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(DIS)APPEARANCE(S) (article first published : 2007-11-4)

The new Bank Gallery on Florida Road marks its official launch with an exhibition of work by celebrated artist Andries Botha which is running until November 22.

Occupying a totally transformed art space in a former bank, the gallery has scored something of a coup in securing Andries Botha for their first show.

A Durban-based sculptor, his work has enjoyed international attention, although he seldom exhibits his work in South Africa. His show at Bank Gallery entitled (dis)Appearance(s) promises to be an intriguing and disquieting look at things forgotten. Andries Botha looks at how we erect symbolic markers in the landscape and then ignore them. He focuses on the ordinary everyday objects that we pass by and brings them into our view in a subtle, yet intense way.

Through a variety of media, he pays attention to the consequences of the presence and absence of masculinity within an emotional and historical narrative. Some of the works explore the tenderness of relationships whilst others note the conflictive nature of a society at war with itself.

Bank Gallery’s curator said it was the gallery’s aim to give the public an opportunity to see work, such as Andries Botha’s, that is not often available to them in Durban. The gallery will be showing the work of established and emerging artists from both South Africa and abroad aiming to create a dialogue between artists and gallerists of different cultures and countries.

Artists exhibiting would be required to take part in workshops and walkabouts to help inform the public and educate students. Andries Botha’s show has a structured education component that acknowledges the artwork as a creative cultural object located in a particular social and political framework.

Secondary schools and tertiary institutions have been invited to participate in a structured learning experience led by two trained educational officers. An educational booklet, prepared by the artist, contributed to by writers, Professor Mike Chapman, Professor Pitika Ntuli, Dr. Johan Wasserman and Ms. Valerie Leigh is envisioned to make a contribution to the limited educational material for learners on contemporary South African visual culture.

Anyone interested in registering for these educational tours should contact Janine on 083 235 0048 or e-mail: jzagel@worldonline.co.za or phone Bank Gallery on 083 239 7036.

Bank Gallery continues its programme with London-based video artist, Matthew Coombes in November, a group show in January entitled Light Show, followed by solo shows by both Paul Edmunds and Greg Streak.

More information at www.bankgallery.co.za




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