Entre Nous’ a collaborative exhibition with Swelethu Mthetwa, Brundyn+ Gonsalves, Cape Town.

His work is represented in many Major Public and Corporate art collections,including: The Bright Foundation, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco(print collection), South African Natioanal Gallery, Investec Bank, First National Bank, Universities of Stellenbosch,Western Cape, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. Jansen van Vuuren is also extensivly represented in private collections in South Africa, Europe and the USA.


Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Tube Riders mixed media on fabriano paper framed 42 x 72cm $900


Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Bambi mixed media on fabriano paper framed 42 x 72cm $900


Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Boy on the beach mixed media on fabriano paper framed 42 x 72cm $900


Robert Ferrer i Matorell

Ferrer i Martorell (Valencia, 1978) works and lives in Palma de Mallorca. You can categorize his work as Mondriaan-like compositions. Small primary coloured pieces of paper seem to have been pulled off of the surface by an explosion and now float in a 3D environment. As if time itself has come to a halt, showing reality’s chaos and disorder. On the other hand every particle seems to have its own place, and not just put there at random. As he says: “The original approach is always ethereal, delicate, like we fly over the countryside; either it could be Valencia, while I was born there, or any other place�. It looks like the works of Ferrer present this cutting up into lots of agricultural area that you can see from out the sky, totally being unaware that there is life beneath you; widening and stretching parcels and flowering orchards.

Robert Ferrer I Martorell presents his view of nature, the volatile modeling of all this, in 3D, boxes of methacrylate. His work, different and coherent at the same time, invites you to sit down and reflect.


Robert Ferrer i Matorell

Robert Ferrer i Matorell Nuvol paper, cloth, polyester and Metacrilat 16 x 33 x 21cm $800


Lyndi Sales

Lyndi Sales is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. For the past couple of years, she has been working on a series of installations and artworks that seek to investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversial Helderberg plane crash. These constructions, made of intricately cut, pinned paper and rubber often shed light on the fragile nature of our existence, temporality and how chance plays a role in our lives. She has held solo shows internationally at Galerie Maria Lund in Paris and Toomey Tourell in San Francisco. And locally in South Africa at the Goodman Gallery, Bell-Roberts Contemporary, Joao Ferreria and Gallery Momo galleries. She has participated in group shows in South Africa, USA, Austria, London, Holland and Denmark. Her works can be found in major collections in South Africa as well as collections in the USA and Europe.

She has taught as a visiting lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch. Sales received both her BFA (1995) and MFA (2000) from University of Cape Town, both with distinction. Sales was a merit award winner in the ABSA Atelier. She was a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center grant and participated in residencies at the Vermont studio center as well as the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium.


Lyndi Sales

Hand 1 laser cut paper 34 x 34cm framed $1,100


Lyndi Sales

Hand 2 laser cut paper 34 x 34cm framed $1,100


Lyndi Sales

Hand 3 laser cut paper 34 x 34cm framed $1,100


Lyndi Sales

Hand 4 laser cut paper 34 x 34cm framed $1,100


Melanie Cleary

Born on the 26 September 1970, Caledon Western Cape. Currently living and working in Cape Town. I am a self-taught photographer who has worked freelance for the past 12 years. Prior to becoming a photographer she worked as a technician on television commercials and in the feature film industry, for 6 years. Her experience on film sets nurtured her ability to capture and create beautiful images and to tell stories. As a self-taught photographer I have always followed my eye and passion. I allow my subjects to become as comfortable as possible because I believe that’s when I can achieve my objective, which is to shoot honest and interesting portraits. I try to capture special moments at unexpected times.

I try to look for special moments that always present themselves at the most unexpected time. Photography is a constant reminder of the beauty that can be found in simple things and the aweinspiring complexity seen in human nature.


Melanie Cleary

View from above Waterfountain lightjet print edition of 5 100 x 72cm $2,700


Melanie Cleary

View from above Waterslide lightjet print edition of 5 100 x 72cm $2,700


Roger Ballen

Born in New York City in 1950, Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa for almost 30 years. During this period from 1982 to 2008 he has produced many series of works which has evolved from photo-journalism to a unique artistic vision. This exhibition tracks the development of his style which has made an important contribution to the visual arts. Ballen’s work has been shown in important institutions throughout the world and is represented in many Museum Collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England and Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA. In the series Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa (1986) Ballen illustrates his love for architecture and interiors that seem to speak volumes about the inhabitants of these strangely familiar yet alien spaces. The next series of work is Platteland: Images from Rural South Africa (1994) in which Ballen focuses on the inhabitants of small rural towns and approaches his subjects with a

combination of empathy and the unflinching eye of a photojournalist. More than any other collection of Ballen’s work, Platteland vividly brings to life the precarious existence of the people who inhabit the unseen countryside. Texture, composition and an assortment of both objects and animals increasingly become part of the frame in Outland (2001) and Shadow Chamber (2005). In these works seemingly incompatible objects coexist comfortably with sense of authenticity. To the uninitiated the assortment of objects may seem arbitrary but upon closer inspection one can discern Ballen’s ability to bring out the interrelationship between the different objects, the people, their forms and arrangement as well as their metaphysical and emotive qualities. The series Shadow Chamber in particular demonstrates how space, volume and atmosphere are manipulated to create an eerie and surreal world.

