EXHIBITIONS 2017-09-14T16:01:02+00:00




Layziehound Coka - The Devil Made me Do it

Cross-Pollination: Lars J. Fischedick

“In these works I also explore liminal space, the space between perpetrator and victim, and my own shadow. There seems to be an invisible interconnectedness between opposites. Like a web that keeps them in a co-dependant, energetic relationship. Shadow is not the absence of light (Goethe), light needs shadow and shadow needs light.  Between them you will find all the colours on the spectrum.

– Lars J. Fischedick

Exhibition opens Thursday, 07 September 2017, 18h00, at 69 Burg Street, Cape Town.

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The Three Abstractions: Hussein Salim

“My artwork always needs to convey my passion. What I believe, is that artwork is supposed to reach beyond the boundary of the frame and break the laws of physics, society and the very way our minds work.

These paintings are my thoughts married with action. These are when I have “jumped out the frame”. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

– Hussein Salim

Exhibition opens Thursday, 07 September 2017, 18h00, at 69 Burg Street, Cape Town.

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Solo – Vanessa Berlein: 3 November 2017 – 01 December 2017

Group shows (provisional dates):

Ubuntu / Uhuru / Awethu: 4 January 2018 –  26 January 2018


Layziehound Coka - The Devil Made me Do it

Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to announce the opening of Not a Judge, Not a Saint, a solo exhibition featuring: Johannesburg based artist, Layziehound Coka.

Not a judge, not a saint, a “neither-nor” statement with a slightly deceiving sense of neutralism reveals the ease at which we dissociate ourselves from the judgements we make. Layziehound questions the power trajectories prevalent in society, be they religious and socio-political ideologies or those whom uphold them. His large, gestural body of work expresses a turbulent experience of conflict when tackling the so-called moral compass the artist and those of us alike are taught to live by.

Exhibition opens Thursday, 03 August 2017, 18h00, at 69 Burg Street, Cape Town.

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Leila Fanner - Meeting At The Mural
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Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to announce the opening of Redemptive Beauty, a group exhibition featuring: Leila Fanner, Jess Holdengarde , Stephane Conradie, Sue Greeff and Janna Prinsloo

Exhibition opens Thursday, 01 June 2017, 18h00.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Beauty is relative and changes as does fashion. Art, often thought of as the exemplary case of the aesthetic, does not implicate a definite notion of beauty and the so-called classical is no longer a tenable notion. This was made palpably obvious with Duchamp’s Ready-mades and later pop art and the resultant breakdown of a rigid distinction between art and life.

However, to complicate the issue when we speak of beauty it need not simply be a reference to formal, surface components, but to an extra-aesthetic dimension in which case one might speak of the beauty of an idea or the opposite, in which case the resultant aesthetic is not free of context in which it is born – beauty itself is thus more than simply the exterior garb. This one might term the postmodern acknowledgement that local histories rather than global, overarching truths and corresponding constructs of beauty mean that, at best, the aesthetic dimension ought not be considered the final word or rather the visual correlate of a or any system. There is thus no necessary ultimate form or conception of what is beautiful.

Beauty as redemption may be a lie, a veneer and surface that masks (or reveals) an ideological system bent on power and coercion. And beauty can be redemptive if it is defined in terms of a logical truth perhaps in the form of a mathematical equation or a more emotive one, like an honest smile to another. Art often sees the ugly truth. Beauty can be canonised and art its favourite emissary. But perhaps most significantly, art may offer new visions of beauty qua truth/s.

Dr. Danny Shorkend

Sorrel Hofmann: Installation 1
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Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to announce the opening of Redemptive Beauty, a group exhibition featuring: Leila Fanner, Jess Holdengarde , Stephane Conradie, Sue Greeff and Janna Prinsloo

Exhibition opens Thursday, 01 June 2017, 18h00.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Rape

Eclectica Contemporary is proud to present a new solo exhibition by Sorrel Hofmann entitled “The Rape”. Following on from her highly successful debut exhibition at the UCT Irma Stern Museum earlier this year, this body of work examines the harm inherent in seemingly healing gestures and therapies, ranging from the environmental to the psychological.

Consisting of paintings, sculptures, photography and large-scale installation, Hofmann takes seemingly everyday objects and minimalist artistic marks and weaves a complex and highly charged network of connections between them. “The Rape” forms the first part of an ongoing project by the artist entitled “Freud and Friends” and begins a process of seeking to untangle, critique and reimagine a nexus of control, prejudice and domination that pervades human existence in an increasingly globalised and spiritually fractured western-centred world.

Hofmann’s works are lyrical, meditative but nonetheless deft and forceful. As critic Danny Shorkend noted with reference to her previous exhibition “Atlas”: “her ability to say something with an economy of means, that is the fact of simplification, a sense that the clutter of sensations and feelings have been reduced, for want of a better word, to a few basic shapes and lines” is noteworthy.

Sorrel Hofmann’s new exhibition will be an opportunity to see the latest work by an artist who is gaining increasing attention for her unique approach to material and pertinent subject matter.

