Showcasing signature works by the gallery’s stable alongside works by invited artists this exhibition reviews examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2018.
Barnard Collective includes works by Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Lien Botha, Hugh Byrne, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Richard Mudariki, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler, Alastair Whitton and Jaco van Schalkwyk. The exhibition will run through to 23 January, 2018.
In his recent solo exhibition entitled, -arium, at Barnard in South Africa, artist Jaco van Schalkwyk considered questions of exotic representation both in the artistic endeavor and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the other. This exhibition was reviewed by Ashraf Jamal in the most recent edition of Art Africa. To read the full review please click here.
During his two-month residency at the Künstlerhaus Meinersen, the artist has been fascinated by the natural cinematic play of Shadow and reflection on the walls in the house. The paintings and films from his solo project “Mehr Licht/ More Light”, continues to investigate these encounters with the exotic and the other, but deflects from objectifying the actual environment by rather capturing its shadows and reflections.
Jaco van Schalkwyk presented his life as an artist in South Africa to the Meinsersen community. Further to this van Schalkwyk also mediated an inter-cultural workshop on Trauma and Transformation with curator Indra Wussow from the Sylt Foundation on the island of Sylt, Germany.
Showcasing signature works by the gallery’s stable along side works by invited artists this exhibition reviews examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2018.
Barnard Collective includes works by Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Lien Botha, Hugh Byrne, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Richard Mudariki, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler, Alastair Whitton and Jaco van Schalkwyk. The show will open to the public from 6 December running through 23 January, 2018.
Barnard is pleased to announce its participation in AKAA at Carreu du Temple showcasing a presentation of new paintings by Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Sarah Biggs, MJ Lourens, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler and photographs by Lien Botha and Alastair Whitton.
Barnard looks forward to welcoming and connecting with you to Booth C3.BARNARD GALLERY AT AKAA (ALSO KNOWN AS AFRICA) ART FAIR 2017
Jaco van Schalkwyk is currently the artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Meinersen in Nedersachsen, Germany. The residency runs until the 7 December 2017. During this residency van Schalkwyk will be creating a small exhibition of new works as well as a presentation of his work from South Africa.
Further to this from the 2 – 6 November van Schalkwyk will be participating in an ongoing workshop dealing with the thematic, “Trauma and Transformation” at the Sylt Foundation on the Island of Sylt, located off the coast of Germany. He will be working with a host of international artists from Cambodia, Chile, Myanmar and Germany. The results of this workshop will be curated into a group exhibition shown in Yangon and Phnom Penh in 2018.
2017 marks the first year that Barnard will be participating in the Parisian Art Fair entitled, Also Known As Africa (AKAA). This fair will be taking place from 10 – 12 November at Carreu du Temple, Paris, France. The Gallery’s presentation will focus on the exploration and investigation of paint and the treatment of the photographic medium within a South African context. New paintings by Alexia Vogel, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Sarah Biggs, MJ Lourens, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler and Ryan Hewett will be on show as well as photographs by Alastair Whitton and Lien Botha. Find us at Booth C3.
For more information regarding AKAA please click here.
Barnard recently welcomed two senior school art classes to view Jaco van Schalkwyk’s past solo exhibition entitled -arium. Here are some reflections from this exhibition experience:
The visit to the Barnard Gallery was an enlightening experience as it gave the Grade 10 and 11 Reddam Art students an opportunity to see a merger between traditional modes of painting as well as an overall conceptual mode of working. Van Schalkwyk’s work has a conceptual element which was evident throughout the exhibition, especially in terms of the use of enclosures that you walk into which were perhaps a means of furthering the notion of “cabinets of display”. The way that the exhibition was curated seemed to reinforce the overall theme. The Reddam Art students also particularly enjoyed and appreciated the skilled technique which was evident in the paintings.
ABSA L’Atelier has been supporting artists in South Africa since 1986 and is run in collaboration with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). This competition is open to artists from the ages of 21 to 35. Furthermore ABSA L’Atelier is now open to artists in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles.
This year’s edition of the ABSA L’Atelier Art Competition commissioned Jaco van Schalkwyk to create the respective awards. For this project Jaco van Schalkwyk collaborated with designer and manufacturer Sebastian Rivett Carnac.
Jaco van Schalkwyk’s ever-evolving exploration of the photorealist technique may be seen to indicate a preoccupation with illusionism – a constant attempt to seamlessly capture reality in paint, to achieve perfection in surface, to master the representation of space and light. But this painterly hyperrealism points to an investigation which functions beyond illusionism, one fascinated with and attuned to the processes of representation itself. In –arium, van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition with Barnard Gallery, this consideration of the modes and constructions of representation finds its most complex and multi-faceted expression yet. Through the use of various media – painting, sculpture, installation, assemblage and film – van Schalkwyk considers questions of representation both in the artistic endeavour and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the Other.
Central to –arium is van Schalkwyk’s contemporary play on the concept of the cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer as it emerged in Renaissance Europe, a predecessor of our modern practices of collecting and cataloguing, aimed to create a microcosm of the world in its presentation of a vast array of collected objects and specimens from foreign cultures and locales. In –arium, van Schalkwyk seeks to recreate and restage this practice – and the questions of voyeurism, power, fetishization and objectification implied within it – through the lens of our contemporary modes of engagement with the other and the exotic.
In addition to the artist’s four solo shows with Barnard Gallery selected group exhibitions include Violent Memories (Ahla Thit Gallery, Yangon, 2017); Fluid: Perspectives in Paint (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2017); Future/Present (Barnard Gallery, 2016); Twenty: Art in the Time of Democracy (Pretoria Art Museum & University of Johannesburg, 2015); 6th Beijing Biennale, China (2015) and 20: Contemporary Art from South Africa (Turchin Centre, Appalachian State University, USA, 2014).
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce Jaco van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery opening on the 22 August 2017. -arium is a unique enquiry and exploration into constructions of the world. His interest stems from curiosity cabinets that were the forerunners to museums, enabling humans to learn and conceive ways in which the world co-existed.