Overall impressions: more exhibits this year; a far more International array of work – Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, and from Europe France, Italy, Germany, Britain – I even spotted one Australian Art Gallery’s stand! I watched dapper little men with neat van Dyk beards, clad in seersucker suits, excitedly waving their hands and explaining the finer points of displayed works in heavily foreign accents …. No doubt about it, much more international this year.
The inventive use of mundane objects for art projects was typically African : the humble clothes peg, metal bottle tops, fabrics, woven fibre ropes, plasticised hessian bag fabric , plus others that I ‘m sure I missed in the huge exhibition.
Last year’s centre piece was the pink polar bear wearing its blue tutu. Nothing so frivolous this time. There was centrally displayed Teddy Bear, giant sized, in pale terracotta ceramic, in a seated position and but I didn’t take a pic – I found the deconstructed bear showing its plastic exo skeleton very off-putting.However, I did spot this mixed media (beads and artificial flowers) Albino bust which was an unusual item. Albinism in Africa is often the subject of superstition and persecution.
I was conscious of so much texture this time around. Some notably prickly works. I can imagine what a traffic hazard these protruding rigid wires would be in a confined space.
I loved the vivid colours of the plastic snake-y coils a sort of wild reinvention of mating pythons. One of my favourite pieces.
And what looks like fabric or yarn, but is in fact a heavily textured plastic paint .
And beautiful work crated out of coiled sisal strips – I really liked this.
Not many ceramics . but I spotted this, and pray none of my friends decide it would make a lovely gift for me!
But I did like these little ceramic objets d’art:
Plenty of fabric of one sort and another :
This quirky bicycle caught my eye
The Feet – striking – if only I could read Arabic.
I loved the 8 portrait series of (presumably) Toureg men .
And the 12 small Cubist works
Finally: a dash of colour from Angola:
There was so much more to see and enjoy, but I couldn’t take pics of everything. For info on the Prize Winners and other details, please go to :https://www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za/
Had I won the Lotto I would have gone mad at the Print stands. But I went home empty handed, replete with colour, texture and adventure. The annual Investec February Art Fair is one of my favourite events – I wouldn’t miss it for the world.