Annual Winter Solstice at THE CAPE GALLERY

a group exhibition

On view 21 June – 21st July, Featured on First Thursday 5th July 2018

 

In winter recreation brings new challenges. Wet weather drives us indoors and as the nights lengthen towards the Winter Solstice and we feel the chill. Soon earth’s orbit will take us towards the sun and the renewal of spring. It is a turning point, an antique cycle, primed in our memory and body clock.

The annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery is a time of reflection. Long dark nights subvert the rational light of day fostering desire and dreams. It is time to curl up under the duvet with a good book and a glass of wine, a time to let the imagination rove.

‘Surface an Interface’ suggests an intervention in the manner of ‘seeing’ – superficially or with greater penetration – ‘below the surface’.

OUR FEATURED ARTIST

Leon de Bliquy makes poetry visible, drawing luminous imagery from the deep recesses of his introspective mind. In the past and continuous present he has been inspired by the celebrated poets D.J.Opperman and the Spanish

poet Lorca. He references the animated folklore of the Koi San sharing their elemental capacity to metamorphose their surroundings into tales of magical shamanic import. He is a powerful image maker who recognizes the edge of reality in his horizon line, that division between the conscious and unconscious mind.

In the context of this exhibition, “Icons for a past Life”, he reflects on significant exhibitions since 1968. Working on a perspective series he returns the ‘Icon for Opperman’ the first painting he made after the traumatic series of eye operations. This painting was made ‘close up’; an assemblage of photographic images. The essential visual images Opperman reflects on in ‘Klipwerk’ are used in a personal context.
Leon paints in tempera using raw pigments, egg and dammar varnish. Grounds are prepared with French chalk, Titanium Oxide, Gelatine and Boiled Linseed oil.

Artists on show include:
Tania Babb, John Bauer, Leon de Bliquy, Rachelle Bomberg, Anton Bosch, Mel Brigg, Kitty Dorje, Derek Drake, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Julie Jana, Rainer Kohl, Lambert Kriedermann, Christopher Langley, Rene le Roux, Charles Maleka, Odette Marais, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip Mbusi, Peter Midlane, Ernest Manfunny, Sheila Petousis, Linas Petrauskas, Uwe Pfaff, Pamela Silver, Mandy Spiegel, Meshack Tembani, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne, Annari van der Merwe, Theo Vorster, Vuyile Voyiya.

Tania Babb, John Bauer, Leon de Bliquy, Rachelle Bomberg, Anton Bosch, Mel BriggDerek Drake, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Julie Jana, Rainer Kohl, Lambert Kriedermann, Christopher Langley, Rene le Roux, Charles Maleka, Odette Marais, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip Mbusi, Peter Midlane, Ernest Manfunny, Sheila Petousis, Linas Petrauskas, Uwe Pfaff, Pamela Silver, Mandy Spiegel, Meshack Tembani