Connecting the dots: an exhibition by Cathy Layzell

Cathy LayzellMarmalade and magpie Oil on canvas

Cathy LayzellTemeraire | Oil on canvas

Cathy LayzellTwice as fast | Oil on canvas

Cathy LayzellMellow | Oil on canvas

Cathy LayzellConnect the dots 2 | Oil on canvas

Cathy LayzellConnect the dots 3Oil on canvas

I love these works by Cape Town based artist Cathy Layzell. Cathy did a BA in Fine Art at Rhodes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

She worked as a designer and art director in book publishing in London in the mid-nineties before committing to painting full-time in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 Cathy was a returning Resident Artist at the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse) where she developed her life-long interest in colour theory. In 2008, she stayed at Matisse’s former home and studio ‘Villa La Reve’ near Nice, where she studied the legacy of Matisse under the guidance of the British colourist Gary Wragg.

Cathy exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008. She had her debut solo show at the Irma Stern Museum in October 2009, followed by solo shows at the Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2010 and the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg in 2013. This year Cathy has been a resident artist for 3 months at ‘Luvey ‘n Rose’ in the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

“Cathy’s recent canvases are a symphony of layered, coloured mark making, and plays of light. She gives you the dense muted colours of Monet, the energy of de Kooning, the scribbly scraffitto of Basquiat and her own fanciful play of dots, dashes, swirls and decorative notations.”

The exhibition is on until the 30th of November at Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg. Cathy will also be holding a walkabout of her exhibition on the 15th of November at 11:00 – entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.

Images via her website http://www.cathylayzell.com/

The Seeks Sock Co. needs you!

Seek Socks

Seeks Socks

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In July this year Simangele, Lucky, Obakeng, Sithembiso and Tebogo from Umuzi Photo Club arrived at the Ogilvy studio in Johannesburg with loads of talent and big dreams. A few creatives were asked to help them come up with an idea for an exhibition that explored youth culture in South Africa.

Over the past few months however, this project has transformed from a once-off exhibition piece into a business idea that they are really hoping to bring to life – but to do so, they need your help.

The Seeks Sock Co. is a sock company with a difference. It’s about creating socks that don’t just make a fashion statement, they make a statement about who we really are.

Each pair of socks in the Seeks Sock range is based on a photograph taken by these students and is linked to a personal, moving story. These stories are then interpreted into beautiful designs on wearable socks.

 “Our dream is to produce these socks for real and turn this idea into a sustainable business. But, as it turns out, socks don’t come cheap. For a small, initial run of 5 different designs using a local manufacturer, we’re looking at a cost of about R40,000. To try and raise this money, we have launched the ‘Seeks Socks’ campaign on the world’s largest crowd-sourced funding site: Indiegogo.”

Please support these talented young entrepreneurs by going to www.indiegogo.com and searching for ‘The Seeks Sock Co.’

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Seeks_Socks)

You can also catch their exhibition on the 23rd of October at 23 Madison Avenue, Jeppes Town, Bjala Square starting at 18:30.
The exhibition will be hosted by Umuzi Photo Club. The Seeks Socks will be available for purchase at the exhibition.

Those who wander exhibition

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Daniel du Plessisree treweek

Ree Treweekgerhard human

Gerhard Humanjean de wet

Jean de Wetjade klara

Jade Klararikus ferreira

Rikus Ferreirahanno van zyl

Hanno van Zyl

gerhard human

Gerhard Human

bruce mackay

Bruce Mackay

Don’t miss the multimedia group exhibition Those Who Wander, which explores the wastelands, misfits & outcasts, of the artists’ imaginations & of our universe.

Featuring an incredibly gifted & unique collection of eight young South African artists:

Gerhard Human

Ree Treweek

Daniël du Plessis

Jade Klara

Bruce Mackay

Jean de Wet

Hanno Van Zyl

Rikus Ferreira

25 July – 16 August at Salon 91 91 Kloof street, Cape Town. 

Gerhard Marx – Lessons in Looking Down

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg [5], 2013

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg [4], 2013

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Garden Carpet: Johannesburg [1], 2013

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Pigeon, 2012

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Ribcage, 2012

Gerhard Marx - Lessons in Looking down

Gerhard Marx Hare, 2012

Gerhard Marx’s Lessons in Looking Down explores representations of the structures that the bare eye cannot see. He focuses on the structures that hold or shape the fluid aspects of existence; the ribcage that holds the soft, near shapeless interior of the body, the city structure that funnels and facilitates the flows of lives lived together.

