Making Music | Katherine Spindler, Barnard Gallery
Although not the artist’s first solo show, Katherine Spindler’s solo exhibition Selah, opening 4 August, is her first with gallery and the first exhibition of her paintings.
The meaning of the word selah is somewhat uncertain. Situated in the Book of Psalms selah is thought by some to be a liturgical-musical mark or instruction on the reading of the text; the purpose of the word’s presence is to encourage a reader, a singing voice, to ‘pause and reflect’. The artist’s larger paintings have an immersive quality and are powerfully evocative while her smaller works encourage moments of stasis and reflection – a certain ‘listening’.
Katherine completed both her BAFA (2004) and MFA (2011) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town as well as her PGCE (2005) from the same institution. She currently lectures part-time in drawing and printmaking at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and is also a teacher at Bishops Diocesan College on a part-time basis.
The artist’s first solo exhibition At Sea was shown at Commune.1 in Cape Town in 2011 and her work has since been included in a number of group exhibitions including, amongst others Picture & Paper (Barnard Gallery, 2015), Then & Now: Conversations in Time (Barnard Gallery, 2015), Surface: Emerging Painters (Barnard Gallery, 2015), Paint Matters (Barnard Gallery, 2014), Cross-Currents (David Krut Projects, 2012) and This is not final (Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, 2011; Substation Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2010). On at Barnard Gallery until 8 September.
Text and photographs: Supplied