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If You Go Down To The Woods Today

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

If you go down to the woods today, a mixed media exhibition by Liza Grobler at the Everard Read Gallery until April 22. Lucinda Jolly reviews. The exhibition “If you go down to the woods today” by mixed media artist Liza Grobler is introduced by three tall beaded panels on the stairway to the exhibition space. It’s as if [...]

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Catalogue Article: A Conversation

Catalogue Article: A Conversation

A Conversation Liza Grobler (LG) and Barbara Wildenboer (BW) LG: For me, the physical qualities of the materials are very important. So, I might find a kind of rope that I like – it just catches my eye in the space within which it operates – I'll see a specific colour rope, and think: "Ahh [...]

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Picasso And Einstein In The Sky

Picasso And Einstein In The Sky

ARTISTIC SCIENCE: The launch of South Africa's first nanosatellite will be commemorated in Khayelitsha. Diary of a Nanosatellite, a one off public procession in Khayelitsha by artist Liza Grobler with CPUT’s Space Programme and part of Art Week, is on Saturday at midday. Art Week runs until December 7. Lucinda Jolly previews: “IT IS only through science and art that civilisation [...]

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Catalogue Article: Unimaginable, Unnameable, Poetic

Catalogue Article: Unimaginable, Unnameable, Poetic

Unimaginable, Unnameable, Poetic: The creative force in the work of Liza Grobler By Amanda Botha One eye sees the other feels – Paul Klee Liza Grobler is an artist who can turn unimaginable concepts into tangible form. She plays with a variety of materials, teasing them into shapes that were never meant to be. Shapes [...]

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Catalogue Article: Dancing Line, Blindfolded Through Time

Catalogue Article: Dancing Line, Blindfolded Through Time

Dancing Line, Blindfolded Through Time: Liza Grobler’s experiments in collaboration By Andrew Lamprecht At the end of the day – at the end of the process initiated by conversations with other artists and continued through this series of exhibitions by Liza Grobler – the ultimate collaborator with the artist may well be the viewer. Blindfolded [...]

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Catalogue Article: Life Giving Forces Just Below The Surface

Catalogue Article: Life Giving Forces Just Below The Surface

Life Giving Forces Live Just Below the Surface: The Work of Liza Grobler By Laurie Ann Farrell Liza Grobler’s newest solo exhibition White Termite coalesces her many creative modes of expression into a unified experience-based installation. Descending the stairs into the subterranean gallery visitors encounter an immersive environment with blue walls, networks of blue crocheted [...]

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Looking Back On Acts Of Enchantment

Looking Back On Acts Of Enchantment

Lien Botha (for White Termite catalogue) On a map you would give Mooiuitsig a miss. It seems too estranged from the sea and the lakes surrounding Betty’s Bay - like an independent outpost at the foot of Voorberg. In your mind’s eye you could imagine the settlement being suspended between the acceleration of Sunday bikers [...]

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Blown Away

Blown Away

Text: Suzy Bell Motorists driving along the R44 on Clarence Drive outside Rooi-Els have been amused and confused by a mysterious series of 41 solo dancing pink fishing nets enjoying a light Cape summer’s breeze on the slopes of the Klein Hangklip Berge. “Some motorists who stopped thought it was a strange type of flower,” [...]

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VISITOR, visits and collaborations (3-24 October 2009)

VISITOR, visits and collaborations (3-24 October 2009)

The now UCT Irma Stern Museum was formerly the house of artist Irma Stern. In this space she lived, created, and entertained. Visitor by Liza Grobler, responded to her home in a ‘solo’ exhibition with a difference: it acknowledged human interaction as a core ingredient of artistic output. Apart from the random and invited viewers [...]

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Grobler and muses

Grobler and muses

Cape Times, Melvin Minnaar In Lien Botha’s engrossing new photographic show at the Erdmann Contemporary (until the end of the month) there is a smashing picture titled Liza in Irma Stern’s studio, Rosebank, Cape Town. A warmly-toned, tightly-structured and moody image, it shows the artist Liza Grobler in contemplative recline on a couch, her nudity [...]

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Black: The Antithesis of the fraudulent sensuality of culture’s facade. An experiment in voluntary asceticism

Black: The Antithesis of the fraudulent sensuality of culture’s facade. An experiment in voluntary asceticism

Black: the antithesis of the fraudulent sensuality of culture’s facade. An experiment in voluntary asceticism. Liza Grobler, Mary Wafer, Hentie van der Merwe, Zander Blom, Kathryn Smith, Michael Taylor and Nomthunzi Mashalaba at blank projects By Katharine Jacobs 05 August – 25 August. (Published on Artthrob August 2009) For blank’s last show in their Buitengracht Street space, […]

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Two brilliant exhibitions re-view the same territory

Two brilliant exhibitions re-view the same territory

Melvyn Minnaar, Cape Times, 29/10/2003 Two brilliant exhibitions re-view the same territory Two brilliant exhibitions re-view the same territory I can’t see the wood for the trees...by Liza Grobler at the João Ferreira Gallery and Moneo by Julia Teale at the Irma Stern Museum. Well-worn, archeologically smooth stones are common to these two different, edge [...]

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Home will never be the same again

Home will never be the same again

Fabbrizio Von Grebner, Cape Times 09/04/1999 Home will never be the same again. Artists’ installations at Oudtshoorn show there’s no place to hide. The sakkie-sakkie music welled forth, the street was a-jive with tipsy jollers and the atmosphere was one of boisterous revelry at 9:30pm on Baron van Reede Street in Oudtshoorn. Lize Hugo and Mark [...]

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Liza’s Muck-raking Dishes the Dirt on a Soiled Society

Liza’s Muck-raking Dishes the Dirt on a Soiled Society

Lloyd Pollak, Cape Times, Feb 22, 2000 On entering the Chelsea Gallery one’s eyes are immediately wrenched out of their sockets by Grobler’s outrageous showstopper, Betty, a grand piano enveloped in florid, flouncy and furbelowed couture complete with a long train. This outrageously endimanchée lady immediately prompts a Surrealist frisson of thrilled surprise, and indeed, [...]

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Garbage Art Cuts to Core of Society

Garbage Art Cuts to Core of Society

The Garbage Men Wear Gloves, at Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg. (Cobus van Bosch, translated from the original Afrikaans review, Die Burger, 23 February 2009) An attunement to humour, irony and social commentary forms the basis of this exhibition which varies from traditional oil painting to strange, even bizarre, objects made out of discarded material. Grobler borrowed [...]

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Working Under Devil’s Peak

Working Under Devil’s Peak

Liza Grobler’s bold monotypes display ambivalence, spontaneity and a tongue-in-cheek approach to imagery - Warren Edition monotypes at Daddy Longlegs, Cape Town (Veronica Wilkinson, The Sunday Argus, 23/11/2008) Equally at home draped in her Dutch Reformed grandfather’s black vestments acting out performance pieces in Oudtshoorn during the 2004 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees or in her [...]

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