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Monday, May 26, 2014


(Woodcut by Jeff Rankin)

Learning to Dance, a unique collaboration between artist and poet, is currently on view in the KZNSA’s Park Contemporary Gallery.

In 2012, Durban artist Jeff Rankin, now based on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast, was commissioned by Doug Knox (aka the poet Wylde) and his wife Shalane to produce work for their new Durban home.

Inspired by Shalane’s request that willow trees appear and Wylde’s huge volume of online writs, Rankin chose woodcut as his medium. That choice turned a large project into a titanic challenge: the exhibition celebrates this two-year labour of love.

The artwork includes 16 fine prints in limited edition, as well as the original finely-cut hand-coloured woodblocks from which the prints were made. The prints are for sale. Also on show is an installation of printed fabric panels made from huge woodcut pieces for the project. Artist and writer are interviewed in a short video on site. The artist has used selected extracts of Wylde’s poetry throughout much of this work, reminding the viewer of the link between word and image. Rankin has had several successful solo exhibitions in Durban. The work is always special, and this show is no exception.

Learning to Dance runs until June 1 in the Park Gallery at the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit