This weekend the Cape Town International Convention Centre has been taken over by the annual Cape Town Art Fair in association with Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa. With many well-known galleries participating, there’s a large and impressive selection of local and international artists on show. New to this year’s offering, the Unframed division is dedicated to large-scale works that encourage visitor interaction. We experienced Katharien de Villiers’ allegorical installation, Carwash: A Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Right of Man to His Madness, where we walked through a large representation of an automated carwash (pictured above). The marbled minimalism of Zander Blom’s Untitled collection also struck our fancy, displayed as part of the Stevenson booth.
We stopped a few fellow art appreciators to ask them which pieces got them talking and why. Visit the Cape Town Art Fair at the CTICC on 17-19 February 2017.
‘I’m a big fan of collages and multi-media and I love the size of the work.’
– Crystal Birch on Ayanda Mabulu’s Heartbreaking Scenes at the Pavilion 2016, Hazard gallery.
‘I love that it forces you to interact with it – the textures are incredible; I really enjoy tangible art. Touching, feeling, getting to run around and experience the artwork…’
– Carla Latsky on Katharien de Villiers’ Carwash: A Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Right of Man to His Madness 2017, Smith Studio.
‘I like the strange surrealism of the piece. I like the fact that there is a painful integrity to the painting. There’s a certain painterly intelligence at work in it.’
– Johann Louw on Simon Stone’s Briefcase 2017, Smac gallery.
‘I don’t really have an art eye so I can’t talk about technique, but for me it looks like leafy trees blowing in the wind and this reflects conflict.’
– Didi and Tebogo on Jordan Sweke’s The Meek 2017, Salon 91.
‘When you see them they do look like real twigs but they aren’t real, they’re manufactured. The title is Reach and so it’s to extend an olive branch – the frame is made from the same wood as the twigs are made from.’
– Ruann Coleman on his own artwork, Reach 2017, SMAC gallery.
‘I like that you can interact with the piece as usually with art you’re forced to step away and just look. With this, you can really touch it and experience it.’
– Nienke de Wet on Liza Grobler’s Barbed Wire Paradise is Exactly Where You Are 2017, Everard Read/CIRCA gallery.
‘There is a lot of vigour in the piece; there is a certain violence in the way that he approaches the subject matter. It’s a very profound work that speaks about the loss of species.’
– Hanien Conradie on Johann Louw’s Aap 2017, SMAC gallery.