Saturday 12 August, 11am – 1pm

The culmination of Open Form/ Open Studio 

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Figure plays with ground

Saturday 24 June, 11am – 12.30pm

All painting wrestles with figure/ground relations, whether within the bounds of the canvas or in its relationship to the space around it. What does this mean in the larger philosophical sense? What compels us to assert form – as in figure – over formlessness – as in ground?

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Opacity turns transparent

Saturday 3 June, 11am – 12.30pm

Penny will be joined by Mark Gevisser, Sisipho Ngodwana and Candice Thikeson in engaging with participants of Saturday’s open form/open studio talk “Opacity turns Transparent”

Can tracking the physical transformation of the medium, from wet white opaque substance to dry transparent layer, offer a way to talk about larger questions of the dynamics inherent in cultural translation?

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Horizontal becomes vertical

Saturday 20 May, 11am – 12.30pm

Working horizontally, looking down and engaging in intimate tactile relations with the medium gives a sense of being ‘in’ the painting. How does this change when the painting is in a vertical position? Can this experience of proximity and distance speak to the ways humans relate in the wider world?

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Materiality and its acts

Saturday 6 May, 11am – 12.30pm

Penny Siopis and Sean O’Toole will discuss contemporary painting, focusing on its propensity for materiality and performance, chance and contingency, and pondering if and how these aspects might speak beyond the studio to comment on society at large.