Barnard Gallery will be participating in the 2017 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair (8 – 10 September at the Sandton Convention Centre) where we will be showcasing a unique display of contemporary still life paintings by Alex Emsley. Find us at Booth C07.
Fascinated by the technical aspects of painting, Alex Emsley (b.1973) devotes his practice to a rigorous and methodical observation of the procedures employed by painters for centuries in the creation of convincing illusions. A dimension of painting he feels has become somewhat overlooked in contemporary practices, Emsley revisits these empirical techniques and approaches within the tradition of the still life or vanitas painting. Simple arrangements of objects – ranging from luxurious floral bouquets to jars of candy and toy cars – depicted in rigorous detail, become pretexts for a quasi-scientific engagement with paint and its various applications. Colour, surface and light become paramount, allowing the artist and viewer a welcome retreat to the senses and return to the enduring satisfaction and wonder of mimesis.
Jaco van Schalkwyk’s ever-evolving exploration of the photorealist technique may be seen to indicate a preoccupation with illusionism – a constant attempt to seamlessly capture reality in paint, to achieve perfection in surface, to master the representation of space and light. But this painterly hyperrealism points to an investigation which functions beyond illusionism, one fascinated with and attuned to the processes of representation itself. In –arium, van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition with Barnard Gallery, this consideration of the modes and constructions of representation finds its most complex and multi-faceted expression yet. Through the use of various media – painting, sculpture, installation, assemblage and film – van Schalkwyk considers questions of representation both in the artistic endeavour and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the Other.
Central to –arium is van Schalkwyk’s contemporary play on the concept of the cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer as it emerged in Renaissance Europe, a predecessor of our modern practices of collecting and cataloguing, aimed to create a microcosm of the world in its presentation of a vast array of collected objects and specimens from foreign cultures and locales. In –arium, van Schalkwyk seeks to recreate and restage this practice – and the questions of voyeurism, power, fetishization and objectification implied within it – through the lens of our contemporary modes of engagement with the other and the exotic.
In addition to the artist’s four solo shows with Barnard Gallery selected group exhibitions include Violent Memories (Ahla Thit Gallery, Yangon, 2017); Fluid: Perspectives in Paint (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2017); Future/Present (Barnard Gallery, 2016); Twenty: Art in the Time of Democracy (Pretoria Art Museum & University of Johannesburg, 2015); 6th Beijing Biennale, China (2015) and 20: Contemporary Art from South Africa (Turchin Centre, Appalachian State University, USA, 2014).
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We are pleased to announce that Alexia Vogel is currently participating in a group exhibition at No End. Contemporary Art Space running from the 24 August – 16 September 2017.
This group exhibition featuring Anastasia Pather, Anthony Morton, Wim Legrand, Mia Chaplin, Heidi Fourie, Jeanne Hoffman, Olivié Keck, Matthew Hazell and Paul Senyol.
We are pleased to announce that MJ Lourens will be participating in a group mixed media exhibition around the theme of drought entitled Droogte – Drought – Imbalela – Isomiso – Komelelo – Dyandza Gomelelo – Komello Somiso Khuru.
The exhibition opens this Friday 25 August at the Artvark Gallery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town and closes on Sunday 8 October 2017.
Drought and extreme weather is considered a climate change pattern in this new planetary epoch we now call the Anthropocene. This term officially came into use to describe the current geological age in August 2016.
The scale and far-reaching consequences of the current drought in Cape Town can at times be difficult to imagine. This exhibition explores how art can be a tool to explore some of the complexities of these new planetary realities such as drought. With work from over 35 artists this exhibition will have a particularly South African approach.
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.1 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm. 108 works were included in the final curated display showcasing a diversity of styles and subject matters implicit to the burgeoning and vibrant Cape Town art scene. The exhibition runs until the 15 August 2017.
Barnard Gallery will be participating in the 2017 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair (7 – 10 September at the Sandton Convention Centre) where we will be showcasing a unique display of contemporary still life paintings by Alex Emsley. Find us at booth C07.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce Jaco van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery opening on the 22 August 2017. -arium is a unique enquiry and exploration into constructions of the world. His interest stems from curiosity cabinets that were the forerunners to museums, enabling humans to learn and conceive ways in which the world co-existed.
The Sanlam Art Collection will be presenting selected works by Richard Mudariki entitled Mutara Wenguva (Time Line). The intention of the exhibition is to present a broad overview of Mudariki’s career from his early beginnings in Zimbabwe to his present situation in Cape Town. The exhibition takes place at the Sanlam Art Lounge, at 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg from the 25 July – 10 September. The exhibition will then move to the Sanlam Art Gallery at the Sanlam Head Office at 2 Strand Road in Bellville, Cape Town from 19 September – 29 October 2017.
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.1 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.
Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
The exhibition will open on Wednesday 26th of July.
Barnard Gallery Publishing is pleased to present its sixth title Sarah Biggs: Waiting for Rain. Please join us and the artist for the launch of this signed and limited edition publication as well as to view her second solo exhibition Waiting for Rain before it closes on Tuesday 18 July, 2017.