Open End: An Exhibition of Paintings

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Lisa Brice | Kudzanai Chiurai | Soly Cissé | Tom Cullberg | Claire Gavronsky | Robert Hodgins | David Koloane | Moshekwa Langa | Minnette Vári

There is an element of uncertainty inherent in the medium of paint – it is a fluid material that allows for various modes of expression, and as such is an ideal starting point for an examination of notions of nebulousness and accident.

Goodman Gallery Cape presents Open End, a group exhibition of paintings by both emerging and established artists that speaks to the element of uncertainty in artistic production and expression, and illustrates a process that seeks to arrive at meaning through search.

In an environment where so much emphasis is placed on work that is conceptually pre-determined, where the work is crafted around and invested with a deliberate and established message or meaning, the show aims to create a space for paintings produced without a clear conceptual starting point, focusing on the wrestle or the hunt for meaning rather than the expression of a packaged and determined project.

It is a simultaneously dangerous and powerful position to work from, unstable and vulnerable on the one hand, but filled with the potential of new and unexplored ideas, of work that is discursive and receptive to chance on the other. The title Open End refers not only to the absence of resolution, but to the very manner in which the work is approached: an embracing of uncertainty – or, to paraphrase Francis Bacon, a courting of accidents – in the search for meaning.

The exhibition will feature new works by Lisa Brice and David Koloane, and a painting created in situ by Kudzanai Chiurai. Tom Cullberg will show a series of abstract, perhaps metaphysical paintings dealing with the tensions that exist between the rational and the chaotic. Two anamorphic landscape-like paintings by Minnette Vári – first seen earlier this year as part of her solo show Parallax at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg – as well as several typically humorous and confrontational works by Moshekwa Langa will be included. Dakar-based artist Soly Cissé will show nine small monochrome paintings deftly straddling the figurative and the abstract, Claire Gavronsky will show an oil painting addressing notions of memory and loss, and several works by the incomparable Robert Hodgins illustrate the flex and the power of the medium.

Tom Cullberg

Langa Moshekwa

Robert Hodgins

Minnette Vári

Claire Gavronsky

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Kudzanai Chiurai

David Koloane

  • Abstract 3

    Tom Cullberg

    Abstract 3, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    116 x 150cm

  • Abstract 4

    Tom Cullberg

    Abstract 4, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    195 x 150cm

  • Abstract 5

    Tom Cullberg

    Abstract 5, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    195 x 150cm

  • Abstract 9

    Tom Cullberg

    Abstract 9, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    165 x 275cm

  • Magnificent Ruins

    Langa Moshekwa

    Magnificent Ruins, 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    106 x 80 cm

    Available

  • You Give Me The Creeps

    Langa Moshekwa

    You Give Me The Creeps, 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    100 x 140 cm

  • Untitled (Swirls)

    Langa Moshekwa

    Untitled (Swirls), 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    140 x 100cm

  • Untitled (Skull)

    Langa Moshekwa

    Untitled (Skull), 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    77 x 107cm

  • The morning after!

    Langa Moshekwa

    The morning after!, 2000

    grey pencil, acrylics, enamel spray paint and pastel on paper

    140 x 100 cm

  • It's Now Or Never

    Langa Moshekwa

    It's Now Or Never, 2000

    Drawing

    80 x 106 cm

  • Ghost I

    Langa Moshekwa

    Ghost I, 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    158 x 150cm

  • The Curse Will Get You Too

    Langa Moshekwa

    The Curse Will Get You Too, 2000

    Mixed Media On Paper

    100 x 140 cm

  • Four Heads

    Robert Hodgins

    Four Heads, 1972

    Oil on board

    Four panels, 55 x 30cm each

  • Watcher on the Wall

    Robert Hodgins

    Watcher on the Wall, 1996

    Oil on Canvas

    120 x 90cm

  • A Suit of Flames in a Brooks Brothers Shirt

    Robert Hodgins

    A Suit of Flames in a Brooks Brothers Shirt, 1997

    Oil on canvas

    120 x 90cm

  • Two Figures in a Room

    Robert Hodgins

    Two Figures in a Room, 2003

    Oil on canvas

    90 X 120CM

  • Ouma in Swart Satyn

    Robert Hodgins

    Ouma in Swart Satyn, 2007

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60cm

  • The Absinthe Drinker

    The Absinthe Drinker, 2005

    Oil on canvas

    102 x 76cm

  • Wisdom of the Impious (Spun)

    Minnette Vári

    Wisdom of the Impious (Spun), 2010

    Indiam ink on Fabriano

    100 x 183 cm

  • Wisdom of the Impious (Strewn)

    Minnette Vári

    Wisdom of the Impious (Strewn), 2010

    Indian ink on Fabriano

    120 x 302 framed

  • 4 Corners Of The Earth

    Claire Gavronsky

    4 Corners Of The Earth, 2006

    Oil On Linen

    182 x 138cm

  • After You Win the Title

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    After You Win the Title, 2010

    Mixed media on canvas

    175 x 250cm

  • Inner City I

    David Koloane

    Inner City I, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    120 x 130cm

  • Inner City II

    David Koloane

    Inner City II, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    130 x 120cm