[spasie] UPSTAIRS is an interactive art gallery by day, and a premium cocktail lounge at night, promising to be ‘collaborative, collective and colourful’. It joins [spasie] UNDERGROUND, which has been operating from Church Street in Bo-Kaap for two years, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. [spasie] was created by New Yorker Gregory Zeleny. His new UPSTAIRS venture is a collaboration with architect Dean Hoffman. Charlotte van Kradenburg is the new GM of both [spasie] outlets.
Caro de Waal teamed up with [spasie] UPSTAIRS for the opening #ROOTS exhibition, with a mix of nine artists using various media, including photography, video, iPhonography, X-rays, illustrations, and painting to represent the #ROOTS theme, which was also represented in the form of food, drinks, words, and decor. Explaining her inspiration for the exhibition, Caro explained: ‘I was born here; she fed me, nurtured and watered me. I grew here, Africa is my root….Here I express myself in the way I know best, through food, flavour, art and design’. Caro’s company EAT DESIGN works to merge food, art, and design.
# Hein van Tonder photographed artichoke roots in black and white, a series of four photographs, for which he and Caro had travelled to Wellington.
# On the trip to Wellington, Hein van Tonder and Caro discussed photographing a person with a Tumeric clay face mask, a series of three photographs, depicting the young man becoming increasingly confident over the series, Hein explained.
# I did not watch the video, and did not get the name of the creator of it.
# Kosie van Rensburg looks uncannily like Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, and was described as an iPhonographer, who uses his iPhone to create colour effects via apps, and he then Instagrams the photographs. They were a collection of Cape Town images, including a spectacular one of Lion’s Head. He surprised me by sharing that his day job is that of an insurance number cruncher!
# Caro had X-rayed a number of edible roots as well as ‘ancestor roots’ at a radiologist firm, and put them over a light box, some of the X-rays looking like human bones!
# Angelfish ceviche with numnum, lime, spekboom, radish, and lemon Buchu, served on glass plates, and thorn tree branches formed part of the display of this canapé.
# Vegetarian croquette canapés
It was exciting being in [spasie] UPSTAIRS, and a high bar has been set with its inaugural exhibition.
[spasie] UPSTAIRS, 2nd floor, 103 Bree Street, Cape Town. Tel (021) 422-1492. www.spasie.co. Twitter :@SpasieCT From 11 April Art Gallery open on Tuesdays to Saturdays 10h00 – 16h00, Cocktail Lounge Thursday – Saturday from 17h00
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