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South African Art Exhibition at The Association for Visual Arts

THE AVA
in partnership with Spier
 
invites you to three solo exhibitions
 
JOSIE GRINDROD
Internal objects, embodied objects
 
to be opened by
Ingrid de Kok
 
KEN REES-GIBBS
Recent paintings
 
LINDILE MAGUNYA
Abazali Bajongene Notshaba
 
 
opening at 6 pm
 
Monday, 18 June 2007
 
Exhibition closes on Friday, 6 July 2007 at 1 o clock pm
 
 
Josie Grindrod (b 1963) completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Michaelis school of Fine Art in 1987 and exhibits Internal Objects, Embodied Subjects in the Main Gallery. Her work investigates the relationships between image-making, psychoanalysis and childhood experience, in order to understand the ways that the self is articulated and interpreted. Grindrod is interested in aspects of self experience which are not communicable in words or which remain just outside consciousness. Grindrod exploits the improvisatory nature of paint allowing the unconscious aspects of image-making to berealised.  Grindrod has contributed to many areas in the cultural sector as Lecturer in Painting at the University of South Africa, Consultant to Cape Craft and Design Institute and as Contributing Décor Editor for Elle Magazine.           
 
Lindile Magunya was born in 1980. He studied Art at school and then went on  to study at the Peninsula Technikon where he did Graphic Design, Design Communication, Drawing, Visual communication and History of Art. Magunya has been involved in many workshops, including Thupelo in 2004 and Avulekile, which he organized in 2005 and where he gained skills as a photographer.  In 2000 he won a prize for the SANTA poster.  In 2006 he formed part of a major group exhibition at AVA entitled UMSI meaning Smoke, the concept of which was based upon photographs taken by him during the shack fires in a number of informal settlements around Cape Town.  In addition to his mixed media works, he is very interested in Photography.  Magunya returns to the AVA for the second time with a solo exhibition in the long gallery entitled ABAZALI BAJONGENE NOTSHABA. This body of work explores the role parent's play in a society, where the brutalization of children is common place. The title of the exhibition translated is "parents are facing the enemy". These evocative oil paintings on board and metal depict the fragility of childhood and reflect the need for strong role models and guardians.
 
Ken Rees-Gibbs was born in 1955.  He is largely self taught, but studied fine art at the Pretoria Technikon and later under Bill Ainslie at the Johannesburg Art Foundation.  He was selected for the 1991 Cape Town Triennial and has had many solo exhibitions nationally.  This body of oil paintings exhibited in the Artstrip are adapted from the songs of Jethro Tull.  Historically Jethro Tull was a poor farmer who invented innovative farming tools and changed his future, in 1968 Jethro Tull the pop band was founded by Ian Anderson.  Rees-Gibbs feels they share a common bond both creating innovative and unconventional approaches to their fields.  Rees-Gibbs purchased his first Jethro Tull album in 1973  from a Scottish sales lady by the name of  Mrs Macivor who worked in the autosonic record bar in the West Rand town of Krugersdorp and it has been his inspiration ever since.

Association for Visual Arts
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa,                   
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,                                             
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,               
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