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With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica often shows practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize this for a growing global market.
Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.
To tell our stories is an offering of love, a chance to meet and connect and most of all to share. To acknowledge, honour, celebrate and bask in womxn’s month, Eclectica Contemporary hosts a womxn’s group show in our womxn-run gallery.
Entangling and intertwining the complexities and simplicities of identity, environments are created and explored. Recognising power and representation, this exhibition hopes to welcome conversation, warmth, community and interaction through the work, the artists, the space and the context of history and present time, as we share and create our stories together.
the darkness, the brown mustiness deeply integrated into fathomless pits of
earth under earth
the sharp, excited green of new life,
new promises prim and contained each leaf shape.
the frilly, delicate ferns lacy tendrils
the albino white patches on trunks of trees blending into sap green,
mouldy dark - so unexpected
the intricacies of branch crossing branch crossing twig,
the whistle quietness and subdued secrecy of winding paths
earth under earth
Nina Holmes returns to Eclectica Contemporary this August with her second solo exhibition at the gallery titled ‘It is Not What I See'. This show was largely informed by a landscape painting workshop in Karatara, near Knysna, that Holmes attended earlier this year. Working instinctively and through a process of reflecting on all her senses, the pieces reflect an urge to make visual what is heard, smelled, touched and emotionally experienced while working in a new and alive environment.
On returning to her studio in Cape Town, a process of reflection and translation began. Attempting to recapture and re-experience the forest, the shouting of hens, the whistle of wind in the trees, the sun in her eyes - all tangled together with the experience of working ‘en plain air’ - Holmes filled her studio with the studies she’d created and brought back with her.
"In our gallery, run by womxn, we are excited and honoured to celebrate the work of incredible womxn artists for the month of August, and are thrilled to present this solo exhibition by Nina Holmes in this context". - Clare Patrick
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