Staff art on show

18 November 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Gavin Younge's <i>Celsium 137
Staff work: Gavin Younge's Celsium 137 is one of the works on show at the Artworks in Progress exhibition at the Michaelis Gallery.

UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art has launched the ninth volume of Artworks in Progress and an accompanying art exhibition of work by its staff.

Twenty years since its inception, the 100-page volume continues the tradition of showcasing work produced by Michaelis staff.

Following Bruce Arnott's retirement, Michaelis lecturer Fritha Langerman took over as editor/designer this year, as well as co-curator of the exhibition with Professor Malcolm Payne.

"There is an intense collegiality in a material sense, with everyone's work coming together here," says Langerman. "Themes of landscapes and gender politics speak to each other from across the room."

The exhibition at the Michaelis Gallery features pieces by, among others, Jane Alexander, Fritha Langerman, Virginia MacKenny, Svea Josephy, Jean Brundrit, Pippa Skotnes, Carine Zaayman, Kurt Campbell, Andrew Lamprecht, Nasan Pather, Malcolm Payne, Gavin Younge and Stephen Inggs.

Accompanying texts range from Ed Young's inflammatory press to Virginia MacKenny's essay on the nature of correspondence and analogy within artmaking.

Artworks in Progress Volume 9: Journal of the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art University of Cape Town has a limited print of only 300 copies. It is on sale at the Michaelis Gallery for R230.

The exhibition closes on 28 November.

sculpture by Johann van der Schijff
Staff work: sculptures by Johann van der Schijff are on show at the Artworks in Progress exhibition at the Michaelis Gallery.

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