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The 2010 Michaelis Graduate Show opened to a full house last night, Jared Ginsburg winning the Michaelis Prize for his two-part presentation comprising a large-scale monochromatic projection and recreation of the artist’s studio

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Visitors looking at Rose Kotze’s essay Private School (2010)
CAPE TOWN, Dec. 9, 2010 — Jared Ginsburg has been awarded the 2010 Michaelis Prize. The announcement was made last night at a packed Hiddingh Campus, home of the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Ginsburg, a graduating BA(FA) student, was awarded the art school’s highest honour for a two-part presentation comprising a large-scale monochromatic projection, with accompanying set of lithographs and catalogue, and recreation of the artist’s studio.
Jared Ginsburg’s recreation of his studio
“I understand art as a frame allowing a particular attentiveness to the world,” says Ginsburg about his process in an entry appearing the 2010 graduate catalogue (a separate document to his neatly constructed catalogue, which he has entitled To be at the end and in the middle at the same time).

“In my own practice, irrespective of form, the challenge is one of activating the alternative, or at least opening up to the potential of something other than what I can see or know now. Indeterminacy, or chance operations within my processes, allow for situations where I can be surprised by the results of my own actions.”
Viewers watching Jared Ginsburg’s 24-minute projection, Film of drawing (2010)
Black ink is central to Ginsburg’s practice. It has a thick and viscous quality in his projection, Film of drawing (2010), and lends a sly wit to his catalogue and lithographs, the latter entitled Digging for oil (2010).
Detail of Jared Ginsburg’s lithograph, from Digging for oil series (2010)
A photograph appearing in his recreated studio suggests a possible influence on this young artist not entirely unironic work; it is a group portrait of Cape Town art raconteurs Francis Burger, Douglas Gimberg and Christian Nerf.

Three red dots by 9pm (one for his lithograph set, two for his catalogue) suggested curious interest in his work.

However, the star sellers on the night were painter George Chapman and post-graduate diploma student Dale Lawrence, whose skill as a draughtsman had buyers scrapping over one particular work, a deadpan listing of influences.

Painter Ian Grose was also much-talked about, although most of his paintings were captioned as “NFS” (not for sale). One Cape Town dealer has already offered Grose a solo show for 2011.
Portrait of actress Lindsay Lohan by Ian Grose

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