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FIVE ARTISTS/ FIVE DIRECTIONS (article first published : 2006-05-24)

Five artists rooted in mutual respect for each otherís work have put together an exhibition titled: Five Artists/ Five Directions. All of the artists happen to work for the Centre for Visual Art at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

Vulindlela Nyoni, Michelle Stewart, Ian Calder, Juliet Armstrong and Terrence King embarked on a journey that will present the biggest exhibition to come out of Pietermaritzburg in many years.

Terrence King's work comprises a suite of six figurative paintings. These are principally torsos placed frontally against designed domestic objects or alongside ancient wall markings. Some incongruities are present - for example, in the Greek Kouros sculpture at a bookbinding press, the intention being to set the anonymous figure with emblems of Modernity.

Juliet Armstrong lectures ceramics at the Centre for Visual Art and has specialised in the making of high-fired bone china. She is interested in the delicate translucency when the forms she makes are contrasted against a strong light. Her sculptures are based on Zulu pregnancy aprons or isibodiya worn by women in the rural areas to protect their unborn child.

Vulindlela Nyoni lectures in Printmaking at the Centre for Visual Art. His themes explore various emotions and experiences that relate to a latent sense of mortality in human behaviour. In his prints and drawings he looks for instances where we are reminded of the close proximity of loss, emptiness and solitude.

Michelle Stewart lectures in painting and animation at the CVA and in her work explores figurative representations of power and identity.

Ian Calderís painted and sculpted ceramic vessels reflect his thoughts on life and identity within the locale of KwaZulu-Natal.

Five Artists/ Five Directions runs in the KZNSA from June 6 to 25. The opening will take place at 18h00 on June. For more information please contact KZNSA curator Nathi Gumede on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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