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WALKING THROUGH WALLS (article first published : 2007-05-1)

The Walking Through Walls exhibition opens at KIZO Gallery in Gateway, Umhlanga Rocks on May 7. This exhibition promises to be an exciting collaborative showing of the latest work produced by five artists, all of whom are raising eyebrows individually, both locally and internationally.

In Walking Through Walls the group attempts to communicate across the barriers that often surround artists working in different media.

Sculptor and multi-media artist, Mark Meyer, will exhibit his contemporary-realist nudes, some of which are lifesize. As a male artist dealing predominantly with the female presence, in form and psyche, he has been the subject of an energetic dialogue between all who have seen his work. He will also be showing his latest audio-visual production entitled The Process in which a female nude ‘performs’ within an installation of his making. This piece was recently shown at the Durban Art Gallery to great acclaim. It is a must see!

Everett Duarte needs very little introduction in KwaZulu-Natal having most recently exhibited at the KZNSA. He has just returned from furthering his studies in Germany where he will always be remembered as the artist selected to paint an Audi TT to abstraction. His work will include dramatic lithographs as well as abstract oil paintings produced in Germany over the last year.

Frances Schandera needs very little introduction in Germany. She has lectured extensively at various German universities. She has produced an exciting body of photo-montages that represent a German artist’s impressions of our South African landscape and people. Schandera, a multi-talented artist, won the German Trendsetter Award for fashion design as well as the International Marianne Brandt Award for Painting and Fashion in Germany.

Gavin Risi studied fine art at the Durban Technikon and Byam Shaw Art College in London where he specialised in mixed media, performance and conceptual art. His contribution to the exhibition is a haunting collection of abstract oil paintings. He insists that his work isn’t abstract: “I’m working with the medium of illusion and psyche, and I see the activity of fine art as a part of a spiritual journey. I am trying to create a substance outside myself within the medium of oil. I call them illusionist, as opposed to abstract, because I paint them with the intention of allowing people to create their own worlds within my paintings”.

Robin Opperman is best known for his opulent mixed-media wire, waste and bead-work creations. As the innovator of the Umcebo Trust, he produces high quality fine art pieces together with master craftsmen that have been exported worldwide. He was recently commissioned by the Durban City Council to design and assemble a banner as a special gift to Rita Marley during her visit here in February 2007. His work is an explosion of shimmering shapes and colours!

All in all, the five artists, Mark Meyer, Everett Duarte, Frances Schandera, Gavin Risi, and Robin Opperman are poised to Walk Through Walls.

Walk Through Walls runs until June 8. More information on 076 755 3646




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