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Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to announce the opening of Paradise Regained, a group exhibition featuring: Thonton Kabeya, Michael Selekane, KyuSang Lee, Vincent Osemwegie and Leonard Shapiro.

These exceptional artists were invited to participate in a group exhibition the theme, of which is directly inspired by John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Regained. The artists who each, in some way, break the boundaries of their chosen media and practice, have been left to freely interpret the theme as they wish.

However, we offer you this…

What can Milton’s work teach us within an African and South African context and can paradise be regained? The significance of basic education that is broad, deep and open as a right to all; the need for heroes and heroines to fight against social injustices; that the more negative side of the self is insidious; that we are the guardians of the earth and Eden can be made out of this earth – that should we open our eyes we may yet see that there are pockets of paradise right here in South Africa…

Exhibition opens Thursday, 06 April 2017, 18h00.

We look forward to seeing you there!

BLACK MAGIC, a solo exhibition by Loyiso Mkize

This collection is an exploration of the contemporary black experience, encapsulating the varied themes that inform the modern black landscape. This body of work intends to extract familiar key aspects to take apart, understand and reassemble what belonging to this group is and what belonging means. Specifically, how we are represented in conversation with how we choose to represent ourselves.

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From the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age to this Age of multi-material, technological response following the industrial revolution 250 years ago. The ages of human technologies have been defined by our access to and ability to use different mined resources.

Mining provides us with all the ingredients to manufacture the technologies of our contemporary world. Behind mining are rich and contentious histories that have shaped social hierarchies.

The exhibition title encompasses bodies of work responding to different aspects of humans engagement and interaction and use of the wealth extracted from our planet, Earth.

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Creative Destruction

A Group Exhibition Featuring:

Katlego Tlabela
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Chris van Eeden
Daya Heller
Jeannette Unite
Ronald Muchatuta
Ley Mboramwe

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Creative Destruction was termed in relation to economic principles that focused around the manifestations of capitalism. Joseph Schumpeter, the man who phrased the concept in 1942 (a time of particularly creative destruction), hailed from Austria and was known as an ardent capitalist, who saw creative destruction as ‘the essential fact about capitalism’.

In the age of technology, with new devices and applications endlessly being created the possibility for communication is broadening and extending more than we had ever imagined. Social networks bombard us with images constantly; videos, pod casts, screens of news feeds and timelines replacing broadcasts, books, journals and newspapers crowd our everyday existence. Schumpeter, used the example of the railroad to demonstrate his ideal working of the principle: as a powerful transforming agent that opens up new opportunities while clearing away old areas of stagnated activity. In many ways, communication confronts this notion, with the visual becoming more central and accessible and as such, the contemporary dynamics have an affect on the visual medium that often is Fine Art. Where do we go from here and how can the practice of art making learn to negotiate and reposition itself today?

The change of season and the rehanging of a new show for Eclectica Contemporary aims to refresh and re-picture ideas of summer and the considerations of the end of 2016. Creative destruction offers a vehicle for response that can be used to encourage creation and open up new conversations.

(MANIATA) Lingala

24/10/2016 – 05/11/2016

Ley Mboramwe on Show with Asanda Kupa!

Ley Mboramwe hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He completed his degree in Fine Art at the ‘Academie des Beaux’ in Kinshasa (the centre of Africa). His life experience in the Congo, its suffering, beauty, politics, culture and economic circumstances is evident in his work.

The human body is used as a means of storytelling and a reflection of life. Where stories, such as looting, hunger, disease, nightmares, dreams and the joys of human existence are theoretically portrayed.

He uses the body as a mirror to the soul.

The exhibition opens Monday, 24 October 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Un_Learn, my soul

06/10/2016 – 05/11/2016

Asanda Kupa: Solo Exhibition

Asanda Kupa is a rising talent amongst South African painters. He was born in Molteno, in the Eastern Cape and has always been drawn to the illustrative arts. His expressive mark making and abstraction of the human form creates a vivid and moving body of work that seems to explore change, progression and alteration through the language of narrative painting in a uniquely abstract manner. Kupa’s gestural works command a great presence in each space they can be found and his investment of time, energy and emotion as well as immense skill becomes apparent.

The opening of the exhibition will start on Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 18h00.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Restone Maambo: LEVITATION

Restone Maambo’s first solo show is held at Eclectica Contemporary from the 1st of September 2016. The works are painting and mixed media on canvas and work through the theme of Levitation.

01/09/2016 – 01/10/2016

A debut solo show

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07/07/2016 – 27/08/2016

An inaugural exhibition curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Eight contemporary painters will explore new directions, techniques and ideas in their medium, responding to local and global issues that have emerged in the wake of decolonization, the end of institutionalized Apartheid and the challenges and opportunities of a globalized world. The title ‘Charting’ implies a journey and making one’s way in territories that are being explored as well as the idea of concepts, artists and themes that are on the rise and coming to the fore. This, the first exhibition in a new gallery and exhibition space, has been guest curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Cape Town-based lecturer and writer.

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2016 Silent Auction

Bid Or Buy
From Michaelis Students, Emerging & Established Local Artists & Collectors

03/08/2016 – 04/08/2016

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