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GOLDEN HAZE

06.12.14 – 17.01.15

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‘Golden Haze – End of year group salon in aid of the Sunflower Fund. Accessible, affordable artwork across a broad range of mediums by emerging and established local creatives.

 

 

END OF YEAR CHARITY SHOW AT SALON91
(DECEMBER 2014 – JANUARY 2015)

 

PRESS RELEASE:

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the generous participating artists, especially Dani Loureiro, who did all the design work for the show & as well as to our supportive clients. Thank you for everyone’s generosity, hard work & patience. The funds raised by the GOLDEN HAZE show in aid of THE SUNFLOWER FUND will pay for 10 tissue type tests!

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

DANI LOUREIRO
PAUL SENYOL
ANDRZEJ URBANSKI
DANIEL HUGO
EMMA NOURSE
JACQUELIN ANN FLAGG
KATE SOAL
LEIGH TUCKNISS
MANDY ROBERTS
NICOLE DALTON
SYNDI KAHN
STEPHANIE SIMPSON
EMILY JANE LONG
KIRSTIE RAE SAMSON
LUDWICH OLIVIER
CANDY KRAMER
KIRSTEN BEETS
MAAIKE BAKKER
RIKUS FERREIRA
LARA FELDMAN
ANDREW SUTHERLAND
ANGELICA LUTHI
MARELIZA KIRSCHBAUM
WONDER MEYER
QUINTIN WEYER
STEPHANIE E. CONRADIE
BEN WINFIELD
ELIZE VOSSGATTER
KATRIN COETZER
MARIA LEBEDEVA
JUAN VOGES
KIRSTEN SIMS
CHRIS AURET
SWAIN HOOGERVORST
GABRIELLE RAAFF
FRANS SMIT
BERRY MEYER
NATASHA NORMAN
PIERRE LE RICHE
CATHY LAYZELL
RONALD MUCHATUTA
ALEXIA VOGEL
GABI LEE SMIT
CYNTHIA EDWARDS
MICHELE ROLSTONE
SARAH PRATT
ADELE VAN HEERDEN
CARLA KREUSER
SIMEON VAN DER BERGH
SARAH BIGGS
DONNA SOLOVEI
CANDACE DI TALAMO
LUCIE DEMOYENCOURT
JADE KLARA
VANESSA BERLEIN
TAHITI PEHRSON
MAYA LEMAITRE
IMOGEN CLARKE
MIA CHAPLIN
EMILY PARADIS
LARITA ENGELBRECHT
KAREN CRONJE
KIRSTY OLIVIER
DEWALD VENTER
& MORE…
For availability of works please enquire with us at the gallery
info@salon91.co.za / 021-424-6930

The Salon91 Team
& The Sunflower Fund

 

ARTWORKS:

 

THOSE WHO WANDER

25.07 – 16.08.14

A multimedia group exhibition, which explores the wastelands, misfits & outcasts, of the artists’ imaginations & of our universe.

Featuring an incredibly gifted & unique collection of eight young South African artists:

 

Gerhard Human

Ree Treweek

Daniël du Plessis

Jade Klara

Bruce Mackay

Jean de Wet

Hanno Van Zyl

Rikus Ferreira

 

 

ARTWORKS:

 

Gerhard Human:

 

Ree Treweek:

 

Daniël du Plessis:

 

Jade Klara:

 

Bruce Mackay:

 

Jean de Wet:

 

Hanno Van Zyl:

 

Rikus Ferreira:

 

SHOPFRONT:

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In the Press:

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Cape Times Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Arts – Page 7

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Related Links:

Cape Town Blog: http://capetownblog.co.za/2014/07/11/mediterranean-delicacies-meets-those-who-wonder/

My Cape Town: http://mycapetown.co.za/news/2014/07/what-cape-town-bloggers-say-on-12-july-2014/

The Gremlinhttp://www.thegremlin.co.za/2014/07/13/cassia-at-nitida-medi-deli/

BizCommunityhttp://www.bizcommunity.com/Event/196/484/38706.html

Cape Town Tourism: http://www.capetown.travel/events/entry/mediterranean-delicacies-meets-those-who-wander

Spice4Life: http://www.spice4life.co.za/calendar-events/mediterranean-delicacies-meets-those-who-wander

What’s On: http://www.whatson..co.za/details.php?id=140454&event=Mediterranean%20Delicacies%20Meets%20Those%20Who%20Wander

KFMhttp://www.kfm.co.za/events/mediterranean-delicacies-meets-those-who-wander

 

PAPER IS YOU II

25.06 – 19.07.14

An exclusively paper-based exhibition, which celebrates the diversity and richness of paper as artistic medium.

