Barnard is pleased to present Maonero Angu (My Reality II) by Richard Mudariki. The artist’s work has long been interested in the intersection of personal and political worlds, a theme succinctly captured in the title of his latest body of work: Maonero Angu (My Reality II). While the artist often tackles societal issues and public personas, rendering them in absurdist, theatrical milieus, his work nevertheless always maintains a highly personal dimension, providing a space for personal reflection and examination. In moving away from classical allusions and into the more intimate space of the artist’s studio, Maonero Angu (My Reality II) re-orientates the artist’s on-going discussion on the nature of painting into a more personal, self-assured space, allowing the viewer a window into the processes of creation and inspiration. While these new works may give the viewer a new insight into a more personal space, the artist has not abandoned the humorous play with politics and power for which he has become increasingly more acclaimed. Drawing on such recent events as the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the water crisis in Cape Town, and the fallout of Brexit and Donald Trump, Mudariki displays an ever more astute ability to capture the absurdity of contemporary social reality, a theatricality and playfulness which contains within it a searing understanding of the volatility of global politics.
Walkabout | Publication launch
Saturday 29 September 2018 at 11 am
Barnard is pleased to present the gallery’s 10th publication. Join us on Saturday 29 September 2018 at 11 am for the launch of Tom Cullberg’s new book Finding New Life in an Old Form. This limited edition (100 copies) and signed publication includes texts by Andrew Lamprecht and Sean O’Toole. The artist will be present and will give a walkabout of his current exhibition, the 17th of his career. Entrance is free and all are welcome.
21.08 – 02.10. 2018
Barnard is pleased to present Tom Cullberg’s exhibition Finding New Life in an Old Form. The paintings of Swedish born South African artist, Tom Cullberg, are at once familiar and foreign, pensive and playful. Charting territories between seemingly tangible and intangible worlds, the artist presents us with collections of represented objects that explore both fictitious storytelling as well as real or recorded histories. These signifiers or symbols, appearing as though from dreams, hover or float over abstract grounds that, like the mechanics of memory appear in a state of flux. With humour and wit his paintings consider processes of association and recognition in the reading of both private and public narratives.
A graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, Cullberg has gone on to present sixteen solo projects in four different countries and his work has been included in curated exhibitions at various prestigious institutions and museums including amongst others Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Goteborgs Konst Museum, Gothenburg; the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town. The artist’s work can be found in the collection of the Swedish Parliament as well as a number of corporate collections including SASOL, Spier and Hollard in South Africa and Nandos in the UK.
Barnard is pleased to announce Richard Mudariki’s two-month residency at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Working from the museum’s studio, the artist is creating works ahead of his solo exhibition opening in October at Barnard. Work by the artist will also be included in the exhibtion Five Bhob – Painting At the End of an Era which will be presented by Zeitz, MOCAA opening in September.
Barnard is proud to present a solo installation of new work by Katherine Spindler at the upcoming FNB Joburg Art Fair between 6-9 September 2018.
The unlikely marriage of movement and stillness, of tumult and quietude, is a defining characteristic of Katherine Spindler’s oeuvre, eliciting a similar mix of emotion in the viewer. In examining Spindler’s paintings one has the sense that things are moving just beneath and beyond the surface, too vast to fully perceive or understand. With a quiet immensity and arresting gravitas, Spindler’s work sees light and shadow flicker and evade, swirl in eddies, swell and recede. The surface of the canvas, like water, is unstable, constantly shifting and undulating while maintaining a meditative stillness that both captivates and mystifies. Often blurring, veiling, or erasing the images she works with, Spindler’s intention is to evoke rather than explicate, to suggest more than to prescribe.
Saatchi Gallery, Booth 4.1
13-16 September 2018
Barnard is proud to present new work by Tom Cullberg and Alexia Vogel – two South African painters whose practices explore both the process and re-presentation of painting; reasserting and re-positioning the genre of landscape and represented objects within a contemporary context and dialogue.
Currently on show until 10 July 2018
A concept of relative simplicity, the group exhibition nano- 1.2 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm. The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.