Drawing and photography are central to my practice. Both make pressing - if sometimes fictitious - claims to the capture of lost moments.



Left  Terry Kurgan Untitled (floats II)  2011  Charcoal, pastel, pencil on Fabriano paper primed with rabbit-skin glue mixed with gouache  1000 X 700mm
Right  Ruth Rosengarten  Untitled (Photograph)  2010 - 2011  Pencil on paper  420 X 297mm

Terry Kurgan & Ruth Rosengarten
Still, life

7 - 28 May 2011
Opening Saturday 7 May at 14:00

Preview by appointment
Exhibition brochure available

Terry Kurgan
Underpinning much of my work is a preoccupation with family photographs, particularly the way in which they mediate our experience of ourselves. I am interested in the complex negotiation that occurs in the making of a photographic image: there is in each of my projects, whether public or private, an attempt to reach under the opaque, two-dimensional surface. Terry Kurgan, 2011
Terry Kurgan lives in Johannesburg, and works across a diverse range of media. She holds a BAFA degree from the California College of Art, San Francisco and an MFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. She has been awarded many prizes and grants, and exhibited and published broadly in South Africa, and internationally. Currently, her work is included on Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V & A Museum, London (April – July 2011), and she is working on the book publication of her digital, interactive Hotel Yeoville project being published by Fourthwall Books later this year.

Ruth Rosengarten
As I try to capture something of the photograph, the affect I have invested in these images is itself put on standby. In concentrating on the surface rather than trying to dig out any meaning that might be buried within the photograph, I have found myself thinking repeatedly that a photo reveals nothing of the temporal substance it ostensibly captures. Offering itself as intractable surface, it tells us little of the mysteries of people’s passage through time and how it is that, now old or buried, the child gazes back at us from sepia in all innocence. I want to explore again what happens when that most direct of all forms of graphic capture – pencil on paper – meets the unyielding strangeness of the photograph. Ruth Rosengarten, 2011
Born in Israel, Ruth Rosengarten lived and studied in Johannesburg and London before moving to Portugal, where she  worked for twenty years as an artist and art historian.  She completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and has, for the past ten years, been living in England. Her studio practice currently revolves around drawing and photography. She has curated several shows, lectured in various continents, and exhibited and published widely.

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