‘THINK fun – Art that tickles my fancy’
One of the most exciting art walkabouts on this year’s schedule is ‘THINK fun – Art that tickles my fancy’ by comedian John Vlismas. Known for his extreme brand of comedy, Vlismas has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, received death threats from Steve Hofmeyer, and, among many things, is an artist and a successful businessman. As an artist, Vlismas is influenced by Francis Bacon and Robert Hodgins, and spent a lot of time painting with the latter before he passed away. He had his first solo exhibition Off The Reservations in 2009, and has exhibited numerous times since then, including a collaborative exhibition with Juanita Frier entitled Through the Roof and Underground at Art Eye Gallery in 2016. Vlismas invests in art as well as creating it, and says that art is ‘much more important to human beings than most realise.’
Tribute to David Koloane
This landscape. This landscape! The Quintessential Metaphor For Life is an exhibition by David Koloane in collaboration with LL Editions, curated by Ruzy Rusike. This tribute to David Koloane exists in the odd tension of his approach to the world and art-making.
The installations! One is the thirteen-metre-long RMB THINK Bench. The original bench, which can be found outside RMB’s offices in Sandton, was created by Louis Olivier and the Workhorse Bronze Foundry. For the Fair, Olivier is recreating the bench in resin so that it can travel (its next stop is the Hilton Arts Festival), while still retaining its enormous structure and allowing visitors to the Fair to experience this life-size structural wonder. The extraordinary bench is designed to spell out ‘THINK’ from one side, while from another appear to be life-sized human figures in different thinking poses – a spectacular feature that will add something special to this year’s RMB Turbine Art Fair.
The Graduate Show
The Graduate Show returns for the fourth year and is curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair. This exhibition features some of the best post-graduate painting and, in 2018, the inclusion of photography from the arts departments across South Africa. The 2018 exhibition will be curated by Musa N. Nxumalo. ‘We are interested in exploring how graduate artists regenerate the idea of home, land, space and identity. How their work imagination/speaks to hopes, fears and dreams regarding this subject. We are looking for graduate artists that work with the medium of photography as well as painting to explore the reality, fantasy and abstract ideas relating to home, land and Identity,’ says Nxumalo.
‘THINK Promise’ walkabout
Art Advisor Kholisa Thomas will do a walkabout entitled ‘THINK Promise’, looking at a selection of up-and-coming artists. Thomas is a Joburg-based curator who is passionate about bridging the gap between artists and art lovers. With her company The Art Talks, Thomas connects people with art in an accessible, fun and educational way, and aims to do the same with this walkabout.
Themba Khumalo’s artwork
Our June cover artist Themba Khumalo’s work will be for sale at Gallery2’s stand. Khumalo has become known for his emotive charcoal drawings that capture busy cityscapes and the vast empty fields he observes in and around Joburg where he lives. Khumalo says that ‘One of the themes behind my work is based on my relationships with people. In my work, I explore feelings of connectivity and isolation. My attempt is to build trust and closeness with others through my artwork. There are never human figures in my images. Electric poles, plugs and cables feature a lot in my work, these are metaphors for life, energy, hope and movement.’
MORIRI | We’re O U R S E L V E S
Blaque Inq Contemporaries will present // MORIRI | We’re O U R S E L V E S at RMB Turbine Art Fair. This will be a ‘hair’ themed solo booth of prints, drawings and photography work by our July cover artist, Lebohang Motaung, alongside a special experimental hair plaiting performance piece and behind the scenes short film documentation of Motaung’s collaborators, influences, inspirations and creative process. The show celebrates how hair has taken on many meanings in cultures across Africa and today – a fashion statement, a medium for beauty but also an object of loss, a symbol of pride, identity, time passing, and ultimately art.
Life Force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern
The exhibition Life Force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern, presented by Strauss & Co, will feature a host of works by the painter from a number of private collections. The exhibition also seeks to expand on the notion of the ideal collector and what they can achieve in a lifetime of collecting. But with many of the artist’s works sitting in corporate or private collections, Stern’s life and works aren’t widely known. So just who was the painter Irma Stern?
Talent Unlocked: the outcome of a six-month intensive programme for emerging artists coordinated by Assemblage, in collaboration with VANSA and RMB Turbine Art Fair. Participating artists include Vanessa Tembane, Theko Boshomane, Sharon Moses, Selwyn Steyn, Ofentse Seshabela, Nathi Khumalo, Mncedi Madolo, Mignon Modema Mayhew, Marguerite Visser Sanders, Lusanda Ndita, Loreal Vos, Lebogang Mabusela, Keneilwe Mokoena, Jessica Le Roux, Henrietta Elizabeth Scholtz, duo Jacques du Toit (Andre) and Tamara Langwe (Bumba), Xoliswa Ngwenya and Zandri Oosthuysen, with mentors: Koulla Xinisteris, Murray Turpin, Lara Koseff, and Lawrence Lemaoana. This year’s Talent Unlocked curator, Fulufhelo Mobadi, is a South African photographer born in Johannesburg in 1986.
Artist Proof Studio’s stand
Artist Proof Studio’s stand at RMB Turbine Art Fair is a must visit; find some gems from some of South Africa’s top artists, or invest in some of the country’s most promising young artists.