WHEN Brent Meistre asked me to open this exhibition, I was dubious about my ability to introduce what he does to the general public, as the material, while visually accessible, carries the weight of a very particular philosophy and approach to landscape which is less easily explained. I am thankful that, for most of us, the experience of standing alone in landscape is relatively easy to do as we live close to the kinds of landscape which he has photographed. To be physically in landscape in this country is a primal sensation – it is literally where we’re grounded – where we develop a sense of place and belonging - and it is the space in which we conduct our lives and where we are buried.
ACCOMPLISHED Eastern Cape photographer and painter, Marc Pradervand, presents his first solo art exhibition in Port Elizabeth entitled “Assume Relaxed Position”, at the Athenaeum from 15 – 25 April 2014. Pradervand’s latest body of work, comprising 14 large format paintings, presents cheeky political, social, psychological and sexual content which may leave sensitive adult viewers quite the opposite of relaxed.
ARCHITECTURE and education have long had a comfortable relationship – combining philosophy with process, art with practical design and presentation with realisation. So it comes as no surprise when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA) come together to host an exhibition that highlights how the two interface.