The latest series of works from Boarding House (2009) are almost exclusively painterly and sculptural. The human and animal subjects have all but disappeared and function more like stage props or weird sculptures within the composition. Visitors to the gallery will notice that, despite the range of subjects and approaches that Ballen has pursued, a sense of continuity is maintained by a number of visual ‘threads’ and graphic elements such as electric wires that can be traced from his latest work back to his earliest photographs in the small towns of South Africa.


Roger Ballen

Gooi Rooi Photograph 35.5 x 28cm $1,100


Roger Ballen

Yo-Landi with Rats Photograph 35.5 x 28cm $1,100


Ronel Jordaan

In 2004, Ronel Jordaan, having been a textile designer for 26 years, began researching the possibilities of using felt as a creative medium. Entirely self taught and following her own creative instincts, she began to turn fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms. By patiently rubbing and coaxing threads of pure wool into shapes in nature that inspire her, she found her direction and started a small home industry. She trained a handful of women to help her. Recognized for their originality and design uniqueness, her creations found an immediate market.


Ronel Jordaan

Floral Felt Weave Throw Felt 50 x 80cm $750


Ruan Hoffmann

An artist by trade, Ruan Hoffmann has turned to working with ceramics over the past 14 years. He uses the three-dimensional surfaces of plates, bowls, tile panels and small sculptures as canvasses for his icon-like images. His art is often infused with personal concerns about identity and sexuality.


Ruan Hoffmann

Infinte Loop Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Monotonous Conversa?onEarthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Isolated virus Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Untitled Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Hot Air Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffman

Oude Kirk Amsterdam Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Sinking City Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Ruan Hoffmann

Dawn on Li River Xing’ An County, Guilin Earthenware paper clay plate, glaze with porcelain slip maximum diameter 30cm $550 with display wall stand


Sandra Hanekom

Sandra Hanekom was born in 1971. After matriculating from the Johannesburg School for the Arts (previously Die Kruin), she studied Fine Arts at Stellenbosch University. She has been working as an artist from 1994, participating in various group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She had her first solo exhibition, titled “Waiting”, in 1998 at the Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery in Pretoria. In 2001 she had her second solo exhibition, “Muf”, at the Bellville Art Gallery. In 1999, she curated the “Anima-I” exhibition together with Wilna Coetzer, representing such remarkable artists as Lien Botha, Fritha Langerman, Hanneke Benade and Doreen Southwood. She has served on the boards of the Durbanville Cultural Society, the East London Art Society and the Bellville Arts Board. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, son.


Sandra Hanekom

Reading Signs - Being Signs oil on board diameter 60cm $1,700


Sandra Hanekom

Audrey Hepburn - Fractured Truth mixed media on paper 30 x 40cm $700


Sanell Aggenbach

Sanell Aggenbach’s work is as illusive and ethereal as her subjects. Whether she is delving in satirical cultural exorcisms (Graceland, 2009) or exploring intimate portraiture of archived negatives (Sub Rosa, 2008), Aggenbach’s work retains a strange intimacy, despite the anonymity of her subjects. The emphasis of her work relates to visual trickery and plays on subterranean elements. Her most recent paintings offer an ambiguous open-endedness, employing a restrained palette of corroded process colours. Aggenbach’s work deals primarily with the intersection of history and private narratives by considering the process of recall and interpretation. Her work presents a haunting ambiguity characterised by her materially multifarious nature as she moves comfortably between the various disciplines of painting, printmaking and sculpture. She has proved to be a critical voice in contemporary South African art.

Born in Cape Town in 1975, Aggenbach currently lives and works in Woodstock, Cape Town. Her explorative work has secured her many achievements including winning the 2003 Absa L’Atelier award. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including Sasol, Absa, Spier, SABC, Red Bull (Austria) and Anglo Gold.


Sanell Aggenbach

SANNELL AGGENBACH How Not to Kill Your Husband ink on digital print 37 x 29cm $1,300


Tom Cullberg

Cullberg graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 1997. His work at that time included “Ice�, a sequence of lithographs about the experience of being Swedish in South Africa. Since then, he has exhibited both locally and internationally. His work is held in private, public and corporate collections including Hollard, Karolinska Sjukhuset, Sasol, Spier and the Swedish Parliament. Cullberg lives and works in Cape Town and is represented by BRUNDYN + GONSALVES; most recently exhibiting his 10th solo exhibition entitled Periphery in 2012.


Tom Cullberg

The Thinkers oil on board 31.5 x 43.5cm $1,400


Tom Cullberg

Toy oil on board 31.5 x 43.5cm $1,400


Yuki Matsueda

Yuki is a young Japanese artist who has mostly exhibited in Japan, Korea and China; he work is fresh and quirky. One of the themes of Yuki’s work is to shape an “impossible moment” – implying that change will occur simply by stepping out of one’s current situation. To illustrate this theme, his work consists of 3-deimensional solids born from motifs protruding from 2-dimensional planes.


Yuki Matsueda

Exit Green Version II wood, acrylic, LED, PET 26 x 16 x 18cm $1,100


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