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.
Everard Read & CIRCA Cape Town will be exhibiting our annual Summer Group Show. Opening on the 5th December and will run until 10th January 2019. Some of the artists who will be exhibited:
Sanell Aggenbach, Kate Arthur, Nic Bladen, Erin Chaplin, Ricky Dyaloyi, Jane Eppel, Guy Ferrer, Teresa Firmino, Liza Grobler, Matthew Hindley, Phillemon Hlungwani, Swain Hoogervorst, Syndi Kahn, Michael MacGarry, Turiya Magadela, IO Makandal, Colbert Mashile, Louise Mason, Brett Murray, Blessing Ngobeni, Richard Penn, Chibuike Uzoma, Lady Skollie, Skubalisto, Lionel Smit, Justin Southey, Giovanna Biallo Stone, Angus Taylor, Neill Wright, Shany van den Berg
“The Abstract Expressionism of everyday life” – Marcel Pedragosa
From a world that exists as instants of fluctuating possibility, Cape Town-based Syndi Kahn extracts moments of unadulterated wonder in her new collection of luminous paintings.
Using her own photographs as well as found imagery, Kahn captures a series of figures deeply engrossed in unfolding moments. In ‘A Dream No One Can See’ a girl waves a bright sparkler; in ‘Lost for Words’ a boy grasps something glowing indistinctly close to himself. It is not always clear what is happening in the scenes, but the introverted reverie of the narratives draws us into the pure, present moment.
Drawing on long-exposure and bokeh photography as inspiration, there is a sense of visible shift in the softly blurred lines of her painted portraits. This creates movement and ambiguity. Kahn refers in particular to Manhattan street photographer Saul Leiter as a photographic muse. In her own work we can see the same attentiveness paid to the quietly mundane that makes Leiter’s work memorable. Kahn also cites Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi and her lyrical but minimal imagery. Reviewing ‘Wondering’, we see Kahn focus on similarly ordinary yet serene reflections, which honour the importance of imagination and awe in the everyday.
In a movement away from her previous abstractions, Kahn’s foray into figurative painting connects the viewers to the works, as we are intrigued by what is unfolding. The artist comments that “by purposefully not attempting to recreate perfection in these images I have left the elements and the message open to the viewer’s interpretation”. The sense of enigma is heightened by the series’ saturated colour, with most pieces being composed of shades in a single colour. This monochromatic colour palette does not allow for distraction from each instant, and underlines their significance.
With ‘Wondering’, Kahn observes: “I am sharing the beauty and mystery of everyday life”.
Everard Read Cape Town
Winter – A Group Exhibition
12 June – 19 July 2019
Everard Read CT presents a group exhibition of paintings and sculpture by a selection of artists, including
Sanell Aggenbach, Philip Barlow, Deborah Bell, Nic Bladen, Arabella Caccia, Hanien Conradie, Ferdi B. Dick, Ricky Dyaloyi, Liza Grobler, Swain Hoogervorst, Syndi Kahn, Turiya Magadlela, Io Makandal, Lucinda Mudge, Brett Murray, Velaphi Mzimba, Daniel Naudé, Tracy Payne, Caryn Scrimgeour, Brett Charles Seiler, Skubalisto, Lionel Smit, Angus Taylor, Andrzej Urbanski, Shany van den Berg, Elize Vossgatter & Barbara Wildenboer
Dec 4, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019
The downstairs gallery space at the Everard Read will be exhibiting our annual Summer Group Show.
Opening on the 4th December at 18:30, this varied exhibition will rotate during the month and concludes on the 4th January 2019.
It will showcase artworks by both emerging and established local & international artists.
Everard Read London presents:
16 August – 7 September 2018
Everard Read London presents a group show by artists living and working in South Africa or with a strong connection to the country.
The exhibition encompasses paintings and sculpture by 25 participating artists.