FORMS: RODAN KANE HART EXHIBITION

Forms - Rodan Kane Hart Exhibition Poster

South African artist Rodan Kane Hart launched his exhibition last night. It’s on now at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Go check it out!

FORMS / S | W
Rodan Kane Hart
12 March – 31 March 2014
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main

NIROXprojects presents FORMS / S | W by Rodan Kane Hart. Following on from Structure, & Pattern Language (2013), Forms / S | W (2014) marks Hart’s third solo showcase in 2 ye­­­ars. The exhibition compromises an entirely new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawing, print & photography. These works follow on from previous points of enquiry regarding the constructed notion of the South African city. After a recent residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Hart has shifted his focus to more closely examining the influence of European architectural forms onto the urban fabric of South Africa.

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Farshid Moussavi and Michael Kubo sum up the conceptual foundations of the exhibition as a whole in a book titled The Function of Ornament. A statement is made that succinctly deifies the relevance of architectural style and ornament, “Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture”. Absorbing and capturing the forces that shape society achieve this cultural connection. These forces are then used as material components to work with, forming composite materiality. When two forces found within society, Invisible, meaning; Cultural, Political, and Temporal, and, Visible, meaning; Structural, Functional, and Physical, are brought together, it gives way to, a New Aesthetic Composition. Architectural style is not easily adjustable to the changes in culture and society. Modernists utilized transparency to represent architectural elements of space and structure; Post Modernists used Décor, whereas the Deconstructivists used geometrical collage to replace transparency all together. These concepts express the inextricable relationship between, Inside & Outside, Then & Now and Here & There.

Forms / S | W (S suggesting South = South Africa & W suggesting West = England) at NIROXprojects focuses on the formal influences of European Classism, Modernism and Post Modernism. An array of artistic medium has been utilized to present the historical and personal logic behind Hart’s formally abstracted works. Hart has intentionally incorporated more handcrafted methods with those of mechanical and digital processes, setting up a relationship between subject matter, time, theory and aesthetic. Works on display include…

Charcoal drawings & 35mm Black & White photographs inspired by architectural and natural forms found in the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & London, are presented alongside those depicting the South African cities of Johannesburg & Cape Town. These images explore the construction of spatial context by juxtaposing figurative representations with those of abstracted ones.

Being renowned for his life-sized steel sculptures Hart has taken a more intimate and crafted approach, by producing 4 smaller generative sculpture series consisting of 4 stages (each). Hart sees these sculptures as maquettes and studies for larger experiential projects, asserting the Russian Constructivists as an influence. Finally, a series of linocuts presenting the progression of line to shape and subsequently to form over 4 stages will also be on display.

OPEN HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
NIROXprojects | 264 Fox Street | Arts on Main | MABONENG PRECINCT | Johannesburg CBD | +27 72 350 4326 | www.niroxarts.com

THE EDITIONS SHOW

The Editions Show

A Group exhibition presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town

Wednesday 24 July – Saturday 24 August 2013

An eclectic collection of Editions & Multiples, including Digital print, Etching, Laser-engraving, Sculpture, Screen-print, Photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Expect to see a rich variety of affordable accessible artwork. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 24th of July at 18h30.

Featured Artists Include:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

The exhibition will conclude on Saturday the 24th of August at 2pm.

Bruce Mackay Safe HarbourBruce Mackay. ‘Safe Harbour’. Archival Print. Edition of 100. 420 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Louis Minnaar Visione Uit Die Buitenste RuimLouis Minnaar. ‘Visioene uit die buitenste ruim’. Archival Print. Ed of 3. 420 x 594mm. (Unframed).

Caroline Mackintosh Golden HourCaroline Mackinstosh. ‘Golden Hour’. Archival print on Hahnemule paper. Edition of 5. 350mm diameter. (Unframed).

Ulrich Knoblauch UntitledUlrich Knoblauch. ‘Untitled’. Archival print on acid-free paper. Edition of 12 + 2AP. 820 x 1200mm. (Unframed).

Galia Gluckman Ella 2013 Series 2 CircleGalia Gluckman. ‘Ella‘ (2013) series 2 (circle). Variable Edition. 815 x 815mm. (Unframed).

Neill Wright ScrapmenseNeill Wright. ‘Scrapmense’. 37 x 25 x 25cm. Bronze, duco, and polyacrothane. Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

Jop Kunneke Balancing ActJop Kunneke. ‘Balancing Act’. Bronze cast – limited edition of 15. 500 x 200 x 120mm.  

Gerhard Human The Last Days of Billy the KidGerhard Human. ‘Last days of Billy the Kid’. Archival Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Edition of 30.
297 x 580mm. (Unframed).

Andrew Sutherland BoatAndrew Sutherland. ‘Boat’. Giclee print on Epson smooth fine art paper. Edition of 10. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed)

Mieke van der Merwe Camera NostalgiaMieke van der Merwe. ‘Camera Nostalgia’. Archival Print. Edition of 12. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Link to the Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/

Gallery Details:
Venue: Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town.
EXHIBITION OPENING Date and Time: Wednesday 24 July at 18h30.
Contact Person: Monique, Curator & Gallery Director to Salon91.
Website: www.salon91.co.za
Email: info@salon91.co.za
Contact Number: 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 2pm. Sun; Mon: Closed.

Salon 91

PATTERN LANGUAGE – RODAN KANE HART

Rodan Kane Hart. Shapes: Rotated. 2013. Mild Steel.

Pattern Language, an exhibition by South African artist, Rodan Kane Hart, is happening at the Whatiftheworld gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, tonight.

Whatiftheworld is pleased to present ‘Pattern Language’ by Rodan Kane Hart, an exhibition of new sculpture, sculptural inlays, and installation.

In this exhibition Hart continues to explore experiential structures and sculptures. Inspired by architectural forms found in the urban environments of his native Johannesburg and Cape Town, his recent series of steel sculptures explore the notion of generative shape, pattern and form in relation to the viewers experience. These works attempt to stimulate a heightened emotional response through their illusionistic and fragmented forms.

Referencing Christopher Alexander’s architectural, urban design and community livability book titled A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, published in 1977, Pattern Language attempts to identify, expose and ‘unpack’ the ideological constructs that underpin numerous urban forms found within these contemporary South African cities.

Hart’s most recent solo exhibition titled Structure (2013) presented a series of minimal steel sculptures, drawings & books investigating the ideological impulses that are revealed when manufacturing tectonic forms and how a better understanding of these impulses allows a more complex reading of these built environments. Using sculpture as a lens through which to view historical and spatial contexts, Hart creates shifts in context which intern become generators of experience. Activated by the movement viewer the shape and form of the work unfolds as time and motion proceeds.

Referencing the theory outlined in pattern language Hart focuses on the notion of pattern in a broad sense. Within a sculptural and visual paradigm pattern is deployed to track problem solving in a context of design as well as social transformation and urban environments. The underlying theory manifests in layout, city grids, paths of desire and built form, social interaction, human inhabitancy, connectivity and conversation.

A Pattern Language details how individuals could be empowered and equipped with the tools and language responsible for the design and construction of communities that reflected both their interests and those of the broader public. The book attempts to expose the function of language within design, the authors mention that in designing environments people will enviably always rely on certain visual ‘languages’ that allowing them to coherently articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system.

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