Two

Tue, September 29, 2015 to Sat, October 17, 2015
  • Noleen Kleve, Passing, 2015, Oil on canvas, 38 x 76cm
  • Noleen Kleve, Passage, 2015, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm
  • Sue Kaplan, Conversation Piecemeal, 2015, Oil on canvas, 64 x 48cm
  • Sue Kaplan, Twins, 2015, Oil on canvas, 64 x 48cm
  • Lauren Palte, Constanza, 2015, Oil on copper, 56 x 44cm
  • Lauren Palte, Arnolfini’s Hand, 2015, Oil on copper, 44 x 56cm
  • Madeline Groenewald, Studies on a Jade, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm
  • Madeline Groenewald, Studies on a Sundew, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm
  • Jean Matthee, Big in Japan I, 2012, Oil on canvas, 46 x 61cm
  • Karen Cronje, Paramnesia II, 2015, Oil on primed paper, 43 x 53cm
  • Elize Vossgatter, Walking Into The Light, 2015, Oil on pigmant canvas, 115 x 115cm
  • Elsabe Milandri, Terra Firma II, 2015, Oil on canvas, 61 x 61cm
  • Franco Fernandes, Ashley, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80cm

A new group show at SMITH titled, ‘Two’

SMITH invites artists to submit work for their group painting show centered on the concept of the number 2. This will be our second group show at SMITH, hence the title'Two'.

The intention is to pair paintings by the same artist side by side as a Diptych, which originates from the Greek word ‘di’ meaning two and ‘ptyche’ meaning fold. Modern artists use this term in the titles of works consisting of two paintings not actually physically connected, but intended to be hung close together as a pair.

“I wanted to explore the notion of duality in subject matter within art. The Pythagorean notion of a dualistic way of life is encompassed in his table of binary oppositions: finite and infinite, odd and even, one and many, right and left, rest and motion, straight and crooked, light and darkness, good and evil” says Amy Ellenbogen, Curator at SMITH.

To further the notion of duality initial meetings provoke first impressions that can provide a narrow perspective, this often limits ones interpretation of something. Yet, second meetings can lead to a clearer understanding and impression of something, our perception becomes rejuvenated. One can translate this in many ways via painting. By placing two artworks side by side we navigate our way through first and second impressions.

This expansive approach to the subject of 'Two' allowed artists to engage on many levels of duality within the medium of painting. 2 will include a wide range of painting styles from both established and emerging artists including Elsabe Milandri, Elize Vossgatter, Karen Cronje, Noeleen Kleve, Sue Kaplan, Thomas Cartwright, Dale Lawrence, Claire Johnson, Franco Fernandes, Renée Rossouw, Jean Matthee, Katherine Bull, Sepideh Mehraban, Lauren Palte, Gabrielle Raaff, Diana Page and Madeline Gorenewald.

‘Two’ will run from 29th September until the 17th October at SMITH, 56 Church Street, Cape Town.

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