21Column – Wan’e

‘a what’s-on listing’

21ColumnVol.1 No.1. April – May 2021.

August House and Ellis House Open Studios

Group Exhibition

30 May 2021

On Sunday 30 May, August House and Ellis House will open their doors to the public, inviting them to view the artwork and meet the artists in their studios. This is the first time something of this nature has been done in Johannesburg and will allow the public to interact with almost 70 artists from different countries, cities and artists at different stages of their careers. This is a unique opportunity for the public to truly explore the visual arts and hear directly from the artists.

For more details on this event, visit August House website HERE and Ellis House website HERE


Gather ye Rosebuds while Ye May

Group Exhibition

ran 24 April to 25 May 2021

Sphephelo Mnguni. Post 94 Pink Stairs (2021). Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 86.6cm x 128cm

Here is an exhibition that I think cements the position that BKhz holds in the new frontier. Unannounced, it seeks to leverage the support of established names in exhibitions that features artists who have also come into their own. Locating all these artists within a specific theme levels the plane. Once the plane is levelled anyone interested in contemporary South African art has the opportunity to assess the different response to stimuli, the yearn to make art, on an equal footing. Such an act inevitably sends ripples, whose effects solicits attention. By the time I had had a look at this exhibition, a few artworks lingered on mind. Strong works featured in this group show, broke ground with exploration of non-traditional visual art media, as in the work of Talia Ramkilawan, Thinking about her thinking about me, Wool and Cloth in Hessian and Lunga Ntila, Kude Kwa Khanya Kuwe/ A Long Awaited Arrival Year (2021), Digital Photography.  And for those who enjoy narratives, Sphephelo Nguni’s Post 94 Pink Stairs (2021), Acrylic on canvas. Here is a painting that spins the traditional portrait genre on its head by flavouring it with post-modernity. And I use that word in its fluid sensibility. Two figures, instead of chairs; sit on a short flight of stairs. they stare outside of the picture plane – confronting the viewer while casually refreshing. The female figure, holds a slice of watermelon and the male figure is about to take a sip of what we can guess to be coffee. The hairstyles and clothing locates these figures within today’s hip youth community. They are adorned with the latest dress-up style of those who consider themselves to be ‘on the up to date with trends’. In many ways Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May expands on an assertion I made earlier this year, at the opening remarks of Wonder Buhle Mbambo transcript, when I remarked that the production of the visual art object is now a journey of self-discovery for the artist. Art, decisively, doesn’t really have to commit to a cause that rallies everybody together towards a common goal. Lest we forget resistance art of the 1980s, as much as art has the potential to do so; It remains loyal to self- exploration and self-mastery. Themes and approaches are fragmented into plurality of forms.

For more details on this exhibition, please reach out to the gallery HERE

For the Intraparadox interview podcast link HERE

24 May 21

~ mmutle arthur kgokong


Group Exhibition

Runs until 30 May 2021

Henry James once wrote of Paris as a jewel, a city where what “seemed all surface one moment seemed all depth the next.” The same might be said for the ecstatic portraits of Nelson Makamo (b. 1982): rather than capture a single aspect of his subjects, he reveals their many facets, changed by the cast of light or by who is looking. In drawings, watercolors, monotypes, and oil paintings, the Johannesburg-based artist portrays children, his young cousin Mapule Maoto as well as strangers and acquaintances, often from his native province of Limpopo, South Africa—in all the complexity with which he encounters them. Radiant marks in explosive, varied colors cohere into the gestalt of Black faces. While Makamo is drawn to the simplicity and hopefulness that imbues the child’s perspective, we also see in his faces the glim­mers of hesitation, generosity, skepticism, grace, vulnerability, distraction, patience, and eagerness. That is, we see the abundance of what is always just behind the eyes, and in that abundance, a univer­sality.

In several of the works, wonderfully bright, oversized eyeglasses emphasize the act of seeing and the impact of being seen. “I believe that art can make you look at someone differently,” he told writer Enu­ma Okoro, “and I’ve always wondered, if we ignore other people, and fail to see them, can we still truly see ourselves?” Taking a cue from the openness of his subjects, Makamo works intuitively, without blueprint, foregrounding expression and experimentation in his practice. At Makasiini, Makamo will pre­sent his first exhibition comprising entirely of portraits. All but one were completed in 2021, since the pandemic, carrying with them a new appreciation for the intimacy and distance that together make up our conception of one another. Nelson Makamo, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

~ Annie Godfrey Larmon

Image and text used with courtesy of Makasiini Contemporary (Turku, Finland) and Annie Godfrey Larmon (USA).

Visit the gallery site HERE for more content


Intra'Byte
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The first recipient of Meta Foundation Womxn To Watch Award, Zanele Montle, announced at the opening of this week her inclusion on the up coming exhibition Emergence at the Christopher Moller Gallery as of 26 May until 18 June 2021. I will keep track of this event and hopefully share more details at a later stage.
The closing of Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May is nigh. If you are in Johannesburg this weekend with time to spare head down to Keys Avenue to see this remarkable exhibition. Finland will continue to experience Nelson Makamo's Fortitude at Makasiini Contemporary, until the end of May (see previous content above for more details). Lastly, this years' studio open day at August House, is of a special nature as the space collaborate with Ellis House for a joint artists open studio experience. I know, I know, I seem to be neglecting my home-town. I will be scraping cyberspace over the next few days for the next Intra-byte that will reflect what is happening on this side of the world. May we find the artist. (psst... If you happen to have too many tabs open by the time you finished reading this, that's remarkable) 


21 May 2021

Group Exhibition

02 – 30 May 2021

Johann van Heerden’s Art and Gallery in Garsfomtein unveils FABERGÉ Exhibition on Sunday 02 May 2021. This exhibition will run until May 31. More than 80 ceramic artworks, inspired by the House of Fabergé, will be on show. For more details you can reach out to the gallery:

082 4453917 or 079 7809807 email – johannvanheerdensart@gmail.com


MACFO

Arts and Crafts Flea Market

02 May 2021

In what has been planned as a monthly event, Mme Beutispot Bridget Makhubela of MACFO (Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forume), points out that the purpose of the market is to give local artists and businesses a platform to market and promote their business. The forum also sees this as an opportunity for creatives and their entities to also connecting with the community and stimulate other possible business opportunities.

Source : Beutispot Bridget Makhubela


AYASHISA AMATEKI

Custom Kicks Exhibition

Capello, Sunnypak

15 May 2021

AA 15 May 2021 Showcasing Poster

AYASHISA AMATEKI Showcase  

On the 15 May, the popular SABC 1 series, AYASHISA AMATEKI, which commands over 3 million viewers, will be hosting a CUSTOM KICKS exhibition at CAPELLO in Sunnypark Mall, Pretoria. This will be a showcase of the best sneaker customizing talent in the country trained in South Africa and China. The event will showcase the best sneaker custom talent in the country with an X 10 bike installation accompanied by live sneaker customization, a sneaker colouring competition and sneaker cleaning amongst other activities. Our film crew will be documenting the event as part of AYASHISA AMATEKI season 3 going on air on the 4th quarter of 2021. Other media outlets will be invited. For the first time in 6 years, the Dr.Esther MahlanguAir Jordan will be unveiled to the public. One must produce their ID to be allowed to view the sneaker.

~ Menzi Prince Mthethwa

For a feature, collaborations you are welcome to enquire at:

Menzi Prince Mthethwa

084 0620 796

menzi@ amateki.co.za

For more details call or WhatsApp: 0797128933


MACFO

Arts and Crafts Flea Market

In what has been planned as a monthly event, Mme Beutispot Bridget Makhubela of MACFO (Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forume), points out that the purpose of the market is to give local artists and businesses a platform to market and promote their business. The forum also sees this as an opportunity for creatives and their entities to also connecting with the community and stimulate other possible business opportunities.

Source : Beutispot Bridget Makhubela

For more details call or WhatsApp: 0797128933

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MACFO Official Poster

Morapedi, the one who prays

Lerato Lodi

On until 11 May 2021

Curator: Amohelang Mohajane

Lerato Lodi. The Gathering 1 (2021). Enamel paint on cloth, 145 x150 cm

‘Morapedi, the one who prays’, Lerato Lodi’s much anticipated solo exhibition is now on at North-West University Gallery. Through her work, Lodi investigates her curiosity of the intricacies of dual spiritual practices prevalent in “Sebaka sa Badimo”(a shrine or a sacred ritual site) fundamental in traditional African spiritual practice and the church as an important space or setting of worship for Christianity.

Data supplied by Studio Nxumalo, click HERE to reach out to the studio for further details.

Missed the opening? You can have the virtual tour of the exhibition HERE:

Intra'Byte
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~ mak.

It has been an interesting week with a couple of artists out there whom I had the privilege of knowing sharing significant developments in the developments of their career trajectories. On the eve of Freedom Day, Azael Langa revealed via Facebook that he was in Cape Town. At least that’s what the minimal text and the image on his wall announced to the world. It remains unclear whether the artist is moving to the coastal city permanently or that he will be a sojourner. It makes one wonder what kind of influence the Cape will exert on his art during this indefinite period in his artistic ascendancy. We should not dismiss the strong possibility that he too is capable of exerting some influence as an artist and depending on how long his stay there will last, he will surely leave some traces. Back inland just a few hours ago Nkhensani Rihlampfu, with the memory of Mintsu Island, his recent solo show still fresh in our minds, announced that he was this year’s Turban Art Fair Fresh Produce Artist Mentor. An opportunity which he too benefitted from as a mentee a few years ago, the artist remarked via his Facebook page. Here is evidence that social investments have returns.  

