Skubalisto & Mr Fuzzy Slippers form the creative vehicle called ‘The Bridge’. The duo has been collaborating for a few years and have been invited by Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel to showcase some of their new works…Keep reading →
Street artist and illustrator extraordinaire Lisolomzi Pikoli, a.k.a. Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, is set to launch his first monograph made possible by Olafur Eliason’s “Little Sun” grant via the Stevenson Gallery.
The ‘Man Like Mountain: Of Memory and Scar’ book will be launched with an exhibition as well as film screening…Keep reading →
Besides from a few events and exhibitions that we never posted, here are a few other highlights from 2015 we didn’t share. In no particular order…Keep reading →
* UPDATE: Event renamed to ‘Talking Streets’
Super excited about this upcoming exhibition as it is probably one of the ultimate collaborations of African-influenced street painters. Each of the artists’ diverse portfolios is rooted within our soil; ‘Africanism’ is a constant theme.
This amalgamation of graffiti artists and illustrators will hopefully produce an urban contemporary visual tale never seen before…
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:: DREAMS CLOSE TO HOME ::
A PAINTING TOUR EXHIBITED BY SKUBALISTO, MR FUZZY SLIPPERZ AND KARABO MOOKI.
‘Dreams Close To Home’ is the title for a painting road trip and exhibition initiated by three friends and artists, co-sponsored by RVCA Artist Network Program. The conceptualisation and execution of the road trip was done by Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, Skubalisto and Karabo Mooki. All three of these individuals are full time artists in their own right - Fuzzy by title is a painter, illustrator and muralist, and Skuba falls under the same or similar category. Karabo Mooki is a photographer and documented the tour.
The trio decided to hit the road to explore and rediscover South Africa’s landscape through public art and service. They had all recently been travelling overseas interdependently and wanted to better understand home through their art and travels, thus ‘Dreams Close To Home’ was the perfect title for the tour. An artistic way to explore and investigate South Africa’s beautiful, and at times, unappreciated landscape and society. Skuba and Fuzzy are both Xhosa and have their heritage deeply rooted in the Western and Eastern Cape, so they decided to start the trip in Cape Town coming from Johannesburg, then heading off into Jefrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Transkei and lastly Johannesburg, which was a great way to stay true to the concept of the tours theme. The tour took roughly 15 days and was documented by the talented yet humble Karabo Mooki who grew up in Johannesburg.
Mr Fuzzy Slipperz became a brand ambassador for RVCA through their Artist Network Program and decided to collaborate with the great lifestyle brand which was excited to sponsor parts of the trip and exhibition. The artists believe that all things in life should come full circle so it was important to put together an exhibition showcasing all the work and documentation of the tour.
The show will take place on the 6th of September 2013 at the the Velo art cafe in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The attendees will be able to buy original photos, works, limited addition RVCA T-shirts and books all made by the artists.
“You dont have to go too far from home to find life’s every day magical moments. South Africa is an amazing country, lets get to understand it and our selves by celebrating our surroundings through creativity that can be shared by all. The hills, seas, forests, small towns and big cities await your arrival.”
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“Vuka Kwedini” will be Mr Fuzzy Slipperz’ first show in Germany and will take place at the Raum Für Drastische Maßnahmen, opening on the 11th of October 2012. Following his first solo show in Cape Town “Something has changed in me” (2010)
The title of the exhibition “Vuka kwedini” means ‘Wake Up Boy’ in Xhosa which is his mother tongue. The title and theme from this line of works seeks to portray our different states of consciousness. Illustrating that though we are awake and seem present, our minds wander off to different internal realms and realities, as if our bodies are walking, talking shells and our minds a vast playground for the imagination. Whether consciously or subconsciously we are constantly playing out our ambitions, anxieties, memories, fears and aspirations and are even able to deal with our troubles and love life this way. “Vuka Kwedini”(Wake Up Boy) is the voice that snaps us back into the real world, like a parent waking their child for school.
Below are new photographs of the murals in Woodstock, Cape Town. Some were painted recently for the I Art SA community mural project and some by international artists as part of the /A Word of Art residency programme.
Artists that feature are:
- Freddy Sam
- David Shillinglaw (UK)
- Boamistura (Spain)
- Andrew Breitenberg
- Tika (Switzerland)
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzayiya
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Indigo (Canada)
All photos courtesy of Derek Smith.
We’ve been seeing some very interesting developments in Cape Town recently. All coming from /A Word of Art.
A Word of Art is all about supporting artists and creating upliftment through art projects. Some of the projects include the Write On Africa project and Artist in Residency programme, and the more recent I Art SA community mural project.
All of these projects are doing great work for communities - creating inspiration and beautifying neighbourhoods like Woodstock - and the diverse mixture of artists and art styles is something exciting to see.
Rejuvenation Project: Percy Bartley House
Artist in Residency programme
The Artist in Residency programme has brought some wonderful international artists to the city of Cape Town. It is all about having artists and musicians from other countries, as well as other parts of South Africa, living and working in a studio at the WOA headquarters in the Woodstock Industrial Centre.
The visiting artists have each published their trip in a unique blog:
We Are Visual (Hamburg, Germany)
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011
Jan 2011 to March 2011
Peter Aerschman (Switzerland)
Jan 2011 -March 2011
BoaMistura (Madrid, Spain) :
March - April 2011
New Artists in Residency (April 2011):
Indi Go (Canada)
David Shillinglaw (UK)
And South African artist Senyol is set to visit Finland.
I Art SA
I Art SA is a community mural project aimed at promoting artists and interacting with the communities of Woodstock and Soweto. An exhibition will be held after each project which will raise funds for Write On Africa to help those in need.
Read more HERE
I Art Woodstock
Artists that took part:
- Alexia Webster & Mikey Saal
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzanyiya
- Freddy Sam
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Jeremy Puren
- Jonx Pillemer
- Linsey Levendall of Bison
- Paul Senyol
- Rowan Pybus of Makhulu
Write On Africa
Write On Africa are all about social change and they are helping out all over Africa.