Featuring: Katrin Coetzer, Paul Senyol, Kirsten Sims, Andrzej Urbanski, Gabrielle Raaff & Berry Meyer

 

ARTWORKS:

 

Andrzej Urbanski:

 

Berry Meyer:

 

Gabrielle Raaff:

 

Katrin Coetzer:

 

 Kirsten Sims:

 

Paul Senyol:

 

 

 

OTHER DUST

28.05 – 21.06.14

Opening Night Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 18h30. The exhibition concludes Sat 21/6/2014 at 2pm.

A solo exhibition of paintings & illustrations by Andrew Sutherland.

 

ARTWORKS:

 

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Andrew Sutherland’s latest body of work has been created almost entirely by referencing his growing collection of archival photographs, postcards and memorabilia.

The idea behind extracting elements found within these references has been to create new stories from old worlds. This “Other Dust” shows us the interesting history and practices of documented cultures and civilizations from around the world.

Andrew started marveling over old imagery and memorabilia many years ago but has only recently started to bring these references to light. As well as being a great source of days gone by, these images also offer a tactile, used or handled feeling that emits great warmth. These decaying references are slowly dissolving and will eventually return to the earth as dust, just like everything else. As we look to the future and grow, our past is quickly vanishing, as new history replaces the old.

Other Dust is a tribute to the old world and all its wonders. It admires adventure and discovery and exposes strange traditions and values.

All the works on display were made in Taiwan, where Sutherland has been living and traveling for the last 1-½ years. His exposure to Eastern culture has certainly played a part in the development in this series. His exposure to different ways of living and practices has helped shape this body of work.

 

GRAVITY – A visual exploration

30.04  – 24.05.2014

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GRAVITY – A VISUAL EXPLORATION

Dani Loureiro, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Tess Metcalf, Nina Torr, Mariëtte Bergh, and Maaike Bakker, together with Salon91, present an all-female illustration & multidisciplinary exhibition themed around the idea of ‘Gravity’, a natural phenomenon few have managed to escape. Playing on the idea of opposing gravity, defying it, and also being fascinated by it, the group intends to explore the polarities of destruction, inversion, and attraction. Utilizing a broad range of materials, ‘Gravity’ will be interpreted and expressed in ways unimagined up until now…

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES: 

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RELEVANT LINKS: 

Online Article: REVOLUTION DAILY

 

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Installation Views:

 

Dani Loureiro:

 

Maaike Bakker:

 

Mariette Bergh:

 

Cassandra Leigh Johnson:

 

Nina Torr:

 

Tess Metcalf:

 

HOME IS WHEREVER I’M WITH YOU

06.12.2013 – 25.01.2014

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Home is wherever I’m with you – A large-scale group show by Salon91s favourite artists! Expect to see accessible, affordable work across a broad range of mediums by emerging local creatives. This festive season Salon91 will donate a percentage of the profits raised from the show to the Ithemba Labantwana Children’s Home.

The show will run until 25 January 2014.

