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TITLE OF EXHIBITION

Vanishing Act

CURATOR

Suen Muller

ARTISTS

Ronél de Jager
JP Hanekom
Gawie Joubert
Maria Lebedeva
Ian Marley


Keneilwe Mokoena
Kobie Nieuwoudt
Jo Roets
Adele van Heerden



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Exhibition statement

Vanishing Act draws focus to the beauty of foliage and flora whilst attempting to memorialise plant life as we know and understand it today. In light of climate change, plant life is rapidly changing. Whilst certain plant species are becoming extinct, others are adapting to survive in earth’s increasingly warmer climate. Not only does this have an impact on our biodiversity, but it also means landscapes and vegetation scenes will change in the future. 

This exhibition aims to visually capture the fragile beauty of various types of plant life whilst bringing to light the effect climate change has and will have on our biodiversity. In this sense, Vanishing Act serves as a time capsule and keep-sake that memorialises plant life.

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Kobie Nieuwoudt
Lente
Gouache and watercolour on hot pressed 300gsm Fabriano
40 x 40 cm
R 9 200
Framed in dark wood

Kobie Nieuwoudt graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2015 she completed her honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University cum laude

Stellenbosch is also where Nieuwoudt discovered her love for botanical illustration. She founded her brand, Koba Illustration & Design in 2015.

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Kobie Nieuwoudt
Somer
Gouache and watercolour on hot pressed 300gsm Fabriano
40 x 40 cm
R 9 200
Framed in dark wood

Kobie Nieuwoudt graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2015 she completed her honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University cum laude

Stellenbosch is also where Nieuwoudt discovered her love for botanical illustration. She founded her brand, Koba Illustration & Design in 2015.

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Kobie Nieuwoudt
Herfs
Gouache and watercolour on hot pressed 300gsm Fabriano
40 x 40 cm
R 9 200
Framed in dark wood

Kobie Nieuwoudt graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2015 she completed her honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University cum laude

Stellenbosch is also where Nieuwoudt discovered her love for botanical illustration. She founded her brand, Koba Illustration & Design in 2015.

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Maria Lebedeva
Venus of Gnidia
Watercolour and ink on paper
18 x 18 cm
SOLD
Framed in light grey

Maria Lebedeva was born in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance artist, she has worked on projects spanning editorial illustration, advertising campaigns, greeting cards and stationery, and children’s book illustration.

Lebedeva frequently participates in exhibitions in Gauteng and in the Western Cape. She currently lives and works in Somerset West, South Africa, and is a PhD student at the University of Johannesburg.

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Maria Lebedeva
Venus of Serruria
Watercolour and ink on paper
35 x 29 cm
SOLD
Framed in light grey

Maria Lebedeva was born in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance artist, she has worked on projects spanning editorial illustration, advertising campaigns, greeting cards and stationery, and children’s book illustration.

Lebedeva frequently participates in exhibitions in Gauteng and in the Western Cape. She currently lives and works in Somerset West, South Africa, and is a PhD student at the University of Johannesburg.

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Maria Lebedeva
Venus of Brunia
Watercolour and ink on paper
26 x 22 cm
SOLD
Framed in light grey

Maria Lebedeva was born in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance artist, she has worked on projects spanning editorial illustration, advertising campaigns, greeting cards and stationery, and children’s book illustration.

Lebedeva frequently participates in exhibitions in Gauteng and in the Western Cape. She currently lives and works in Somerset West, South Africa, and is a PhD student at the University of Johannesburg.

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Keneilwe Mokoena’s work mainly varies between multidisciplinary visual arts, art curation, direction, and facilitation.

Mokoena has curated multiple exhibitions in the Southern African region (including Maputo and Harare) for Capital Arts Revolution, a network of artists, researchers, writers, gardeners, and community developers working within the discourse of waste. Capital Arts Revolution is formed by a collective of artists from Pretoria, and Social Life of Waste (S.L.O.W.).

Keneilwe Mokoena
Untitled 94
Digital collage, unframed
21 x 15 cm
SOLD

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Keneilwe Mokoena
Collage #1624
Digital collage
25 x 19 cm
R 2 570
Framed in beachwood

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Keneilwe Mokoena
Collage #3429
Digital collage
25 x 19 cm
R 2 570
Framed in beachwood

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Keneilwe Mokoena
Untitled 63
Digital collage, unframed
21 x 15 cm
SOLD

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South African artist Jo Roets’s background is in the film industry where she worked as an artist in the art department. She also had a fulltime lecturing career, lecturing in painting, prosthetics, special effects, props fabrication, sculpting, mould-making and casting at a multimedia film school. In 2017, after 14 years as a senior lecturer, Jo exchanged her lecturing apron for one of a full-time artist.

“I call my artworks ‘light, relief sculptures”. It is created from an air-drying clay medium which is rolled out until paper thin to create a delicate bass relief sculpture. Using unusual sculpting tools such as toothpicks and needles, the damp surface of the clay is scored with indents, holes and incisions. The clay medium is manipulated to be as thin as possible, pushing it to its breaking point and encouraging it to warp in the process. This warping quality is unique to each artwork and unplanned.”

