LIZA GROBLER

BIOGRAPHY

Grobler

LIZA GROBLER

(b. 1974 Cape Town, South Africa)

‘Reality is always shifting and, as an attempt to make sense of it, so am I.’ – Liza Grobler

Through her participatory environments, Liza Grobler explores the interactions between the physical presence of the viewer, the space in which the work is experienced and the constructed form. Her installations explore the relationship between inner and outer landscape as an experiential rather than a conceptual space. The viewer is encouraged to travel with her into an imaginary world where everything is in flux and anything is possible. The objects, images and installations are constructed through collaboration, interaction and exchange. Gallery exhibitions, projects and interventions are integrated components that cross-reference one another. She has attended residencies in Norway, Finland, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium and France. Her work is included in numerous corporate and private collections, including the Francis Greenburger Collection (USA), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Benetton Collection (Italy) and Nando's International (UK, Australia and USA). To date, she has had a number of acclaimed solo exhibitions and initiated numerous site-specific and collaborative interventions in South Africa and abroad.  

 

QUALIFICATIONS

1999 Master’s Degree in Visual Arts (cum laude), Stellenbosch University, South Africa

1996 Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

The Razor Sharp Reasoning of Tinted Skies, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2021      

Disobedient Landscapes, Uitstalling, Genk, Belgium

2020      

Voices from a Divided Fountain, site-specific installation at 139 Albert, Woodstock, in association Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2019      

a rainbow in my pocket, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2018

En die groen gras groei daar om, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom

2017      

Ripples of Perception, CIRCA Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa

Maybe Time Can Fold, CIRCA Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Unframed Section CTAF Fair, Everard Read CIRCA Booth, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
If you go down to the woods today, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Playlist, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014     

Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time, a national touring exhibition: Oliewenhuis Museum (Bloemfontein), KZNSA  Durban,  Johannesburg Art Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa

2013     

Interrupted Daydreams, Spier, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012     

White Termite, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa

2010     

Visitor (The Square): a Solo Exhibition in Two Parts, iArt Wembley Project Space and iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009     

Visitor, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2007     

9 Chicks & a Dick, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2005     

Groeisel #1, Outlet, Pretoria, South Africa

2004     

Play with me, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2003     

I can't see the wood for the trees, so I'm taking a line for a very long walk, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town

2002    

Almost a Valentine, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, South Africa

2000     

The Garbage men wear gloves, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, South Africa

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

Things I'd like to remember, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2021     

Spring Show , Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

Offering, Everard Read, Franschhoek, South Africa

Transitory Terrain, Everard Read, London, UK

The side-effects of summer, Art Bureau Collective, Woodstock

Paint it Black, curated by Harrie Siertsema for Aardklop Festival (2019), travelling to museums in South Africa including Pretoria Art Museum, currently at William Humphrey Museum in Kimberley

Conversations, at Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

Transitory Terrain, Everard Read Galllery, Franschhoek

The Troubled Archive, The Labyrinth Project, curated by Wayne Matthews and Alison Shaw, Johannesburg

2020     

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

TINY, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

STILL, Everard Read, South Africa & UK

Matereality, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Hard, but Soft, curated by Pierre le Riche, Glen Carlou, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2019      

hybrid narratives, hybrid histories, U10 Art Space, Belgrade, Serbia

Verf dit swart / Paint it Black, Modern Art Projects South Africa, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Forward? Forward! Forward…., Stellenbosch University centenary exhibition, US Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa

CONTEXT Art Miami, with Everard Read, Miami, USA

Winter, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2018

Buffer Zones, video art nights, Platform Project Space, Vaasa, Finland  

Common Threads, international textile exhibition, 99 Juta, Johannesburg

FLUX, Free State Festival, Bloemfontein

In the Forest of the Night, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg

Winter Show, Everard Read Cape Town

100, AIUD, Romania

INC Art Collection Celebrate 10 years, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, Chicago

2017 

Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo, MAPSA Richmond and CIRCA Cape Town

Romulus Rebus: Imaging Empires, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

African Abstraction, Everard Read Gallery, London, South Africa

SocialFabrics SA, finissage Cape Town, South Africa

2016      

Coriolis Effect: Migration and Memory, KHOJ Studios, New Delhi

Women’s work, South African National Gallery, curated by Ernestine White Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Winter Collection, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Space Between/The Noise Behind, a two person show with Norman O'Flynn, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria        

Ímago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection', New York, USA.

Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read CIRCA Gallery Booth, Cape Town, South Africa

2015     

ADDIS Video Art Festival, Ethiopia
San Juanita Project: Re-examining borders, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Homage, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Ímago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy
Nando's Rites and Duties, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
Decor-Z, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Constructions, GRID International Photography Biennial, Cape Town, South Africa
Empire, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Forever Now, at MOMA FOMA, New Media Festival, Tasmania

2014     

Winter Sculpture Show, Nirox Foundation, Krugersdorp, South Africa
Open Studios at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
International Union of Architecture World Congress, Durban, South Africa

2013      

5 Years in Print, Warren Editions, Cape Town, South Africa
Chance favours the Connected Mind, collaboration with Barbara Wildenboer, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
Stellenbosch Revisited, co-curated by Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler for Die Woordfees, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012     

Tjorts/Cheers! drawings after a poem by Danie Marais, curators: Marna Hattingh and Liza Grobler, AVA, Cape Town

2011     

Alptraum, Travelling drawing exhibition: Berlin, Los Angeles, Cape Town
Open Books,
 iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Collection 13, SMAC Art Gallery Cape Town, South Africa

2010     

Divisions: Aspects of South African Art (1948-2010), SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Menippean Uprising, curated by Pierre Fouché and Hentie van der Merwe, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Frans Masereel Centre Annual Printmaking Show, Kasterlee, Belgium
Twenty Years of South African Sculpture, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

2009     

Black: the antithesis of the fraudulent sensuality of culture's façade, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Warren Editions, Monotypes and etchings, at Curious, Whetstone and Frankley, Cape Town, South Africa

2008     

The Bijou Burns Again, UCA Gallery, Observatory, South Africa
Women in Craft, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2007   

Common Ground, Lönnstrom Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, Rauma, Finland
South African Art on Paper, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia
TACT, Artspace, Pretoria, South Africa

2006     

STEEK, a two-person exhibition in collaboration with Barend de Wet, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
ROEM, curated by Sandra Hanekom, interactive sculptures for ‘Die Storm’, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Flesh! curated by Chris Diedericks, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
the blank paper project as part of Cape 07, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Just like home
 in collaboration with Norman O’ Flynn, Solothurn, Switzerland
2006 travelling exhibition, coordinated by Norman O’Flynn, Bell-Roberts Contemporary, Cape Town & Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005    

Of Want and Desire, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Biennale at blank projects, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Cape Town, South Africa
The 5th International Florence Biennial for Contemporary Art, Fortezza de Bastilica, Florence, Italy
Synergy, Michaelis Collection contemporary beaded designs- a history of beads in Africa, Iziko Museum, Cape Town

2004    

Stolen Affections, Goethe Institute, Bahai, Brazil
Artomi, New York, USA
The Art of Drawing, Durbanville Cultural Centre, Durbanville, South Africa

2002     

Low Rider, Polvo Art Studio, Chicago, USA

2000     

Majority Rules, Free Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
YEA-R 2000, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, South Africa

 

SELECTED SITE-SPECIFIC PROJECTS

2018      

Portal at a divided fountain, immersive installation in dialogue with percussionist Heinrich Kruse, RU, New York

Rose Window, Commissioned by the Spier Collection for the Material Gains exhibition, US Museum, Stellenbosch

A place in the Sun; African Leaders Conference, Stellenbosch

2017      

Seven Looms of Silence, commissioned by Trenery Group AW-17 at Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg

