What’s on currently in The Parks’ galleries?

Our early winter fare at the Parks galleries is very varied with lots of different genres and styles in evidence.

Just above the mantel piece is an exhibition of works by Karin Preller which opens  at Artspace  on Wednesday 5th June.   The one liner description of the show is: ‘Seeing things differently: the immutable presence of objects.’ Artspace is found at Chester Court 140 Jan Smuts Ave and the exhibition closes on the 3rd July.


Photograph courtesy of David Krut Projects

Further down the drag at David Krut, Stephen Hobbs has a solo exhibition entitle d  Be Careful In the Working Radius. Hobbs’ conceptual works range across artistic disciplines. Interested in plotting and mapping the city, in this exhibition he looks at the dystopic space of the city as one where  intersections of ‘difference, complexity, opportunism, and irony’ intersect.  Works on show comprise a series of editioned woodcut and lino prints; some ‘once-off’ works in which he alters the trial proofs of the editions;  some sculptural objects made from the woodblocks; as well as a limited edition pop-up book


Showing at Circa on Jellicoe until 30 June is Neill Wright’s The Hilary of Reality. Working with images from popular culture and working in various mediums: drawing, print, painting, sculpture, animation and installation, Wright works with irony,  humour and cynicism to comment on the consumerism and moral stagnation of contemporary South Africa.  He writes: ‘We are bombarded with ideas of permanent leisure, pleasure, quick fixes and get rich quick schemes’ … and it is this ‘dark undercurrent’ which he wishes to expose.

Opening on 6th June across the road from Circa, at Everard Read are two solos exhibitions by the two women artists Nicola Taylor and Sasha Harstlief.  Nicola Taylor’s exhibition Root and Rise as the title suggests, deals with the subject matter of trees and birds in various mediums of oil, charcoal, etching and 2 installation pieces. Hartslief works are evocative, romantic portraits of women predominantly in oils. Both exhibitions close on 29th June.

At the Goodman Gallery, Sue Williamson‘s exhibition  All Our Mothers,   ‘celebrates the strength of the extraordinary women who helped to bring this country to freedom, and examines the generation gap between these wise, iconic veterans of the struggle, and their granddaughters, the confident young born frees.  Williamson’s multi-screen video installation, There’s something I must tell you portrays six intense conversations in which the older women recall important moments of their histories and their lives, and the younger women respond, and present their own forthright views on living in South Africa right now. Stories of exile, of the women’s march, of imprisonment evoke the ultimate question: Was it all worth it? The answers are sometimes surprising. ‘ (Goodman Gallery website May 2013).   Accompanying the video installation is a new series of more than twenty photographic portraits of women taken over a thirty year period. This exhibition closes on the 15th June.

In Toto is showing the works of Saso Sinadinovski in an exhibition entitled Studies. On until 17th June.

At (44 Stanley Ave) but closing next week-end, so there is not much time to get to see it, is the old favourite of Walter Battiss’ and Norman Catherine’s Fook Island. Their  whimsical world of play and fantasy is always a delight. Apparently the idea of a ‘fake island’ came to Battiss  after he had been to yet another exhibition of conceptual art in London: “So I decided while walking up Alymer Road that I’ll make up a concept of an island. The concept will become real. It won’t just be a selfish thing that an artist makes up and pins onto the wall, but something that everyone can participate in. That will make this island become real…[although] it is a fake island. I then rushed upstairs and looked under ‘F’ in the London directory and found the name ‘Fook’ ”, Battiss related to Barry Davidow in 1979 and cited by AOP in their press release.


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