The AVA Gallery currently has three new exhibitions running at its studio at 35 Church Street in the city centre.
Ubulungiswa/Justice, a collaboration between 23 artists from different disciplines, is on show in the main gallery until tomorrow, Friday April 6. The collaborative artwork was created in 2015 in response to the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town, the #RhodesMustFall and Open Stellenbosch Movements, combined with the re-eruption of xenophobic attacks and the proliferation of racially fueled discourse in South Africa. Through the process of collaborating, artists have examined the concept of justice and explored the struggles with their personal and collective histories.
Tonight, April 5, the closing night, there will be new installations and a performance as part of the First Thursdays initiative.
The Layered Garden by Deborah Lazarus will show at the AVA Gallery until Friday April 6. Lazarus’ work in oils, mixed media, pastels, encaustic and photography feeds into her recent digital images which are imbued with a painterly quality that is evocative of her theme: The Layered Garden. She has drawn on time spent with her young daughter in the forest, the garden, and by the sea shore – looking, touching, smelling, sensing, feeling – and trying to imagine how her daughter might be experiencing those wonderlands.
Danny Shorkend’s The Enigma of Aleph-Beit, will show at the AVA’s mezzanine gallery until tomorrow, Friday April 6. Each of the 22 paintings in Shorkend’s series is a personal meditation, considering the significance of form, name and numerical value of its letter.
Such is the teaching of the kabbalah that explains the mystical import of each letter/form/sound vibration or name.
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