ASSEMBLAGE is pleased to present Diptych, a group exhibition opening in Braamfontein on 19 September 2013. The exhibition will run until the end of September as a Fringe event to the Joburg Art Fair.
Diptych is an exhibition of 45 artists speaking to each other and to the audience; jousting in a tete-a-tete and tit for tat of 23 conversations, dialogic performances and interactive explorations. Their conversations are real and gritty, following on from a long line of conversations between artists: “We must talk to each other as much as we can, [Matisse] told Pablo one day. “When one of us dies, there will be some things the other will never be able to talk about with anyone else” (Gilot/ Lake 1964, 264).
The work in Diptych captures this, with the artists locating their conversations in the now of South Africa as a thermometer of the contemporary present for artists standing outside the gallery scene. Obsessed with clashes in culture, a sense of abandonment and neglect, belonging, materiality, shared visual poetics and the obsession of the public with a need to be in conversation, the artworks range across mediums and and styles in a cacophony of arguments, debates and consensus. Located in the space of a building being formed with bricks and mortar, Diptych shouts out in the larger context of Braamfontein, in conversation with the larger growth and impermanence of Johannesburg.
Come join us for a glass of wine, Primi Piatti pizzas, a view of Johannesburg and a night of fresh ideas and exciting hot young artists.
The Diptych Exhibition opens on 19th September at 18:00 in The Liberty Building (17 Wolmarans, corner of Wolmarans and Biccard Streets, Braamfontein). Public parking will be available at Arbour Square and underground parking is available in the building (entrance on Simmonds street). The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays 21 September and 28 September and runs until 29 September 2013.
Gary Stephens | Zwelethu Machepha; Bev Butkow | Yael Feldman; Rozan Cochrane | Daandrey Steyn; Pebofatso Mokoena | Neo Matloga; Rebecca Haysom | Simone Haysom; Lise Van Schaik | Ann Roberts; Audrey Anderson | Craig Muller; Oliver Mayhew | Lwandiso Njara; Delene Human | Albertus van der Westhuizen; Jay Caboz | Matthew Kay; Carly Whitaker; Louise Ross | Ross Passmoor; Bevan De Wet | Candice Cruse; Philippe Bousquet | Andile Buka; Sita Suzanne | Wayne Reddiar; Naomi Van Niekerk | Arnaud Van Vliet; Heidi Fourie | Allen Laing; Nondumiso Msimanga | Roger Lambert; Sandile Radebe | Mandy Johnston; St John Fuller | Nellien Brewer; Poorvi Bhana | Danelle Jansen Van Rensberg; Claire Jorgensen | Elgin Rust; Anthea Pokroy | Lavendhri Arumugam; Nathan Jansen Van Vuuren | Gina Van Zyl; Bongani Njalo | Phumulani Ntuli
For more information, please contact Assemblage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special viewings may be organised before and after the opening.