Gold, Guns and Paradise
VIRTUAL WALKABOUT WITH THE ARTIST
Please join us on Saturday 21 March at 11.00am for a virtual walkabout with Juan Stockenstroom and the exhibition closing.
Limited seats available.
This weekend is your last change to play a part in Juan Stockenstroom's next series. Juan Stockenstroom wrote a selection of words on this roll of paper at the beginning of his solo exhibition, Gold, Guns and Paradise. He chose words which resonate with his work and which provided him with inspiration. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to add their comments and drawings reflecting their experience of his work and each day the roll gets longer. On completion of the exhibition, this roll of paper will be returned to Juan as research and feedback for his next body of work.
The New VanguardBerman Contemporary’s The New Vanguard is a mentoring group for artists with emerging practices. We create opportunities for them such as curated exhibitions, art fairs and coaching. The first curated exhibition is “The New Vanguard” opening on 4 April and closing on 25 April at Rand Steam.
Dave RobertsonI consider myself a versatile visual artist who feels happiest when pushing the limits of my creative process, whether it be expressionist photography, abstract painting or printmaking. My work is often concerned with the in-between spaces which are not immediately apparent but can be found just under the ‘skin’ of the perceived physical world. A place where fact and fiction, objectivity and subjectivity join hands in a magical dance. Where our so-called physical reality seemingly invites aspects of the metaphysical world to show themselves in the work.
Traces of Untold StoriesCurated by Els van Mourik
The geological foundations of Príncipe, this island in the Gulf of Guinea, and its larger younger sibling to the south-west – São Tomé – were laid millions of years ago by an effulgence of volcanic lava.
The second layering is the visible verdant growth which – midwifed by the ultra-rich volcanic soil and equatorial climate – became a thick carpet of rain forest. The islands remained uninhabited until Portugal’s maritime explorers landed in 1471 and began a gradual and ultimately ruthless process of colonisation. By the 16th century, this tiny archipelago off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa was a vital commercial centre for the Atlantic slave trade.
The works in this series emerged from a deep well of reflection as I travelled throughout these islands, up through the layers of collective memory and loss; industrial decomposition and natural renewal; painful enslaved extraction and fecund yield.
RMB Turbine Art FairRMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) is a unique South African Art fair that brings together exhibitors from around the country to present, sell and celebrate works. The fair is the epicentre of emerging art in South Africa. It presents a space for the showcasing of established and new talent in an environment that is immersive, accessible and inclusive.
INGRID BOLTONAs single beings, we are microcosms within the macrocosm of community, but we create stronger bonds, and become more than just ourselves, when we form connections. We connect via cell phones and the Internet, gaining access to other individuals, companies and organisations. We join, we link, and we visit. We communicate with each other from the extreme ends of the globe in an instant. All these connections are made possible because of the conductive ability of copper. How we as humans use copper as a resource today will affect generations to come – there is only a finite supply of copper left on earth. My choice to use recycled material is a conscious one, given my deep concerns about the damage that has been inflicted on our environment and that we as humans are possibly becoming less connected with nature. My work investigates the way that global demand for copper has had micro and macro implications for South Africans, as well as for the greater global community.
#ARTladiesCurated by a guest curator
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to petition against the proposed changes to the pass laws. The women left 14,000 petitions at the office doors of prime minister J.G. Strijdom. The women stood silently for 30 minutes and then started singing a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!” which means “Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock”. An inspiring display of political strength and female solidarity, the march is a reminder of the great women who helped mould South Africa. As a tribute to these brave women, Berman Contemporary has invited a group of female artists to showcase their work.
Earth, Wind and FireCurated by Els van Mourik
Chrisél Attewell worked together with French artist Barabara Schroeder on a collaborative body of work during their 4 week stay at the Entabeni Artist Residency in Knysna during August 2019. The interesting pairing of these two artists continues with the exhibition Earth, Wind and Fire.
Chrisél Attewell works in multiple mediums, including experimental printmaking, sculpting, painting and installation. Her work often explores different ways in which energies, moments, memories and histories can be captured, documented and preserved.