Corner of Church and Loop Streets
Monday – Friday
09:00 – 17:00
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99 Loop shines a spotlight on a wide range of top emerging and established artistic talent from South Africa. On the corner of Loop and Church Streets, 99 Loop joins a number of other established and brand-new galleries on the same stretch, offering visitors a reason to linger and explore.
The classic 1800s façade conceals a warm, modern interior housing a revolving series of solo and group exhibitions of African art: paintings, sculpture & photography. 99 Loop’s sunlit ground floor is a space for more playful installation work. A new wing, designed by the team from Rennie Scurr Adendorff (who refurbished the Fugard Theatre in District Six), adds to the Gallery’s contemporary appeal, with over 100m2 of exhibition space, as well as a reading area and treed courtyard.
‘It’s Irrelevant Too’ is self-taught artist Craig Smith’s first solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery. The title of the exhibition comes from the comparative irrelevance of modern life which one notices when reality is suspended for a moment and all the background noise and visual clutter fades away.
The ambiguity and abstraction of Smith’s painted surfaces offer a chance for viewers to connect with the experience of contemplation and discovery. Ultimately, the exhibition aims to make everything else become irrelevant, even if just for a moment.
‘Happy Birthday, Jesus’ is emerging artist Fanie Buys’ second solo exhibition at the gallery. Declaring Christmas to be Jesus’ birthday was one of the great joys of Fanie Buys’ childhood. For him, Christmas is a thing of fascination and adoration- the ritual of it, the domesticity, the theatre.
This love for Christmas and its oddities has endured becoming the central focus of his most recent exhibition which features obscure Christmas scenes. Ultimately, the artist aims to rearrange the innocuousness of a secular family Christmas into something both off-putting and at the same time, alluring.