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North Gallery


JAARRINGE

an exhibition of paintings by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts
1 November to 20 November 2019

'Jaarringe' is the third duo presentation by Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts and, as with the previous two (Spieëlkamer and Spoorlyn), the show is both individual and collaborative.  Both artists try to define a distilled line that runs through their respective body of work.  A line that is clear, yet subtle and attempts to navigate, untainted, through the noise of digital imagery.
 
Swarts states that every object has its own visual language, with logic and internal references and therefore a history.   As a figurative artist, she uses objects as metaphors and changes their language to provoke a new narrative.  For this body of work her paintings are exercises in imagining memory - the paintings themselves becoming a space of perpetual present tense, defining specific clear captured moments filled with images personally related to her, but open to the viewer’s subjective interpretation.
 
Kloppers on the other hand says his work in essence deals with landscape.  They’re not merely landscapes in the traditional sense.  They should not be read as windows to the outside world, nature scenery or vistas of nature.  They should be regarded as monuments or chosen images of natural elements that act as conduits to an inner landscape.  They represent the moment when what the eyes see  in the landscape is translated into thoughts, stories, histories, memories, visions, the unexplained, the stirrings of emotions, cultural or linguistic symbols or metaphors. One can better describe them as doorways into the inner landscape.  They are all moments of reflection.

Main Gallery


The EQ Alchemy cards exhibition with paintings by Loeritha Saayman
13 November to 16 November 2019

 
Alice Coelho has been in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist since 2001.  Her passion for people and their development, whether in an individual or group context, has led her to create and facilitate training material and development journeys in both private and corporate spaces.  In her own process of alchemy as a professional, she has coached individuals and groups, developed and facilitated workshops and growth journeys in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Spiral Dynamics, Mentorship, Mindfulness, Resilience Management, Diversity Management, Organisational Culture Development and Creativity.  “Creating a rich and full life, regardless of the context in which you find yourself, is the art of alchemy. We all start off as a base metal like lead, and the events, relationship processes and ensuing conversations about self and others we engage in, are the elements which trigger a process of transformation towards our best selves, our gold.”  This philosophy resulted in the birth of the EQ Alchemy Cards and supporting material.

Background to the development of the EQ Alchemy Cards

In recent years, emotional intelligence (EQ) has been associated with a group of skills that have been studied in relationship to great leadership and life success.  Although through time we have looked at great leaders and influential people as driving their success through their cognitive abilities and strategic thinking, recent research, and more importantly life experience, has revealed many anomalies to this norm.  Many of us have known at least one person who, for all the intellectual capacity they seem to be gifted with, they somehow do not manage to actualize this potential in many areas of their lives.  More interestingly, we can also testify to the opposite scenario…that student or person, whom, despite their learning disabilities and limitations, always manages to turn everything they do into gold! This led to much research into what factors, skills and abilities empower people to actualize their potential, even against all odds, and hence the field of emotional intelligence was borne.  Dr Rueven Baron, one of the fathers of EQ, described emotional intelligence as a group of non-cognitive competencies, skills and abilities that greatly influence a person’s ability to be successful at coping with environmental demands and pressures!  In layman’s terms then, emotional intelligence is a process whereby emotions are used to guide us to be our best selves.

So, how does the ancient art of alchemy then relate to developing the skills of EQ?  Generally, the art of alchemy was grounded in a complex worldview.  This worldview held that everything around us was alive and infused with a universal spirit, including metals.  Accordingly, a base metal, such as lead, was merely considered to be a spiritually, psychologically, emotionally and physically immature form or manifestation of higher and more sought after metals, such as gold. It is clear, that to the alchemists, metals were more than just elements to be studied and categorised in the Periodic Table.  These metals represented a common element or base, but in different stages of development or refinement on their way to spiritual perfection.  The latter implies a process of change and transformation.                                                                                       

Alice says:  “I like to look at life and how we choose to express who and what we are in the various contexts within which we find ourselves, as an art form.  Living life in a way that invites us to manifest our potential is the process of unleashing the co-creator in embryo, which resides within each of our souls and psyches.  We literally are creativity in embryo, or lead.  The contexts, relationships and circumstances that unfold around us are literally the elements and processes that allow us to manifest our actualised selves…our Gold.  Each day, in every context, we are challenged to transform not just ourselves, but those we touch as well.  We are confronted with the quintessential question: Who am I being right now that encourages this person before me to be who they are choosing to be at this very moment?  One can see the relevance of this question, and thus EQ, to the function of great leadership and living a rich and meaningful life.  So, are the EQ Alchemy Cards merely relevant to executives aspiring to be great organisational leaders?  Most definitely not!  Each person is invited, through the daily rituals of life and relationships to be his or her own leader…to be your own expert or Alchemist. As the metaphor suggests, being an EQ Alchemist is the journey towards unleashing our highest potential.”

