“She walks the paths she paints”
a solo exhibition by Mandy McKay
To be opened by Ian Corder on Sunday 20 May at 5pm
On view until 20 June
‘I have heard Art defined as energy, the feat of an enquiring mind to enthuse the viscous matter of paint with spirit and life. Mandy has this magnetic energy which draws people to her and her paintings. She walks the paths she paints; climbs to reach a view point. Her paintings are an extention of herself. They breathe!’ (Gail Dorje)
Mandy McKay grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where she was inspired by the beauty of the natural world surrounding her. After studying graphic design in the early 80’s, she pursued a career in advertising and later publishing.
In May 2007, Mandy picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She joined the South African Society of Artists in 2008 and has since exhibited regularly in their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 she qualified for SASAs Merit exhibition, winning a ‘commended’ award in 2013.
Mandy exhibits annually at the Grahamstown National Arsts Festival.
People and Places – on view until 18 April
In rural South African culture a greeting is a formal recognition.
It can begin before people meet, at a distance, and slowly evolve into an extended exchange of formalities that include an inquiry into the health, circumstances and wellbeing of the other person as well as that of their relatives and other members of their community. Finally, when two people meet, the handshake is courteous and takes time. Only after these pleasantries does the business of the day come under discussion.
Today in the staging of a theatrical production for a multi-cultural audience substantive body language is key to a broad understanding of the narrative. So too in the visual arts canvas and paper become a platform for action and incident. The already established artists on this exhibition require a formal recognition. It can begin as the viewer understands the culture that informs each piece and takes time to recognize the significance of the actions and the symbolism portrayed. Participating Artists include:
Charles Maleka, Shepherd Mbanya, Vuyisani Mgijima, Xolile Mtakatya,
Sam Nhlengethwa, Malibongwe Shangase, Velile Soha, Theo Ntuntwana,
Meshack Tembani, Mandla Vanyaza, Voyiya Vuyile, Timothy Zantsi.
Helen van Stolk – The Gold that Binds Us
Helen’s Solo exhibition will be opened by Leslie Charnock on Sunday, 3rd September 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
duration of exhibition: 3rd – 30th Sept 2017
Van Stolk explores her intuitive response to abstraction within the figure and the landscape. She takes us on a sensory journey connecting us to the human form.
“Picture books are what I read… I did as a child and still do as an adult. I feel and think through images, far more than with sound and words. So I guess it is not surprising that it is through art that I express myself.
My work focuses on provoking a feeling, an emotion – be it in the figure or landscape. So much can be said with colour, line and shape. Colour, light, my surroundings and thoughts play themselves out onto the canvas.
My intuitive use of gold has led me to Kinsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It embraces the flawed or imperfect, making it beautiful for just that. It carries connotations of fully existing in the moment amid changing conditions. A physical expression of the spirit. Think of the image of a bowl, completely open, yet contained.
This analogy explains what I aim to achieve within my work, embracing the story, the picture book, the golden thread that runs through my work and my life.”
Dream now, dream not – the annual Winter Solstice exhibition
Duration of exhibition:1st June – 1st July 2017
Consider the drift of sleep where dreams, unbounded by the contentions and stark
realities of our waking existence, carry us to shores where strange fantasies cloak
What has emerged in 2017 is an opportunity for viewers to peep through the keyhole
to reveal fragments of the unconscious mind, a fascinating collection of artworks.
Jeremia Ackerman, Paul Birchall, Rachelle Bomberg, Derek Drake, Normand Dunn,
Lambert Kriedemann, David Kuijers, Christopher Langley, Jen Lewis, Carol Mangiagalli,
Bangikaya Maqoqa, Peter Meikle, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Mandy Spiegel,
Jan Uitlander, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne