Ungluing a window on Siopis's mind

 

Ungluing a window on Siopis's mind

Mail and Guardian | 4 August 2017

Olga Speakes

 

As you walk through the large roll-up doors into the airy, hangar-like space of the Maitland Institute, leaving the noisy hustle of the street behind, the sensation is like plunging underwater in a massive reservoir. The scale of the room heightens one’s awareness of the physical limits of the body; its muffled echoes provide an invisible shield from the outside world. A mechanical pulley hovering close to the ceiling recalls the former industrial purpose of the building. This is the setting for Penny Siopis’s Open Form/Open Studio.

 

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The Maitland Institute: Cape Town’s new space ‘dedicated to art and ideas’

The Maitland Institute: Cape Town’s new space ‘dedicated to art and ideas’

Between 10 and 5 | 28 June 2017

Gabriella Pinto

 

The Maitland Institute is run by Tammi Glick, a director at Daleglen Property Group. At a cafe on Long Street, Tammi makes it clear that she’s not a curator but a facilitator of Maitland Institute – a new non-profit art space that was once a casings factory. This title, she says, allows freedom and fluidity when it comes to deciding how the large industrial space is navigated by the artists and audience.

 

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Siopis profile:
Academic exploration of formless art

Artist’s Profile: Penny Siopis At the “Meat Factory”, Maitland Institute

Cape Times: Arts Portal | 21 May 2017

Danny Shorkend

 

I was fortunate to meet with her at her current studio space to discuss her rationale and emotive expression that typify these paintings. There is a triptych that is triumphantly enormous, yet fits within the massive studio, a journey into a scale the artist is not accustomed to. Yet she embraces it and in turn it embraces her.

 

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