Fo­cus on the hu­man form

Group exhibitions in Dur­ban are worth catch­ing

Weekend Witness - - Arts -

THE hu­man form lies at the heart of the Ho­mosapien group ex­hi­bi­tion at the KZNSA Gallery in Dur­ban.

Cu­rated by Grace Kotze and fea­tur­ing works by Chris­ti­aan Died­er­icks, Ledelle Moe, Vulindlela Ny­oni, Niel Jonker, Peter Rip­pon, El­iz­a­beth Bal­comb, Sarah Love­joy, San­dra Hanekom and Kotze, the show is as much about the por­trayal of hu­man­ity, as it is about the artists’ jour­ney within the self.

Each artist’s unique­ness of vi­sion is fused with their pas­sion for their cho­sen ma­te­rial. At times, the ma­nip­u­la­tion of ma­te­rial de­scribes the artists’ re­la­tion­ships with the hu­man form as much as the cho­sen sub­ject.

Ho­mosapien prom­ises to be a show of great sub­stance, due to the in­di­vid­ual’s re­lent­less in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cap­ti­vat­ing sub­ject of the hu­man form.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is in the Bul­wer Road gallery’s main gallery, mez­za­nine and park­gallery spa­ces. It runs un­til Septem­ber 1.

The KZNSA is open from Tues­day to Fri­day be­tween 9 am and 5 pm, Satur­days from 9 am to 4 pm, and Sun­days from 10 am to 3 pm. In­quiries: 031 277 1705.

Also worth catch­ing is Por­tals, a group show by Sharon McClel­land, Di van Wyk and Ockert Kruger, which is at artSPACE dur­ban and it opens on Au­gust 19.

Por­tals rep­re­sents the open­ing to a new re­al­ity or world; the exit or en­trance into an al­ter­na­tive space or time, both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally.

The artists have sym­bol­ised this move­ment of space, time and the un­known through var­i­ous medi­ums and im­ages, and how th­ese dy­nam­ics work within a group.

The gallery at 3 Mil­lar Road is also host­ing Heart and Soul by Janine Hol­loway. She has used a broad range of paint­ing tech­niques and pro­cesses to ex­plore and re­veal dif­fer­ent as­pects re­lat­ing to the heart — both the phys­i­o­log­i­cal facts and the psy­cho­log­i­cal and spir­i­tual un­der­stand­ings of the in­flu- ence of the heart in the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.

The soul el­e­ment of the ex­hi­bi­tion is less tan­gi­ble. This aware­ness em­bod­ies the in­te­rior and not ma­te­rial part of a per­son. The soul rep­re­sents the life force and spir­i­tual strength of an in­di­vid­ual. Hol­loway’s work has a rich­ness of colour and depth of lay­er­ing. She has doc­u­mented the cere­bral com­plex­i­ties of her jour­ney, com­bined with her own emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence of the sub­ject.

ArtSPACE dur­ban, at 3 Mil­lar Road, Dur­ban, is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 5 pm, and Satur­days from 9 am to 2 pm. In­quiries: 031 312 0793. — Arts Edi­tor. • arts@wit­ness.co.za

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A com­pos­ite of the work of all nine artists in­volved in the Ho­mosapien group ex­hi­bi­tion at the KZNSA Gallery in Dur­ban.

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