There is a long history attached to this practice dating back to Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Readymades’ in the ‘50s and the anti-art conceptualist thrust it inspired to the stereotypical notion that African artists ‘recycle’ objects in their art – think El Antasui. Mary Corrigall will touch on some art history, and break down and challenge accepted ideas via a carefully considered crawl in and out of galleries in Cape Town’s inner city, where works relating to this theme are on display.
The crawl begins in a private viewing room at Clarke’s bookshop where Corrigall will use books and images to give an historical perspective on the theme. From there you will hit streets in search of art that builds on the ‘found’ object theme. Expect a lively but informed and accessible introduction to contemporary African art and the ways in which artists are dealing with the everyday, either blurring the line between art and life or transforming and elevating throwaway images or things into art.
Is art about transformation? She will take a close look at the works of Patrick Bongoy, Francois Knoetze and Mark Rautenbach at Ebony Gallery, Jeanne Gaigher at SMITH and the sculptural works of Marlise Keith showing at Worldart Gallery. This diverse mix of works will help her tease out this theme.
You will get to meet some of the artists and curators attached to these establishments, who will be engaged in discussion with Corrigall. The crawl will conclude with refreshments and some meaty conversation at a city destination.
Aspiring art collectors, art lovers, or new visitors to the city are all encouraged to join.
Only small numbers (no more than 8 people) will be admitted on these exclusive one-off #crawls. So book promptly to ensure your spot.