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week8    by Andries Loots

at the AVA, Cape Town
The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) at the Metropolitan Gallery, 35 Church Street,
Cape Town, is hosting three exhibitions.
Various paintings by Breytenbach In the main gallery,  internationally acclaimed author,  poet,   philosopher and visual artist,  Breyten Breytenbach is holding his second Cape Town solo exhibition,  entitled,   "Woordword", featuring his most recent works on paper comprising scrolls, limited edition graphics, banners, drawings and boxes. In the long gallery, newcomer to the art scene, Elzaby Laubscher is exhibiting her latest works entitled "Fragments",  while upstairs in the artsstrip recent graduate, Patrick Latimer is holding his first exhibition.

Breyten Breytenbach, born 1939 in South Africa, lived in Paris from 1960 to 1975 and then again from 1983 onwards. He is internationally renowned for his writings in English and his poetry in Afrikaans and has published numerous books and essays.
Dr. Van Zyl Slabbert with Breyten Breytenbach
In this exhibition, "Woordword",  the writer and the artist deals with the process of the word becoming image, hence the multi-layered title of the exhibition. His art works are, in fact, visual poems and, in this manner, he has linked the poet and the painter, the written word and the painted image, literature and fine art, Most are works on paper or flags/scrolls, with the exception of four pharaonic boxes made of wood and incorporating mysterious objects, which were created in 1975 shortly before he was imprisoned for seven years (as a result of his activities on behalf of the ANC), and which reveal premonitions of prison while at the same time linking text with image.

Elzaby Laubscher is exhibiting her mixed media works on paper, charcoals and drawings.

She has participated in several group shows in Cape Town and this is her second one-person show and her first exhibition at the AVA.

Huge mixed media by Elzaby Laubscher
Colourful interior by Patrick Latimer oil on board Patrick Latimer, born Johannesburg 1976,  holds a Diploma in Advertising with a specialization in Art Direction from the AAA School of Advertising.

His first exhibition comprises highly colourful oils on board depicting vibrant, busy interior scenes, of kitchens, students' digs, sitting rooms, viewed at oblique angles, and picturesque facades of unusual buildings surrounded by creeping foliage in Cape Town suburbs.

These exhibitions will be on till the 20th March 1999.