Participating Artists:

Donna Solovei
Syndi Kahn
Olivie Keck
Johke
Lucie De Moyencourt
Lara Feldman
Ben Winfield
Lauren Fowler
Charisse Gardiner
Leanne Shakenovsky
Paul Senyol
Kirsten Sims
Tyrrel Thaysen
Christi du Toit
Claudette Maskell
Swain Hoogervoorst
Mieke van der Merwe
Mia Chaplin
Philippa Green
Kirsten Beets
Jade Klara
Candice Ježek
Motel 7
Elsabe Milandri
Bruce Mackay
Rikus Ferreira
Sarah Pratt
Matthew Oldfield
Gabriella Raaff
Galia Gluckman
Hello Mr Frank (Frank Conradie)
Ludwich Olivier
Katrine Claassens
Cassandra Leigh Johnson
Gerhard Human
Caroline Mackintosh
Katrin Coetzer
Cynthia Edwards
Zelda Weber
Arnelle Woker
Jean de Wet
Elmarie van Straten
Dani Loureiro
Andrzej Urbanski
Andrew Sutherland
Adrie le Roux
Lorenzo Nassimbeni
Candace Di Talamo
Maaike Bakker
Nina Torr
Lale Guralp
Maria Lebedeva
Christopher Denovan
Christiaan Conradie
Tanja Deman
Peter Mammes
& More…

 

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Opening:

THE WITCHING HOUR

16.10 – 9.11.2013

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Two Person Exhibition – Candice Ježek & Jade Klara.

The Witching Hour is an exploration of the magical and secret spaces of the world. Artists Candice Ježek and Jade Klara use a whimsical and powerfully feminine style to create rich narratives of unexpected yet somehow familiar themes. Expressed through various mediums of painting, sculpture, and print, they aim to move the viewer to a place of both sweetness and sorrow. The witching hour is a visually stimulating, diverse and powerful showing of the reflections of these two artists’ lives.

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The Witching Hour will run at Salon91 from 16 October – 9 November.
It will feature the lovely Jade Klara and Candice Ježek  [aka Ž].
The Show will open on WEDNESDAY EVENING 16 October 2013 at 18h30.

The show promises in one word to be ENCHANTING…

 

Portrait of Candice

Portrait of Candice

Portrait of Jade

Portrait of Jade

 

 LINKS TO RELATED ONLINE ARTICLES:

http://www.revolution-daily.com/the-witching-hour-exhibition/

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Interview: Candice Ježek -The Witching Hour

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cattie from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.

The Witching Hour short animation of a girl in the wind by Jade Klara for art exhibition at Salon91 in Cape Town, South Africa from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.

 

Artworks: Candice Ježek

 

Artworks: Jade Klara

 

Artworks: Collaborations by Candice Ježek and Jade Klara

 

Exhibition view – The Witching Hour

 

FORMER MOUNTAINS

28.08 – 18.09.2013

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Featuring: Bruce Mackay, Jean de Wet, Dale Lawrence & Mike Tymbios.

‘Former Mountains’ is an exhibition which is predominantly centered around the art & medium of drawing and to some extent print. The artists have been selected to exhibit together based on a strong narrative quality, which is common to their individual practices, as well as for a unique & highly individualistic quality of line which is both present & signature to each of their styles. The artists have each taken a unique approach to the subject of ‘Former Mountains’, some presenting a number of diverse interpretations of the theme which will be depicted as smaller individual series within their greater body of work, while the other exhibiting artists have taken a more singular approach, ranging from the very literal to far-off poetic & obscure expressions.

 

EXHIBITION SHOPFRONT VIEW: 

 

Artworks: Bruce Mackay

 

Artworks: Dale Lawrence

 

Artworks: Jean de Wet

 

Artworks: Mike Tymbios

 

 

SEE ONLINE ARTICLES HERE:

 http://www.revolution-daily.com/former-mountains-exhibition/

http://www.revolution-daily.com/former-mountains-exhibition-2/

 

HONEYMOON

24.04 – 18.05.2013

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A solo show of drawings and paintings by Katrin Coetzer.

