Exhibitions

The Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch, housing the Rodin and Dylan Lewis exhibitions, re-opened yesterday – Monday 5 Jan.  Visiting times are as follows: Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.00pm; and between 2.00pm and 4.00pm; and on Saturdays between 10.00am and noon.

The ‘2008 World Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition is on at the Iziko Museum in the Company Gardens, Cape Town.  Visiting times – between 10.00am and 5.00pm daily; until 15th March, 2009.

At the National Art Gallery, Company Gardens, Cape Town, you can see William Kentridge’s multi-channel projected work entitled I am not me , the horse is not mine, an installation of eight film fragments. Visiting times – between 10.00am and 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday; until 8th March, 2009.

‘William Kentridge’s multi-channel projection installation of eight film fragments, entitled I am not me, the horse is not mine, was first presented to international acclaim at the Sydney Biennale in June 2008. The work is based on the absurdist short story, The Nose (1837), by Nikolai Gogol, in which the pompous government official, Kovalyov, wakes up one day to find that his nose has taken on a life of its own and gone for a walk around the city of St Petersburg. In a sequence of comical scenes, the main character attempts – with increasingly ridiculous efforts – to chase after his nose, recapture it and stick it back on his face.

I am not me, the horse is not mine stems from the artist’s ongoing interest in the roots and development of modernism: a mixture of the absurd, the self-reflective (and the ‘self-divided’) and its many forms of fragmentation. It also deals particularly with Russia’s response to modernism in the 1930s and the histories and terrors of oppression. This exhibition was made possible by the Goodman Gallery’.

Entrance fees at both the above venues are as follows:  Adults R15.00; Pensioners and Students R5.00

Strydom van der Merwe has repeated his swathing of red material around oak trees, this time at Kloovenburg – well known vineyard in Riebeek Kasteel. Tip:  buy their Shiraz!

Our Flickr Group

I just wanted to remind everyone that the club has a private Flickr group that all members are welcome to join.  You can use this group to share your photos with other members, without worrying that other Flickr users can see them or be able to steal them.  You can also use the group to start and join discussions with other members on any topics you wish.  Again, these discussions remain private and can not be seen by general Flickr users.

So if you have a Flickr account, send me a Flickrmail telling me you want to join; and if you don’t have a Flickr account yet.  WHY NOT?  Flickr is great fun.

Ashes and Snow

This link to Ashes and Snow was submitted by JJ, our technical advisor, who writes;

Just a link for the blog that I personally believe is a must-see for every photographer on the planet. It is a touring exhibition of photographs and movie clips called “Ashes and Snow” by artist Gregory Colbert.

The exhibition has been visited by over 10 million people, making it the most successful exhibition by a living artist in history.

The site is flash-based and bandwidth hungry, which makes an ADSL connection or a lot of patience a necessity.

The gems are mostly under the “EXPLORE” option. Definitely the most evocative photography I have ever seen.

JJ

Note that the link JJ provided links directly to the Enhanced Experience but there is also a Basic Experience accessible via a link from the home page.

‘Following our Noses’ – expect the unexpected … Nettie

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Thinking that we should start the ball rolling into the New Year, Ilse Andrag and I set out for Stellenbosch on the 2nd January, wishing to visit the Botanical Garden in order to photograph the lotus flowers in bloom. No such luck – the Garden was closed…(open again on 5 Jan).

Remembering that Steve and Mela Crane had wanted to visit the Rupert Museum to see the Rodin and Dylan Lewis exhibition (and had found it closed), we drove for a look-see and found the same … sigh. It had now started to rain … another sigh.

So, on we drove in the direction of Paarl, thinking we might visit Butterfly World – well, every Tom, Dick and Harry was there (en famille), with not a parking spot to be found. We said hello to the meerkat sitting on top of his ground heap, and left again, in the direction of Wellington. The skies were dramatically clouded and the possibility of a few polarized shots came into my head. But where could we safely park? Ah, an open farm gate – at last, time to get out the tripods! No sooner had we turned our backs on the car and the farm owner (very nice looking young man) politely came to ask us what we were doing on his property. Ilse told him who we were, that we were members of a club, were not going to make money out of our pictures of his property, after which he told us we were welcome … big sigh of relief…

We spent some time there, and then carried on into the countryside – direction Malmesbury. Dramatic skies, shifting sunlight, hay bales and trees on the horizon – all great as long as we could get the car off the highway. The turnoff to Riebeek Kasteel proved fortuitous – although the Olive Boutique was closed… sigh. We made it to the outskirts of town to Delico Farm Butchery, which was luckily open, and maxed out our credit cards – lamb chops, fillet, farm butter, ribs – you name it they’ve got it (as well as skilpadjies – too rich for me, but many people like them…). There were a few more opportunites to photograph sweeping landscapes, and then it was time to drive back to reality. Now that our batteries have been charged, we are rarin’ to go in 2009!

Tip: sometimes it good to just follow your nose!district-wellington

‘Lone Tree’ and ‘District Wellington’  by Nettie

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Images by Ilse