iart becomes brundyn + gonsalves

The new name reflects the partnership between Brundyn + Gonsalves and is symbolic of new inspirations, fresh ideas, and burgeoning relationships.

They have incorporated the plus sign in their new name as a natural representation of those things that are greater than the sum of their parts. Finally, the plus sign alludes to the original meaning of iArt that will remain central to their values: the professional representation of quality art and the investment in and forwarding of their artists’ careers.

For news of current and forthcoming exhibitions and gallery hours, visit their website.

BRUNDYN + GONSALVES
71 Loop Street, Cape Town
021 424 5150
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the pot luck club & gallery

While the word “pot-luck” appears in 16th century England (in the work of Thomas Nashein) the potluck dinner of communal dinners where everyone brings a dish to share is a long standing US tradition that’s still popular today.

Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Pot Luck Club & Gallery, which opened a month ago, turns this tradition on its head with “a multitude of small plates of modern global dishes” that allows diners to try a variety of items from the menu, from owner Luke Dale-Roberts’ signature dish of Asian-influenced pork belly and Chinese-style pork ribs to duck springs rolls and fish tacos. Cocktails and a boutique wine list complement the menu.

The stylish interior features black and aubergine walls that display a selection of contemporary South African art. The first show features works by Peter Eastman.

There’s space for walk-ins if you’re popping in after work for a drink and a bite, and bookings are available for parties wanting to enjoy the full experience.

The Pot Luck Club & Gallery is at the Old Biscuit Mill, next to The Test Kitchen, Luke Dale-Robert’s other very popular, award-winning restaurant, and is open for drinks from 5pm to 6pm and for dinner from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

THE POT LUCK CLUB & GALLERY
021 447 0804
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chad rossouw: a history of failure at brundyn + gonsalves

CHAD ROSSOUW: A History of Failure
20 March – 2 May

A History of Failure uses South Africa’s past to examine both the complex nature of history and of South African identity. Using a variety of media, including lithographs, sculpture and found objects, Rossouw shows moments of melancholy, bathos and bombastic failure against the relentless march of historical time. Two main ideas connect the various artworks in A History of Failure. The first is that historical progress is merely an illusion. The second proposes an inherent failing in projects, monuments or nations that are dependent on the illusion of history.

The Union of South Africa, for example, presents a railway (a symbol of progress and imperial ownership of land) spiraling to the ceiling with a model train teetering on the brink of disaster. Other works, such as The De La Rey, invent fictional histories, in this case the development and destruction of a South African Zeppelin in the 1930s. Here history is a tale told from mutable evidence.

Chad Rossouw is a writer, lecturer and artist based in Cape Town. He has recently completed a Masters in Fine Art at Michaelis, UCT. In 2009 Rossouw was included in Syndrome alongside Charles Maggs at WHATIFTHEWORLD/GALLERY. He has been on numerous group shows and examples of his work reside in the IZIKO South African National Gallery’s collection. Presently he is teaching photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art in Cape Town.

BRUNDYN + GONSALVES
21 424 5150
71 Loop Street
Cape Town
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Hours: Mon – Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-2pm

a creative collaboration at the tjing tjing exchange

The Tjing Tjing Exchange is a creative collective ‘night market’, where innovative, talented, local designers come together to celebrate creativity, inspiration and originality. This time round, Creative Cape Town will be in attendance, to talk and network with local creatives.

Dear Me will be selling pantry items along with Espressolab and Bean There coffee.

It’s happening this coming Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm at 165 Longmarket Street, and features:

  • Jaco Haasbroek (artist)
  • Mr and Ms (clothing)
  • @guy_with_camera & @laurenxfowler (#pop up portraits)
  • Tarien Malherbe (non-european)
  • Dear Deer (satin pillow slips)
  • Kinky Chinkie Creations (illustrator & doodler)
  • Afraid of Mice (leather ballet pumps & bags)
  • August (interactive video installation)
  • Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants
  • Barrett’s Ridge Beer Bread
  • Ocean Jewels
  • Creative Cape Town
  • Xico – Cactisaurs

DEAR ME & TJING TJING
021 422 4920
165 Longmarket St
Cape Town

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b-moved to bloemendal cottage & the gallery in riebeek kasteel

Astrid McLeod visited Riebeek Kasteel on a whim and did what many city folk only dream of: she stayed. When a friend visited, she promptly bought what she laughingly refers to as “the ugliest house in town”. It didn’t stay ugly for long, though. Astrid set about renovating it and turning it into a gorgeous country getaway for city escapees and local and international visitors.

The self-catering cottage is stylish, understated and restful. Your first view of the cottage is a large veranda with wrought-iron table and fireplace suitable for braais and chilly evenings. In front of the fire is a couch that tempts you to sit back and relax immediately, which is what a country getaway is all about really, at least for me.

The veranda leads through wide stacking doors to an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen; the lounge, too, has a fireplace, as well as a flat screen TV and DVDplayer (and DSTV on request), while the kitchen is equipped with a gas hob, electric oven and all the usual accessories, including a washing machine and dishwasher in the separate scullery.

Two bedrooms – the main with double doors to the veranda and the second with double doors to the back garden – are fitted with queen size extra length double beds, top quality linen and fluffy pillows.

