One warm summer afternoon in Cape Town, South Africa, we ventured
into BANG! The Gallery. While the city abounds with small galleries,
BANG! stood out. A well rounded gallery of contrasts, rather
than a multiple of relative sameness permeating throughout:
from the numerous bright and energetic paintings adorning the
walls to the earthy, found material alien sculptures commanding
the corners and the handmade jewelery spilling from the glass
floor cases. This eclectic gallery offers both decorative and
functional works by a variety of southern African artists. With
a desire to reflect a positive energy in the new South Africa's
artworld BANG ! provides a platform for contemporary painters,
sculptors, jewelers, photographers, potters.
the opportunity to spend time with the gallery's owners and
curators, Alex and Zelda Hamilton, during our stay in Cape Town,
their openness and jubilant energy towards life won us over.
Hamilton explores the phenomenon of merchandising beliefs and
ideologies and produces a series of images on canvas that hovers
between classical Renaissance Catholicism and Andy Warhol-esque
Pop Art. By suggesting in the title of this exhibition, that
often the merchandising of a belief can also trivialize the
true meaning, it also comments on his own art is often viewed
as substance-lacking kitchen art. The shift between the serious
and the trivial makes for an interesting combination of elements
and a colourful, joyous exhibition.'
gallery has regular openings -- check out their award
winning site for more information.