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Courtyard Sculpture Garden

The Courtyard Sculpture Garden

Sculpture exhibition in the Courtyard Sculpture Garden and in the Gallery space by artists such as Carl Roberts, Anton Smit, Susanna Swart, Tineke Meijer (glass and metal) and Shepherd Ndudzo's gorgeous ironwood sculptures. Some of the works on display:


Past Exhibitions

Clouds by Louis van Heerden at Abalone Art Gallery
African Mask by Patrick Mautloa at Abalone Art Gallery

FynArts Hermanus 2017

9-18 JUNE 2017

FOR ART'S SAKE  –  Group exhibition with artists of the gallery.
DAVID GOLDBLATT  –  Recipient of the FynArts Hermanus Legacy Award
LOUIS VAN HEERDEN  –  Atmosferas

Hermanus FynArts 2017

9-18 JUNE 2017

As one of Hermanus' oldest galleries, Abalone Art Gallery (established in 2004) has been a supporter of the Hermanus FynArts Festival from the start in 2013. With past solo shows of Judith Mason, Patrick Mautloa and Nel Erasmus, Abalone Art Gallery has contributed to the attractive mix of high quality visual and performing arts that continues to draw an art-appreciating public to the FynArts Festival.

In 2017, Abalone Art Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition by Louis van Heerden, entitled 'Atmosferas'. The exhibition is inspired by a composition dedicated to the artist as a tribute to Louis' outstanding role as a promotor of performing arts in the Overberg region. Intensely emotive, the works capture and convey a spiritual sense of nature, going beyond the merely descriptive.

In addition, the gallery is showing a group exhibition of artworks in the main gallery and sculpture garden entitled 'For Art's Sake' by artists of the gallery, including Titia Ballot, Christoff Barnard, Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Mariki Chin, Richard John Forbes, Kristin Hua Yang, Elzaby Laubscher, Nomthumzi Mashabala, Patrick Mautloa, André Naudé, Shepherd Ndudzo, Lynette ten Krooden, Sanna Swart, Strijdom van der Merwe and Jeannette Unite.

Abalone Art Gallery is also delighted to host an exhibition of works by the 2017 FynArts Legacy Award winner David Goldblatt in the Annex Gallery.

SOLO SHOW LOUIS VAN HEERDEN

Atmosferas

Louis van Heerden  Solo Exhibition: Atmosferas

Opening: Saturday, 10 June at 11h00

GROUP SHOW AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

For Art's Sake

For Art's Sake Group Show and Sculpture Garden at Abalone Art Gallery

With Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Elzaby Laubscher, Pat Mautloa, André Naudé, Shepherd Ndudzo, Kristin Ng-Yang, Carl Roberts, Susanna Swart, Lynnette ten Krooden and Jeannette Unite. Click to view more works.


Invitation to Alta Botha's exhibition fore/after at Abalone Art Gallery
Alta Botha's exhibition fore/after title

ALTA BOTHA – 18 FEBRUARY TO 1 APRIL 2017

Please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 12 am, at Abalone Art Gallery for a final opportunity to see this striking and very well received exhibition by Alta Botha before it closes. Alta will be present for a walkabout at this occasion. Click for more details.

Alta Botha's exhibition fore/after title

BY ALTA BOTHA

18 FEBRUARY TO 31 MARCH 2017

Some years ago, I came across an expression in one of the ART AFRICA magazines, which has stuck in my memory: 'Custodian of Difficulty'. This term referred to collectors of very vulnerable conceptual art, and it also very appropriately describes Alta Botha's work. In Alta's work, it is not only the material fragility that needs special thought and care – the concept behind the visual language, that is preserved in the material composition is just as important. My personal motivation for collecting her work is a deep understanding and passion for what Alta is trying to communicate.

One can easily place Alta Botha in the art historian context of conceptual and minimalist art: she works, e.g. with the concept of power and its effects, its destructive force as well as its constructive capacity, or as in the present exhibition: the concept of 'PLACE'. She uses, just as conceptual artists do, materials from so-called 'everyday life' and of industrial provenance (paper, micropore plaster, linen and silk thread, sanding paper, charcoal, activated charcoal, etc.). She further employs repetitive activities in the transformation process, which the paper has to undergo. Much as it is done in minimalist art.

In her art making, she chooses to mostly use different kinds of paper and activated charcoal as her primary materials.

Paper is being used as both surface and support for her work. Activated charcoal is used as a 'filter' (charcoal is a natural filter, based on its porosity and ability to absorb).

The term 'filtering' is of paramount importance to Alta's work. Alta speaks of 'filtering out excess', filtering of new information and experiences. The notion of filtering is the concept from which she is actually developing her art.

