Catalogue design for Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.
In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.
Juxtaposing this natural wonder of the world and the urban infrastructures of Cape Town, Cartwright references this feature of the Mother City rendering 36 unique moments with simplicity and elegance. From far-away viewpoints to close up, within the city centre and out into the more obscure outskirts of the peninsula, none of the paintings are the perfect postcard image we have come to expect of this beautiful city. Instead the artist investigates angles and toys with perspectives from the rooftops of the more affluent suburbs through to gritty motorways. This showcases an ever-so-slightly familiar Table Mountain and awakens in his audience new stories about what we thought we already knew.
Whilst this mountain acts as a constant visual beacon engrained in the fabric of the city, each of the 36 views of Table Mountain serves to draw our attention to another’s story; other possible narratives of domestic and urban lives. This remarkably beautiful body of work then, despite being devoid of human beings, serves as a metaphor for the varied peoples that live under its shadow, while ironically hinting at what was here before the Cape peninsula was settled, and what will remain long after we are all gone.’
The full exhibition was bought by an international collector.
2013 Academic reports for the Michaelis School of Fine Art & the Centre for Curating the Archive, at the University of Cape Town. All photographs & artworks by students, alumni and staff.
The ‘Community Punching Bags’ or ‘CPBs’ exhibition is an artwork by Johann van der Schijff, in collaboration with art teachers and high school learners from Cape Town and nearby vicinities. The exhibition presents a satirical commentary on South Africa’s obsession with racial classification and underlying xenophobia. Inspired by artwork in which the community plays a central part in its realisation, this project aims to show that issues often not spoken about openly – such as those that deal with violence, ‘the other’, stereotyping, discrimination, racism, xenophobia and human rights – can be addressed in a collaborative and creative way through the making of art.
Vistas is a project about landscape. The project focuses on land, farm, territory and ways of seeing contemporary South Africa. The projects works with the Native’s Land Act of 1913 in mind, and is interested in land’s relationship to culture. ‘To landscape,’ the active process of making space into place involves intersections between historical, aesthetic and concrete forms. Vistas looks to chart boundaries and possibilities of and for landscape. The project includes an exhibition and public discussion to be held at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, the University of Cape Town. The exhibition was open from 18 September – 11 October 2013.
Niek’s involvement included design of an invite, poster and pamphlet.
Our ongoing design work for this charity has included a new logo, corporate ID, and various marketing material.
The Cape Cystic Fibrosis Association (CCFA) supports the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, by supplying various breathing equipment such nebulisers, Flutter devices and portable oxygen cylinders, as well as providing food parcels to Cystic Fibrosis families in need. They also allow for certain support staff to be employed at the Clinic. The Red Cross CF Clinic looks after around 250 children with Cystic Fibrosis.