It’s understandable, the art world can be tricky to navigate, or even up its own arse sometimes, or whatever excuse you’ve been making for yourself.
However, now is as good time as any to stick to your promise of seeing more art shows and finally prove to yourself that there’s more to First Thursday’s than polystyrene wine and tequila pyramids.
Every month, we’ll try make this even easier for you, with a hand picked selection of some art shows you should definitely be making some time for.
Always Smiling: Kalashnikovv Gallery
An exhibition by visual artist, Black Koki that’s been crafted from experiences making drawings, paintings and street art, the exhibition investigates warped spaces and textures that seem to define urban reality augmented by the digital world. While Black Koki is no stranger to Kalash, this body of work has the flavour of urban subcultures which has always persisted in his forms, merged with his personal experiences of city spaces such that his world become an abstract coding of the contemporary experience.
Exhibition opens on Saturday 14 March 2020 at 11AM. Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Lumières d’Afriques, Standard Bank Gallery
Lumieres d’Afriques comprises of 54 unique works from 54 artists from across the continent by the African Artists for Development (AAD). Under the theme of “The Light of Africa”, the exhibition has been touring globally for the past five years, with it’s inauguration in Paris at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, as well as an exhibition at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Exhibition runs until 9 April with a panel discussion on 14 March. Standard Bank Gallery, Marshalltown, Johannesburg.
arteSeries | Nonku Phiri, NIROX Sculpture Park
arteSeries at NIROX is a new series of cross-disciplinary collaboration with NIROX Arts, think last year’s ArteBotanica. The first of the series will feature multi-disciplinary artist (and dear friend) Nonku Phiri. After a long wait, Nonku is ready to share the next phase of her creative journey. In collaboration with producer Dion Monti, visitors to the outstanding venue will get to experience Nonku’s unreleased musical and visual works for an immersive and experimental experience.
12h00 Saturday 14 March 2020. NIROX Sculpture Park, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg
A[chrono]mation, Wits Art Museum
Bronwyn Horne's A[chrono]mation seeks to reveal how animations are constructed. Unravelling the animation techniques behind the wild kinetics of cartoon characters like the Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny, this innovative exhibition traces the construction of movement which is usually invisible to the audience in real-time. The exhibition also goes beneath the frames of the ‘Golden Age’ of animation, focusing on the work of directors like Chuck Jones and Jack Kinney who pushed the boundaries of animation in their era.
Exhibitions runs until 18 April 2020. Wits Art Museum, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Faatimah Mohamed-Luke is known for her use of building blocks to create artworks that resemble paintings. At first place these appear to be playful and colourful, but needless to say, there is more.
Faatimah wanted to create "modern day African antiques" inspired by pop culture influences of growing up in the 90's. Adding colour palettes from gesiggies (face sweets), zoo biscuits, Chappies, Jelly babies, Licorice all sorts, Barney, Kewpie dolls, trolls etc. "I prefer to focus of the joy and nostalgia of growing up in South Africa rather than only the painful history. I think that is what resonates with folks who like my work; that the work can be relevant and joyful. They always have fond memories because of the medium and subject matter, and leave the exhibition lighter and happier.” the artist says.
The exhibition runs until 26 March 2020. WORLDART, 54 Church Street, CBD, Cape Town.
Different Angles, THK Gallery
Different Angles features solo presentations by artists Johno Mellish and Nyasha Marovatsanga.
Mellish constructs his photographs by creating elaborate mise en scènes of fictional narratives. His works are a response to both histories and personal imaginings, which meditate on a place and time particular to South Africa.
Nyasha Marovatsanga is a young artist based in Harare and will be exhibiting for the first time in South Africa at THK Gallery. He's developed a powerful painterly language, using gestural brushstrokes and bold colouration. He speaks of his work: “Sometimes, I go blank, then the portraits revive my everyday struggle. Sometimes I dream, then I reveal the dreams in my portraits. Sometimes I laugh, and the teeth show all the cracks. Sometimes, the sun shines too hot.”
How To Disappear, Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
How To Disappear is a group exhibition featuring Broomberg & Chanin, David Goldblatt, Ewa Nowak, Hyun-Sook Song, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Ja'Tovia Gary, Jeremy Wafer, Kahlil Joseph, Mary Wafer and moonier fatmi. The exhibition considers the pervasive modes and technologies of surveillance in the making of contemporary society (those CCTV cameras lurking on your street corner?). This includes subtle and overt practices of racial profiling in public spaces, the distant violence of aerial surveillance, and the silent accumulation of algorithmic and digital data on almost every aspect of a person's life.
Working with analogue and digital imaging technologies, found footage and photographs, and more traditional media, participating artists' reflect on how these surveillance methods render us as visible and visualised subjects. And in some cases, attempt to reclaim a sense of autonomy by revealing how these technologies might be turned towards forms of resistance.
Exhibition opens on Saturday 14 March 2020. Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
KNOWINGLY WASTING TIME, No End Contemporary Art Space
The title prompts the exploration of the time-intensive nature of painting as a medium, and the notion that time is itself, a ‘medium’ part of the painting process.
The show invites artists to expose the layers of time evident in the process, and to differentiate between the notion of time wasted and the importance of wasted time as required by the medium. Participating artists include Jeanne Hoffmann, Craig Actually Smith, Kylie Wentzel, Ronél de Jager, Nina Torr, Brendon Erasmus, Matt Hazell and Bastiaan van Stenis.
Exhibition runs until 21 March 2020. No End Contemporary Art Space, Linden, Johannesburg.
Text by Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana.
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