BRONWYN LACE

BIOGRAPHY

BRONWYN LACE

(b. 1980 Francistown, Botswana)

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

An essential component of my practice involves creating site-specific installations with found, recycled and repurposed elements. The pieces are built in situ, responding to the context of the site with repetitive weaving, tying and threading, line by line, between surfaces. This time-based and repetitive process helps me to immerse myself physically within a context so that I may respond to all its elements specifically.

I’m particularly interested in how artworks as spaces relate to the proportions of the human body. I’m interested in creating artworks that employ beauty as an initial tool to create immersive bodily experiences. I believe that when we are fully absorbed by an artwork we have the capacity to relate to and learn from it in a more complete way.

I have long been a collector of things. From found dead insects to broken stained glass to obsolete encyclopaedia. I keep these objects with me until the right time to process them presents itself. I then look to existing, often traditional crafting methods, from weaving, beading and embroidery to folding origami. I believe that the repetitive act of making allows for a meditation with the material, the space and finally the artwork.

The manner in which I choose to respond has to be informed by all aspects of the site. This takes in to account everything from the way in which natural and artificial light shifts the space to who occupies the space over the course of a day. I view all elements as collaborators in the making of an artwork. 

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Lace, who was born in Francistown, Botswana, in 1980, works primarily in site specific installation, sculpture and performance and participates in national and international projects focusing on the relationships between art and other fields, including Physics, museum practice and education. An important element of Lace’s practice involves creating site-specific installations with found, recycled and repurposed elements. The pieces are built in situ, often with intricate threading and weaving. Light is a central component to all of Lace’s work. Through this process-driven practice, she creates architectural three-dimensional and often-interactive artworks, containing material from the world around us such as swarms of fishing flies, rearranged animal skeletons or thousands of shards of shattered stained glass.

In collaboration with Marcus Neustetter, Lace has initiated various community and land art projects in small towns within South Africa. From 2006-2010, she ran the About Art education and exhibition programme at The Bag Factory Artists' Studios. She currently sits on the board of the David and Goliath Foundation and is an assistant to the curator of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) art collection. In addition, Lace has recently completed a book and film related to her collaborative project 'Sutherland Reflections' with Africa meets Africa, an organisation that produces illustrated educator’s resource books, films and classroom learning materials. In 2009 and 2010 she was listed in the Mail and Guardian as one of the top 200 Young South Africans. Lace completed a BAFA in 2004 from the University of Witwatersrand.

 

CV:

 

HIGHER EDUCATION:

2011              

German language B 2.1 Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany 

2009              

German language A 1.1.2 & A 2.1 Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

2008             

German language A 1.1.1, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

2006              

Psychology 101 and Psychology in Society, UNISA, Pretoria

2004              

Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

 

RESIDENCIES:

2013              

'Nirox' joint residency with Marcus Neustetter at the Nirox Foundation Cradle of Humankind, RSA

2010              

‘Ampersand’ joint residency with Marcus Neustetter at The Ampersand Foundation New York City, USA      

‘Influx/Reflux/Reflex’, guest curator for collaborative project by CASA Africa and Embassy of Spain South Africa Las Palmas, Canary Islands

2009              

‘Influx/Reflux/Reflex’, guest curator for collaborative project by CASA Africa and Embassy of Spain South Africa Valencia, Spain

 

AWARDS:

2014              

Flagship project for National Arts Council of South Africa for ‘Sutherland Reflections’, Johannesburg, RSA

2013              

Finalist for International Award for Public Art for ‘Sutherland Reflections’, USA and CHINA

2011              

Goethe Institute German Language Course scholarship, Berlin, DR

2010              

Mail and Guardian Top 300 Young People to Take to Lunch, Johannesburg, RSA

University of Witwatersrand Alumni award, Johannesburg, RSA

2009              

Mail and Guardian Top 300 Young People to Take to Lunch, Johannesburg, RSA             

Art South Africa Bright Young Things, Johannesburg, RSA

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:

2015              

Artist talk at National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington D.C, US

Guest speaker at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, RSA

2014              

Valedictorian art speech for St Mary’s School for Girls, Johannesburg, RSA

2013              

Project presentation with Africa meets Africa and Marcus Neustetter at National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC US 

2012             

Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) at CIRCAonJellico, Johannesburg, RSA

DAAD alumni conference 'Change by Exchange: in Higher Education and Research Transformation in South Africa and Germany' at University of Cape Town, Cape Town, RSA 

