The year is speeding to a close, but not before we put on one last show-stopping TPG event of 2022! Celebrating print in this final exhibition of the year, Things That Live and Move, is a show not to be missed. TPG members from around the country worked on their submission for this show throughout the year, and after a gruelling curatorial challenge, sixty five awe inspiring prints will be exhibited at the David Krut gallery, The Blue House this month.
The opening of the show is on the 5th of November at 10h00. Head over to 151 Jan Smuts Avenue Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg, to immerse yourself in a morning of food for the soul.
I would like to wish all the artists exhibiting the best of luck. And to everyone reading this, good luck for the final stretch of the year. Stay focused, with your eye on the prize! You’ve got this.
The Printing Girls
Congratulations to Kristen McClarty, who has had 2 prints accepted into the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The fair opens on Thursday 3 November, in London, and is said to be the biggest celebration of original contemporary print. Kristen McClarty will be exhibiting two large scale woodblock/screen print artworks, imposing rock structures with an accumulation of scratchings and graffiti. The layered words and symbols evince the build up of life and experience in a space, a palimpsest of colour and thought.
Kaczmarek is a committed ecological artist who examines the intersections between the natural world and manmade environments. The invisible push and pull which causes disruption but also evolution and adaption in these interconnecting landscapes is what drives her inquiry through printmaking and painting.
Shifting Positions developed after Kaczmarek completed a three-month residency in Leipzig, Germany earlier this year. Kaczmarek collaborated with Master Printer Maria Ondrej to experiment with superimposing images of natural plant life and more mechanical, manmade imagery into collaborative plates, which explore moments that are collaged to blend and overlay with each other. Kaczmarek’s series Pflanzenkunde, shown at the end of her residency in a successful exhibition at the Spinnerei, reflected on the artist’s time and experience in the country where she fostered inspiration of natural and fabricated worlds as intersecting. Read more…
The second showing of Fabrication: A Message Folded, Moulded and Stitched opens at Gallery 2 in Johannesburg on Saturday 26 November. Kristen McClarty, Laurel Holmes and Lindsay Quirk will be exhibiting together with 5 other Cape based women artists, working in media borne out of a rich history of craft, that have now moved to a place of acceptance as contemporary art.
This exhibition focuses on the exciting interplay between contemplation and a tactile response of forming that thought with the hands: the meditative travelling from the artist’s brain, through their neural passages, their synapses, to the nerves that control their hands and what they do. So that each piece becomes their message, a concept intertwined with the fabrication of the piece.
Laurel Holmes and Kristen McClarty will both be in Joburg for the exhibition opening on the morning of Saturday 26 November, and look forward to discussing the artworks with you.
Elize de Beer will be taking part in HALFTONE this month. This print fair in Dublin is an initiative by PhotoIreland, hosted every November at The Library Project.
Running 29 October to 27 November this year, the fair brings together a large selection of works by established and emerging artists, showcasing Ireland’s exciting Art scene. Well done, Elize!
Congratulations go to Esther Simonis who received a Special Recognition Art Award at the Manhattan International exhibition: The Healing Power of Art & Artists. Her award winning works, Confrontation and Remnants are both gorgeous complex collographs. To view Esther’s work click here.