News | 17 March 2020
CURRENT EXHIBITION

Gold, Guns and Paradise

Juan Stockenstroom

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.

Engage and Interact

EXPERIENCE ART

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.

EXHIBITIONS, ART FAIRS AND #30DAYS

CALENDAR

4 – 25 April 2020
4 – 25 April 2020
New discoveries

The New Vanguard

Berman 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-ROVERTSON-30DAYS
28 April – 26th May
28 April – 26th May
#30DAYS

Dave Robertson

I 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.
30 May – 20 June 2020
30 May – 20 June 2020
Robyn Denny

Traces of Untold Stories

Curated 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 TURGINE ART FAIR
9 - 12 July 2020
9 - 12 July 2020
8th edition

RMB Turbine Art Fair

RMB 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.
22 June - 29 July
22 June - 29 July
#30DAYS

INGRID BOLTON

As 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.
1 – 22 August 2020
1 – 22 August 2020
with female artists

#ARTladies

Curated 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. ⁠
29 August – 19 September 2020
29 August – 19 September 2020
Chrisél Attewell & Barbara Schroeder

Earth, Wind and Fire

Curated 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.
TANYA-BONELLO-30-DAYS
28 September - 28 October
28 September - 28 October
#30DAYS

Marian Hester

My work explores the pressures placed on the planetary ecology from what is being called the Anthropocene era – the measurable human impact on the natural world. My series of small “landscape bronzes” invites the viewer to examine broken and damaged branches, twigs and uprooted trees close-up and intimately, allowing the viewer to see the detail and beauty that waits to be found even in broken things. The works explore the idea that something apparently valueless is transformed into an item of value when it is remade in a different material – in this case, bronze.
31 October – 21 November 2020
31 October – 21 November 2020
collaboration

Urban Myths

A collaboration with Through the Lens Collective Johannesburg Curated by Els van Mourik At Berman Contemporary
stefan-blom-30days
23 November – 24 December
23 November – 24 December
#30DAYS

Stefan Blom

His current sculptures continue to channel his first-hand experience of the psychic wound inflicted by personal trauma into the more impersonal and largely unstable area of political and social forces. His works investigate how the victim and perpetrator are part of a continuum. Bound together as one entity in an eternal symbiosis, the human spirit is trapped.
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