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Sunday, December 22, 2013


The ROOM Gallery/Projects in Johannesburg is hosting an exhibition of new and recent drawings on paper by Ann Roberts.

Born in Durban in 1965, she studied fine art at the Natal Technikon. Whilst pursuing a successful career in film, she continued to practice art under the tuition of Daryl Hossack, Robyn Penn and Greg Kerr, focusing primarily on the human figure. Whilst she was co-owner of film company Terraplane, Roberts was also involved in several creative projects, including the creation of a video art exhibition with Trasi Henen, Art in the Dark and William Kentridge’s 9 Films, producing an award-winning piece of Afrikaans theatre Die Nagloper; publishing a children’s book of illustrations by Waddy Jones’ (AKA Ninja) and producing a number of Die Antwoord’s music videos.

Living in Johannesburg with her husband, SAMA-winning music producer Dan Roberts, the artist believes art and creativity should be an integral part of daily life and is constantly striving to get further immersed in the creative process.

In this exhibition, Roberts explores the obese human form and its movement through charcoal studies using the collotypes of Eadweard Muybridge as a point of reference. The starting point of the artist’s current body of work began with her interest in what lies beneath the skin and while on this track of exploration and while looking at the work of Francis Bacon she came across Muybridge’s little known series of the "gargantuan woman".

The exhibition runs until January 20, 2014, at ROOM Space #4, 70 Juta Precinct, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

ROOM’s programme in 2013 is funded by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) NPC, an internationally-recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates' commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa NPC encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. Business and Arts South Africa NPC was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, to secure the future development of the arts industry in South Africa, through increased corporate sector involvement. Established as a Non Profit Company, Business and Arts South Africa NPC is accountable to both government and its business members.

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