Arguably one of the most stunning galleries in South Africa is The Kim Sacks Gallery. The building, painted a rich terracotta, is similar to the colour of soil on the Highveld, and the structure is modeled on indigenous African clay dwellings.
The building is in sharp contrast to its surroundings, located on Jan Smuts Avenue, one of the busiest roads in Johannesburg. However the exterior provides insight into an African experience, which welcomes you the moment you enter the gallery through the wrought-iron kraal gate. This is a truly African celebration that instantly transports you into a double volume cool space, that is indicative of an African dwelling, a safe haven from the scorching sun in arid landscapes in rural areas, be it Venda and or KwaZulu Natal.
In recent years, the area on Jan Smuts Avenue has become an art precinct; home to the Linda Goodman Gallery, Art Space and further up the road, the Circa Gallery, to mention a few.
Inside the space however you experience the vibrancy of Africa, especially indigenous South Africa, in all forms, shapes and function. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like for a tourist, especially from the Nordic countries, to step into this slice of Africa. The Fins and the Swedes have influenced the crafts and in particular good design for many years, but I am sure, nothing quite prepares them for this space. Its richness, vibrancy in colour and array of diverse African artifacts must be overwhelming to the point of exhaustion.
Each object handpicked and selected by one of the most discerning eyes in the business, Kim Sacks herself. Her own work inspired by the Nordic craft aesthetic conventions. Every nook and cranny of this gallery draws you into art and craft forms; handcrafted to perfection, fine examples of their craft style and or tradition. Here you get what you pay for – a piece of South African authenticity.
|Plates by Lisa Ringwood.|
The gallery-shop also hosts one-person and group ceramic exhibitions. On display at the moment is the ceramic work of Three Women; Heather Mills, Catherine Brennon and Lisa Ringwood – recent ceramic works. Make your way to this gallery and feast your eyes on finely handcrafted ceramics that will inspire you and should you purchase a work, bring the heart of Africa into your home.
|Ceramics by Heather Mills|
The exhibition runs for a few weeks only – make sure you don’t miss this one (closing date 27 August). Organise a group to visit the exhibition, and I am sure you will get to experience the hospitality of the gallery staff – tea at the fireplace.
Should you wish to see more Images and read the artist’s statements, follow the link to the gallery website.
|Catherine Brennon Plate.|