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Friday, March 29, 2013


(Sculptor Marke Meyer working on a new piece in clay which will be on show at the exhibition in bronze)

An absorbing mix of sculpture and art comes to Ballito in an exhibition titled In Touch.

Isabel Roos, curator and owner of Imbizo gallery in Ballito, has gathered together ten specific artists. Six of the them are sculptors and four are visual artists. The exhibition will show these ten vastly different styles and skills as the artists display their unique sense of the aesthetics of life and/or the human form.

Artists exhibiting sculpture include Marke Meyer, Brandon Borgelt, Llewellyn Davies, Frans Boekkooi, Wendy von Varendorf and Tania Babb. Visual artists include Everett Duarte, Frances Schandera-Duarte, Marke Meyer and Mpenja.

According to Isabel Roos, the title of the exhibition was chosen for a number of reasons: “I feel this is a perfect title for a group exhibition of this nature. All the artists exhibiting are fiercely ‘in touch’ with their passion and their chosen subject matter. These artists are ‘in touch’ with the world and their own sensitivities thereof.”

The artworks on exhibition include everything from exciting large abstracts to free standing sculptures and art photography.

“Sculpture literally has a tactile quality; a reach out and ‘touch’ quality,” says Roos. “I am excited about exhibiting this sculpture alongside the large format, highly textured, abstract paintings and the remarkably sensitive, figurative photography. The photographic nudes, too, are modelled in a sculptural way using sensitive, low-key lighting. Interestingly, most of these artists exhibiting know each other. They, converse, inspire, and stay ‘in touch’ within the art world. A few of the artists are in fact long time friends and two are partners in both marriage and work.

“ ‘In touch’ also refers to the concept of simple communication. Communion between the artist and his/her work as well as the communication between the finished piece and the viewer.”

In Touch will be opened by actress Barbie Meyer on April 2 at 18h30. All are welcome to come along to the exhibition, enjoy a glass of wine and chat to the artists who will be in attendance. Imbizo Gallery is situated at Shop 7a, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito. The exhibition then runs until April 30.

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