STILL is the third in the Everard Read galleries’ series of online group exhibitions. The first two (Staring Straight to the Future and US) served to re-frame existing works in the context of the pandemic. This latest group show comprises works primarily created by invited and gallery artists during lockdown, when most artists didn’t have access to their studios, often having to adjust both their working methods and world views.
STILL references notions of ‘stillness’: from formal still life studies, to a slowing down in quiet contemplation. This exhibition imagines humankind’s resilience and perseverance during an unprecedented time of uncertainty.
STILL presents a variety of responses that explore ephemerality, nostalgia, wistfulness, beauty and order as well as chaos and turbulence. From the epic, mythologising works of Ricky Dyaloyi, Blessing Ngobeni and Dylan Lewis, to the more serene works of Mmakgabo Sebidi, John Meyer and Caryn Scrimgeour – and everything in between – this exhibition is a pertinent snapshot of a very particular moment in time.
Participating artists include:
Sanell Aggenbach, Beth Diane Armstrong, Beezy Bailey, Deborah Bell, Kamyar Bineshtarigh, Nic Bladen, Norman Catherine, Arabella Caccia, Gail Catlin, Erin Chaplin, Hanien Conradie, Ferdi B Dick, Guy du Toit, Ricky Dyaloyi, Paul Emsley, Kerri Evans, Guy Ferrer, Liza Grobler, Lee-Ann Heath, Matthew Hindley, Swain Hoogervorst, Syndi Kahn, Vusi Khumalo, Teresa Kutala Firmino, Lady Skollie, Daniel Levi, Dylan Lewis, Lorienne Lotz, Paula Louw, Michael MacGarry, IO Makandal, Colbert Mashile, Setlamorago Mashilo, Louise Mason, Denby Meyer, John Meyer, Elsaby Milandri, Brett Murray, Nigel Mullins, Daniel Naude, Blessing Ngobeni, Jo O’Connor, Alessandro Papetti, William Peers, Caryn Scrimgeour, Mmakgabo Sebidi, Bambo Sibiya, Skubalisto, Justin Southey, Gary Stephens, Penelope Stutterheime, Angus Taylor, Andrzej Urbanski, Shany van den Berg, Harold Voigt, Walter Voigt, Elize Vossgätter, Warther Dixon & Barbara Wildenboer.