Sometimes we come across works by artists and we want to speak to them about their work but can find no information about them or their whereabouts. We then rely on the web and social media to find snippets about them, and sometimes even this brings us no results! We’re hoping we can find this […]
I once read somewhere that painter and poet, Banele Khoza, buys himself flowers. I cannot remember the exact context of the article, but I do remember reading it in the context of creating a practice- a discipline, and what a beautiful discipline to cultivate.I was reminded of this when looking at the work Bae, I […]
Cecil Skotnes would traverse the use of several mediums over his lifetime of creation, but the attraction of woodcutting for Skotnes was in part the rarity of practice in this medium during his studies at Wits in the late 1940s. Skotnes maintains that the word ‘woodcut’ was not even mentioned during his years at art […]
I’ve been thinking about Susana’s previous Duo choice and her meditation on why she loves this country so much. It made me think about all of the cities and homes I’ve lived in across South Africa. These ventures into geographic nostalgia lead me to thinking about how much of this place that I live in, […]
This week we looked at works by Foni Kofi and Aidon Westcott. Included in our exhibition, Grounded, which formed part of the Hermanus FynArts Festival in June, is another work by Foni Kofi. One of the interesting conversations this work gave rise to was about the history of iconographic language in Africa. For one viewer, […]
Duo returns with another discussion between Candice and Susana. This time, Susana chose a pigment print by Siemon Allen, Damaged Archive (Soweto), and Candice responded with Playing for pleasure, a linocut by Lucas Bambo. Their conversation revealed multiple layers of interpretation for the works they chose. Siemon Allen collects, organises and displays artefacts that explore […]
In previous iterations of Duo, Susana and Candice would alternate selecting two works of art and writing about the pair. In this iteration, Candice chose one work and Susana, in response, the other- a painting by Foibe Amundaba and a work on paper by Peter Clarke. They then sat down and discussed these pieces; Candice’s […]
This group of works comes from a private collection whose proprietor had a long association with the mining business in South Africa. We are now selling these screenprints on behalf of our client, and after a few enquiries to put together the background story of these pieces, I came out with more questions than answers.