Several new exhibitions open as we reach the end of 2011

Two very different exhibitions are those showing the works of  Willie Saayman and Robyn Penn.  Penn’s exhibition Pretty World opens at David Krut at Arts on Main on Thurs 17 Nov (6.30 pm).  Penn draws on the tradition of Romantic landscape painting (particularly the German Romantics) and clouds are often her subject matter. This seemingly celebratory approach to nature’s sublime imagery is ironically subverted with references in her titles to the dropping of atom bombs – a low point in humankind’s development.

Willie Saayman’s The Wrong Pills draws on very different tradition – that of outsider art. Making reference to graffiti, children’s art, skater culture and graphic novels, Saayman overturns traditional painting conventions and re-visits Modernist ideas of primitivism and immediacy of expression.  Saayman’s exhibition opens at AOP 44 Stanley Ave this Saturday 12th Nov at 2 pm. The exhibition runs until 3rd December.

Also opening Thursday 17th at In Toto Gallery 66 St Andrews St Birdhaven is Kreh Mellick’s Wolf Mother and Tales of the Impromptu Circus.  I don’t know her work but she  exhibited in London earlier this year. In these images stylized figures are developed with swirling motifs and abstract designs. The exhibition runs until the 12th December.

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