Art Basel Open Artist Studio Event

Organized by Art Basel / Fri 08 Dec / 9am - 12 noon Visit and meet artists in their studios in Wynwood, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and other locations. Download the map. Access: Free public access

By | 2017-11-09T16:39:40+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Frontier Global Exhibition

Phillip Valys for SouthFlorida.com In Anja Marais’ installation "The Crossing," nine pairs of adult and children's dress shoes, each stuffed with dirt, sit next to an out-of-focus photograph of a muddy cornfield and ramshackle farmhouse. A reference to her South African upbringing, working-poor communities and immigration, Marais’ black-and-white photograph, which is deliberately ripped and torn in sections, hangs inside the Bailey Contemporary Arts gallery in Pompano Beach, which will debut the new immigration-minded show “Frontiers and Beyond” on Friday, Sept. 1. The exhibit, which came together with help from the Tehran, Iran-based Ad Visual Arts Academy, probes how artists use ceramics to tackle themes of belonging and geographic borders. The Pompano Beach gallery is one of four global venues to host the exhibit, which will also be presented in Japan, Turkey and France. You can read the full article HERE. When: Sept. 1–29 (opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Sept. [...]

By | 2017-09-26T06:15:01+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

SFCC exhibition [press clipping]

If you’re interested in the art of here & now, you need to see this show BY ANNE TSCHIDA for the Miami Herald Yet there are several pieces without much color at all that also fit, thematically, into the artistic landscape of South Florida. One is a haunting, site-specific installation, hung from the ceiling, from South-African born Anja Marais. As an immigrant herself, as so many are here, she creates pieces that relate to disenfranchised, disconnected communities. In the suspended ripped and torn panels, in black and white, you can discern a poor small farmhouse and fields. Unlike the collage from Mar which hangs behind it, Marais has created this work not by layering and applying, but by a process called décollage, where she manipulates the initial images by tearing and cutting it, also forming a new, unique perspective by elimination. Inextricable Intertangling, 2017 [...]

By | 2017-07-13T08:53:33+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

The Codex of the Films and Pictures of Anja Marais: Oneiric Metaphors – by Rosa JH Berland [write-up]

The disquieting allure of Anja Marais’ practice comes from a masterly weaving of mysticism. Formally, the work falls somewhere between the grace of Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget, the shadowy poetry of Surrealist film making, the complex ornateness of Matthew Barney’s films and feminist body art. These intricate worlds are made from handmade sculpture, video, pixilation animation video, and photography. They captivate, one can hardly wait for the next scene or chapter to emerge. Most recently, Marais has embarked on a series of self-titled “visual poems” including a sequence of related projects comprised of moving picture, photography, costumes, hand made sculpture and mixed media. These “poems” take place in natural environments such forests, hills, expanses of grass, or next to a body of water and appear to transcribe memory and experience, particularly that of woman. The stories are often-wordless visual worlds in which secrets are ritually revealed, the [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:28:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

Cinema of Dreams at Gallery Ground Moscow [exhibition]

My video work "Cathedral" will be part of the exhibition Cinema of Dreams at Gallery Ground Moscow Exhibition dates: December 16, 2016 - February 12, 2017 Curators program of video art: Elena Gubanova, Kate Bochavar The curator of the animated program: Pavel Shvedov The exhibition invites visitors to "Cinema of Dreams", where on one screen mixed cartoons and video art, surrealism and the irrationality that is the best suited for fixing of dreams and similar states of human consciousness. The curators of contemporary art and animated content curators have tried to bring together both genres work in such a way that the viewer, having lost touch with reality, plunged into a state of sleep awake. Opening hours: Tues. - Sun. from 11:00 to 20:00 Gallery and Studio Sandy Ground Street. Novopeschanaya d. 23, k. 7, Moscow, Russia Artists: Petr Bely, Margarita Novikova, Rose By Sergei [...]

By | 2017-07-13T10:47:28+00:00 December 15th, 2016|