by Andries Loots
and PATRICK LATIMER
at the AVA, Cape Town
|The Association for Visual Arts
(AVA) at the Metropolitan Gallery, 35 Church Street,
Cape Town, is hosting three exhibitions.
||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.
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.
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.
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
These exhibitions will be on till the
20th March 1999.