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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Broadcasts

Having recently returned from an artist residency in Finland along with Paul Senyol, Durban artist Wesley van Eeden and Hope Project present BROADCASTS - A series of paintings and illustrations on found objects, translated from stories by people around the world who Wesley has interviewed.

The show opens next month at the KZNSA gallery with invited friends: Paul Senyol (Cape Town) , Christian Mugnai, Pete Reynolds and Duane Smith. There will be live performances, a film screening and a week long installation mural.

>> RSVP on Facebook

AFRICA \\ Graffiti in Mozambique

Shot B & Spank One in Maputo, Mozambique…
The first wall in the country done with Montana Colors.

Read the article on the Montana World blog HERE

Photos: Dilayla Romeo.

LINKS \\ South African graffiti blogs IV

The Loser

The blog of graffiti artist, Lozr.
http://www.thelozr.blogspot.com/

Propa

The blog of artist, Propa.
http://www.propatingsdem.blogspot.com/

Baka Beanz

The blog of artist, Baka Beanz
http://www.bakabeanz.blogspot.com/

Peace Kidd

The blog of street artist, Peace Kidd 021
http://www.peacekidd021.blogspot.com/

Graffiti Research Lab Africa

The South African group of the Graffiti Research Lab, established by The Führer Crew.
http://www.thefuehrercrew.webs.com/

Graffiti Research Lab, founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly during their fellowships at the Eyebeam OpenLab, is an art group dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source technologies for urban communication. The members of the group experiment in a lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies. They document those efforts with video documentation and DIY instructions for each project and make it available for everybody.” It is now it is part of the Free Art & Technology Lab.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: I Art SA (JHB)

I ART SOWETO - the second part of the I ART SA project - took place earlier this month. An exhibition will be held on October 7th at Main Street Life in Johannesburg that documents both I ART SOWETO and I ART WOODSTOCK.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Street Exhibition: Paste

Some pics to get you excited for the upcoming street art exhibition, Paste. The project is taking place in Cape Town and begins this Friday in Khayelitsha township and in the city center on Monday and Tuesday…

>> MORE INFO

Contact curator Shani Judes for further info and also if you’d like to be a part of the project - shani@shanijudes.co.za

NEWS \\ Paste: A Street Exhibition

Paste is a street art exhibition inspired by the recent Inside Out Project

Fifteen local artists have been selected to design, illustrate or photograph work around the theme of Khayelitsha Culture. The work will be turned into large scale wheat pastes and will be pasted around Khayelitsha and the inner city of Cape Town.”

The aim: to take the exhibition out of the gallery space and into the streets of both city and township. Spreading the art into the different cultures and allowing the greater community access.”

There will be live updates on the SJ Artists twitter feed. Final images will be on sale on the Between10&5 website to raise funds for this project and other projects in the future.

Participating artists:

  • Simon Berndt (One Horse Town)
  • Cassandra Leigh
  • Lauren Fowler
  • Wesley Van Eeden
  • Russel Goodman
  • Swain Hoogervorst & Paul Ward
  • Miné Jonker & Clinton Campbell (Studio Muti)
  • Black Koki & 35ten73 (Love & Hate)
  • Julia Merrett
  • Claire Homewood
  • Mak1one
  • Fuzzy Slippers (Mafuta Ink)
  • Donna Solovei
  • Yuma Yoshimura (TOKYO)
  • Linsey Levendall
  • Jonx Pillemer

The project begins this Friday, 9 September until 30 September 2011.

NEWS \\ Online Exhibition: The Darling Made Me Do It

The concept of Splitpiece is to join photographs of artworks that have been created on different walls, forming one whole picture that has diverse backgrounds. The theory behind this concept, created by Falko, is to create unity. This is a unique idea and Falko has been creating more exciting murals with Nard in the small town of Darling.

New murals will be revealed on his Flickr photostream this week. All the murals are in one residential street - Akkerboom Laan - and form a living gallery like no other.

