Exhibit that’s Off the Wall

2011-09-22 00:00

IF you’ve not yet had a chance to visit the Off The Wall exhibition at the Jack Heath Gallery at the University­ of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg­, then make sure you do so before this display of senior­ and post-graduate students­’ work closes on September 30.

Among those exhibiting at the Centre for Visual Art (CVA) is Muziwandile­ Gigaba, whose work comprises an unfired vessel titled, becoming — an enigmatic vessel undergoing construction, perhaps a musical instrument.

Gigaba is working on the piece in the gallery daily, transforming it before the eyes of the viewer.

Identity and definition of self are among the key questions that shape his work and he sees this exhibition as the perfect opportunity to explore these ideas outside of his personal studio space.

Exploration of personal identity also features in Modisa Motsomi’s series, Guises.

“My personal interest in representing the figure is fuelled by the esoteric and metaphysical relationship that it embodies for myself,” he says.

“At the same time I am interested in how these aspects are viewed by the audience and how — upon viewing the images — the audience might be forced to consider their own personal narratives to determine whether they view the images as unnatural, beautiful or frightening.”

Another young artist showing work at the CVA is William Harrison, who exhibited a large-scale painting in the Invigour8 exhibition, held at the Jack Heath Gallery a few weeks ago.

For Off the Wall he inverts his play with scale and works with very small, highly detailed images of interior­ space and small abandoned objects.

Sharing the space with these artists are Heather Pattenden, Sharon McClelland, Mhairi Pattenden, Brigitte Bestelle, Wesley Flanagahan, Sharon Weaving and Mandy Crooks.

Off The Wall can be viewed from Mondays to Fridays.

• Inquiries: 033 260 5253.

— Arts Editor.

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