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The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) is a non-profit, membership-based arts organisation whose primary aim is the advancement and promotion of South African contemporary art and artists.
In 2004 the AVA received its certified NPO status from the Department of Social Development. The AVA Gallery is based in the heart of Cape Town, having occupied its current premises at 35 Church Street since 1971.It is the oldest non-profit art gallery in Cape Town.
Here contemporary visual art production is promoted through regular exhibitions showcasing all media – from painting through to ceramics, photography, installations and performance – by established and emerging artists. In its choice of artists, the selection committee endeavours to promote the discursive and experimental nature of contemporary art. In doing this the AVA seeks to make important contributions to the ‘open texture’ of South Africa’s art community.
Taryn Millar and Tracy Megan - Re-vision
In their first collaboration, Re-vision, Taryn Millar and Tracy Megan use paintings, drawings, collage and interventions on found texts and images to expose the limitations of language. Language, by definition, aims to articulate and refine meaning; this exhibition seeks to unravel it.
By layering and juxtaposing a variety of recognizable and abstract elements, the ensuing visual relationships open a space for ambiguity prompting new interpretations. While from a certain perspective the works may be said to disrupt the viewing experience, a correlating experience is being encouraged through the careful and considered enmeshment of elements such that each work creates an alluring reconsideration of its potential myriad meanings.
Ingrid Coerlin, Mem Sevenster and Yolanda Warnich - Oh to find an Island
In these tumultuous and uncertain times where natural systems are threatening to collapse, diversity within natural and cultural spheres is declining and where the experience of virtual reality is on the increase, a yearning to find a place ‘cut off from all without’ is emerging. The response in contemporary art shows a return to painting and drawing; the reappearance of the human mark which reopens formerly repressed terrains such as intuition, imagination and emotional paving the way for more irrational forms of expression.
The works by artists Ingrid Coerlin, Mem Sevenster and Yolanda Warnich selected for Oh to find an Island can be seen as expressions of this longing for an island of respite.
Main Gallery and Salon Room
The Association for Visual Arts puts the spotlight on comic art this June/July with a winter production that promises to impress.
AVA presents a wide range of comic art to the public this winter as part of its annual programme of fixed-anchor, in-house curated projects. 2016 and 2017’s winter programmes centred on printmaking and photography respectively. This year, the AVA has invited six renowned South African and two international comic artists to create original comic panels for the production of a limited-edition portfolio, to be auctioned by esteemed auction house Strauss & Co. in their October live auction (all proceeds benefiting AVA’s ArtReach fund). These panels will be exhibited alongside an array of works by comic artists from around the country in two exhibitions: Com!cs and Under 18s Only, that runs from 21 June to 19 July.
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