2011              

'International Office of Astronomical Awareness' at South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Cape Town, RSA

'Building the Scientific Mind' conference at Sustainability Institute Stellenbosch, RSA

'Johannesburg Public Art Conference' at Johannesburg Art Gallery by Trinity Session and Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), Johannesburg, RSA

2010              

Artist talk for Architecture.AZA2010, Johannesburg, RSA

Artist talk with Marcus Neustetter at National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC USA

2009              

‘On Making’ colloquium at University of Johannesburg, RSA

2007              

Visiting lecturer on conceptualization and analysis at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

PROJECTS: 

2009 - 2015  

‘Sutherland Reflections’ collaborative art/science community based and child focused research project, resulting in a feature film, book, permanent public art and museum displays conceptualized, created and managed in collaboration with Marcus Neustetter, Sutherland, RSA

2012 - 2013  

'The Africa meets Africa project' a project and production manager as well as art director for the creation of the educational resource film and book 'My Room at the Centre of the Universe'

2010 - 2011  

'EnMasse' an interdisciplinary research and conceptual development project towards the creation of viable public space in South Africa, the project is in collaboration with Anthea Moys, Johannesburg RSA

2008- 2010   

‘Influx/Reflex/Reflux’ South African curator for an exchange project between Spanish and South African artists at Map ZAR in Richmond and The Nirox Foundation in The Cradle of Humankind, RSA

Salla Parpallo in Valencia, Spain and Le Regenta in Las Palmas, The Canary Islands

2006 - 2010  

'About Art’ curator and education officer at The Bag Factory, Fordsburg, Johannesburg RSA

2008 - 2010  

'Democracy Begins in Conversation' board member and volunteer as part of the Living Together Institute in Johannesburg, RSA

2007 - 2008  

‘Cascoland’ D.I.Y architectural and art collaborative project between International and South African artists and architects Johannesburg (2007) and Durban (2008), RSA

2006 - 2007  

www.saartsemerging.org, co-founded a website featuring emerging South African artists, RSA

2004              

‘Negotiate' Johannesburg Art Gallery: 4 shows over 4 months in celebration of 10 Years of Democracy, Johannesburg, RSA

EXHIBITIONS

2017

Southern Abstraction, group exhibition, Everard Read, London

Bread in the Bone, solo exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town

Spectrum, group exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg 

2016

Surface/Subtext, Group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town

Summer in the City, Group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town 

2015              

‘Response’, two person show with Neels Coetzee’s CRUCIBLE, Johannesburg, RSA

2014              

‘Teeming’, solo exhibition at SpekePhotographic, Johannesburg, RSA 

2013              

‘Resuscitate’, solo exhibition at Nirox Project Space, Johannesburg, RSA

 2012              

'A Tendency Towards Complexity', solo exhibition at CIRCA, Johannesburg, RSA

'Sutherland Reflections' collaborative exhibition with Marcus Neustetter, Speke Photographic, Johannesburg, RSA

 2010              

'En Masse' collaborative project and exhibition with Anthea Moys, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, RSA

2009              

‘Sutherland Reflected’ collaborative exhibition with Marcus Neustetter, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg, RSA

 ‘Unit for Measure’, with Vaughn Sadie at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, RSA

2008              

‘Negentrophy’ (land art piece) Newtown, Johannesburg, RSA

2007              

‘The Bell Shaped Curve’ Durban University of Technology Gallery, Durban, RSA.

2006

‘77/21’ Parking Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA.

‘Irrational’. Outlet gallery, Pretoria, RSA.

‘1.618’. Young Artists Project, KZNSA gallery, Durban, RSA.

 

PERMANENT PUBLIC ART PIECES:

2014              

‘Place of Light’, commissioned by Propertuity for the entrance of Market Up building

2013              

‘Phototaxis’, commissioned by Propertuity for the entrance of Artisan Lofts

2009 - 2011  

‘Pageview/Fietas Subway’, commissioned by The Trinity Session and 26’10 South Architects to create a public artwork for the Johannesburg Development Agency, Johannesburg RSA

2009              

‘Bus Rapid Transit’, commissioned glass artwork by the Johannesburg Development Agency, Soweto RSA

 

COLLECTIONS:

 2015              

Read Collection, Johannesburg, RSA

Elegance, Johannesburg, RSA

 2013/2014   

Propertuity, Johannesburg, RSA 

2013              

Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, RSA

2011              

Life Collection, Main Street Life, Johannesburg, RSA 

2010              

Durban Art Gallery Collection Durban, RSA

 2009/2014   

Nirox Collection, Cradle of Humankind, RSA

2007              

Durban University of Technology Collection Durban, RSA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015              