Whilst she thus seems to fit well into the conceptual and minimalist art categories, Alta's self-imposed limited range of materials has quite a different reason for application: Alta follows Anna Chave's interpretation of minimalist art being a male and dominant art, with 'cool displays of power'. She therefore links the reduction of materials in her work to the limitations imposed on women in a patriarchal society and the limiting structures and mechanisms of power. She situates her work as an expression of a distinctly female capacity rather than a male forceful power.

When one looks at the way Alta works the paper, eroding its materiality, tearing it, scarring it, sanding it, folding, crumpling, and perforating it, it is much like life does to us – or what needs to be done to get to the deeper, unconscious layers of one's own consciousness. She transforms the paper into an open and tactile surface, which is extremely vulnerable and fragile. It can even lead to the falling away or disintegration of parts, giving voice to issues of concern. But then Alta tries to achieve what she calls a 'fragile equilibrium', by sewing yarn or strands to mend broken pieces and to stitch up and repair separate elements. She uses micropore plaster to hold elements in place. In some artworks abrasion dust (from the rather forceful actions of the preceding transformation process) is used as a soft substance to cover vulnerable, exposed grounds. Alta's works on paper and objects have three-dimensional qualities. The boundaries are blurred ...

Opening address of Alta Botha's exhibition on 18 February 2017
by Ulrike Beckmann

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Alta Botha: erosion, 2017 Alta Botha: string, 2017 Alta Botha: charcoal, 2017 Alta Botha: lullaby, 2017

erosion, 2017

Rives paper (300 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mull, micropore plaster, linen and cotton thread
40 x 90.5 x 7 cm

string, 2017

Canson paper (180gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mesh and silk thread
25 x 33 x 4 cm

charcoal, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), Rives paper (300 gsm), sanding paper, charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mull, micropore plaster, linen and silk thread
250 x 151 x 7 cm

lullaby, 2017

Canson paper fibres, sanding paper, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mull and linen thread
36 x 94 x 3 cm

Alta Botha: here elsewhere, 2017 Alta Botha: elsewhere here, 2017 Alta Botha: recollect I & II, 2017 Alta Botha: rock-face, 2017

here
elsewhere

Tracing paper and activated charcoal (framed, UV glass)
58 x 41.8 x 3 cm

elsewhere
here

Tracing paper and activated charcoal (framed, UV glass)
58 x 41.8 x 3 cm

 
recollect I & II, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mesh, micropore plaster and cotton thread (framed)
I:  66.3 x 87 x 3 cm
II:  66.3 x 82 x 3 cm

 
rock-face, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink and micropore plaster
35.5 x 47 x 3 cm

Alta Botha: residue, 2017 Alta Botha: blur, 2017 Alta Botha: madame butterfly, 2017 Alta Botha: change point, 2017

residue, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), sanding paper, mesh, charcoal, activated charcoal and Indian ink (framed)
29 x 56 x 2.5 cm

blur, 2017

Hahnemühle paper (260 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, micropore plaster and silk thread
60 x 81.7 x 1.5 cm

madame butterfly, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, micropore plaster and cotton thread
35.5 x 50.4 x 2 cm

change point, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, micropore plaster and cotton thread
43 x 66 x 2 cm

Alta Botha: hindsight, 2017 Alta Botha: imagine, 2017 Alta Botha: whisper, 2017

hindsight, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), Fabriano paper (160 gsm), charcoal, activated charcoal, micropore plaster, silk thread and masking tape
45.5 x 50.5 x 10 cm

imagine, 2017

Canson paper (180 gsm), Fabriano paper (160 gsm), sanding paper, charcoal, activated charcoal, Indian ink, mesh, mull, copper and plexiglas
40 x 55 x 25 cm

whisper, 2017

Chinese rice paper, sanding paper, activated charcoal, document tape, copper and Plexiglas
440 x 580 x 150 cm


Opening of Judith Mason's Undiscovered Animals exhibition at Abalone Art Gallery

Judith Mason

"Undiscovered Animals"

An exhibition of recent drawings by Judith Mason, Undiscovered Animals, opened on 11 June 2016.    View More

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Judith Mason - Undiscovered Animals at Abalone Art Gallery Opening of Judith Mason's Undiscovered Animals exhibition at Abalone Art Gallery Judith Mason - Undiscovered Animals at Abalone Art Gallery Opening of Judith Mason's Undiscovered Animals exhibition at Abalone Art Gallery

Opening of Nel Erasmus's Abstraction into Motion exhibition at Abalone Art Gallery

Nel Erasmus

"Abstraction into Motion"

A solo exhibition of works by Nel Erasmus, Abstraction into Motion, opened on 11 June 2016.
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SOLO EXHIBITION BY NEL ERASMUS ON 11 JUNE 2016