2016      

Barbed Wire Paradise, an immersive drawing, StudioGrob, Woodstock

2015     

Mexican Pink, Maravatio, Mexico
Diary of a Nanosatellite video included in Forever Now - launch of the Golden Record into Deep Space

2014     

Cape Town World Design Capital 'Accidental Art' Public artwork for Nando's on Kloof street, South Africa

2013     

Big Brother is Stunned, Woodstock Industrial Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2012     

From Mooi Uitsig to Mooiuitsig: an Artventure, commissioned by Lien Botha for Hangklip Art Week

2010     

Cocoon, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Imagination: for humans – ‘The Laboratory for Recycled Revolutions, curator: Isa Suarez, Greatmore, Cape Town, South Africa

2009     

The 1-day Residency project in conjunction with ‘Visitor’ with 14 visiting artists, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
Gift, a picnic and lace making performance with Pierre Fouché, Cape Town

2007    

Afrikan Tähti/ Star of Africa - public intervention after a Finnish board game, in collaboration Jeanne Hoffman, Rauma, Finland
C-Units, in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, Big Bay, South Africa
Icarus project, in collaboration with Norman O’ Flynn, Cape Town, South Africa

2006     

Soft Rock Project, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Teardrop Project, Solothurn, Switzerland, South Africa
Heritage Cache, a site-specific group project coordinated by Cobus van Bosch and Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
     

Groeisel no. 2, a crocheting performance and installation at the Aardklop Arts Festival, curated by Abrie Fourie, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2004     

D.I.E.N.S. in collaboration Pierre Fouché, Norman O’Flynn and Johan Thom, a street intervention, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

2003     

Excess: Proudly South African, in collaboration with Jesus Macarena-Avila, Cape Town, South Africa

2002     

Momentary Monument, in collaboration with art students, Rauma, Finland
Music Concrete-YDEsire Art Night, in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, the Cape of Good Hope Castle, Cape Town
Fantastic Rubbish, a mixed media installation, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001     

R.I.P, in collaboration with Jeanne Hoffman, Durbanville, South Africa
Forest Cross, Dalsãsen forest, Norway

1999     

Oos Wes, Tuis Bes, curated by Mark Coetzee and Leze Hugo, Oudtshoorn Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

 

BIENNIALS

2015

GRID International Photography Biennial, work featured on catalogue cover, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2005

Cape Biennale at blank projects, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Cape Town

The 5th International Florence Biennial for Contemporary Art, Fortezza de Bastilica, Florence, Italy

 


ART FAIRS

2018     

INVESTEC Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read/CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2017     

Cape Town Art Fair, Unframed solo booth, Everard Read/CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016

AKAA Art Fair, Paris   

Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Den Fair, Otomys Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015     

1:54 African Art Fair, 'work in association Qubeka Bead Studio', London, UK
Turbine Art Fair, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012     

Johannesburg Art Fair, Brundyn+, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  
   

Johannesburg Art Fair, SMAC, Johannesburg, South Africa       

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2018

Residency Unlimited, New York, New York 

2017

Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo, project coordinator and collaborator


2016     

Laureate of AIR African Centre Residency, Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi, India

2015     

Nominated for Helgaard Steyn National Award for contemporary painting
Short-listed for Headlands Centre Residency, San Francisco
Residency at Guapamacátaro Center for Art & Ecology, Maravatio, Mexico
Site-specific commission for Nando's US, Chicago
Social Fabric SA Residency in Port Elizabeth, SAMIL

2014     

Selected Artist for World Design Capital Cape Town, project #522 for public art

Cité des Arts Residency, Paris

2013     

Shortlisted for Woordfees Visual Arts Award, Stellenbosch

2010     

ABSA Atelier top 100 (also 2001, -5, -6, -8. -9)

2009     

Frans Masereel Printmaking Residency, Kastelee, Belgium

2006 
    

Pro-Helvetia Residency, Altes Spital, Solothurn, Switzerland
Short-listed for Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award

