Every month we put together a hand-picked selection of new exhibitions, art programmes, festivals and events happening across the country as a way to encourage you to get out there, support some artists. With Joburg Art Week kicking off this week, there's plenty on offer.
Starting with these new shows.
LOVESICK: Norman O'Flynn, WORLDART Gallery
Norman O’Flynn’s entertaining observations about the absurdity of the world we live in will be the focus of his 2020 solo exhibition, a contemporary take on still life and interior paintings and his use of portraiture to explore popular culture has attracted international attention and this solo exhibition is one not to be missed.
O’Flynn’s current output is presented mainly as glossy paintings on plexiglass with a strong focus on popular culture and its effect on our existence. It reminds us of the levels of human consumption most of us fall prey to.
On his mask-wearing portraits, O’Flynn comments, “It’s a filter. It protects us from what we take in and what we release; germs, words – all of it. We’re toxic and we spread it. But we need protection from this too. We are so busy sharing our opinions, especially on social media platforms, but do we actually make a contribution? Or is the truth that we are saying nothing because we’re too busy saying the things that we think will gain us credibility and help us look cool?”
Exhibition runs until 30 November.
WORLDART Gallery, 54 Church Street, CBD, Cape Town
Bound: Lady Skollie, Everard Read/CIRCA Cape Town
Directly referencing various writings by and about women in captivity, women in isolation, woman in shackles, chains, manacles and collars, LADY SKOLLIE wonders about cages, revenge, tunnels with light at the end but – more times – absolute darkness and a life spent expecting to be released from evil.
Exhibition opens on 11 November and runs until 15 December 2020. RSVP is required for the opening event.
Everard Read/CIRCA Cape Town, Ulundi House, Portswood Square, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
FNB Art Joburg: Various Artists, Various Galleries
Joburg's favourite art fair is back, this time for an online affair and gallery presentation in the city. This includes an opening show and artist walkabout at BKhz Gallery with Papi Konopi's solo show "We found love" this Saturday 6 November. The programme also features a group exhibition presented by Kalashnikovv Gallery and Sunday's open studios at August House.
The rest of the fair includes onlineguided and gallery led tours tours from exhibitors including the Stevenson, Goodman and MOMO galleries, as well as plenty more of the usual art fair regulars from home and the rest of the continent.
Art Joburg runs online here until 18 November.
also also also and and and: Group Exhibition, Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town
The exhibition title comes from Moses Sumney’s “Also Also Also And And And” from his 2020 album Græ. Græ is interwoven with philosophical ruminations by Nigerian-Ghanaian author Taiye Selasi. In “Also Also Also And And And,” Selasi insists on the recognition of Blackness (Blackness vis-à-vis Biko) inherent multiplicity and calls for a nuanced and meaningful engagement with Black creative practitioners and their work. also also also and and and examines the dynamics of home, anatopism, surveillance, land and power through a chorus of audiovisual cartographies. The exhibition is centred on process and experimentation, presented through a circle. This speaks semiotically to the cyclical articulations of the past in the present. The past that is not past, reappears always to rupture the present (Sharpe, 2016). Each of the presented artists mediate through video assemblage and documentary to evoke memory: dismember and re-member personal histories to make the past and future present.
The exhibition is curaated by Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, co-curated with Nkule Mabaso and Thembakazi Matroshe. Featuring works by Nolan Oswald Dennis, Cheriese Dilrajh, Quaid ‘Queezy’ Heneke, Jueun Kim, Khanyisile Mahwayi, Cow Mash, Duduza Mchunu, Ketu Meso, Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Nkhensani Mkhari, Katleho Mosehle, Karl Ndebele, Dani Kyengo O’Neil | Būjin, Kgotlelo Bradley Sekiti, Inga Somdayla and Lesole Tauatswala.
This is a virtual exhibition. View the exhibition online here.
Institute for Creative Arts, 2nd Floor, Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Uneventful Days: Frances Goodman, SMAC Gallery Cape Town
Like many of us, multidisciplinary artist Frances Goodman has spent a lot of time within the confines of her own home since March earlier this year. Forced to utilise the resources at her disposal, the works that she has created for her newest solo exhibition, Uneventful Days, are in many ways restricted by the disruptions of lockdown – limited access to materials, isolation from people, and the four walls of her home studio.
Exhibition runs until 5 December 2020.
SMAC Gallery, 1st Floor, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
COEXISTENCE: Group Exhibition, TMRW Gallery
A group show featuring works transcending disciplinary boundaries, expect works by emerging young artists including Ketumile Meso, Erin Sweeney, Kgotlelelo Sekiti, Joe Turpin, Yolanda Mazwana, Daniel Malan, Alex Cordor and Natalie Paneng.
Show runs until end of November 2020.
TMRW Gallery, 1st Floor, Trumpet Building, Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Home Is Where The Art Is: Group Exhibition, Zeitz MOCAA
After a closure of more than seven months, Zeitz MOCAA to reopened their doors with an unprecedente collection of various art works made by the people of Cape Town. Assembled through an open submission process, this group exhibition of more than 1,600 artworks includes the art of children, professional and amateur artists, collectors, and others from across the city.
Exhibition runs until 10 January 2021.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa,S Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Words by Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana.
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