/ Forthcoming Exhibitions

North Gallery


Louis Kok
LIQUID BLACK

10 September to 26 September
 

The crow is widespread and found on most continents, in some cultures they are viewed as sinister characters, a bad omen. For many the mythology of the crow are that they are messengers of the gods.  In modern times and through observational  research the crow has been found to be highly intelligent, capable of solving complex problems and puzzles. The most fascinating discovery has been that crows are able to recognise individual humans. So while we have been observing nature and deciding which creatures are good omens and which are bad omens we must remember they are observing us too.  The crow is able to communicate to other crows if a person he has observed is “good” or “bad”. The question is what these creatures' perceptions of us are? Are we good or bad omens?

In this collection of works, Louis uses Liquid Ivory Black Watercolour, which changes colour when it comes into contact with water. Starting with black, to denote the sinister qualities we have unfairly given to the crow, with minimal contact with water, the ink turns blue which represents the magical qualities of the crow while the yellow represents the god-like state of enlightenment. These colours may represent what our mythology and beliefs tell us about the crow but it could just as easily represent the perceptions that the crow may have of us.  A portion of the works depicts the crow in line with the traditional idea of observation.  Details are visible with the focus on aesthetics.  In other works, the focus moves away from detailed observation and changes to observing movement and the fluidity of the crows’ movement as well as the fluidity of the medium.

Main Gallery


Gwen Miller
ENFOLDING

3 September to 19 September


 
This exhibition, featuring drawings, prints and paintings, reflects Miller’s way of mourning the loss of her husband. She and her family and friends later planted trees in memory of him, and a poignant sense of melancholy and absence is revealed in each image of an uprooted tree, each hole dug in the soil. But the artworks embrace ambiguity as although the presence of stains, shadows and rags may be read as despair following this overwhelming experience of mortality, she conceived them instead as lasting reminders of wonder. For Miller, the process of observing the quietly growing trees and becoming lost in her chosen artmaking medium is constantly transformative. The quiet of isolation during the creative process has offered Miller a safe space to contemplate the enfolding of life’s complexities and the value of care. The resulting works are extraordinary in their metaphorical but understated imagery, and the artist’s sensitive use of techniques.

Gallery Chaton


Adelle van Zyl
FABLES OF THE MIND

3 September to 19 September


In this series of ink drawings and collages, Adelle van Zyl combines the literary genre of the fable with aspects of the human psyche, in order to comment on the human condition. 

The artist draws on her experience as a children’s book illustrator, as she employs animal imagery with particular themes of fears and fantasies for her current body of work.  Fables are short stories that convey moral lessons by means of animals with anthropomorphic features, such as the ability to speak and act like humans. For the artist, animals reflect the fragility of the human psyche. Van Zyl’s work often touches on the psychological aspects of being human, and reflect on the key events and characteristics which form the core of human existence. 

The process of creating both the ink drawings and collages was one of spontaneity, an attempt to discover and access subconscious thoughts and connections.  In the ink drawings, the artist started simply with the format of a circle within a rectangle.  Without any planning, the artist used the circle as an origin to draw from. Similarly, in the collages, the artist began with a square format which was saturated with ink, water and salt.  The resultant imagery became backdrops, which in turn, informed the selection of bird heads and fragments of clothing that seemed to correspond to underlying tones. 

These backgrounds of chance and chaos become theatres, in which human drama of interaction and the creation of meaning unfold.  For the artist, these theatres reflect the dark corners of our minds where our fears are posed against our fantasies. 

Potter of the month



 
Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Empty nest syndrome
charcoal and blind embossing on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Oh mother, where art thou
charcoal, embossing on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Artificial insemination
charcoal, embossing on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Conception
charcoal, embossing on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Joy of parenting
charcoal, embossing on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

A new dawn
liquid watercolour and bleach on fabriano

Louis Kok - LIQUID BLACK

Who t-f is Alice
charcoal, liquid watercolour, bleach on fabriano

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Liquid life II
ultrachrome inks on cotton paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

A forest for my love - six months later
ink and watercolour on paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Wine farm memories
ink and watercolour on paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Jared's gifts
ink and watercolour on paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

At the foot of the bed
ink and watercolour on paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Forest for my love - Mountain Karee
ink and watercolour on paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Dullstroom Dam
oil on canvas

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

Ascension
ultrachrome Inks on Cotton paper

Gwen Miller - ENFOLDING

New dams from the old
mixed media on cotton paper

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

Starling
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

The extacy of Venus
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

Commander J Mendoza II of the Basque Region
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

Act II, Scene VIII
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

Act IV, Scene XI
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle
 

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

Act IV, Scene XVI
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle
 

Adelle van Zyl - FABLES OF THE MIND

The young master
Ink and collage on Hahnemühle

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