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Milnerton Market by David Southwood

The AVA in partnership with Spier is honoured to present

MILNERTON MARKET BY DAVID SOUTHWOOD
15 November – 10 December 2010

The ‘Milnerton Market’ project is a photographic essay on a flea market in Cape Town.

For the last decade, South African photographer, Dave Southwood has been observing and participating in the Milnerton flea market. His body of images and the forthcoming publication, with commissioned essays by three highly respected voices within South African critical discourse, will be presented for the first time in November 2010 at the AVA gallery.

This photographic project comprises of over one hundred images and is presented in a publication, which includes commissioned texts by Ivan Vladislavic, Ivor Powell, Michael Godby and the photographer himself. The layout of the publication and exhibition aim to reflect the chaotic complexity of personalities, conversations and objects which comprise this quirky institution.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za


3 New Exhibitions at AVA

The AVA in partnership with Spier invites you to the opening of three exhibitions

MALCOLM DARE: COMPOSED

Opening address by Jeanetta Blignaut, Director of Creative Block

GERALD MACHONA: MARI YEBEPA

And the ARTREACH FUNDRAISER MINI ME

Opening at the AVA Gallery at 6 pm

Monday, 23 August 2010 at 18h00

Exhibition Closes Friday, 17 September 2010 at 13h00


Gerald Machona – Amai Doenda kuJoburg ne Mari Ye-bepa 1 (Mother I am going to Joburg with Paper Money 1)
Photographic paper (2010)

Gerald Machona born in Zimbabwe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Michaelis School of Fine Arts in 2009. Machona presents Mari Yebepa (Paper Money) in the Long Gallery. Machona has participated in a number of group shows most recently US II curated by Bettina Malcomess and Simon Njami at the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Refugee day exhibition curated by Patricia Matongo at the Cape Creative Centre.


Malcolm Dare – Gerald
Gicleè Printing on Hahnemühle Photo Rag (2010)

Malcolm Dare presents a photographic exhibition entitled Composed in the Main Gallery. Dare has photographed 24 artist who have worked with the Creative Block Project. Composed is a series of photographic portraits of these artists. Photographing the artists in their studios and work environments, Dare allows the viewer into the artist’s private world, moments of contemplation, humour and concentration are captured in these portraits as artist becomes muse. Dare has worked as a professional photographer in Cape Town and in the Netherlands. In 2006 he was awarded with a certificate of excellence at the 2006 Fujifilm photographic awards.

Marlise Keith – I like my new rabbit suit 10 x 8 cm for Mini Me – 2010 ArtReach Fundraiser
Mini Me is the ArtReach Fundraiser for 2010. Established and emerging Artists have donated miniature works to be sold for a set price of R790.00. Miniature art has been made for thousands of years and is often prized by collectors. All proceeds go towards the AVA ArtReach Fund.
The ArtReach Fund was founded by the committee of AVA in the late 1980s; its vision was to create a fund that would assist needy and deserving visual artists with their art-related needs. Twenty-eight years later it is still going strong.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za


3 new solo exhibitions at the AVA

The AVA in partnership with Spier is hosting three new solo exhibitions:

The exhibitions run from 26 July 2010 to 20 August 2010 at 13h00.

Material Matters by Erica Elk

Erica Elk presents a mixed media body of work Material Matters in the Main gallery. Elk utilises everyday materials reconstituting them into a contemporary visual language.

Worker Interrupted by David Rossouw

Worker Interrupted by David Rossouw will employ the Artstrip. A photographic study of the aesthetic of the ordinary and the everyday that references the strong relationship between work and identity. Worker Interrupted references the notion that work influences one’s identity in a physical way. The physical appearance of a worker can be altered subtly over time as muscles are developed due to physical labour. On a superficial level, this alteration can also be in the form of clothing or bodies becoming soiled due to the nature of the work.

The Sum of the Parts by Nike Romano

In the Long gallery Nike Romano explores the space where science, the personal and art intersect. This mixed media body of work is a visual exploration that endeavours to contain the uncontainable. The theme of ordering chaos, both at a domestic level and within the universe runs through Romano’s practice and can be noted in her attention to detail and choose of materials.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za


3 New Exhibitions at AVA

The AVA in partnership with Spier invites you to three new exhibitions

OFFSIDE: CAPE TOWN 2010
by DAVID LURIE

CREATIVE BLOCK
150 Participating artists including Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi, Liza Grobler, Marlise Keith, Nomthunzi Mashalaba and Xolile Mtakatya.

