COF­FEE BREAK WITH CANDICE BER­MAN

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We’ve long ad­mired South African art cu­ra­tor Candice Ber­man for the sense of raw cre­ativ­ity that lies at the heart of her work. Her sec­ond gallery Ber­man Con­tem­po­rary re­cently opened at 11 Alice Lane, a bur­geon­ing part of the Sand­ton precinct. We caught up with her for a quick chat

HOW WERE YOU IN­SPIRED TO OPEN YOUR FIRST GALLERY?

I was ac­cepted into Wits School of Arts for a BA in Fine Arts, but de­cided to pur­sue a BA and then Hon­ours de­gree in Phi­los­o­phy and English Lit­er­a­ture. I opted against the aca­demi­cism of my art be­cause I didn’t want to lose my raw cre­ativ­ity. Dur­ing my stud­ies, I worked at a gallery and was later of­fered a part­ner­ship that didn’t ma­te­ri­alise. In­stead, I opened up my own gallery. To­day, I en­joy the re­wards of self-ful­fil­ment and in­de­pen­dence.

WHAT SORT OF WORK DO YOUR GAL­LERIES REP­RE­SENT?

I want to play a role in build­ing the ca­reers of young, lo­cal artists, and sup­port­ing the ca­reers of pro­fes­sional artists. I en­joy wit­ness­ing the evo­lu­tion of con­tent and ap­pli­ca­tion, with the artist’s sig­na­ture style be­ing the golden thread that in­spires the work. Watch­ing an artist’s work evolve is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing.

DO YOUR GAL­LERIES OF­FER ANY OTHER ART-RE­LATED SER­VICES?

I’m ac­tively in­volved in the de­sign of frame mould­ings and con­tinue to push the lim­its with what can be done. My in­ter­est in fram­ing is both prac­ti­cal and aes­thetic. I be­lieve that the frame should be an ex­ten­sion of the art­work, fin­ish­ing it off with­out de­tract­ing from its form and con­tent.

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