Honeymoon marks a personal current period in artist Katrin Coetzer’s life, where she is forging a connection between her inner world and the geographical spaces she visits – real, imaginary and remembered. Honeymoon further references a waning sweetness and suggests the meeting point of fantasy, place and memory. The content of this body of work is centered around themes of spatial exploration, & exotic vs local seen through the lenses of feeling and itinerary…

 

 

Katrin Coetzer was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her BA in Visual Communication at Stellenbosch University in 2007 and a BPhil in Visual Art majoring in Illustration in 2012 at the same institution. During 2006 the artist was selected as a finalist in the Timo Smuts competition, at the US Gallery in Stellenbosch. Katrin has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator since 2008 and has exhibited her work in galleries both nationally and internationally. Selected group exhibitions in which the artist has participated, include, Fin, Stellenbosch University Graduate Exhibition (2007); Greatest Hits at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town 2008; Verf group show, Blank Projects Gallery, Cape Town 2008; Ontopoftheworld, group show Cape Town Stadium (June 2009); If you let yourself love a wild thing, group show at Salon 91, Cape Town (2011); Draft, group exhibition of selected Masters work, US gallery, Stellenbosch (2011); Safe Spaces group exhibition & campaign auction, Freeworld Design Centre, Cape Town (2011); Handbound, group exhibition coordinated by Prof Keith Dietrich, Sasol Gallery, Stellenbosch (2011); Winter Wonderland, group show at Salon 91, Cape Town (2011); Swatch Illustrative Berlin, selected in category Book Design, highly commended, Berlin (2011); & Paper is You, group show at Salon91 Cape Town (2011). Katrin was elected as a grant recipient in 2011 from the Stellenbosch University to attend Design and the City in Finland through the University of Helsinki, a summer course that explores the relationships between art, design, urbanism and spatial identity. During 2012 the artist exhibited her work at the Design Indaba Expo as part of the CCIBA/Stellenbosch University bookstand. The artist was also one of two South African artists selected to exhibit at the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. The same show toured throughout Japan with the Itabashi Art Museum from May 2012 to 2013. The artist is currently living & working in Cape Town.

 

Opening night (Courtesy of the Art times):

 

Courtesy of Salon 91:

 

Related Link:

booooooom:
http://www.booooooom.com/2013/05/20/katrin-coetzer/

 

BACK IN FIVE MINUTES

27.02 – 23.03.2013

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‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, & Dani Loureiro.

 

Artworks: Collaborations

 

Artworks: Ben Johnston

 

Artworks: Clement de Bruin

 

Artworks: Clint Campbell

 

Artworks: Dani Loureiro

 

Artworks: Justin Southey

 

Opening night:

 

Shopfront:

 

Related Links:

 

– DESIGN INDABA  “Celebrating words”

BEHANCE

TYPOGRAPHY SERVED

 

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READ AND SEE MORE HERE

 

 

AURORA

30.01. – 23.02.2013

 

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‘Aurora’an all-female illustration show by Kirsten Beets, Maria Lebedeva, Adrie Le Roux and Kirsten Sims.

 

Artworks: Adrie Le Roux

 

Artworks: Kirsten Beets

 

Artworks: Kirsten Sims

 

 

Artworks: Maria Lebedeva

 

Opening night:

 

Glimpses of ‘Aurora’ Street view:

 

10and5.com – article: “Kirsten Beets – Aurora
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READ AND SEE MORE HERE

 

I’D RATHER BE SWIMMING

01.12.12 – 26.01.2013

‘I‘d Rather Be Swimming’ End of year Group Salon in association with the  I AM WATER ocean conservation trust, featuring some Salon91 favourites as well as some fresh all-new local talent.

As passionate Ocean lovers, I AM WATER, founded by champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo, strives to share the joy aquatic with as wide an audience as possible. With the help of Salon 91 water will once again take centre stage, as it should! We are all Water, and we all share the opportunity and challenge to protect our last wilderness beneath the waves. The I am Water Ocean Conservation Trust aims to do this through education and awareness, spreading the love and protection of the oceans through introducing South Africans from all walks of life to the ocean environment & important conservation issues.

Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, best known for her beautiful swimmer sculptures, which were installed at the Sea Point Promenade until recently, will be the guest speaker at the opening.

Salon91 &  I AM WATER will be hosting a beach clean up on Sunday the 20th of January 2013 at 10:00 am. We would love for the Salon91 community & everyone who appreciates nature, art or the ocean to get involved. Please contact us on info@salon91.co.za if you would like to help out.

