| DIRK BAHMANN | STEPHAN ERASMUS | REBECCA HAYSOM | PETER MAMMES
RICHARD MEADE | NEIL NIEUWOUDT | MARC PRADERVAND | STEPHEN ROSIN
ELIZAVETA RUKAVISHNIKOVA | BARBARA WILDENBOER & ADALA MICHELLE PREVOST
Dirk is an architect and artist, who was born and lives in Johannesburg. He studied Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained his qualifications, a BAS in 1997 and B.Arch in 2000 with distinction. His work spans and combines a number of diverse disciplines ranging from photography,
physical computing, sculpture, and architecture. Central to his work is the exploration of the existential dimensions of the nature of place of Johannesburg.
Stephan has been a practicing artist for more than 20 years and has gained experience the gallery industry by working in a wide variety of galleries that includes municipal, commercial and corporate galleries.
Through his experience in the art world he has honed his skill as an educator, curator, sales person and as an artist.
In his artistic career he has established himself as a recognised artist represented in corporate, university, museum and private collections locally and inter-
In her new series of collage works, some of the images evoke deviant parables while others are light-hearted jibes at art-history. Playing with the visceral nature of collage, these tongue-in-cheek images celebrate a more playful female-centred erotica. Utilising images from both art history and glossy
magazines, they are simultaneously affectionate and irreverent.
Rebecca Haysom (b Johannesburg, 1983) holds a BAFA from UCT (2005) and an BA (Hons) in English Literature with distinction from WITS (2011). She has exhibited extensively; most recent exhibitions include Empire, Everard Read Cape Town (2015); and Point of Departure, Lizamore and Associates
(2015). She was one of the top 40 in the National SPI portrait competition in 2013; and in the top 100 in the Absa L’atelier awards 2014. While primarily working in oils and pencil, she has recently started exhibiting collage works, which have been a side project for years. These works continue her interest
in the mechanisms of myth, story-telling, and narrative. In this medium she was recently commissioned to do a set of illustrations for the cult theatre show ‘We didn’t come to hell for the crossaints’. She works from her studio at Twilsharp Studios, Bertrams, Johannesburg.
Peter has always had an interest in the macabre and absurd, he began drawing as a young child and attended the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein where he finished school in 2004.Peter has worked as a puppeteer’s apprentice and a prop maker specializing in making hangman’s nooses for a
few theatre productions. Peter is an autodidact and reads on a wide range of topics and is very interested in economics, philosophy and physics. He has exhibited extensively and has had several solo exhibitions, he went into hiding for a long period to develop a new technique and style, only exhibiting in a group show or two during that period but emerged reinvented with a completely new style of drawing. Peter travels extensively to find the imagery and patterns he uses in his work.He collects medical instruments, specializing in birth instruments. Peter has worked for months in different locations so as to assimilate the culture and surroundings of that particular society first in Moscow, Russia and more recently in Varanasi, India where one can see open air cremations. Peter is influenced by Kathe Kolwitz, Helnwein, Van Gogh and Klimt. “Peter’s work is incredible because it exposes the vulnerability, the essen-
tial otherness that every person’s self-awareness permits, and that has the potential to either connect or estrange human beings from one another.”
Richard Meade is young South African architectural student currently completing his Masters degree at the University of Johannesburg. His journey towards architecture started 9 years ago when pursuing a career within the design field. After completing a degree in Interior architecture, he then pursued a degree in architectural design. Currently in his final year of studies, his interests within the profession of architecture have shifted from perfecting the practice to rather questioning the traditional approach towards architecture. Richard’s personal standpoint on the traditional practice has him questioning the making of
architecture and proposing the question, what makes architecture?
“There are three mistakes people commonly make when thinking about the future. The first is to assume that nothing will change, that everything will remain the same. The second is to assume that everything will change, that nothing will remain the same. The third, and most dangerous mistake is not to think about it at all“
Neil is a visual artist and has been curating professionally since 2008 (Cape Town) until beginning 2015 (NIROXprojects, Johannesburg) where he functions as gallerist and has been project manager/ curator for numerous independent projects.
He has recently co-created the Dead Bunny Society (March 2015) alongside Dirk Bahmann, Stephan Erasmus and Peter Mammes which aims to create an independent fringe platform for exhibiting and curating various exhibitions around the country and abroad.
His own work has been included in exhibitions around the world, Berlin, San Francisco, Luxembourg, and locally in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg. He has also recently been invited to join the Ampersand Fellowship by doing the residency in New York, NY (February 2016)
His artwork primarily explores notions of subjectivism / objectivism, the creation of symbols and sigils, asemic writing, using found books and collage to reinterpret the meaning that these objects and symbols hold for us.
His work is held in prominent private collections.
Marc Pradervand was born in East London and grew up in the Eastern Cape. He has lived in various parts of South Africa and briefly in the UK. Presently he lives and works in the rural hamlet of Riebeeck East. A painter and photographer, Pradervand , who holds a Higher Diploma in Education and a National Diploma in Photography from the NMMU, has to date had 8 solo exhibitions.
Most of his work deals with social issues such as violence, power and the abuse thereof and societies obsessive “wealth at any cost” mentality. He has been an ABSA L’Atelier finalist three times, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town, 2007 Portrait Finalist and has been a finalist in the NMM Art Museums 2008 and 2014 Biennials. Some of his work forms part of the NMM Art Museum’s permanent collection.
Rukavishnikova Elizaveta Alexandrovna, born in Moscow on 23 April 1988
The object of her interest and inspiration is her life and the incessant search for a path of continuation.
She says about her work: “I like to observe. I love human’s faces, nature and the game of shapes and colours. What affects me are problems of society, such as differences between cultures and countries, these differences sometime reach the point of absurdity.”
Barbara Wildenboer was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. She completed a BA (Ed) with majors in English literature, Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Pretoria in 1996. In 2003 she obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from UNISA followed by a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007.
Wildenboer has been awarded several international residencies such as the Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan, 2006), the Al Mahatta residency (Palestine, 2009) and the Red De Residencias Artisticas Local (Colombia, 2011).
She has participated in several group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and will have her 5th solo exhibition entitled Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large at Erdmann Contemporary in 2011.