Endless Exhibition opening 23 May at Salon 91, Cape Town


An exploration of transience, process, and surface

Please join us at 18h30 on Wednesday the 23rd of May 2018 for the opening night of the group exhibition, “Endless”. You are invited to celebrate our latest collection and the talented exhibiting artists in the company of like-minded people. Come to appreciate some very special artworks, enjoy a refreshment or two and taste some of the city’s most beautiful canapés.

Opening Address by: Hannah Jessica Claassens.
Venue: Salon Ninety One. 91 Kloof Street. Gardens. Cape Town.

Featured Artists: Amber Moir. Gabrielle Raaff. Georgina Berens. Natasha Norman.

Medium: Print. Painting.

Amber Moir, Natasha Norman and Gabrielle Raaff have each visited Japan, while Georgina Berens spent some time in Finland. Quite clearly their experiences in these places have left an indelible mark on all of their practices.

While Japan and Finland are worlds apart, there is some commonality. In many ways, the two represent respectively the eastern- and northernmost reaches of human settlement. In these extremes, as much by necessity as by practice, human culture is closely bound by and deeply immersed in the elements and seasons, in their states and cycles.

Amongst all four of these artists is insistence on the transitory over the permanent, and on process over result. And there is a shared concern with surface, even where imagery comes to the fore, in all of their work. Importantly, there is also something intangible, elusive, something that resists a definitive conclusion in all of the results. This, I would contend, represents in part each artist’s response to the above-mentioned environments.”

[Excerpt from an introductory essay written by Paul Edmunds, May 2018]
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For any enquiries or catalogue requests, please contact the gallery on 021-424-6930.

Mokuhanga at Red and Yellow Creative School of Business

It was a treat to be at the Red and Yellow Creative School of Business, today, to introduce the 1st year Illustration students to the Mokuhanga printing process. There was much interest in the materials and tools I use as well as the printing process itself. ‘Process’ is something they will be unpacking in their project brief. It was wonderful to inspire them to think about print and the repetitive act of editioning in an unusual technique.

Many thanks to their lecturer Stephanie Simpson for the chance to showcase the technique. I wish them all the best with the project ahead!

Following the success and interest in the Mokuhanga Demonstrations at Artist Proof Studios, I will be giving another demonstration of the ancient Japanese technique on 10 May at the Artist Proof pop up space on Castle Street, Cape Town. Please contact jeanne@artistproofstudio.co.za to secure your seat.

December Show Raises R49 500 for Charity

Shifting Sighs

Watercolour Monotype

Thank you to everyone who supported the ‘Trees Make Forests’ end-of-year 2017 exhibition at Salon 91 Gallery. The sale of this little work of mine contributed to the staggering R49 500 that was donated to the Peninsula School Feeding Association. This will enable the organisation to feed 110 learners affected by poverty that attend Stormont Madubela Primary in Nyanga, with two daily nutritious meals for an entire year! How amazing is that?

Well done to the team at Salon 91, the artists and especially the collectors.

First Mokuhanga Demonstration

I will be giving my very first Mokuhanga demonstration in South Africa this Friday the 16th of March at the Artist Proof temporary space in Cape Town. It is quite possibly the first ever Mokuhanga demonstration by a South African artist in Africa! There will be future demonstrations and if you would like to attend please contact the curator, Jeanne-Mare du Bois on jeanne@artistproofstudio.co.za.

SEE ART: Contemporary Abstract showing at Gallery 2, Johannesburg.

I have some exciting new abstract works on exhibition at Gallery 2 in Parkwood, Johannesburg until the end of March. The show is curated by Derek Zietsman and features some fabulously talented artists whom I am honoured to be exhibiting with.

The show explores the contemporary abstract in the work of selected South African artists. Derek Zietsman says of the selection:

SEE ART: Contemporary Abstract explores how selected artists approach the question, is abstract art still radical, still relevant? When Kazimir Malevich, exhibited his first Black Square in late 1915, it was regarded as enigmatic, a work that demarcated the ‘new’ art from the ‘old’ art. Some current commentators speculate that it sometimes feels as if this ‘radical’ energy has dissipated.

SEE ART: Contemporary Abstract is an exhibition that reminds us of the capacity of abstraction to visualise the unknown, to explore contemporary art-making processes that are free from tradition, which invents a new visual narrative for a post-modern, technological world.