Artists to be participating in ‘I’d rather be swimming’:

Adam Shear
Adrie Le Roux
Alice Edy
Alice Toich
Ben Winfield
Bruce Mackay
Cameron Richards
Candace Di Talamo
Carla Kreuser
Carlo Milandri
Caroline Mackintosh
Christiaan Conradie
Clinton Osbourn
Donna Solovei
Dylan Culhane
Elsabé Milandri
Elise Wessels
Elize Vossgatter
Emalie Bingham
Emily Jane Long
Fred Clark
Gabby Raaff
Galia Gluckman
Hugh Byrne
Ian Engelbrecht
Jaco Haasbroek
Jade Klara
Jean de Wet
Johke
Jo O’Connor
Justin Southey
Katrin Coetzer
Katrine Claassens
Kirsten Beets
Kirsten Lilford
Kirsten Sims
Lara Feldman
Lisa Firer
Lorraine Loots
Lucie Demoyencourt
Lucinda Mudge
Maaike Bakker
Maria Lebedeva
Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe
Mariëtte Bergh
Marlise Keith In association with Brundyn + Gonsalves
Mia Chaplin
Michael Tymbios
Michele Rolstone
Nicola DeJager
Pascal Paquette
Paul Senyol
Rebecca Haysom
Rikus Ferreira
Rohan Etsebeth
Sarah Pratt
Shan Fischer
Simon Berndt
Susana Paez
Swain Hoogervorst
Warren Lewis
You’ve Changed
Zelda Weber
& more…

 

Artworks – selected overview:

 

Exhibit Images:

Photos by David Hecker

 

Opening night:

 

SHOES FROM CHINESE SHIPS

01.08 – 01.09.2012

Group exhibition featuring the work of Gabrielle Raaff, Lisa Firer, Katrine Claassens, Wessel Snyman, Colijn Strydom, Danni Liang, Elsabe Milandri, Fan Cheng, Sarah Pratt & Sunette Viljoen.

Curated by Katrine Claassens, Monique du Preez & Candice Jezek.

 

About ~ Shoes From Chinese Ships

Walking on Strand beach near Cape Town one comes across a proliferation of shoes and other plastic debris from China scattered along the high-tide mark. From the survivors of a Ming dynasty shipwreck integrating into Kenyan society, to the story of a giraffe being welcomed to China as unicorn in the early 15 th century, the history of shoreline arrivals and trade between Africa and China is a long and often mysterious one.
Taking the sea, the vehicle for the original contact between China and Africa, as a point of departure Shoes From Chinese Ships features both emerging and established Chinese and South African artists. The show is a conversation in painting, drawing, installation and sculpture between the intricate and increasingly complicated relationship between Africa and China. Interrupting the commercial import/export relationship and replacing it with an integrated one that allows for a more personal discourse with a faraway place, the exhibition includes a collaboration between some of the South African artists involved and students from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Living and working all around the world the artists explore the mystery, depth and intricacy of exchanges brought about by trade between these two countries throughout the centuries.

About ~ The Artists 

Working from China, South Africa, Germany and France the artists selected for Shoes From Chinese Ships are all of South African or Chinese nationality. The artists were selected for their visual and conceptual sensibilities, particularly the elements of nostalgia, fragility, mystery and displacement that tie their works together…

(visit the “artist’s section” to find out more about the featured artists or use this “TAG”)

Students from The China Academy

Students from The China Academy of Art are participating in collaboration with the South African artists listed above. The China Academy of Art is the most influential academy of fine arts in China with the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study. It houses a diverse pool of artistic talent, with a focus on integrating theory and practice. Combining modern technical and cultural disciplines with traditional ones, the academy encompasses fine art, architecture, film and new media.

 

MVI 0190 from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.

 

Art preview:

 

Opening night:

 

THE RIVER

04 – 21.04.2012

 

 

An exhibition by Louis Minnaar & Maaike Bakker

From the minds of two young thinkers in a purple-flowered-city
This fantastic tale emerges, mysterious and gritty:
A sloth, on a terrible journey, hoping to recover what he’s lost;
banks will be flooded, lines will be crossed.

