Abstract group exhibition and sculptures by Johann van der Schijff at Lizamore in February. Lizamore & Associates kicks-off their 2018 calendar with two exhibitions that span over a variety of narratives, mediums and techniques. Centred within the relationship between sound and abstraction, And we heard the colours sound showcases works by Bev Butkow, Mpho M Machate, Anastasia Pather, Zolile Phetshane and Sophia van Wyk. Alongside this exhibition, Snapshot by Johann van der Schijff showcases the artist’s sculptural pieces. These exhibitions open on 1 February at 18:00.
And we heard the colours sound originates in the thought that sound and art may collide and result in abstract visual narratives. As a visual art movement, Abstract art has created an experimental space for artists to investigate the harmonious qualities of line and form, whilst often incorporating on other creative mediums like poetry and music to influence their art-making. In a contemporary landscape this notion gives artists the opportunity to activate an experimental space within the Abstract genre by creating emotive visuals in reaction to sound. The notion of the cross-pollination of creative forms – like visual art and sound – offers visual artists a new space in which they can conceptualise artworks. In And we heard the colours sound Butkow, Machate, Pather, Phetshane and Van Wyk explores the coalition between Abstract art-making and sound through their own unique perspectives.
Snapshot offers the viewer a glimpse into Johann van der Schijff’s artistic production of the last decade, which draws from his own experiences growing up in South Africa. His work has been concerned with the effects of apartheid and the pervasiveness of violence that continues in its wake. Therefore, questions of power relations in society underlie much of his work. Central to his exhibitions have been the presence of interactivity as he tempts his viewers to interact with his sculptures even as they realise such interactions are suggestive of aggression and complicity in violence. In Snapshot the artist displays punching bags that the audience can engage with. Through this process, Van der Schijff masterfully forces the viewer into a position of choice in their engagement with his artworks.
These exhibitions open on 1 February 2018 at 18:00 and will run until 24 February at Lizamore & Associates gallery (155 Jan Smuts Avenue).