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The intersection between the environment and art

‘Interrupted’, a solo exhibition of paintings by Claudia Gurwitz, will be on display at the AVA Gallery. In fact Wednesday 2 June at 5:30 pm sees the opening of four new exhibitions at the AVA Gallery that examine the intersection between the environment and art.

  • In the Mezzanine gallery Interrupted by Claudia Gurwitz

This series of paintings was born during S.A.’s Lockdown. Stemming from the collective feeling of disharmony that disturbs our existence during this Covid pandemic, Claudia explores disrupted plant imagery.

AVA Gallery, Claudia Gurwitz

As organic beings in this world, we are intrinsically part of our natural world. While humanity feels an unease that now shapes our reality during this time, our environment, in turn, feels off-balance. Claudia’s Interrupted series alludes to a subtly distorted perspective of natural form, reflective of an environment out of sync.
Claudia de-constructs and realigns her images into subtly uncomfortable combinations. Her reconstructed plant matter disjoin these vital structures, redefining her subject matter. In this way Claudia creates a revised landscape which is slightly unhinged. Somewhat disconnected, these landscapes offer a surprising beauty; a reshaping of our new normal.

  • In the Main Gallery Jean Brundrit presents Over the horizon

Explore the icy landscapes of the Antarctic in the Main gallery, where Jean Brundrit presents her solo exhibition Over the horizon. In a series of photographs she captures the glacial environment through a lens made of ice.

Jean Brundrit

  • In the Long gallery LIVE BEES! 

In the Long gallery AVA presents the third in our new series of ArtReach co-productions; LIVE BEES! is an independent, environmentally-oriented research project and exhibition that assesses our impact on the natural world and on its most efficient pollinators: bees. Tsitsikamma-based artist Nicholas Hester is the producer, and the exhibition is supported in part by the Nirox Foundation, 58 Farm and the National Arts Council.

  • New Media room, Jabu Nadia Newman

Last but not least, in the New Media room, Jabu Nadia Newman presents Rapid eye movement – a film series that weaves together myths, attitudes, and rituals from across Africa in an, at times, surreal natural setting.

Your safety is important and AVA have taken all the necessary health precautions and will be limiting the number of people in the gallery at any given time. So grab your mask and come on over!

WHAT: Jean Brundrit – Over the horizon |  Interrupted’ – Claudia GurwitzNicholas Hester producer of Live Bees  |  Jabu Nadia Newman – Rapid eye movement
WHERE: AVA Gallery, 35 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town 8001
WHEN: Opening  Wednesday 2 June at 5:30 pm8 July 2021. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 1pm
INFO:  T  021 424 7436  |  Visit

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