26 - 29 April

Gather ye Rose-Buds while Ye May

Group Exhibition

24 April – 25 May 2021

According to BKhz the concept of this exhibition was stimulated by the late Bob Mabena’s last words shared via Instagram on the 9 August 2020 before his passing. In that post Mabena, a legend in the radio waves and at that time Power FM radio host and station manager, remarked “Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a flying and this same flower that smiles today. Tomorrow will be…”

These words sparked the conceptual theme for a group show that the BKhz Team was working on since late 2020. More than ten artists were invited to participate in this group show. Invited artists were asked the simple question, What are you living for? This promises to be an exhibition worthy of being seen as it present a mix of contemporary artists working in both divergent and convergent themes and art media. Gallery visitors can expect to see the work of Zanele Muholi, Turiya Magadlela, Ke Neil We and Banele Khoza, whose name is paired with that of Upile Chisala, just to name a few of a notable cast of artists who have responded to one of the existential questions confronting humanity. Please refer to the reverse poster for the full impression of featured artists.  

For more details, please reach out to the gallery HERE


Mintsu Island

Nkhensani Rihlampfu

The exhibition Mintsu Island explores the concept of emigration as seen through the eyes of the artist Nkhensani Rihlampfu, comfortable both in traditional and new media, his work covers sculpture, painting and drawing.

I view a human’s body as a multidisciplinary limitless machine to accomplishing
any imagination and thought. Hence most of my works are human figures –
sometimes heads that have to deal with the acceptance and rejection of this
earth since humans are interwoven with this world.

He remarked in a text accompanying his work in the catalogue of the exhibition, Special Relations (28 November 2015 to 29 Jauary 2016). The labour intensive process of working with cotton rope, a medium he is currently immersed in; in the construction of his figures, connects with the labour industry, one of the causes of emigration. With this medium, Rihlampfu’s sculptures charts a new visual language that engages with socio-economic issues.

About the artist

Nkhensani Rihlampfu (b. 1988) matriculated at Hoërskool Nylstroom, Modimolle, Limpopo in 2007. He studied fine arts at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, where he majored in print-making and went on to obtain B-Tech in Fine Arts in 2011. He is the overall Winner for Pool A – ABSA L’Artelier 2019, with his work Land Intercessor (2018/2019). Over the years Rihlampfu has been involved in several art programmes, held a number of exhibitions and has completed notable commissions. One of the commissions he completed was in 2009, a painting for the Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg.

Nkhensani Rihlampfu’s work has been exhibited in The For Sale Project Exhibition (2011), The Jo’burg-Jo’burg Show (2014), the FNB Joburg Art Fair (2018) and The Turbine Art Fair (2014, 2017 and 2019). In addition, Rihlampfu has held solo exhibitions with MMArthouse in 2019 and was a Turbine Art Fair feature artist that year. During the years 2013 to 2016 he worked at the Workhorse Bronze Foundry where-in he was involved in bronze casting sculptures of prominent South African artists such as William Kentridge, Louis Olivier and Nandipha Mntambo. He worked also worked with Nelson Makamu in 2019 and Nicholas Hlobo in 2020.

~ 17 April 2021

Cited Sources:

Special Relations Exhibition, curated by Tammy Langtry. New Voices IV, Emerging Artists curated by Emerging Curators. 28 November 2015 – 29 January 2016. Manor Gallery, Johannesburg. Cat.

[Minstsu Island was initially scheduled to run for two days. At the beginning of the new week following the scheduled two days it was extended to the 25 April 2021.] 

COFFEE + MEDIUM

Group Exhibition

On until 30 April 2021

Mxolisi Vusimuzi Beauchamp’s curatorial debut Coffee + Medium is still on until the end of April 2021.

Access Inraparadox Interview HERE

For further details: 082 536 5601/082 237 3376


OLDER LISTINGS

BANELE KHOZA

27: LOVE, LIFE AND LOCKDOWN

13 February – 10 April 2021.

Following BKhz Studio’s relocation to Rosebank at the end of 2020, Banele Khoza laid bare his personal thoughts in a body of work consisting of acrylics and mixed media works produced during COVID-19 Lockdown and beyond.

Curator: Oratile Papi Konopi

Visit BKhz Sudio HERE for further details


BKhz Solo Project
You may visit BKhz website HERE

Disclaimer: The information appearing on this page has been prepared in collaboration with artists and their respective studios. Some of the links may be broken due to the age of content represented herein. *Header Image: Coleen Winter, Pupa, paper and pin. SASOL New Signatures Merit Award Winner (2015). Source: SASOL New Signatures Art Competition 2015 Catalogue.

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