Wilma Cruise – Advice from a caterpillar opening

Wilma Cruise’s Advice from a Caterpillar opened at David Krut Projects at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery Cape Town on Thursday 13 August and is an exhibition of her new works as well as a celebration of earlier work.  The exhibition will run at the AVA until 5 September, but works will still be available for viewing at both the AVA location and the gallery at the Montebello Design Centre.

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The opening evening was a cold, wet and typically rainy winter’s night, however nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of Wilma’s established fan base. The intimate gallery space at the AVA was filled with a subtle buzz of excitement amongst patrons, fueled by the eclectic works on show.

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Advice from a Caterpillar is the fifth in a series of exhibitions entitled The Alice Series, and the result of a collaboration with with Master Printer Jillian Ross at the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg. The exhibition also looks back at work created at DKW before – a look in between Harrismith and the new etchings – as well as some of Cruise’s three dimensional work. In the juxtaposition of old and new, two- and three-dimensional work, the perennial nature of Cruise’s preoccupation with the “animal question” is clear.

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