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ENTRANCE–ENTRÀNCE (article first published : 2007-10-10)

Hannah Lurie’s 16th solo exhibition is currently running at the KZNSA. Titled Entrance – Entrànce it features "sculpictures" (her own word) which are framed reliefs depicting architectural entrances as well as entrancing images. There is also a series of blue steel jeans, a fashion statement, and steel "earring sculptures," which are a metre high, replicas of earrings made in her studio and sought-after in jewellery shops in Durban and Cape Town.

Architecture has always fascinated Hannah Lurie with entrances, doors and historical buildings firing her imagination. "After all," writes Lurie, "What is life but entrances and exits ... from the womb to the tomb?"

On view is her rendition of the Cantonese Club (Market Street, Johannesburg), the node of passive resistance regarded by Gandhi as a model community centre, a derelict house in Chatsworth, Gaudi’s Familia Sagrada and Christo's curtain in Central Park, New York. There is a hair salon in Paris and the tomb of Princess Noilles Bibesco in the cemetery at Père Lachaise, Paris. There is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, an old Synagogue in Port Elizabeth and a section of the Grey Street Mosque in Durban.

Also on show are bronze “head-scratchers”, three glass sculptures inspired by the rooftops and chimneys of Paris (treated in a Postmodern fashion with the cut of scent bottles), and a series of stainless steel sculptures.

Hannah Lurie’s anthology of poetry is about to be published by Natal University Press, and the artist is already well-known for her monumental social sculptures, including her Xhosa initiates in Johannesburg and a water sculpture at the Blue Waters Hotel, Durban.

Entrance – Entrànce runs at the KZNSA until October 21.




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