A good place to start on an exhibition ‘trawl’ is in the east of town/Jozi, /Joburg Central/Joburg CBD where you can visit Arts on Main. There are various galleries in this complex, one being Nirox where Richard Penn’s Field of View includes works which refer to different views of the world through telescopic vision. This exhibition runs until 24th October. The new Adidas project and exhibition space, AREA3, on the ground floor of the Main Change opened in early October, and for the next 2 months, will showcase an exhibition of the I ART project with installation work by all artists involved inspired by their Johannesburg experience. Close by, just down Main St, Kevin Brand ‘s exhibition Transit comprising 15 pieces, is showing until 25th October at the ABSA Gallery at ABSA towers north 161 Main St.
Moving across to the west of town to the Standard Bank Gallery , there is an exhibition opening tonight 15th October . Entitled The art of banking – celebrating through collections, it runs through November, closing on 1st December.
Also showing in Joburg CBD but in Newtown is Carla Frank and Jan Tshikuthula’s exhibition, Freedom, at Artists Proof Studio at the Bus Factory, Bree St. There is a walkabout on Saturday 20th October from 11-12 and the exhibition closes on Wednesday 7th November. Moving further north to 44 Stanley Street, Bonita Alice has her 3rd solo show at Arts On Paper [AOP]. Entitled Beast in a Dangerous Landscape it runs until 27th October.
Moving to the Parks Galleries: Zwelethu Mthethwa’s exhibition Altered Spaces runs at the Everard Read Gallery until 3rd November. The style of his bold large scale works is unmistakable.
Bronwyn Lace’s show A tendency towards complexity opens at Circa on Jellicoe on 25th October and remains open until 1st December. One of the works on show was on the Southern Guild exhibition – an ethereal slightly discomforting sculpture using fishing line and flies – beautiful and evocative yet also unsettling in its reminiscence of a spider’s web with imprisoned prey.
‘Concerning Preciousness’, Linda Ballen’s show at David Krut (142 Jan Smuts Ave Parkwood) includes work which comments on the role of mining, making reference to the drawings by the Renaissance geological scientist and theorist Georgius Agricola. Using recycled archival paper, Ballen works in ink and glitter rather than in the traditional woodcut medium. Her show closes on 3rd November.
Blessing Ngobeni’s On this Earth at Gallery Momo, 7th Ave Parktown North Opens at 6.30 on Thursday 18th and runs until 12th November.
And finally in the Parks area, Jane Eppel and Cathy Abrahams exhibition Trace is showing at In Toto in Birdhaven until 7th November.