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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.

SPOTLIGHT \\ OWN Crew

OWN Crew have been one of the most productive crews of late. Forming in 2009, the crew has been painting some very nice productions which is really upping the bar with graffiti and urban art in South Africa.

They recently started a blog and shared the link with us. Below are a few of the walls that they have done:

>> http://owncrew011.tumblr.com/

EVENT \\ AWOA Artist Talk

/A WORD OF ART is proud to present their second artist talk. The talk will be held at the temporary residence while renovations are being completed on the previous space at the Woodstock Industrial Centre. Please come by to see what each artist has been working on during their time in Cape Town – studios will be open to the public, and each talk will be accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

This month’s speakers are:

  • Catherine J. Howard (Durham, NC) is a visual artist, an art technique/art history instructor and curator. She is currently running a project about community and social awareness in collaboration with Percy Bartley house.
    http://www.catherinejhoward.com/

  • Elicser Elliott (Toronto, Canada) is an aerosol artist who also works with animation, 3 dimensional sculpture/installation and acrylics/mixed media. He draws inspiration from the people and environments from his daily life, translating their images with his unique perception and gestural style.
    http://www.elicser.com/

  • Victoria Potter (Vancouver, Canada) is a photographer on the run. With portraiture and urban documentation as her primary focus, she enjoys traveling to find her next subjects.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindphotography/

  • Andrzej Urbanski’s (Berlin, Germany) work consists of paintings and objects of experimental forms, shapes, geometrical structures and a wide range of color-segments. These shapes, lines and segments are often taken directly from physical objects in the world around him, stripped to their basic geometries, rendered both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally with clean edges and opaque surfaces.
    http://aurbanski.com/

Where: 3 Garrick Road, University Estate, Cape Town
When: Thursday March 29th, 6-7:30pm

>> MORE INFO

>> RSVP on Facebook

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Between Ourselves

Between Ourselves”

A solo exhibition by Jade Doreen Waller

Opens tonight, 27 March, and runs until 28 April 2012

The artwork of Jade Doreen Waller is characterised by an ethereal punctuation of symbols, whispering of a magical momentary fusion of the past, the present and the future. Waller’s allegories, a glimpse into her world, are superbly realised with meticulous detail, reminiscent of Dutch and Flemish styles. Her works are inescapably alluring, enticing one into a deep oceanic subconscious, aesthetically aided by the classical yet uncluttered compositions, the smooth sumptuousness of paint, cold pearlescent colour, tangible and accessible detail, and the radiance of dark contrasts.

Like the jellyfish, Waller says, one can easily become suspended between the beginning and the end of life, carried away by the ocean of circumstance between the surface and the seabed. Ironically, though preoccupied with birth and death, Waller’s work captures the transient currents between these two points. The corruption of heavy experience hangs on the eyelids of innocent dolls, whose thick black lashes gaze downwards intensely, contemplating their own vulnerability. Suspended in Satin cocoons, they hover between the end and the beginning, between the beginning and the end - like pupas without agency, programmed to hatch. Images of dead trees, brittle skulls, classical clocks, busy rats, graceful hawks and puffy moths are all part of Waller’s symbolic vocabulary, suggestive of experiences which, for her, have the tendency to steal both an authentic self and the real ‘here and now’ moments of life. Such reflections are necessary, Waller says, because, “continuously faced with the arrival and departure of life, we often lose the sense of what everything in-between means.”

Sewing Skulls, 2012
Oil on canvas
100 x 100cm

The scenes of Waller’s works are set for performance, transcending their permanence; she sets a stage, reinforced by the theatrical drapery of symbolic punctuation, all composed with a discerning design sense. The bizarre juxtaposition of objects, their unexpected arrangements, and their realist but metallic execution all work to create artworks that speak to the discourse of Pop Surrealism, in which young artists use traditional methods in contemporary ways.

Her ability to innovatively manipulate and combine contrasting images offers a lucid insight into how Waller interprets and perceives her surrounding reality. Although this young and innovative artist is freshly graduated, she is making waves in the interdisciplinary visual art industry with her unique approach to Urban Contemporary art.

34FineArt
Second Floor Hills Building, Buchanan Square
160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:34-16:34
Saturday 10:34-13:34

Suspended Perch, 2012
Oil on canvas
130 x 70cm

>> www.34fineart.com/

EVENT \\ Tabalaza Art Fair

Tabalaza is presented as more than a Art Fair, but as an experience that connects the past and the present, to determine a bright future where there will be NO MORE STARVING ARTISTS. Getting paid is a fundamental right we realise and celebrate. That is what TABALAZA is about!

Bringing you the finest artworks, live music and coolest DJ’s - come jive with us, TABALAZA STYLE!

Where: The Mills, 66 Carr St, Newtown, Jhb
When: 29 March 2012
Time: 18H00 til late
Entrance fee: R30 before 10pm, R50 after
NB: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED at the event!


Hosted by Shimane Kgololego and Sparks with DJ’s Phibia, Qalo, Mad Coolia, Deeboi, Pilsy Lee, Black and TS, and spoken word performances by Mothofela, Makhafula Vilakazi and a surprise poetess.

Art works by:

  • Sine BSC
  • Kef1
  • SmackOner
  • Propa
  • Tsek SAT
  • Amp1
  • At SEC
  • God176
  • Rocas UP
  • Crome STA
  • Olivier Company

There will also be a live performance by Soweto rock band Reeburth, live tattoos by Ryza WM, live painting by Senzo Nhlapho, live installation by Themba “Dreader” Malaza, and a mini-market.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2012

The second City of Gold Urban Art Festival has just been announced, and things are said to kickoff in April 2012. This year features international graffiti artists Atom (Germany), SoloOne (UK), Lazoo (France), Okuda (Spain) and Tasso & Case from Ma’claim Crew (Germany).

PICS \\ Overhead Sketch Battles

The 2012 edition of the Overhead Sketch Battles presented by Grayscale kicks off tomorrow (8 March) at their store and gallery in Johannesburg.

Below are some favourites from last years battle:

>> Click through the gallery below to see all the sketches from O.S.B 2011:

All sketches were drawn on a piece of overhead transparency using an overhead projector over a one-hour period. Only black markers were allowed and an audience watched the entire process as it was projected onto the wall.

Q&A \\ Interview with Polizei

Poison City has a new familiar face - Dokter Polizei 193. This guy has been putting up a lot of new work and we jumped in the way to ask him all about his love for graffiti…

Can you please introduce yourself…

AWE AWE my name is POLIZEI, QST193EDS

When did you start doing graffiti and how did it come about?

Since 2004, at the Battle of the Year in Cape Town. I went there to see Bboys flexing, back in the days when all I used to do was breakdance. It all changed after I saw…

>> CONTINUE READING

VIDEO \\ Above in Cape Town

WHAT GOES UP from ABOVE on Vimeo.

International street artist Above was commissioned by Origin Wines in Cape Town to paint at their wine bottling headquarters.

Origin Wines is supportive of the arts but also of humane and ethical Fairtrade practices. Fairtrade is a worldwide organisation helping marginalised producers in developing countries, to move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability on a sustainable basis.”

Origin Wines have previously commissioned Eine (UK) and Faith47.