Abstraction into Motion

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Paradox of Plenty by Jeannette Unite   Paradox of Plenty by Jeannette Unite

Jeanette Unite

"Mining – Our Heritage"

12 DECEMBER 2015 to 13 FEBRUARY 2016

The exhibition incorporates works of the series "Coal & Chalk", "The King's Foot" and "Paradox of Plenty".    Read More

An installation of 'geo-seam' mineral strata paintings, commemorating William Smith's archives and his geological soil map of England and Wales from 1815. The paintings incorporate embedded text from Smith's archives at Oxford University and include the very minerals that Smith described in his pioneering strata map.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Abalone Art Gallery, 2 Harbour Road (The Courtyard), Hermanus 7200
Phone: 028-313 2935     Web: www.abalonegallery.co.za
 

COAL & CHALK
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Coal and Chalk by Jeannette Unite Coal and Chalk by Jeannette Unite Coal and Chalk by Jeannette Unite

 
PARADOX OF PLENTY
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Hermanus FynArts Festival

10-19 June 2016

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Another Space by Nel Erasmus   Yoruba Death Leopard by Judith Mason
Courtyard Sculpture Garden at Abalone Gallery

ABALONE ART GALLERY
presented the 2016

Hermanus FynArts Festival

10-19 June 2016

In line with this year's festival theme of "French Connection", Abalone Art Gallery will showed a solo exhibition of works by Nel Erasmus ("Abstraction into Motion"), recent drawings by Judith Mason ("Undiscovered Animals"), as well as a Group Exhibition – Visions and Illusions – with select works by Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Christoff Barnard, Elzaby Laubscher, Pat Kagiso Mautloa, André Naudé, Lynette ten Krooden, Jeannette Unite, Louis van Heerden and Kristin Hua Yang and sculptures by Mariki Chin, Gordon Froud, Shepherd Ndudzo, Carl Roberts, Anton Smit, Susanna Swart, Strydom van der Merwe and Herman van Nazareth.

KP Mautloa - Mirrored Faces
K.P. Mautloa,
Mirrored Faces

Alta Botha - Universe II
Alta Botha,
Universe II

Hermanus FynArts Festival

5-16 June 2015


– Solo Exhibition "Encounters"

by K.P. Mautloa in Annex Gallery







– Group exhibition in Main Gallery "Between Conceptual and Spiritual"

by Alta Botha, John Clarke, Elzaby Laubscher, Judith Mason, André Naudé, Lynette ten Krooden, Jeannette Unite, Louis van Heerden and Kristin Hua Yang

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Solo Exhibition: Extract – LAW & ORE by JEANNETTE UNITE
22 November 2014


Extract

Jeannette Unite has traveled to 25 countries accumulating a personal archive of images and residues of varied terrain that she incorporates into her work. LAW & ORE is an artistic response to a plot of land, traversed by a river and purchased a decade ago by the artist. Ironic challenges have furnished Unite with insights into the legal systems and records that divide, rule and regulate ownership of land. Geo-spatial diagrams and legal text are embedded and layered, along with mine slag, minerals, metals and oxides, into an installation of paintings that reference a geological seam resonant of the mineral revolution.

All artworks are made with mined elements including titanium, platinum, carbon, zinc, copper, strontium, iron oxide, metal filings, calcium, magnesium and other site specific sands and mine residues in acrylic emulsion. The panel supports are the height of a large human arranged in polyptych panels that are reminiscent of ‘bar-codes’, alerting the viewer to the consumerism that drives mining and extractive industries. Embedded into the matrix of earth matter is the text and legislation that binds us all as complicit in geographies of this era.

Jeannette Unite exhibition: Law and Ore
Invitation: Law and Ore by Jeannette Unite Finissage: Law and Ore by Jeannette Unite

2014 Hermanus Kalfiefees – Accrochage with artists of the gallery

The exhibition features works by nationally and internationally renowned artist Judith Mason, who lives and works in White River. Her works are represented in major South African and international public art collections as well as in numerous local and overseas private art collections.

Louis van Heerden, who lives and works in Betty’s Bay, is presenting his most recent narrative, landscape-inspired oil paintings, which invite onlookers to appreciate their surroundings from a new perspective.

In conjunction with his captivating works on the Hermanus cliff path, Herman van Nazareth, well-known Belgian-born artist, is showing a selection of bronze sculptures at the Abalone Art Gallery.

Lien Botha has recently completed her 10th solo exhibition of photographs, “Yonder”, at the Barnard Gallery in Cape Town. Selected works from this show, described by Amanda Botha, author and art critic, as a highlight in Lien Botha’s artistic career, will be on show during the group exhibition.

