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The Rooke Gallery works strictly on a project basis with a select few artists.
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Rooke Gallery works with a small stable of select artists.
Unless by invitation as part of a group show, the gallery does not unfortunately show work on behalf of individual artists that it does not represent.
Current Rooke Gallery represented artists include:
I-Jusi is an experimental magazine first published during the vibrant period following South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. From the onset i-Jusi posed an important question: "What makes me African - and what does that look like?", piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and potentialities that have evolved ever since the fall of Apartheid. Garth Walker published the first issue of i-Jusi in early 1995, showcasing South African visual culture, creating an independent geographical vernacular in South Africa.
To ensure the survival of the magazine, i-Jusi, in collaboration with the Rooke Gallery, launched the limited edition i-Jusi Portfolio #1 in early 2010 and Portfolio #2 in late 2011.
Garth Meyer was born in South Africa in 1967. He holds a Diploma in Technical Photography from Langara College in Vancouver. Currently resident in South Africa where he has received a diploma in Film and Television, Meyer's credentials also include the 2005 Apollo Film Festival held in Victoria West, and Best South African Film at the 2007 Oudtshoorn Film Festival.
Meyer's current artistic conviction lies in large-format documentary nature photography. Meyer's political and conceptual groundings, centred upon the destruction of primary forests in Africa make his work radical enough to fit the contemporary art mould. However, Meyer's use of large-format photography also separates him from contemporary art practices, which tends to embrace digital mediums or smaller film formats.
The high level of detail in Meyer's work characterizes his ability to frame elements from nature that are not easily perceived by human vision. As opposed to normal vision, where reality is filtered by our senses in order to economize on sensory information, Meyer's photographs capture every detail in resolutions far higher than the capacity of the human eye, causing a controlled sensory overload of information.
Meyer plays abstraction against realism, and his images are often so detailed that they begin to mimic many Abstract Expressionist painters, such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.
From this perspective Meyer faithfully extracts as much experiential information as he can from nature, poeticizing this information in the form of photographic texts that cross borders, both geographically, stylistically and interdisciplinary, particularly hybridizing the seemingly indifferent roles of the journalist, scientist, and artist.
Click here to view images and details on Meyer's first solo exhibition at the Rooke Gallery, titled The Study of Trees.
Born in 1985 and resident in South Africa, Marshall holds a B-Tech degree in Photography from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria (2010). Marshall was chosen as one of the Top Ten finalists of the Sony World Photography Organisation Student competition (sole contestant from Africa). Marshall's first solo exhibition "Renegades" ran at the Rooke Gallery though July and August 2011 and was featured at the Joburg Art Fair in September 2011. "Renegades" is currently on tour at the Bekris Gallery in San Francisco with a solo running from December through end January 2012.
For more information regarding Marshall's debut solo exhibition click here.
To view all works click here
To download the catalogue click here
Frank Marshall is exclusively represented by the Rooke Gallery.
ASHA ZERO - MICRO CLUSTER PICNIC
FRANK MARSHALL - RENEGADES
STEFAN KRYNAUW - PORTRAIT OF A PAINTER
GARTH MEYER - STUDY OF TREES
ROGER BALLEN - MARK KANNEMEYER
THE UNSEEN WORKS
ZANDER BLOM - THE TRAVELS OF BAD
LIAM LYNCH - A CLAUDE GLASS
OLAF BISSCHOFF - TERRA INCOGNITA
ZANDER BLOM - THE DRAIN OF PROGRESS
LIAM LYNCH - OPEN TO MISINTERPRETATION
SOCIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS - 6X6