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.
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.
Virginia MacKenny’s exhibition At Sand’s Edge comprising oil and watercolour paintings re-examines the tradition of landscape painting in a time of environmental duress and socio-political uncertainty. This much anticipated solo exhibition by the artist is not to be missed so be sure to visit the gallery before it closes on 28 November. The artist will conduct a walk about of the exhibition on Saturday 25 November at 10:00. Entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.
Virginia MacKenny’s exhibition At Sand’s Edge comprises oil and watercolour paintings that re-examine the tradition of landscape painting in a time of environmental duress and socio-political uncertainty.
At Sand’s Edge hopes to bring to mind a more intimate view, one that acknowledges both our alienation from, and connection to, our environment and its creatures.
In the popular imagination thoughts of sand may conjure up images of children’s sandboxes or seaside beach holidays, however such times of carefree innocence may be at an end. Sand’s material instability embodies precariousness. Its elemental characteristics have recently been posited as a possible fifth state of matter given that sand exists somewhere between a liquid and a solid. The more ominous implications of indeterminacy, the difficulties of coming up with solutions to species extinction concomitant with social justice, are central on a planet experiencing the vagaries of rapid climate change.
At Sand’s Edge references landscapes of the Cape and the red sandscapes of the Kalahari, and was prompted by the artist’s increased awareness of the particular vulnerability of biological hotspots in the Western Cape. The current drought in the western Cape has produced an increased threat of desertification and pressure on resources. At Sand’s Edge was produced during the time of student protests and academic institution closures and, in its making, embodies many of the anxieties of our day. In these restless and unpredictable times of societal and planetary disruption MacKenny explores the historical acculturation of, and domination over, the natural world. In a landscape populated with domestic, wild, heraldic and mythological creatures the image of the dog, humankind’s longstanding companion, stands witness as the certitude of progress is replaced by an eroding edge in an uncertain light.
At Sand’s Edge opens on Thursday 31 October at 18:30. All are welcome.
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 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, Lien Botha, Deborah Bell and Virginia MacKenny amongst others. The exhibition opened on 30 June, concluding July 28, 2015.
As the title of the exhibition suggests Then & Now: Conversations in Time considers notions of time and the space between things prompting comparison between what was and what is. The exhibition presents examples of current or recent projects by selected artists in relation to a previous or what might be considered ‘early work’ from their career. Participating artists include Virginia MacKenny, Robert Slingsby, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Lien Botha, Alastair Whitton, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Katherine Spindler, Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel and Sarah Biggs. The exhibition closes June 23, 2015.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the participation in the third edition of Cape Town Art Fair from 26 February until 1 March 2015 at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront. Included will be works by Katherine Spindler, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robert Slingsby, Alexia Vogel, Mia Chaplin, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Lien Botha, Alastair Whitton, Virginia MacKenny, Ryan Hewett and Sarah Biggs.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming Dinner Collection. This years exhibition will include works by Robert Slingsby / Lionel Smit / Tracy Payne / Richard Penn / Alexia Vogel / Lien Botha / Jaco van Schalkwyk / Virginia MacKenny / Richard Mudariki / Ryan Hewett / Felix Anaut / Katherine Spindler / Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi / Alastair Whitton / Sarah Biggs.
The exhibition is open to the public from 12 December 2014 until 29 January 2015.
Highlighting selected recent developments in painting by emerging and established South African artists, PAINT MATTERS will include work by Alexia Vogel, Jan-Henri Booyens, Virginia MacKenny, Asha Zero, Tracy Payne, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Sarah Biggs, Khaya Witbooi, Ryan Hewett, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Katherine Spindler, Nike Romano, Alexandra Karakashian and Katherine Bull. Virginia MacKenny, Associate Professor in Painting, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town will open the exhibition on July 17 at 18:00.