The exhibition features stunning works by Elzaby Laubscher (drawings) and Lynette ten Krooden (oil paintings), who have been both been introduced to Hermanus art lovers in the past decade through solo exhibitions at the Abalone Art Gallery. André Naudé (paintings), a well-known artist and art educator (Pretoria University and Unisa), is a true colourist and shows fresh, strong works during the Kalfiefees. Alta Botha is showing conceptual works.

The exhibition presents works by Pretoria-based sculptor Susanna Swart, who produces her art work in her own foundry.

In celebration of marine life, we are also delighted to show two magnificent contemplative works by Durban-based artist Kristin Yang.

We look forward to seeing you at this event, which will provide exciting and fresh insights into the work of well-known contemporary artists and an opportunity to discover the creative wealth of the South African art scene!

Lynette Ten Krooden

"African Mystique"
New work on canvas and on paper

21 Sept 2013 - 15 Nov 2013

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The artist will open the exhibition with a visual presentation of her research work and her artistic caree of thirty years.


Judith Mason

"Works on canvas, pencil drawings and graphic art"

7 June 2013 - 16 June 2013

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Elzaby Laubscher and Susanna Swart

"Recent drawings and sculptures"

7 May 2013 - 6 June 2013

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Andre Naude

"Circumspect"

10 Nov 2012 - 9 Feb 2013

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Louis van Heerden

"Recent works on canvas and on paper"

14 Apr 2012 - 20 May 2012

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Elzaby Laubscher

"Street Soul"

12 Nov 2011 - 9 Feb 2012

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El Loko

"In search of traces"

31 Jul 2010 - 31 Aug 2010

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Lynette ten Krooden

"Ancient Playground"

6 Mar 2010 - 10 Apr 2010

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Lien Botha

"Anthology"

11 Apr 2009 - 5 May 2009

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Anthology is a selection from four photographic portfolios produced by Lien Botha between 2003 and 2008.
It consists of Sralari, Amendment, White stick for the Arctic and Moundou.
The work formed the nexus of Botha's recent mid-career retrospective exhibition which opened at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein in November 2008 and moved to the Thompson gallery in Johannesburg in March 2009.

The Safari series of sixteen works has been widely exhibited over the past five years from venues across South Africa to Japan, France, Brussels, the USA and Mali. These archival inkjet colour photographic prints consist of line drawings super-imposed over a range of rural South African landscapes - from Swartruggens in the North-west province to Goegap in Namakwaland. This body of work has been described as a finely woven poem with the most subtle satirical indentations: Botha's ode to a beloved albeit beleaguered landscape.

The triptych (template style) works which constitutes Amendment opened to critic al acclaim at the Photographers ' gallery in 2A06 and was subsequently exhibited at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Auckland New Zealand as part of the Moving towards a balanced earth exhibition where work by artists such as Antonio Briceno and Bill Viola also formed part of this show.

At the end of 20A7 Botha was invited to a residency in Trento Italy to produce a body of work in collaboration with Arte Boccanera in Trento and the Photographers gallery in Cape Town. lVhite stick for the Arctic - a portfolio in seven "chapters" (2008) was the result of this venture. This body of work has also been included in Construct - a seminal contemporary photographic group exhibition which examines the lens-based narrative beyond the constraints of the documentary photograph and which will be one of the main exhibitions at the Grahamstown Arts festival in June 2009.

In conclusion, prints from Botha's most recent work called Moundou will be included in the Hermanus itinerary of Anthology. An element which forms a cardinal thread in linking the four various bodies of work is the word/text which serves both as a clue and also as a visual element.


 

Alta Botha

"Odd objects"

25 Oct 2008 - 22 Nov 2008

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Elzaby Laubscher

"Nature's Sketchbook"

25 Oct 2008 - 22 Nov 2008

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As an artist I find it very challenging to express myself through the medium of photography. ln 2004 I attended the Cape Town School of Photography. Starting with analogue photography, I found that I particularly related to the hands-on elements of the darkroom. Access to and the availability of darkroom facilities are nowadays very limited and hard to find. l turned to digital photography where I found myself almost rebelling against the unlimited possibilities which technology allows.

I tend to work in a more expressive way and enjoy pushing the limits of any medium I use. ln these works I have attempted to avoid a documentary or realistic rendering of the image. I was looking for something more subtle, which also allows space for the imagination and which, in a sense, cannot be repeated.

I started playing around with the camera. Through controlled camera movement, I discovered a whole world of dream images. The unpredictability of the process was fascinating.

I have a passion for drawing and it was very exciting when I started discovering the elements of the art of drawing in nature. I experienced the feeling of having a peep at the line drawings of a very special sketchbook.

The works are printed in black and white pigment inks on canvas. Through this and also the size of the images I have tried to accentuate the more abstract elements of the works.

–Elzaby Laubscher


Linda du Preez

"Simulacra"

15 Sept 2007 - 20 Oct 2007

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