‘The Four Horsemen’ Equus Gallery, Cape Town, RSA      

‘Bronze, Steel and Stone’ Everard Read, Johannesburg, RSA

‘Monologues’, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstoom, RSA

‘Homage’ Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, RSA

‘Drawing’ Fried Copntemporary, Pretoria, RSA

‘Winter Sculpture Fair’, Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, RSA 

‘Empire’ Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, RSA

2014              

‘Winter Sculpture Fair’, Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, RSA

2013              

‘Southern Guild’. MOAD, Johannesburg, RSA

'After the Rainbow Nation' curated by Mary Jane Darrol, Cradle of Humankind, RSA

2012              

'Third Paradise - First Worldwide Day of Rebirth', Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto South African participation: Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, RSA

'Southern Guild', Everard Read, Johannesburg, RSA

2011              

'Living as Form', Creative Time Institute, New York, USA

'Horse: multiple views on a singular beast', Everard Read, Curated by Ricky Burnett, Johannesburg, RSA         

'Collaborations/Articulations', FADA Gallery, UJ curated by Brendan Gray, Johannesburg, RSA

2010/2011   

Reasons to Live in a Small Town', Goethe on Main, curated by VANSA, Johannesburg, RSA

2010              

'2012', Space Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg, RSA

2009              

‘(No)thing’ UCA gallery, Observatory, Cape Town, RSA  

‘Adding Subtractions’ The Bag Factory, curated by Daniella Geo of Brazil, Johannesburg, RSA,

‘Double Body’ FADA Gallery, UJ curated by Anthea Buys, Johannesburg, RSA

‘Oudtshoorn Trace’ ABSA KKNK Festival, in collaboration with Marcus Neustetter and curated by Johan Myburgh, Oudtshoorn, RSA

‘Social Pattern’ AVA Gallery, curated by Kirsty Cockerill, Cape Town, RSA

2008

‘Traces’ Nirox Foundation, a collaborative performance and installation with Marcus Neustetter, commissioned by VISI magazine, The Cradle of Humankind, RSA

‘The Fun House’ The Bag Factory, a collaborative performance piece with musicians Phanuel Masike and Stompie Selibe, Johannesburg, RSA,

‘Trajectory’ The Snowflake Building, Aardklop, RSA

‘Rites of Passage/Rites of Fealty’ a group show of performance artists, Johannesburg, RSA,

‘Aftermath’ Art Extra, a group show curated by David Brodie, Johannesburg, RSA

‘Youth (The Inner Reflection)’, Muvart Gallery, show featuring artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique dealing with themes around youth, Maputo, Mozambique

2007

‘Away’ Richmond, group show of artists featured in the A Look Away Publication, Northern Cape, RSA

‘Re-Action’ The Bag Factory, group show of performance artists, Johannesburg, RSA

‘Love You Positive or Negative’ Alliance Francais, an HIV Aids fundraising exhibition, Paris, France

2006

‘Parking Gallery Show’. The Cape Africa Platform gallery, Cape Town, RSA

‘AardKlop’, part of the Sasol group show, Potchefstroom, RSA

‘Sasol New Signatures’, Pretoria Art Museum, awarded with certificate of acknowledgement, Pretoria, RSA

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS:

2012

'A Luta continua: The struggle continues' a selection of works from the SABC art collection in recognition of the African National Congress celebration of its centenary, as assistant curator to Koulla Xinisteris held at Radio Park, Johannesburg, RSA

2011

'Scape: a selection of works from the SABC art collection for COP17', as assistant curator to Koulla Xinisteris held at the ICC, Durban, RSA

'Wanderers' in collaboration with Afrika.Es, Revolution House, Johannesburg, RSA

2010

'Reflex I Reflexion' co-curated with Nilo Casares (ES) hosted by the Johannesburg Art Gallery,

Johannesburg, RSA

2009

'Fietas: festival, fiesta or fiasco?' curated for The Bag Factory as part of The Fietas Festival, Johannesburg, RSA

2008

Co-curator for SAartsEmerging space on Rotterdam Art Fair, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2007

‘Making Waves’, assistant to the curator of the SABC Art Collection, on show the Cape Castle Gallery of Good Hope in Cape Town, RSA

 ‘Positive Pulse’, assistant to the curator for an HIV Aids fundraiser featuring more than 50 South African artists at Sun City, RSA