Every weekend I try to explore what’s new and happening in and around the Mother City. Art in the city is something that I have never explored. There are so many exhibitions on in the Mother City every weekend.
‘Stitched’ is an exhibition of visually diverse textile art that is motivated by self-expression and produced by the ‘Fibre Artists – Cape Town’ group at Casa Labia gallery. The exhibition showcases the work of Lorraine Bode, Janet Camden-Smith, Lubi Koorts, Kim Tedder, Diana Vandeyar, Sheila Walwyn and Glenda Weidmann. The pieces draw on diverse techniques, including fabric dying and painting, contemporary hand and machine work and the utilization of recycled and repurposed materials. The subject matter varies from abstract, still life and landscapes. For more information, visit www.casalabia.co.za.
‘Recite’, a solo exhibition by emerging artist Kitty Dörje at The Cape Gallery. While preparing for the exhibition, Kitty regularly visited the Sea Point Promenade, St. George’s Cathedral and the Castle, significant sights around the city that form part of our collective cultural context. For more information, visit www.capegallery.co.za.
The Nicholas Esterhuizen exhibition The Face of Cape Town can be seen at the AVA Gallery. With his new body of work, Esterhuizen has spent the last year searching for the identity of Cape Town through the many faces of its inhabitants. Nicholas has endeavoured to weave together a picture of the multi faceted society of the city with over 30 portraits painted on linen. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘My people, let Pharaoh go’ is a solo exhibition by Khaya Witbooi at the Worldart gallery. This top 40 finalist for the SPI National Portrait Awards 2013 explores the socio-political reality of democracy in South Africa.
Witbooi’s visual language is drawn from city walls and urban underground culture and he uses stencil techniques and oil painting to create his urban style painting.
This exhibition asks why people are faithful to an institution that does not seem to serve them when it is clear that it is just another system of oppression. For more information, visit www.worldart.co.za.
These are just a few of the wonderful exhibitions on in the Mother City, so get out there and soak up some culture.