Katherine Spindler’s artistic process is essentially one guided by intuition before and above concept. As such, it is difficult, and perhaps inappropriate, to attempt to describe an overarching impetus for this new collection of work, entitled TO HOLD TIME. The very title indicates an impossible act, which is nevertheless ubiquitously attempted, in the ways we continually endeavour to contain and explain time, to endow it with meaning and parameters, to master it, direct it.
Spindler’s consideration of time is one played out on a personal, empathetic and phenomenological scale rather than one concerned with objective or scientific measuring. Time becomes a question of our ways of being, of understanding, of navigating. The artist looks to how we navigate life through gesture, ritual, routine and rhythm. Fragmentary gestures are made monumental, while monuments – such as Spindler’s reoccurring lighthouse – are rendered fragmentary and diaphanous.
The relationship and interaction between fragment and whole is thus core to this body of work. It is especially evident in the large scale assemblages which re-enact a mechanism essential to Spindler’s practice – a meditative act of collecting, arranging and rearranging images, texts and objects in a constant engagement with the ways in which meaning can be framed, reframed, and disordered. This relationship between fragment and whole in turn contains within it tensions between knowledge and instinct, containment and release, empathy and scrutiny. It is through quiet intuition that Spindler navigates these tensions, and it is through this same intuition that the viewer should seek to be guided through the works collected here.
The exhibition runs until the 24th October 2017.
The group exhibition Fluid: Perspectives In Paint highlights paintings’ enduring role in contemporary art practice and explores aspects of medium and method, concept and construction in the work of selected South African painters, including amongst others, Robyn Penn, Anton Karstel, Cathy Layzell, Colijn Strydom, Gina Heyer, Katherine Spindler And Richard Mudariki. The exhibition will run until 13th of June 2017.
Barnard Gallery will be participating in the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair, which runs from the 17th to the 19th of February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Artists represented will include Ryan Hewett, Sarah Biggs, Alexia Vogel, Alex Emsley, Robyn Penn, MJ Lourens, Katherine Spindler and Jaco van Schalkwyk. Find us at booth B3.
Work by Katherine Spindler is currently on show in the exhibition Air: Inspiration – Expiration at the Standard Bank Art Gallery in Johannesburg. This is the fourth and final installment in a series of exhibitions at the Standard Bank Gallery based on the four elements of water, fire, earth and air. In considering how works of visual art might represent an ‘invisible’ element, the curators of Air: Inspiration – Expiration have drawn on diverse artistic traditions, styles, methods and media. The exhibition will run until Saturday the 3rd of December.
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Katherine Spindler has been invited by the Sylt Foundation to undertake a one month artist’s residency on the island of Sylt, Germany. Aiming to encourage cultural dialogue and artistic interaction, the Sylt Foundation initiates and supports innovative contemporary literary, visual art and performance projects. Spindler will undertake the residency in September 2016.
Our current group exhibition, Future / Present, will close on Tuesday the 22nd of March. The show considers the ways in which artists respond to the present while imagining the future, experimenting with alternate realities, fantastic locales, and hidden depths. Featured artists include Virginia MacKenny, Gitte Moller, Hanien Conradie, Sue Greeff, Sarah Biggs, Katherine Spindler, Jaco van Schalkwyk, MJ Lourens, Mohau Modisakeng, Alexia Vogel, and Ryan Hewett. Be sure not to miss out on this dynamic set of works!
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair. The fair will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21. Artists represented at the show include Barbara Wildenboer, Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel, Alastair Whitton, Sarah Biggs, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Katherine Spindler, MJ Lourens, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Gitte Möller, Lola Frost and Lien Botha. Find as at booth C4.
Katherine Spindler’s solo exhibition Selah will be on show until September 8, 2015. In response to this body of work, artist and educator Dominique Edwards notes, “Katherine navigates an intimate and uncertain place, one that exists in paint, on surface, canvas and paper – and is subject to the thud, scrape, and intermittently soothing stroke of the brush. Somewhere in there, is a gentle pause, a distant sound, a moment suspended – something that requires us to look, so that we might hear. Katherine provides us with just a sense. We do not need to know what we are looking at, we do not require the detail, only enough information for what we think we are looking at to manifest in our minds eye, and roam there.” Spindler’s work was included in the Cape Town Art Fair earlier this year as well as Surface: Emerging Painters and Then & Now: Conversations in Time at Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
Barnard Gallery is proud to announce Katherine Spindler’s upcoming solo exhibition Selah opening on 4 August 2015. Although not the artist’s first solo show it is her first with the gallery and the first exhibition of her paintings. The meaning of the word ‘selah’ is somewhat uncertain. Situated in the Book of Psalms ‘selah’ is thought by some to be a liturgical-musical mark or instruction on the reading of the text; the purpose of the word’s presence is to encourage a reader, a singing voice, to ‘pause and reflect’. Spindler’s larger paintings have an immersive quality while her smaller works encourage ‘a listening’; a sense of quietude and reflection. A graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art, group exhibitions of the artist’s work to date include Then & Now: Conversations in Time (Barnard Gallery, 2015); Surface: Emerging Painters (Barnard Gallery, 2015); Paint Matters (Barnard Gallery, 2014).
Barnard Gallery is pleased to present: Picture & Paper – an exhibition that re-invigorates contemporary discourse around the signs we make and the surface on which we make them. The exhibition brings together works on paper by selected South African contemporary artists whose imagery engages with this material in unique and at times provocative ways. Picture & Paper includes the work of William Kentridge, Anton Kannemeyer, Brett Murray, Robert Slingsby, Sanell Aggenbach, Michael Taylor, Katherine Spindler, Lien Botha, Deborah Bell and Virginia MacKenny amongst others. The exhibition opened on 30 June, concluding July 28, 2015.