Eclectica Contemporary at Turbine Art Fair, July 2017
Turbine Art fair takes place from the 14th – 16th July in an iconic landmark of the Johannesburg city center vista, the Turbine Hall. For the first time, Eclectica Contemporary will be venturing out of Cape Town to participate in this year’s fair. One key aspect of the art fair is its afro-centric focus that aligns well with the objectives and ethos of Eclectica Contemporary. The gallery will be featuring a selection of artists from South Africa, working across Cape Town and Joburg, whose art practices demonstrate innovative and exciting approaches to dealing with notions of new African narratives within the contemporary discourse.
With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to showcase artists who thoroughly investigate the dynamics of art-making in the African and South African context, within the ever increasingly globalized art market. The art at Eclectica Contemporary often focuses on practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory. The artists that will be featured in the Eclectica Contemporary booth at the 2017 edition of Turbine Art Fair are Loyiso Mkize, whose realistic portraits spin off notions of reclaiming black identities within the hegemony of representation in portraiture; Lars Fischedick, who explores texture and materiality through an investigation of wood and paint in reaction to the delineation and limitation of art practices; Stephane Conradie, exploring eclectic identities, symbols and signifiers in her assemblage sculptures; Asanda Kupa, with his expressive mark-making that pushes ideas of abstraction around imagery in the media; and last but not least, Chris Denovan who has created mixed-media installations that cross notions working with painting with fabric and perspex.
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. Eclectica Contempoary opened in July of 2016. Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, Eclectica Contemporary’s exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.