Watch videos of previous Splitpiece projects here

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Bored

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Asha Zero

ASHA ZERO: MICRO CLUSTER PICNIC - SOLO EXHIBITION

Since the first solo exhibition in 2008 Asha Zero’s work has caused uproar amongst local and international art collectors. Zero’s paintings are laboriously produced and time consuming to make, hence the reason why there are so few of them, snapped-up by observant collectors who buy any Zero work they can find. All previous Zero exhibitions have sold-out, and those collectors who did not manage to purchase paintings have turned to the secondary market where auction prices have consistently soared. Another solo exhibition by Zero is planned for 2012 at The Gallery in Cork Street, London, substituting for a previous exhibition (2009) that was postponed because all works were sold at the preview at 34Long gallery in Cape Town.”


Safari Tronn 2011
Acrylic on board
150x120cm

Asha Zero is an artist known for a collagist approach to painting. Zero’s work is a blend of Pop art parody, Dada conceptualism, and pictorial illusionism. Zero effectively renders the heterogeneity of post-industrial urban life, fettered by the omnipresence of mass media, which Zero readily borrows from to construct detailed trompe l’oeil compositions. Zero’s stance suggests that ideologies are rendering agents for consumer society; presenting the bricolage as it stands, inspired by newspaper headlines, street art, posters, album covers, fashion spreads, and print ads.

Zero’s work is as deceptive as it is honest, at first glance bearing the appearance of paper collage, but on closer inspection revealing careful and considered surface juxtapositions executed in acrylic paint. By transitioning from the prosaic to the uncanny using anything from hijacked typographical topologies to dirty grunge-inspired textures, Zero puts a new spin on things. When viewed from a distance each painting appears to be hyper-realistic visions pieced together from found media blips. When each blip is appreciated for its individual, segmented surface qualities they display abstract expressionist tendencies, marking a seminal tabula rasa in the context of Modern painting, also evinced by Zero’s contemporaries, including Gajin Fujita, Takashi Murakami and Barry McGee.

Dazed in the media haze of cosmopolitanism, Zero finds subject matter by measure of happy accidents and readymade circumstances, illustrating the neurosis of late capitalism. Zero pieces together fragmented visions of the counterfeit, transmitted truths that erase any distinction between the authentic and inauthentic; where dominant values no longer teeter on the opposition between good and evil, but tinker on the pitting of evil against ‘evil’. More so, Zero attempts to make such polarizations null and void. Ultimately, Zero is neutral, merely delivering facsimiled captions from ground zero, stumbling upon the ubiquitous and moribund relationship between the original and the representation.

Zero’s latest body of work progresses past such Manichean binaries, in a post- hyperrealist realm that is inadvertent towards humanist or capitalist polemics and politics. With this shift in perspective towards the media, comes an almost satirical, ultra-political, super-mediated understanding, which differs from previous exhibitions, say for me (2008) and macro soda text hits (2009), often including Zero’s own self-made content, such as custom designed stickers and propaganda-style graphics, and not only found material.”


Mugshot of the artist

micro cluster pinic is Asha Zero’s first solo exhibition at the Rooke Gallery in Newtown, Johannesburg, comprising fifteen new and painstakingly executed paintings; the first body of work to be seen since 2009. The exhibition will open on 6 October and conclude on 4 November 2011. An exclusive viewing of micro cluster pinic will be held at 34FineArt in Cape Town on 13 September and will run until 17 September.

To RSVP for the Cape Town viewing contact Andries Loots on +27 (0)82 354 1500, or visit www.34fineart.com, or to inquire about the main event in Johannesburg contact the Rooke Gallery on +27 (0)72 383 5091, or visit www.rookegallery.com. As a sneak preview, Safari Tronn, will be exhibited as a part of the Rooke Gallery’s stall at the Joburg Art Fair.”

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW:
13 TO 17 SEPTEMBER
34FINEART, CAPE TOWN

EXHIBITION:
6 OCTOBER TO 4 NOVEMBER 2011
ROOKE GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG

>> http://www.34fineart.com/

EVENT \\ uShaka Body Art & Chalk Drawing Competition


A body art and chalk drawing competition took place at Durban’s uShaka Marine World on Saturday August 27. The event was hosted by Ewok and had an under water theme. Eight artists from around the country competed in a chalk board competition and twelve artists in the body painting competition. There was a guest chalk street artist from Florida, USA who demonstrated his art to the masses.

Durban artist Pastel Heart took first place in the chalk art competition…

>> MORE PHOTOS HERE AND HERE