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"Diane Victor, Maggie van Schalkwyk, Ian Marley, Gordon Froud, Angus Taylor and Louismarié Combrink: A Group Exhibition"
2005-06-22 until 2005-09-10
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
Bloemfontein, , ZA

Oliewenhuis Art Museum will be hosting a group exhibition of works by, Maggie van Schalkwyk, Gordon Froud, Diane Victor, Ian Marley, Angus Taylor and Louisemarié Combrink from Wednesday, 22 June 2005. The exhibition will feature a variety of disciplines, which includes paintings, installations, digital prints, drawings, sculpture, mixed media and graphic works. Exploring wide-ranging material and thematic concerns, the exhibition provides an intriguing insight into the systematic artistic investigations of the participating artists, as well as a selective overview of current art practices and thinking.

Diane Victor, recent recipient of a medal of honour for excellence in drawing and painting from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns is an accomplished printmaker and a master of her genre. Her drawings are primarily in pastel and charcoal, however she also uses etching and lithography. Her work tackles a range of burning issues, ranging from sexual repression to personal and social violence to racial anxiety. Victor resides in Midrand and is a part time lecturer.

Gordon Froud, has been actively involved in the South African art world for more than 20 years and has served as curator, arts administrator, advisor, external examiner and adjudicator of major art competitions. The installation on exhibition, titled 10cc of Positive Input refers to sexuality, humanism, HIV Aids and the life force. Froud resides in Johannesburg and is the owner of the gordart@Thompson Gallery in Melville.

Ian Marley will be exhibiting an ongoing project titled, Sins of the Father, which explores the emerging relationship between father and son by means of composite photographs. It reflects upon the notion of hybridity and the influence of past generations on the forming of personalities. Marley is currently employed as Digital Navigator at the Vega School of Brand Communications in Johannesburg.

Angus Taylor is considered a specialist in bronze casting. His work is extremely process orientated, labour intensive and time consuming. He works in a variety of mediums, which range from cast bronze and steel, aluminium, granite and cement fondue. Taylor is currently the owner of a company called DSW (Dionysus Sculpture Works, Gauteng), which specializes in the casting of bronze pieces.

The landscape and the way it sets up a space for interaction with the self, form the foundation of Louisemarié Combrink's work. The paintings on exhibition are called road trip memories, a statement referring to the notion that remembering the landscape is also a remembrance of the self, in projected form. Combrink is currently Academic Head of the Open Window School of Visual Communications in Pretoria.

Maggie van Schalkwyk's work is mostly socio-political and deals with construction of time and context in a displaced society. She uses images from old newspapers and places them in various contexts and perspectives, thereby creating time and environment in a constructed space. Van Schalkwyk is currently a lecturer in drawing in the Department of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark.

Gordon Froud
10cc of Positivity - 2004

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