Barnard is pleased to present a new publication ‘Virginia MacKenny: At Sand’s Edge’ featuring essays by P.R. Anderson, Pippa Skotnes and Virginia MacKenny. This book recently launched at the Cape Town Art Fair, is now available from the gallery.
Since 2013 Barnard Publishing has been active within the galleries’ parameters and to date has editioned 9 books. This initiative aims to further explore and support the work and careers of the gallery’s stable of artists through the medium of the book. These limited edition (100 copies only) and signed publications are an extension of the collaboration between gallery and artist and provide relevance and criticality to emerging and established practitioners alike. To date publications by Lien Botha, Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Jaco van Schalkwyk and Katherine Spindler have been added to the special library collections of the Thomas J Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the University of Cape Town (UCT); Pratt Institute, New York and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
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Barnard will be participating in the sixth edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) from Friday 16 – 18 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
This curated presentation will include new works by Richard Mudariki, Lien Botha, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, Sarah Biggs, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Katherine Spindler, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Robyn Penn & Alexia Vogel.
Please find us at Booth B5.
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.