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Physical address: 10 Mahlatini Street · Fordsburg · Johannesburg · 2001
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An exhibition of work by artists involved with the Johannesburg Art Foundation (JAF), in conjunction with the Bag Factory entitled CONTROVERSIAL WAYS OF SEEING opens on 23 September 2014.
The selection of work is unusual and of exceptional diversity. The exhibition features early works by world-renowned artist William Kentridge and works central to the career of the late Bill Ainslie, founder of the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Provocative contemporary abstract works by Gail Behrmann, Ricky Burnett and Jenny Stadler demonstrate the manifestation of the physical reality in the paint, while works by David Koloane, Dumisane Mabaso, Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, Diana Hyslop, and Helen Sebidi show an acknowledgement of originality and personal exploration.
This selection of work represents the potency in the defiance and creativity generated particularly during the years 1982 to 1992 when the asymmetrical apartheid education policy and imposed racial barriers left behind “a seemingly obliterated history, a political void and cultural vacuum” – Wally Serote
The Johannesburg Art Foundation, run by Bill Ainslie, maintained a teaching philosophy, which opposed any form of discrimination and stressed that creativity was a possibility for everyone. The teaching existed outside the apartheid education policy and did not ask for any previous art experience or education but relied on unrestrained cultural exchange. The exhibition focuses on the historical threads that visually constitute an essential element of this cultural exchange and explores how the JAF philosophy influenced and inspired so many South African artists with diverse trajectories. The Johannesburg Art Foundation produced some of South Africa’s most recognised and esteemed artists of the time.
An added component is recorded dialogue with artists that engages both with the mutability of memory and weaves intertwined patterns of story-telling, allowing viewers to become witness to some fragments of the artist’s lives. These oral accounts become archival material while additionally giving a contemporary presence in the exhibition space forming a curious oral presence.
The Bag Factory highlights the importance of the Johannesburg Art Foundation’s position in its original purchase and formation as artist studio space initiated by Bill Ainslie, David Koloane and Robert Loder.
The exhibition runs from 23 September to 7 October at the Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, located at 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg.
an exhibition by Danny Myburgh
Curated by Wilhelm van Rensburg of Gallery Art On Paper
Opened by Kagiso Pat Mautloa
Jazz by Hot Club d’Afrique
Venue The Bag Factory Artits’ Studios, 10 Mahlatini St, Fordsburg.
Exhibition ran until 19 September
BRIDGED was an exhibition by visiting artists Carlo Galli and Carolyn Massey.
Carlo Galli joined us from Italy. For his exhibition he presented public murals and prints. Below are some of his works:
Violent Violet (above left) is ‘an invasion of tanks that broke through into my work. They are symbolic objects made of hot melt glue (the glue from a glue-gun). The tanks stand in decided contrast to the belligerent power of the subject. Strong colors are selected for the “littletanks”, in this case Violent Violet. The unusual color choices are positioned to define forms, almost to define a role-playing game, a corporate strategy or a silent but ruthless tactics to conquer the territory.
Another aspect of Galli’s oeuvre is the use of safety tape. Surface Boundaries was an installation inspired by huts of bamboo and wood driftwood created spontaneously by bathers on the beach in Viareggio Lecciona. The simple demarcations of plastic tape had the potential to keep people away. The tape, a volatile material, has value in the collective imagination of impassable limit, the presence of something dangerous from which to steer clear.
For the first installation Galli worked on a public beach. The demarcated squares brought about a mix of intrigue and consternation by bathers who reacted to them with curiosity. Amongst ideas were that the squares were for Penguin eggs or for the layout of formal housing on the beach.
The second installation was an exploration of the aesthetic experience of safety tape. The tape, wound around the legs of a flyover became a kinetic artwork. The fluttering of the wind through the tape and the consecutive lines created by the red and white stripes changed the perspective of the ‘usual’ material and transformed the material into art.
Johannesburg based artist Carolyn Massey works largely with charcoal and paper. Her passion for the visual arts shows in her ongoing and persistent mission to develop her technique. She is keen to make the most of her short time at the Bag Factory.
Carolyn completed her honors in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She has travelled to the USA, the UK, Europe and Israel. Her career has been linked to arts and academia, from being a gallery assistant to being chairman of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Postgraduate Association. Her past two years have been focused on teaching Yoga.
Carolyn will be focusing on portraits for her part of the exhibition.
The Bag Factory was privileged to be a provided a stand at the 2012 Joburg Art Fair with supported from the Gauteng Province. This year artists at the Bag Factory produced a series of 50cm x 50cm works on high quality canvas.We still have a number of works available for sale.
These works are viewable on the slide show on the top right of this page.The commission for the sale of these works will contribute towards our efforts to purchase and renovate our building.
Reproduction prints and original Artworks available from our shop