/ CURRENT Exhibitions
12 October 2018 to 31 October 2018
This exhibition speaks to what lies behind people’s desire to present their best selves – as is evidenced by the contemporary phenomenon of social media.
Implicit within the work is a reframing of the contradictory impulses that have always driven humanity.
Back to the future
Contemporary glass inspired by the past
28 September 2018 to 17 October 2018
Pretoria is a proverbial melting-pot of glass art. With this in mind, several contemporary protagonists using glass in their oeuvre have been invited to exhibit new works which are inspired or reference the broad history of glass globally. The suggested limitation is glass art, objects, tools and/or artefacts which pre-date 1900. This can be a stained glass window from a cathedral, a Venetian goblet, Libyan Desert glass, a prehistoric spear tip and much more. This exhibition aims to further cement our small glass community’s vernacular as part of the global vitreous dialogue. Back to the Future is curated by Lothar Böttcher.
The participating artists are Lothar Böttcher, Olwethu de Vos, Gordon Froud, Caitlin Greenberg, Mike Hyam, Martli Jansen van Rensburg, Thabang Monoa, Kgotso Pati, Maxi Pretorius, Ian Redelinghuys, Liesl Roos, Nicole Rowe, Mbali Tshabalala, Retief van Wyk, Marileen van Wyk, Diane Victor and Berco Wilsenach.
16 October 2018 to 14 November 2018
Potter of the month
Potter of the Month: Lisa LiebermannLisa Liebermann is the Association of Arts Pretoria and Ceramics Southern Africa’s Potter of the Month for October 2018.
Regarding the theme of the exhibition, FATE & FREE WILL, Lisa Lieberman states: “Pottery making is an ideal example of how these two concepts interplay: there is the intention of the potter (the artist’s will) working with whatever possibilities and limitations present. Fate can be defined as the development of events outside of a person’s control.”
“We all have certain things that control us, like puppets, and certain things that we control, like puppeteers. Like Geppetto, the things we conceive and control eventually turn into real things with choices of their own. The idea of the puppet and the puppeteer can also be linked to cause and effect; the strings we pull cause the puppet to move”.
“However, in the end it is nature that controls mankind. The intrinsic nature of all things should be sought out in life and some attempt made to work with these forces, not to merely dominate them. A successful potter does this and in some sense we are all potters and pots made by the great Creator.”