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Jo Roets
Aloiampelos Commixta
Air-Drying Clay
42 x 31 x 3.5 cm
R 9 125

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Jo Roets
Kumara Plicatilis
Air-Drying Clay
42 x 31 x 3.5 cm
R 9 125

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Ronél de Jager’s work, which shifts between painting, sculpture, and installation, deals with concepts of the fleeting, with environmental concerns, and with the notion of deep time. She examines our understanding of time, often by slowing down images culled from her own photographs and videography.

Through an abiding interest in translating photographic and video imagery into ambiguous, suggestive paint marks, De Jager explores liminal states. Blurry paintings imply movement, as if to explore a kind of spatial liminality: unclear landscapes suggest rapid movement. The disturbance created by this is unsettling, as the details of the landscape resist our grasp. In the place of a full understanding of the situations shown, the viewer is often left with a mere sensation, an intense yet transient impression of the scenes that De Jager explores.

De Jager has presented two major solo exhibitions at South African galleries of which the second, Broeigrond, won the Kanna Award for best exhibition at the KKNK.

Ronél de Jager
In A Quiet Corner of the Room
Oil on canvas
91 x 91 cm
R 23 920
Framed in grey

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Ronél de Jager
Wallflower
Oil on canvas
180 x 90 cm (oval diameter)
R 36 800

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Ronél de Jager
Green
Oil on canvas
180 x 130 cm
SOLD

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JP Hanekom’s work is concerned with alternative photographic processes, memory and the mundane. He works primarily with found objects and treats ready-made images as objects that he re-works. The outcome of his artmaking is the result of a process driven technique where he blatantly exaggerates aspects inherent in different photographic processes. He masterfully uses these exaggerations to frame the aesthetic and compositional strength of the works whilst underpinning the conceptual threads that are intertwined in his works.

JP Hanekom
Relic
Digital scan, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
105 x 78 cm
R 11 155
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
A Place of Worship
Digital scan, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
105 x 78 cm
R 11 155
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
Untitled I
35mm film, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
21 x 30 cm
R 2 185
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
Untitled II
35mm film, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
21 x 30 cm
SOLD
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
Venerated Stillness VI
35mm film, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
63 x 43 cm
R 5 405
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
Venerated Stillness I
35mm film, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
63 x 43 cm
R 5 405
Framed in dark wood

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JP Hanekom
Venerated Stillness IV
35mm film, archival ink on 100% cotton paper
63 x 43 cm
R 5 405
Framed in dark wood

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Ian Marley
Sanctuary
Charcoal on Fabriano
88 x 116 cm
R 12 000
Framed in black

This work, included in Vanishing Act, is part of a series titled Silent landscapes. Most of the other images in this series show desolate barren landscapes. This one by contrast refers to a more idyllic vision of the garden of Eden. A time of innocence and reverence of nature.

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Adele van Heerden
Jardin
2019
Ink and gouache on drafting film
59 x 87 cm
R 18 400
Framed in black

Cape Town artist Adele van Heerden pays close attention to complexity. As an artist and curator living in a world where the binary has been replaced by the spectrum, Van Heerden revels in the beauties of the multifarious, creating intricate pieces in ink and gouache on paper which juxtapose the natural world with human history. She produces richly detailed, often layered work as a personal response to the particular social, historical and political conditions she finds herself in.

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Adele van Heerden
Fluorescent Foliole
2019
Ink and gouache on drafting film
44 x 33 cm
R 8 740
Framed in black

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Gawie Joubert is a visual artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. Joubert is mostly known for his ethereal ink and charcoal drawings that evolve around complex connections between humans and nature. Originally from Durban, South Africa, he currently lives and works from his studio in Berlin, Germany.

Gawie Joubert
Szia I
Pastel Striking
32 x 23 cm
R 2 070
Framed in beachwood

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Gawie Joubert
Szia II
Pastel Striking
32 x 23 cm
R 2 070
Framed in beachwood

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Gawie Joubert
Szia III
Pastel Striking
32 x 23 cm
R 2 070
Framed in beachwood

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Gawie Joubert
Szia IV
Pastel Striking
32 x 23 cm
R 2 070
Framed in beachwood

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Gawie Joubert
Sphere
Charcoal on paper
90 x 60 cm
R 9 000
Framed in dark wood

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Gawie Joubert
Becoming Aware
Charcoal on paper
230 x 135 cm
R 60 000
Framed in dark wood

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Suen Muller


Curator’s profile

Suen Muller is an exhibition-maker, curator, designer, and lecturer. With a passion for contemporary African art and design, she aims to broaden audience engagement through ongoing interaction and conversations.

Muller believes visual narratives are of utmost importance for the development and growth of general society and that education, compassion and understanding can be mediated by contemporary art and design.

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