Curated by Janet Botes, the exhibition includes selected artworks that:
- has an environmental message or explores concepts around ecology and biodiversity
- are produced or created in a way that considers its impact on the environment
- in some way offer the viewer new understandings and perceptions about their own relationship and connection with the natural world
The exhibition showcases contemporary art including installation art, sculpture, found object art and drawing.
Simon Max Bannister’s Fragments of Paradise – a series of eroded plastic flotsam that were caught as samples in the middle of the Atlantic gyre.
Janet Ranson’s Upset Tree, a dramatic assemblage of found timber and reclaimed nylon packaging material as a simple metaphor for humankind’s devastation of the natural order.
Another addition to the exhibition is the Collage Mural Project, an interactive artwork which will be created over the 3 days of the Green Expo. The public will be invited to get involved by making collages around the theme of (Eco)nversations. 8 artists will be painting the collages into mural. The installation provides a platform for creative expression with a focus on our shared environment and the conversations happening at the expo. The project is facilitated by artist, Claire Homewood.
Participating Artists: Simon Max Bannister, Janet Ranson, Kai Lossgott, Stefanie Schoeman, Janet Botes, Danelle Malan, Nicolle Marais, Claire Homewood
This exhibition was made possible by collaboration between the artists, the Green Expo organizers, the Shoprite Checkers Strokes of Genius art project, and Pronature Paints. The exhibition is hosted, sponsored and in partnership with the Green Expo, organized by Three City Events. The exhibition aims to become an integral part of the Green Expo in the future of this annual event. The first Green Expo was held at the CTICC in November 2011. The success of this expo has led to the launch of the Johannesburg Green Expo held in September at the Sandton Convention Centre.
recycled and reusable paper
The printing of the exhibition catalogues are sponsored by the Shoprite Checkers Strokes of Genius project. These are printed on 100% recycled paper, and designed to be usable as a poster afterwards.
The Shoprite Checkers Strokes of Genius project is an innovative art initiative that recognises the immense wealth of artistic and cultural talent existing in South Africa and aims to develop this largely untapped source of job creation opportunities and entrepreneurial expertise. As part of its commitment, the Strokes of Genius project seeks to promote the development of art amongst young people and accordingly presents an art competition for secondary schools.