Work by Jaco van Schalkwyk will be included in the exhibition Violent Memories – Transformation and Trauma at the Ahla Thit Gallery in Yangon, curated by artist Phyu Mon, author and art critic Ke Su Tar and founder of the Sylt Foundation Indra Wussow. The project negotiates different approaches to reflect on the “burden of history” through the means of art. Participating international artists include Jorge Aceituno (Chile), Beberly Estay (Chile), Thu Kim Vu (Vietnam) L.I.E.S. (Jonas Gerberding/Germany), Michael Maierhof (Germany), Tuomo Manninen (Finnland) and Achim Mohné (Germany) amongst Burmese artists. The project is initiated by the Sylt Foundation and the Burmese art Journal “Be Untexed” and is partnered by the Goethe Institut in Yangon. The exhibition opens on the 25th of April until 3rd of May, 2017.
Work by Robyn Penn is included in the exhibition Natural Selection, curated by Jeanne-Maré du Bois. The exhibition contemplates the under-appreciated aspects of our environment that, through development and urbanization, are removed from our immediate experiences. The collection of work is an intimate offering capturing moments lost to death, decay, or simply human ignorance. Participating artists include Hanrie Coetzee, Willie Schlecter, Marinda Combrinck, Landi Raubenheimer en Shannin Antonopoulo. The exhibition, in association with ABSA, will run from the 7th – 16th of April at the KKNK.
Ryan Hewett’s solo exhibition, Once Were Leaders, opens tonight at 18:00. While Ryan Hewett has become known for his abstracted paintings of figures, his images have never simply been exercises in service of likeness or identity. Rather, his paintings have always functioned as a deeply personal articulation of self examination, a record of an intuitive and introspective process facilitated by the tactility, viscosity and movement of paint. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that what has been consistently arresting in Hewett’s work is his remarkable ability to capture the ineffable nature of persona and subjectivity in the figures he depicts. Indeed, it is this tension between self and other, artist and subject, which continuously charges Hewett’s work with energy and intrigue, activated by the physicality of his bold impasto.
Barnard Gallery will present Alexia Vogel’s second solo exhibition, Along the Way, from the 12th of April until the 9th of May, 2017. Along the Way sees Vogel emphasising and extending the themes of wanderlust and journey present in her first solo exhibition, Lost in Reverie. In this new body of work,Vogel meditates on the notion of passage and transition, while engaging with elements of fear and the sublime in immersive canvases and vivid works on paper.
Work by Alastair Whitton will be featured in the exhibition Booknesses: Artist’s Books from the Jack Ginsburg Collection at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery from the 25th of March to the 5th of May, 2017. The exhibition, which will be one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of artists’ books ever to be held worldwide, will feature 258 historical and contemporary book objects created by both South African and international artists.
Work by Jaco van Schalkwyk is currently featured in the exhibition Bosch in Africa, curated by Sandra Hanekom for the 2017 Woordfees festival. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch and asked a group of contemporary South African artists to respond to Bosch’s work by working within the his visual aesthetic, within his social, political and historical context, or within the timeless moral, ethical and spiritual themes that prevail throughout his artworks.
Robyn Penn is currently participating in the group exhibition /ˈatməsˌfir/ at David Krut Projects, New York. In this exhibition – which takes its title from the phonetic spelling of the word Atmosphere – the chosen artists respond to the dynamic climate of contemporary South Africa, primarily through the use of painterly abstraction. The exhibition will run until the 25th of March, 2017.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of Robyn Penn to its stable of artists.
Preoccupied with the crisis of climate change, Penn’s work sees the image of the cloud act as a reoccurring reference to environmental debates as well as a symbol for an uncertainty and unease that is both global and personal. Influenced by Romanticism, her meditative renderings of the cloud across media also explore the opposing feelings of intense anxiety and acute wonder that characterise the Sublime. Penn alludes at times to fleshy corpulence in her renderings of pink toned, painterly clouds in oils; at others she responds to the cloud’s inherent mutability and intangibility in dizzyingly complex mark making in her prints and drawings.
Penn was awarded the Ampersand Fellowship in 2012 and has been a finalist in both the Sasol New Signatures Competition (2002 and 2003) and the Absa L’Atelier competition (2005). Selected past exhibitions include Cloud of Unknowing (2016, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg); Postcard (2014, Art First Projects, London); Echo (David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, 2013) and Exit (David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, 2012). Barnard Gallery is currently showing Paradise Lost, Penn’s first solo presentation in Cape Town.
Robyn Penn’s solo exhibition, Paradise Lost, opens tonight at 18:00. Preoccupied with the crisis of climate change, Penn’s work sees the image of the cloud act as a reoccurring reference to environmental debates as well as a symbol for an uncertainty and unease that is both global and personal. Influenced by Romanticism, her meditative renderings of the cloud across media also explore the opposing feelings of intense anxiety and acute wonder that characterise the Sublime. Penn alludes at times to fleshy corpulence in her renderings of pink toned, painterly clouds in oils; at others she responds to the cloud’s inherent mutability and intangibility in dizzyingly complex mark making in her prints and drawings.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be participating in this year’s edition of VOLTA NY with a solo presentation by Ryan Hewett. The presentation will form part of Hewett’s upcoming solo exhibition, Once Were Leaders, which will also show at Barnard Gallery from the 7th of March to the 4th of April, 2017. While earlier work was characterised by an intense, all-over painterly approach, this new body of work sees Hewett exploring a more reductive style, contrasting areas of his signature heavy impasto with more subdued areas of flat colour and clean lines, depicting various figures from South Africa’s troubled political past. Volta NY runs from the 1st to the 5th of March at Pier 90, New York City.