ORDINARY PEOPLE
by MZIMKHULU MANYISANE

Exhibition Closes Friday, 23 July 2010 at 13h00.

The Creative Block is a project that invites both emerging and established African artists to transform standard wooden blocks (18 cm by 18 cm by 2.2 cm). Without restricting the artists’ expression, the common format has proved to promote fresh, inventive exploration among even the most established of styles. With some sixty artists submitting works regularly once a month, more than a hundred and fifty artists have contributed to the project since its inception six years ago.

On the 3rd of July, a competition will be held to encourage art lovers to compile their own collections of Creative Blocks. These small collections will be reviewed by a panel of judges (Gabriel Clark- Brown editor of the South African Art times, Kirsty Cockerill director of the AVA Gallery and Melvyn Minnaar a prominent art and wine critic) the winner will receive a Creative Block of their choice courtesy of the Creative Block.

David Lurie an internationally renowned photographer employs the Main Gallery with his exhibition Offside: Cape Town 2010. This evocative photographic exhibition focuses on the peripheries of Cape Town society at a time when all eyes are focused on what the South African propaganda would have us believe is the pinnacle of national importance and success; the World Cup. Offside: Cape Town 2010 is a counter point to the mass media branding of the World Cup by politicians and corporate sponsors as an African world cup, as a world cup for the people. This selection of photographs deconstructs and explores the irony and inherent contradictions promulgated by the media that has turned a blind eye to the realities of poverty, mass inequality and xenophobia in order to line the pockets of the chosen few.

Ordinary People an exhibition of Paintings by Mzimkhulu Manyisane employs the Artstrip. Manyisane’s interest lies in capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary, his keen colour sense and obsessive mark making bring a dynamic expressionistic stance to the social realism of his subject matter. Urbanization, migration and community are negotiated with rhythm and sensitivity.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery

35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za


The Best of June 2010

Cape Dance Company to perform at the Masque Theatre 15 – 19 June 2010

For its second season at the Masque Theatre, the Cape Dance Company (CDC), proudly celebrating its 15th year, will present a programme of new works by acclaimed South African and International choreographers,  Gregory Maqoma, Mamela Nyamza and Carlos dos Santos.  The eclectic style of the choreographies showcases the technical excellence and artistry of this athletic and cutting edge dance company.http://capetowncreatives.co.za/blog

Cape Town Design Network 9 June

The Cape Town Design Network (CTDN2010) is a monthly gathering hosted by Creative Cape Town during 2010. This month’s Design Network will be held at Primedia Broadcasting, Suite 7D, 2nd Floor, Somerset Square, Highfield Road, Green Point at 17h30. This event is focussed on graphic design and features well known designer, Bruno Morphet of Plan B Design and Tabatha King, the Managing Director of Coley Porter Bell design agency. www.creativecapetown.net

Soccer Kultcha 11 June – 10 July

Soccer Kultcha is an exhibition curated by Paul Weinberg, Warren Nelson and Leanne Barling in collaboration with Michaelis Art Gallery. Soccer Kultcha explores the footballers and their followers beyond the main stadiums. They play on any field they can find, sometimes with home-made balls or goals. This exhibition is about this vibrant soccer culture. Far from official photographs, grand stadiums and headline grabbing photojournalism, the photographs of Soccer Kultcha invite us to rediscover the game of football, and the lives and passions of ordinary people who play and celebrate the game. www.michaelis.uct.ac.za/

Joint Photographic Exhibition 3 June – 15 July

Play Jump Eat is a series of images shot all over Cape Town, exploring the themes of Joy, Play, Abundance, Beauty and Juxtaposition. In contrast to this stylised work will be the grainy images of five bright school children from Emasithandane Children’s Home in the township of Nyanga.http://capetowncreatives.co.za/blog

Evita se Perron: Soccerfree Zone June and July 2010

Soccer fever is upon us. They say there is no choice. Everything is geared to the game, like it or not. Balls will be kicked throughout the land. Wherever you go, you will be booted onto the team, vuvuzela in hand. And at a price. Evita se Perron in Darling will be the exception. The Most Famous White Woman in South Africa has declared her cabaret restaurant at the old railway station a SOCCERfree ZONE. “For every husband and son who will want to watch soccer, there will be a wife and a daughter who might not want it as badly,” says Mrs Bezuidenhout. “So let them come to Darling and share time, good food and laughter with me”. http://capetowncreatives.co.za/blog

I love you, you’re perfect, now change… 20 May – 12 June

Directed by award winning director Paul Griffiths and with musical direction by Roland Perold, the cast bring to the boards an array of musical theatre performance experience as Roland Perold, Niall Griffin, Shannyn Fourie and Candice van Litsenborgh tell the story(s) of relationship(s) – from the nerve-wracking preparation for a first date, to expressions of a love learned and earned over a lifetime.http://capetowncreatives.co.za/blog

Own Goal Group Exhibition at AVA 31 May – 25 June 2010.