Astrid tells me that life in Riebeek Kasteel is anything but ‘small town boring”. It’s a vibrant community of farmers, locals, city-to-country converts and “swallows”. Swallows are the international residents who divide their time between homes in Riebeek Kasteel and their home country. This diversity is experienced in all aspects of town life, including the shops and restaurants, and it is almost certainly part of what makes Riebeek Kasteel such a popular destination and perfect for a weekend break or a longer stay that allows one to explore the valley.

With extensive experience in the art world, it is not surprising that Astrid also opened The Gallery, where you will find a mix of art, sculpture and ceramics by emerging and established artists, with a strong emphasis on local artists. The Gallery is a must visit when you are in the area.

BLOEMENDAL COTTAGE
083 6533 697
19 Bloem St, Riebeek Kasteel
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THE GALLERY
083 6533 697
Main Street, Riebeek Kasteel
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haas collective: coffee – design – advertising

Mention the word Haas and what comes to mind for most people is firstly, a coffee offering that ranges from exotic and rare to downright crazy (think death wish) and secondly, a super stylish space filled with awesome artworks and designer pieces that inevitably result in a wish list that exceeds the budget. It’s a veritable Who’s Who of the art and design world, showcasing art, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, interiors, the curious and collectible, and so much more.

Unless you’re in the industry or a crony of the crew, though, then you probably haven’t heard a great deal about Haas Advertising. And quite understandably, because while the coffee and design components of the collective were finding their feet, the ad agency was waiting patiently for its turn to shine. And shine it has. In fact, it has done far more shine.

In the past year and a half Haas Advertising has grown from just a trio to a team of twenty. At the helm you’ll find Glynn Venter – former ECD of the Draftfcb through-the-line studio and co-founder of Haas, Mike Orrey – co-founder of Orrey, Rightford &Drysdale Advertising and Francois De Villiers – former executive creative director of Draftfcb. Needless to say they make a formidable team and have in this short space of time have racked up a client base that includes Spur, Aegis, JMCSARU, Compass Bakery (one of the largest bakeries in the Western Cape) and the Whiskey Live Festival, among others.

The agency is housed in the building across the road and, as you’d expect, is appointed in an equally stylish fashion. In the same building is the Haas Kitchen, which will soon be wooing Haas fans just as the rest of the Collective has done. What’s left to say is merely, ‘Watch that space.’

And if by any chance you haven’t yet visited for some divine coffee and mouthwatering eats, make a point to do so soon. Then browse through the design showcase and drool some more.

HAAS COLLECTIVE
021 422 4413
67 Rose Street
Bo Kaap

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Words & images: Cindy Taylor

word of mouth: ‘sous chef’ by jop kunneke

image by Stanislaw Trzebinski

Fine artist and sculptor Jop Kunneke was one of more than forty artists and designers invited by Southern Guild to create a piece for Heavy Metal, the exhibition that took place at the Woodstock Foundry in February and March this year. The brief was simple: the work had to incorporate metal, obviously, and it had to be functional.

Tongue-in-cheek humour is one of Jop’s trademarks and the limited edition bronze sculpture of a pig’s head captures this with striking – and perhaps startling, at first – beauty. You may wonder exactly where the “functionality” comes into play, but look a little closer and you will notice that it is, in fact, a knife block. A high-end, sculptural knife block, perhaps, but functional nonetheless. Stainless steel sleeves and magnets hold one large or a few smaller knives in place.

The porcine sous chef held court at the Benedikt launch last week, but is currently winging his way to the US (pigs, it seems, do fly) to hog even more limelight at the New York Design Fair.

We’ll be featuring more of Jop’s work in our first ever Woodstock Guide, due on street in May, but in the meantime you can contact Jop on 082 726 7672 or jopkunneke@gmail.com.

b-moved to saronsberg in the tulbagh valley

I have yet to meet anyone who has visited Tulbagh and not fallen in love instantly. While the region was home to the Bushmen and Khoi people for thousands of years, the arrival of Dutch and Huguenot some three hundred years ago is how the charming, historic town itself came to be. Tulbagh is famous for its many examples of classic Cape Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, despite many of these beautiful buildings being destroyed in the earthquake of 1969. This fertile region is where olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards abound and proteas grow wild.

Tulbagh is also home to Saronsberg Estate. Saronberg’s classic, timeless feel belies the fact that it was founded a mere decade ago, in 2002, with their maiden vintage released in 2004. The multi-awarding winning wines are offered as two ranges. The first, Saronsberg, includes their flagship wine, Full Circle, an 82% Shiraz, 10% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre and 4% Viognier blend, as well as, inter alia, a Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and an MCC. The Provenance range is the same high quality wines, exept that while they mature well, you can drink them immediately too. This lighter range offers superb everyday wines.

Like the region, Saronsberg offers more than just excellent wine. Owner Nick van Huyssteen is passionate about art and his collection of paintings and sculptures is alone worth the hour and a half drive from Cape Town.

A day trip to view the art and taste and buy award-winning wine is worth every moment, the region has so much to offer we recommend a longer stay. In March this year Saronsberg opened Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages, 16 fully equipped self catering cottages. With each having a fireplace / BBQ, the cottages are ideal for both winter and summer getaways.

Words don’t do this remarkable estate justice. To fully appreciate everything it has to offer, visit the website then make plans to visit – soon! You won’t regret it.