Friday, 13 October 2017

"Serendipity" a solo exhibition by Heidi Shedlock 14 October - 2 November 2017

14 October - 2 November 2017

Overtones embedded in a bygone era bring to mind the art of quaint needlepoint brooches and tapestry. A catalyst of blended blossoms offers us a lingering dose of nostalgia when first encountering Heidi Shedlock’s paintings.  Then comes the transforming 'serendipitous' moment when portholes of intensely layered blossoms are captured in circular motion through layered forms and a choreography of expressive mark making that creates an aesthetic sensibility that is not only seen, but felt and experienced.   

Heidi is a Durban artist who has been involved in education but now paints full-time from her studio in Durban North. She intentionally seeks to nestle her arrangements safely within nurturing circular and oval formats. She believes 'serendipity' is as much about 'consciousness' as it is about valuable fortuitous discovery - "'s about keeping your eyes open and appreciating a fleeting moment that would normally be lost…finding something when looking for something else. This antithesis can be the result of an observant mind…” 

Article by Marianne Meijer in the Durban Mercury 13.10.17

Monday, 18 September 2017

“Hues and Shades” by a solo exhibition by Raja Oshi 23 September - 12 October 2017

23 September - 12 October 2017

Raja Oshi's Artist Statement
I enjoy adding texture to my surfaces and designing the shape and discovering new adventures. It is surprising as every time you get a different and varied outcome.
I make my own material, since I feel like this is an essential step in the process.
I weave strips of canvas material together to make my own sort of canvas, with its own specialized texture and response to paint.
When I rub my cloth “tapestry” layers with cloths dipped in paint, it adds another dimension to my work. It begins to mix and overlap, different materials and layers of paint to reveal hints of colour coming through edges, layers and spaces.
Raja Oshi is a Pietermaritzburg-based artist.
A selection of images of works from this show are posted here:

Monday, 11 September 2017

Exchange and Artists' Choice Award 2017 16 – 21 September

Exchange and Artists' Choice Award 2017

The Awards Evening starting at 6p.m.Thursday 21st September

Join us at artSPACE durban for the sixth of our exciting art exchange exhibitions. This is an artist-orientated event. We have fun and pay tribute to ourselves as artists. With most awards, the decision is made by a panel of judges and often strangely influenced and rather baffling, but with our Artists’ Choice Award, only the participating artists can vote for the best work on show. We believe this gives a respectful ear to our artists so their voices and choices can be heard.

How it works:
Each participating artist will pay an entry fee and collect a 30 x 30 cm canvas (1 per person) from the gallery. Other media are welcome, but are required to fit into the size criteria and needs to be able to be and ready to be hung.

The exhibition will open at artSPACE durban on Saturday, 16th September and it is up for 1 week. Voting will close at 4pm on the 21st September with the Awards Evening starting at 6p.m.

The Theme: ‘Border(s)’
In terms of definition, the obvious one is the border between two countries, but could also be the border to the edge of a space or knowledge. It is also used in textile as a strip or even in a social context as in “bordering on an insult”.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

"Light and Space" 25 August - 14 September 2017


"Light and Space”

A Group Show of Paintings by Michelle Irving, Alison Akal, Haley Wright, and Ilma Matthews

25 August - 14 September 2017

In this crazy, busy, daunting, space we live in, we felt it was time to reflect on our personal space and the light we were reflecting within it.

Observing objects and people around us to consider how they were perceived and welcomed within the space they occupy.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

"The You and I" by Ganjatun Mulla 11 – 24 August 2017

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11 – 24 August 2017

“The You and I“ is a dynamic idea evolving over time in relation to how events and experiences can shape us and how we can counter shape the way we experience the experience.”

We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.

GANJATUN MULLA is an artist. She is best known for her expressive artistic techniques in compelling visual illustrations of her homeland and cultural roots. She has spent the most part of her life in silence, communicating solely through her art.  She believes in the empowerment of women and their struggle for independence in all those who fail to realize their potential and self-worth.

She is of Omani and Persian decent but was born and raised in Tanzania before moving to Dubai and later on South Africa. Ganjatun says her passion for art derives from the works of the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, whom she likens with her philosophical view of the world; a world that is only as real as it appears. She is quoted as saying "we live in the image of who we want to become not of who we've become. In doing so we subconsciously lose sight of the lessons from the past, the beauty of the present and the opportunities of the future." Her art has become a means of expressing this doctrine and to live each day with a sense of optimism and ambition. 
Ganjatun is currently living in Zimbali.