‘PROJECTS’, ART FRANSCHHOEK, 22 OCT – 13 NOV 2016
Join us for the opening of ‘Projects’ on Saturday 22nd October at EBONY Franschhoek from 18:00 – 20:00
‘Square Clouds in a High Sky’ – John Newdigate
Gardens represent our constant struggle to create benign and controlled pockets of the natural world in the midst of suburbia. For ceramicist John Newdigate, this desire to construct and control an artificial version of nature acts as a metaphor for our constant desire to control the ways in which we are perceived by others. Playing with contrasting graphic elements, examining the relationship between sharp and fuzzy lines, randomness and structure, Newdigate continues to explore the possibilities of abstract design on the surfaces of his functional ceramic vessels.
‘Tokkies and Tagies’ – Ardmore Ceramics
Mischievous, and sometimes malevolent, tokoloshes and tagati, are fabled creatures from Zulu mythology. These mythical beings are given physical form by a group of young artists from Ardmore Ceramics, who have created a series of allegorical ceramic figures that combine age-old legends with contemporary social issues.
‘A Ramble of Plates’ – Lisa Ringwood
Drawing inspiration from the South African landscape, Lisa Ringwood’s latest body of work invites the viewer to get lost with her on lonely dirt roads and to ramble across vast expanses of the Karoo. Delicately decorated, Ringwood’s vessels combine the rich history of clay with serene and whimsical moments that she observes on her daily excursions into nature.
‘Faceless’ – Richard Smith
Richard Smith often refers to his paintings as ‘accidental’, a reflection of an artist unafraid to let his brush provide the inspiration. Smith has a unique voice where the act of painting is foremost, whilst form and content are secondary. His finished works are richly layered, stimulating and exciting abstract figurative works.
‘Genesis’ – Zemba Luzamba
Congolese painter, Zemba Luzamba continues to interrogate and satirise social and political power structures in Africa. A contemporary realist, Luzamba’s paintings present life-like accounts of ordinary subjects whilst stopping short at overt commentary. Luzamba hovers on the border of satire often appearing to mimic the colonial lifestyle of the postcolonial elites, while simultaneously
bringing it into question.
In association with Oldenburg wines and food by Craig Cormack