Focus on the human form
Group exhibitions in Durban are worth catching
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. • firstname.lastname@example.org
A composite of the work of all nine artists involved in the Homosapien group exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban.