Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Stern Exchange


You are invited to THE STERN EXCHANGE

an exhibition by Lien Botha and Clementina  van der Walt

on Saturday 4th October 2014 at 10:30

as part of Designing Destiny 

The Cape Town Month of Photography,Film & New Media ’14 Festival.
 
To be opened by Michael Godby
 
Exhibition styled in collaboration with EBONY
 
Walkabout on Wednesday 15th October at 10:30

 Exhibition closes 25th October 2014
 
MOP6 Festival program 15 September – 31st October on www.photocentre.org.za 
 
The UCT Irma Stern Museum
 
Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town Tel. 021 685 5686
Opening hours:
Tues-Fri         10:00 - 17:00
Sat                  10: 00 - 14:00
www.irmastern.co.za



The Stern Exchange is a collaboration between lens-based artist Lien Botha  and ceramic artist Clementina van der Walt and will also be part of the Sixth Cape Town Month of Photography.
     Whilst the artists will each independently be investigating aspects of the Irma Stern Museum and reflecting these in separate bodies of work in their respective mediums, the original idea was  to present something along the lines of the Grayson Perry installations in the British Museum – The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman – in 2011/12.

Botha, besides exhibiting work from two existing portfolios called Moundou (2008) and Plant Press (2009), also created a unique set of eight photographic prints, featuring staff of the Irma Stern Museum and which can best be described as an idiosyncratic insertion into the raison d’être of this venerated building.

Van der Walt will show ceramic works which embrace both the utilitarian and contemplative aspects of the ceramic discipline. Much of the style and methods of working have been inspired by experiencing two parallel lives – an urban life in the City of Cape Town and a rural life on a farm outside Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo where she spends many weeks of the year.
     Her  intention is to ‘seek the sacred in the ordinary’; “I endeavour to make contemplative objects which have a utilitarian dimension. My aesthetic inspiration is drawn from the patterns, colours, light and textures in the urban and natural African landscape.”

Finally, the interplay between ceramic work and photographic prints will be tied together with furniture - supplied and coordinated  by Ebony Design.

*Esteemed academic and Art Historian, Professor Michael Godby will open the exhibition.
*There will be a walkabout on Wednesday 15 October with Irma Stern lucky packets available for sale.
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Recent Visit to Taipei

I have just arrived back from an incredible 10 day trip to Taipei, Taiwan. My partner, Albie Bailey, and I were fortunate to visit this city and explore the streets, taste the exotic dishes and meet the beautiful people. 


The reason for our trip was to visit the Yingge Museum of Ceramics where my work is on display for a few months as part of an international Ceramic Exhibition. 


Masquerade is an installation of mine, comprising of 18 masks and is on show at this prestigious Ceramic museum. In this picture, I was lucky enough to meet the director of the museum, Chen Chun-Lan. 


My installation is also featured in their exquisite 215 page catalog, which comprise of pictures and blurbs about each Ceramicist taking part in the show from across the globe.


We were welcomed with absolute warmth and reverence by the director as she awarded  me with this Certificate of Gratitude. I thought this was a lovely gesture.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Ceramic Culture on Show in Japan

This piece was selected for Honorable Mention in this international competition. 

Intending to promote development of the ceramic industry and exploring culture through international exchanges of ceramic designs, this exhibition comprises of ceramic work from across the globe, displaying innovative ideas and beautiful designs.
The exhibition is opening today 12 September -Sunday 19 September 2014.
For further information, please visit Ceramic Exhibition in Japan


Thursday, August 28, 2014

South African Flavours & Traditions

Some of my ceramic dishes were recently used to serve popular "Cape recipes" on by Cape Town based Chef, Sophia Lindop in her latest publication, Cape Town Flavours and Traditions


Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Face Medallions | Women in Clay

My latest pieces, Face Medallions, are on show at the annual Woman in Clay exhibition. Art in the Forest is hosting the annual women in Clay,  to commemorate Women’s month. The exhibition opens 23 August. Show runs till 27 September. Art in the Forest is nestled in between the tall trees on the slope of the mountain and can be accessed via Rhodes drive, just past Constantia Nek Circle. The gallery is open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm & Sat 10am-3pm.

Monday, August 18, 2014

GONE LIVE!

After many months, weeks & days of photographing, editing and planning, I am delighted to announce that my online shop is finally here! This morning we went live and are now selling the Wabi Sabi range online. Please visit the online shop and let me know what you think.

I am offering FREE shipping for all online sales within South Africa from now till 31 October 2014.

Friday, August 8, 2014

AFRICANUS

Opening tomorrow...

An exhibition of Clementina wall plates, inspired by South African and Literary figures and Fayum mummy portraits. This exhibition will run from 9 August - 18 September 2014 at 6 Spin Street in Cape Town. Come along to the opening where we will serve refreshments and selected poems will be read by Kelwyn Sole and Ingrid de Kok.