2005     

Selected for AVA Public Sculpture Competition
Selected for 3rd Brett Kebble Art Competition

2004     

ARTOMI International Artists' Residency, Hudson, New York, USA

2003-4 

Artist-in-residence, Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town

2002     

Rauma Artists' in Residence, Finland

2001     

Recipient of UNESCO Ashberg Bursary: Nordic Artists' Centre Dale, Norway



SELECTED PANELS, FORUMS

2019

Forward round table discussion, art and the future of education, Stellenbosch University Museum

2018

Themes: Making, guest speaker, performance lecture for Iziko Museums group

2017

Women’s work public discussion, panel, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town

2015

*imagetext* forum, Department of Visual Arts UP, Van Wouw Museum, Pretoria

Regional judge for Barclays National Arts Competition, Cape Town

2005-2015

Opening speaker for numerous exhibitions, including GRADEX (2008, Stellenbosch University), CRISP Fresh Talent Competition (2007, ArtB) and World Design Capital project #522 (2014)

2012

The Names We Give – conference, Gordon Institute for the Creative and performing arts, CapeTown 2008 SASOL New Signatures Regional Adjudicator, Cape Town

2006-2009

Moderator, Visual Arts, College of Cape Town

2006

External examiner, Diploma Dissertations, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Woodstock

2005

Co-founder with Jonathan Garnham of Blank Projects visual arts space and residency programme, Cape Town

2002-2004

Artb Selection and managerial committee, ArtB Gallery, Bellville

 

TERTIARY TEACHING

2018

Moderator, Representation 1, UCT School of Architecture

2013-15

External examiner for postgraduate students: MPhil, MAFA, MFA, Stellenbosch University & University of Cape Town

2008 – 2013      

Lecturer/coordinator for Representation 1, Architecture, Planning and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town

2009-2010         

Third year Drawing Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, University of Stellenbosch

2007-2008         

Lecturer History of Fashion I-III Years, Haute Couture School of Fashion, Cape Town

2005                     

Co-founder with Jonathan Garnham of Blank Projects visual arts space, Cape Town

2001, 2009        

Guest Lecturer: 1st year Visual Communication, Stellenbosch University

 
COLLECTIONS

Works included in the following corporate collections: Ellerman House (Cape Town), Hollard (Johannesburg), Silo Hotel (Cape Town), Nando's (United Kingdom, United  States, South Africa), Spier (South Africa), MAPSA collection (South Africa), Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium), Francis Greenberger Collection (Artomi), City of Cape Town Collection (South Africa), Luciano Benetton Collection (Italy), Telkom Collection (Johannesburg) and in private collections in South Africa, France, Ireland, Switzerland, United States, Mexico, Spain, Germany, England and Norway.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2017

MAPSA. Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo catalogue

2016

Grobler. ART AFRICA The Coriolis Effect: Migration, Memory and the 2016 Khoj International Artists’ Association, September 2016

https://artafricamagazine.org/the-coriolis-effect-fluidity-of-memory-incidental-connections-and-the-migration-from- reason-to-meaningful-disorder-by-liza-grobler/

Graham, SLOW MAGAZINE, edition 32 (p. 31-35) 2016   

Jamal. ART AFRICA online  http://artsouthafrica.com/220-news-articles-2013/2588-the-space-between-the-noise-behind-liza-grobler-and-norman-o-flynn-at-fried-contemporary.html


2015    

Grobler. 'Mexican Pink', contributing article for Art Africa magazine, September 2015

Jolly. 'If you Go Down to The Wood Today', Cape Times, 20 April 2015

2014
   

'Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time', a limited edition book on the work of Liza Grobler with contributions by Amanda Botha, Andrew Lamprecht and Jeanetta Blignaut

FOR MORE REVIEWS, visit: http://lizagrobler.com/articlesreviews/ 

 

 

The Razor Sharp Reasoning of Tinted Skies from Liza Grobler on Vimeo.