These inspiring cards were created to start the individual or group of individuals on this journey and to guide them with the simple rituals of EQ Alchemists the world over, regardless of the context within which they choose to grow themselves in. 

About the EQ Alchemy Cards

The EQ Alchemy Cards feature striking visual artworks by well-known artist, Loeritha Saayman and bridge gender, educational and cultural divides with their quirky yet profound representations of paper figures on colourful and creative backgrounds. Alice’s thought-provoking messages aim to explore questions about, and interactions with, everyday life experiences with insight and reflection.

As a self and group/team development tool integrating psychological principles and visual art in an archetypal manner, anyone can use these cards to assist them in the transformation of their ordinary selves into their extraordinary selves or potential. The cards facilitate and anchor the learning of the principles of Emotional Intelligence in a universal and visual way that transcends language barriers with a fun, creative and inspiring approach requiring no special talent or qualification, either on their own or in conjunction with other parts of the EQ Alchemist’s toolkit, which includes a journal and a self-development workbook.  They can be worked through in a sequentially structured manner or picked at random and reflected upon and experimented with over a period of time.

 

Gallery Chaton


Kobus Walker
Natural Selection
8 November to 27 November 2019

Kobus Walker is a Pretoria based artist.  He completed a Fine Arts Diploma in 1992 at the Pretoria Technikon.   After his studies he worked with fellow artist, friend and mentor Tivan van Dyk for almost 10 years.
 
Since 2007 he devotes all his time to being an artist.  His work is mostly theme-based.  He takes inspiration from the classical painters and employs these influences and remoulds them into his own indigenous statement within a contemporary context.  Together it creates a dialogue between the viewer and subject matter.
 
His latest exhibition which opens on Friday 8 November 2019 at the Pretoria Arts Association was inspired by birds and Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection which is the principle by which each slight variation of a trait, if useful, is preserved.  Individuals best adapted to their surroundings are more likely to survive and reproduce.
 
In this exhibition birds are combined with the everyday objects we inherit as humans.  The way they interact with each other, their surroundings and nature create the narrative and dialogue with the viewer. Together they are preserved visually in a new conceptual context.  The works are all oil paint on board. 

Potter of the month


Sandy Godwin - November 2019

The Pretoria Arts Association’s potter for November is multi-award winning South African ceramicist Sandy Godwin.  Her works are on display in collections, including the Corobrick collection, galleries and homes around the world.  All her creations reveal the perfect poise of a vessel crafted at the hands of a disciplined artist.  There is a classic restraint in this beauty; a reserved confidence that draws in the discerning eye.
 
Moreover her work is a celebration of femininity; infused with her memories and the traces of lace from her childhood.  She elevates the character of clay and embroiderers a decorative dance across each perfect piece.
 
What started as a hobby transformed into a passion for Godwin.  Once her passion was ignited, her perfectionist nature honed her curiosity into a discipline.   Passion, discipline and curiosity form the trio that drives her creativity and the ability to refresh her approach. A member of Ceramics South Africa, she is based in Dowerglen, Johannesburg, where she has a home-based studio.  Her work has been exhibited all over and as stated, she has received several awards.
 
The exhibition will be opened by Pieter van Heerden on Sunday 3 November 2019 at 10h30 for 11h00 and runs till 27 November 2019.
 
Jacobus Kloppers

Liminal II (836)
Oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Skaduklank (724)
Oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Papendorp (840)
Oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Venice Step VII (823)
Oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Wake I (826)
Oil on canvas | 40 cm x 40 cm

Alet Swarts

There is a fault in reality
Acrylic on canvas | 60 cm x 60 cm

Alet Swarts

The silent chain
Acrylic on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Sonval (779)
Oil on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Saamval (781)
Oil on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Alet Swarts

Opening doors
Acrylic on canvas | 15 cm x 15 cm

Alet Swarts

Palimpest
Acrylic on canvas | 15 cm x 15 cm

Alet Swarts

A lack of closure
Acrylic on canvas | 15 cm x 15 cm

Alet Swarts

Jumping to conclusions
Acrylic on canvas | 15 cm x 15 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Dyk II (805)
Oil on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Terugreis (844)
Oil on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Willie van Rensburg

Intrap (809)
Oil on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Jacobus Kloppers

Kielwater/Wake (825)
Oil on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

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Feather weight

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

Fragile fragments

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

Flight mode

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

Kingfisher on enamel bowl

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

In flight

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

Passing through

oil on board | 60 cm x 50 cm

Clouds

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Kingfisher

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Trees with bowl

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Oriole

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Blue mountains

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Belted Kingfisher

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Mossie

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Afternoon glow

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

Cape Sparrow

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

River Kingfisher

oil on board | 30 cm x 24 cm

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