Cape Town Art Fair 2014

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David Krut Projects will be showcasing work by Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Mischa Fritsch, Diane Victor, Senzo Shabangu and Deborah Bell among others at the Cape Town Art Fair from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March 2014 at the BMW Pavilion, V&A Waterfront, stand G3.

The Cape Town Art Fair will host 40 galleries and 130 represented artists working over a wide range of media and genres. Visitors will view works by many of South Africa’s most influential and important artists, as well as seeing the country’s enormous wealth of burgeoning young and emerging artists under one roof. The Fair is designed to encourage extensive visitor interaction with gallerists and artists, not only to purchase works, but to explore the breadth and depth of contemporary South African art.

As part of the art fair’s talks programme, Stephen Hobbs and David Krut will feature in a discussion entitled “David Krut and Stephen Hobbs on Collaboration, Networks and Artistic Practice” on Saturday 2 March from 14:30 – 15:30. The talk will focus on sustained collaboration and the conversation will touch on the importance of publishing and promoting editions, the distillation of Hobbs’ mercurial public/urban practice into a studio practice and the role of the print studio for a process-driven artist. The conversation will also deal with the collaboration between Hobbs and David Krut Projects in Cape Town in 2014. The planned project includes a site-specific investigation of the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands where the gallery is based, and a response to the contribution of the site to the World Design Capital 2014 discussion.

Here are brief introductions to a few of the artists who will be presented by David Krut Projects at the Cape Town Art Fair:

Stephen Hobbs’ practice is spread across the disciplines of artistic production, curatorial practice and cultural management.  Through committed urban investigation and experimentation, focused primarily on Johannesburg since 1994, he has sustained a dialogue with urban space through video, installation, curated projects, photography and sculpture. Recently, Hobbs has shifted and expanded his practice to include printmaking, which allows him to distil and translate his mercurial urban practice into the formalism of the printmaking medium.

Internationally renowned artist, William Kentridge, is perhaps best known for his films, theatre, and opera, but is also a prolific producer of limited edition fine art prints, which are as varied and complex as his films. Among Kentridge’s projects at David Krut Print Workshop over the years are Thinking Aloud, the Magic Flute series, Collaborations with Rosenclaire, Nose, West Coast Series, Scribble Cat and Universal Archive.

Initially dedicated to sculpture, which he has pursued with increasing intensity since 2004, Mischa Fritsch’s practice has developed into one that is keenly focused on history and materiality, working mainly with found objects finely crafted into new forms. He has recently begun to incorporate other media, such as video, into his work and is forging a path partly informed by the tradition of American and European Land artists of the late twentieth century, while remaining true to his own very particular understanding of creative endeavour.

Requiring no introduction, Diane Victor’s work ranges from finely rendered drawings, etchings and drypoints, to loosely gestural portraits in ephemeral materials such as smoke and ash.  Through careful draughtsmanship, and an almost obsessive attention to detail, she renders visual commentary on social inequalities with a darkly comedic sensibility.

Also in line with visual commentaries, Senzo Shabangu’s work questions how social and political communities are developed and sustained within the complex and often-divided urban setting.  His graphic linocuts and monotypes tread the historical path paved by the tradition of printmaking, focusing on cultural issues through the use of narrative and caricature.

Last but certainly not the least, Deborah Bell, a frequent collaborator with the David Krut Print Workshop often draws on spiritual imagery, combining ancient symbols with personal memories in an effort to redefine what it means to be a contemporary artist living in Africa, as well as investigating the notion of art as transformative action.

Other artists whose work will be available to view include Mongezi Ncaphayi, Quinten Williams, Vusi Khumalo, Maja Maljević, Justin Fox, Faith47, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Emalie Bingham, Lorenzo Nassimbeni and Beth Armstrong.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information or any queries, please contact Jacqueline or Daniel on 021 685 0676 or [email protected] / [email protected]

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