Richard Mason presents Carbonage Light in the Main gallery, Arstrip and New media room. Carbonage refersto a fusion of carbon based life forms with the ideologies and Products of transnational corporations in a world that revolves around oil. Anatomical Arrangements is the first solo exhibition by Tamzyn Varney employing the Long Gallery. The work featured in this exhibition focuses on the human body as a social emblem.http://capetowncreatives.co.za/blog

Soccer Cinema Festival 5 – 10 June

The Labia Cinema complex will host a Soccer Cinema Festival from 5 – 10 June. This event is the culmination of a travelling soccer cinema project which began on 6 April 2010. The films to be screened were sourced from broadcasting commissioning editors and filmmakers from across the world to provide access to the best documentary films ever made about soccer. http://soccercinema.co.za/

From Africa with Laugh 9 June – 3 July

War. Famine. Disease. These are the stereotypical images of Africa. But 2010 is a significant year for Africa for two reasons: the FIFA World Cup comes to Africa for the first time, and no fewer than 17 countries on the continent celebrate 50 years of independence! To celebrate both, the African Arts Institute will bring stand-up comedians from around the African continent to Cape Town for their irreverent and humorous takes on Africa, independence and football! http://www.baxter.co.za


Own Goal

The AVA in partnership with Spier invites you to Own Goal, to be opened by Melvyn Minnaar at 6 pm on the 31st of May 2010.
The exhibition closes at 1 pm on the 25th of June 2010.

Participating artists:

Sanell Aggenbach, Lynette Bester, Stuart Bird, Matthew Blackman, Kevin Brand, Katherine Bull, Karen Cronje, Connor Cullinan, Justin Fiske, Carol-Anne Gainer, Jonathan Garnham, Svea Josephy, Anton Karstel, Marlise Keith, Tim Leibbrandt, Lizza Littlewort, Virginia MacKenny, Charles Maggs, Lindile Magunya, Bettina Malcomess, Richard Mason, Xolani Moshani, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Anet Noval, Jo O’Connor, Colin Payne, Jeremy Puren, Willie Saayman, David Scadden, Linda Stupart, Michael Taylor,  Johann van der Schijff, Max Wolpe, Ed Young, Dale Yudelman.

Curated by the AVA Football Club

Own Goal, rather than referring to the accident in a soccer game when a player kicks the ball across their own goal line, is a reflection upon goals in the personal and possessive sense.
Goals or milestones in life can be elusive to attain, they can be hidden or explicit, impossible or mundane. Sometimes milestones even come about as the result of an accidental or unintended occurrence.
Own Goal in this context is interested in the psychology of the moment when a particular milestone is achieved or identified.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za

Wine at the opening is kindly sponsored by Spier www.spierwines.co.za


Waters – Vesiä – Amanzi at the AVA

The AVA in partnership with Spier invites you to the opening of WATERS – VESIÄ – AMANZI

Eunice Geustyn, Kristiina Korpela, Leena Mäki-Patola, Witty Nyide, Jaana Partanen and Jill Trappler

To be opened by Jesse Laitinen the program and consular officer for the Finnish embassy in Cape Town.

The opening is at 6pm on Monday, 08 March 2010

Exhibition closes on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 at 1 o clock pm

Jill Trappler image

Jill Trappler

Eunice Geustyn

Eunice Geustyn

Waters – Vesiä – Amanzi brings together three Finnish artists living in Kuopio, surrounded by lakes, and three South African artists from Cape Town and Durban, living on the shore of oceans.

Water is the beginning of all life on earth and is a prerequisite for survival. Water separates and connects people. Each artist on the exhibition explores Water in a different way; there is social, environmental, elemental and personal commentary in a range of media from photography to ceramics, painting, paper work, print making, installation and video.

Association for Visual Arts Gallery
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Gallery hours: Weekdays 10h00 to 17h00,
Saturdays 10h00 to 13h00
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,
avaart@iafrica.com
www.ava.co.za



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