Marx literally brings the informational abstractions of aerial views, maps, and anatomical illustrations into his physical world by using plant material from his immediate environment as medium.

The techniques that Marx develops to do this are at once practical, poetic and conceptual strategies by which he draws the world with the world. His works are labour intensive reconstructions that rely on fragments to construct intimate immensities, works that meticulously scratch at the surface to reveal an ecstatic vastness beneath.

The exhibition is on at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg 14 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER 2013.

http://www.goodman-gallery.com/

Back in 5 minutes: An exhibition of Typography

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Clint Campbell ‘Ampersand’

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Clement de Bruin ‘Quit Slackin’

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Dani Loureiro ‘Waiting’

Ben-Johnston_Everything-was-beautiful-&-nothing-hurt_webBen Johnston ‘Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt’

justin-southey_ice-ice-babyJustin Southey ‘Ice Ice Baby’

During February & March Salon91 celebrates design and typography with ‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, & Dani Loureiro.

Each artist has approached the discipline of typography in a fresh & unique style, playing with scale, materials, surface quality, form, colour, dimensionality & of course, words.

The show will open on the 27th of February 2013 at Salon91 in Cape Town.

The Exhibition will conclude on the 23rd of March at 2pm & is not to be missed!

http://www.salon91.co.za/

Clive van den Berg. Soundings, in Passage.


“Clive van den Berg is based in Johannesburg and was born in Zambia in 1956. He is an artist working in various disciplines. Besides his studio practice he devotes much time to the curation and design of heritage projects.

In Soundings, in Passage – a solo exhibition of recent work at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg – Clive van den Berg explores new as well as familiar terrain. Characteristically, he is not bound by medium, presenting monoprints, paintings, as well as a large-scale sculpture. Many of these works – both physically and conceptually – are the result of time spent in the United States, where van den Berg was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research fellowship, and worked at the LeRoy Neimen Center for Print Studies while on a residency at Columbia University in New York City.”

AT GOODMAN GALLERY JOHANNESBURG
OPENING SATURDAY 01 OCTOBER 2011 AT 18H00
01-29 OCTOBER 2011

Meeting the Makers Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Koop Design. Linenfold Sideboard.

Jabu Mnguni. Umkhamba tree.

Guido Van Besouw. Glass Bowl.

Florence Shezi. Woven Dog.

Shaw Sisters. Paper Flowers.


A groundbreaking exhibition opening at the Tatham Art Gallery in July will unite a broad diversity of contemporary craft producers in KZN. From the beautifully rendered work of crafters such as Bonginkosi Tshabalala and Humphrey Modibedi to commercially produced products from internationally acclaimed talents Egg Design and Richard Stretton, Meeting the Makers promises a cross-section of high quality, sustainable objects that bridge the divide between traditional craft and so-called ‘high art’.

The collection ranges from traditional Zulu ceramics to contemporary lighting designs, and includes a bespoke collection of basketry, embroidery, wood turning, jewellery and wire work. There is an impressive mix of traditional craft-making and cutting edge design, with over 150 pieces produced by nearly 100 crafters. Embroidery produced by local crafters from the Ingwavuma region sits alongside a high-tech lamp by urban product designers, Egg Designs.

Other work on display includes turned bowls by Andrew Early, furniture from Koop Design, paper flowers from the award-winning Shaw Sisters and phenomenal beadwork from members of the Hillcrest Aids Centre.

Meeting the Makers: Contemporary Craft in KZN opens at the Tatham Art Gallery Pietermaritzburg on Thursday 28th July at 18h00 and runs until Sunday 18th September at 17h00 Tatham Art Gallery:
Phone +27 (0)33 392 2801
http://www.tatham.org.za/

Art Exhibition: Kilmany-Jo Liversage

Orda is a contemporary artist who obtained a B.Tech in fine arts in 1997. In 2005 she received a UNESCO bursary to participate in an artists residency programme in Colombia, where she became involved with the street art scene. She’s explored and interpreted the concept of street art and the result is a body of work that is energetic and edgy, but also very ‘hangable’. She now lives in Cape Town. (the last two pieces are from her Flickr page)

Check out her latest exhibition titled ‘Moniker’ which features portraits of well-known street artists. She uses traditional aerosol sprays to create works that redefine identities as a mark of contemporary life.

The exhibition is on at Worldart Gallery, 54 Church Street, Cape Town. www.worldart.co.za from 7 – 28 May.

So skip the Master Chef Australia omnibus this weekend and pop in!