Pretorian visual artists Louis Minnaar and Maaike Bakker present a twisting narrative exhibition of collaborative visual artworks complemented by the words of Jaco van der Merwe

 

LOUIS MINNAAR
Based in Pretoria, Louis Minnaar operates as a director, animator, illustrator, graphic designer and general visual artist. He has been practicing as a freelance visual artist since 2005. Since completing his degree in Visual Communication (majoring in video) Louis has produced music videos for artists such as VANCOKE KARTEL, DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES, FLASH REPUBLIC and AKING, as well as taking part in over 40 exhibitions locally and internationally. Louis received the animation prize at the 2008 Mnet Edit Awards for “Henri”, and has been nominated as a finalist in several local and international film & video festivals.

Louis Minnaar returns to Salon91 after his phenomenally successful multi-media solo exhibition Originale hosted by the gallery during June 2009

 

MAAIKE BAKKER
Salon91 is thrilled to welcome the multi-talented, Maaike Bakker from Pretoria, to the gallery for the first time. Bakker holds a BA in Visual Arts, and an MA in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg. The artist’s creative output ranges from installation & conceptual art to more light-hearted, offbeat illustrations & raw paintings.

Maaike has exhibited in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Berlin.
She was selected as a finalist for the Sasol New Signatures competition during 2005 and 2009, and also made it to the top 10 of the prestigious Absa L’atelier art competition during 2009.

 

 

“THE RIVER STORY”

One particularly gloomy day, in what may well have been morning
A gentle sloth knew that he was awake, as he heard himself yawning
And, whilst stretching out his tender limbs to meander through the timber
A sudden pang cut through his heart; a dreadful, aching shiver
“I’m done for! All is lost!” he cried, and nearly lost his grip
He saw the wound his claws had made; the wood was bleeding syrup
“What’s the matter, young climber?” boomed the Tree’s golden song
“I’ve never heard you speak before, something must be wrong!”
“It’s hard to s-s-say,” groaned the sloth, in an awful, hoarse stutter
“A piece of my heart has disappeared, a part I c-c-cannot utter”
“I know the feeling, I was once a seed,” hummed the tree compassionately
And then, rather mysteriously, muttered something about a journey
The sloth looked down, his brooding frown reflected in a mirror
And then he knew that what he sought lay below him, in the river

He clutched the water by the tail and plunged into its depths
The currents pulled with all their strength and tried to steal his breath
But he held his nerve, never losing his hold, for sloths are awesome swimmers
And so began his lonely odyssey in the slipstream of the river

Two glowing eyes rose from the deep, a sea monster with razor teeth!
Defeat? Well, if you thought a sloth was always slow, you’d be deceived
With lightning jabs the sloth swung arms designed in ancient warfare
In a matter of moments the leviathan’s corpse sank unknowingly back into its lair

A storm swelled suddenly in the sky above the slippery, silky surface
Sapping the sloth’s self-belief, slowly suffocating his sense of purpose
Storm clouds sliced the river into a ragged, jagged snake, spitting and hissing
As the tempest raged, the sloth regained a small part of what he had been missing

For what seemed like weeks the clouds maintained their shattering downpour
Electric bolts shot through the sky, screaming through the terrible ring of thunder roaring
There was one specific noise that seemed to echo into the sloth’s shuddering chest
A vibration of sound waves that urged him deeper and farther into his quest

Reluctantly, one afternoon the sun peered through the clouds
The sloth rejoiced, he was weak and weary from his efforts not to drown
But within minutes the fiery ball had blazed the riverbank’s mud into dry soil
And fate’s pendulum swung through another dark arc as the river began to boil

The heated silt began to drift haphazardly between the bubbles
Colliding and tangling with debris from the storm in piles of floating rubble
The river swelled, and broke its banks, spilling out to form a giant lake
As the sloth steered for shore, with an empty heart, he wondered if his journey had been a mistake

An undercurrent grabbed his heel, reeling him suddenly outward, just inches from the land
The sloth’s resistance had at last been broken; and the river led him by the hand
The droning voice of breaking water surged from around the approaching bend
And the shattered sloth stretched out limply in the current, ready to embrace his end

It took a while for the sloth to realise that the voice was droning words
The River had been calling his name, waiting patiently to be heard
With faded courage, the sloth succeeded in stammering a faint reply
And, to his greatest surprise, found himself staring into a tremendous eye

“It is I,” said the watery voice, “that you have been swimming in for a time;
I am not what you think I am, in fact most of me is in your mind.”
The sloth recoiled in disbelief as the River gushed into the massive form
Of a silvery blue Snake with glistening scales, war-torn and weather-worn
“I know what it is that you’re missing,” hissed the Snake, “and I might be wrong,
But the thing that you’ve been looking for has been very near you all along.”
The Snake exposed its dripping fangs, drawing its jaws open wide
And with no hesitation, the sloth drew new strength and leapt inside
Being swallowed whole was much like swimming, and the sloth sunk swiftly
Eventually reaching a glimmering Object that he had no difficulty in lifting
And as he held it up in wonder, the River howled out the deepest moan
For underneath the thing the sloth had found was an abyss of ancient stone
And in a few amazing seconds, as only such a body of water could,
The River disappeared, leaving the sloth, alone, feeling relatively good.

 

Exhibition shots The River:
Courtesy of revolution daily.

 

Louis Minnaar Artworks:

 

Maaike Bakker Artworks:

 

Opening night:

 

Litnet – Art Interview:
Louis Minnaar and Maaike Bakker talk about collaboration, illustration and sloths.

Read more

 

RADAR

14 – 31.03.2012

 

 

A Group Exhibition of Illustration

 

Featured Artists:

Mieke van der Merwe
Jean de Wet
Bruce Mackay
Linsey Levendall
Michael Tymbios

 

The works exhibited during the RADAR show at Salon91 include once-off originals as well as limited edition archival prints by each of the exceptionally talented & proudly local above-mentioned artists. Please enquire with the gallery about availability of works & ordering of prints… info@salon91.co.za

 

Mieke van der Merwe Artworks: 

 

Jean de Wet Artworks:

 

Bruce Mackay Artworks:

Linsey Levendall Artworks:

 

Michael Tymbios Artworks:

 

SOMETHING LIKE NOW

15.02 – 10.03.2012

 

A solo exhibition by Elsabé Milandri

Cape Town based artist, Elsabé Milandri, will present her 4th solo exhibition to date at Salon91 in Cape Town from February to March 2012. This body of work is intended as a kind of letter to the artist’s children when they are the age she is now (they are now respectively 2 and about to be born) to give them an idea of the present in general and their parents’ present in particular. Photographs from places they’ve been and cellphone shots of family and friends are painted in ink on paper, some in black and white, some in vivid tones. Paintings of critically endangered animals are accompanied by stories about the mundane (not unlike Facebook status updates), questioning our attitude towards mass culture and loss, and environmental concern is visualized in terms of caring for our children. Faux info charts, maps and graphs lend (faux) authority, objectivity and credibility to this body of work. Phrases and segments of conversations are used in the works to give them an idea of what our beliefs, fears, hopes and language were like. ‘Something like now’ sees Milandri covering a wide spectrum of themes from the every-day, the family unit, the internet, social media, nature, environmental concerns, culture, animals, identity, the arbitrary, the abstract, portraiture, landscape, the scientific, the bizarre, the intimate, the in-between, the ambiguous and the miraculous, resulting in a truly rich viewing experience not to be missed.

Medium: Collage, watercolour, acrylic and ink on paper.

Elsabé Milandri was born in Pretoria in 1980, where she also completed her BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria (2002). She then moved to Cape Town to do a Masters in New Media at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, 2006. Since 2010 she has had two solo exhibitions in Cape Town, and one in Pretoria and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in the two cities. In 2009, she spent the year working as an artist in Italy. Elsabé has lectured at various institutions in drawing, new media, videography, illustration and design. She currently lives and works in Woodstock, Cape Town. With her husband and her two children.

 

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