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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: Modern Masters

Jared Aufrichtig (artist, curator and author of Expressions book) brings you “Modern Masters”, a group exhibition featuring 12 contemporary art masters within the realms of graffiti, urban art, painting, illustration, design and photography. With 6 local, South African artists as well as 6 international stalwarts (including OBEY, CASE and RISK), the show promises to delight a range of tastes…

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EVENT \\ Live Graffiti: Celebrating the Life of 4givn

Come join the celebration of an incredible legacy, in loving memory of Durban graffiti artist Delon 4GIVN Moody. “All he ever wanted was to make everyone happy, so let us celebrate his incredible legacy the way he would’ve wanted - full of paint!”

Friday, 7th April 2017 at The Winston Pub, Glenwood

Live graffiti by: WosOne, Taik, Stops, Mook Lion, Spook, Giffy, Hoser.

Tribute piece by Mook Lion, Winston Pub (2016).
Photo by @DurbanStreetArt - check them out on Instagram.

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/2016/04/15/rip-4givn/

NEWS \\ Grafikama Artist Residency and Exhibition

GRAFIKAMA (Service Peinture) is an artist residency currently taking place in Nantes, France and features South African street artists Nardstar*, r1. and Alphabet Zoo. The show forms part of a strew of exhibitions conceptualised by Pick Up Production and artist Kazy Usclef for the Voyage à Nantes cultural project. The residency aims to showcase “graphic creation around the world”…

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PICS \\ Westdene Graffiti Project, Part 2

The Westdene Graffiti Project has been growing weekly, with around 40 walls painted in 2015. The overall aim of the project is to highlight the talented work of graffiti writers, while brightening up the neighbourhood and taking away any negative connotation surrounding the art form…

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2015 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2015…

Featuring:

  • Graffiti South Africa Book Launches and Exhibitions
  • Videos Round-up
  • Woodcuts by Boeta Phyf
  • Pastelheart (RIP) Tribute
  • Competitions & Graffiti Jams Recap
  • Falko’s Once Upon A Town Project
  • Westdene Grafiti Project
  • City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015
  • Rest of Africa
  • Graffiti Artist of the Year
  • NEW Graffiti South Africa Website
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EVENT \\ Artmode (3rd Edition)

ArtMode Explores Different Nuances

Explore a world where art and music come alive at the next edition of ArtMode. Taking place at the exquisite Palms Centre in Woodstock, the ArtMode pop-up-gallery will open its giant antique wooden doors again on the 24th of July 2015.

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EVENT \\ Artmode (2nd Edition)

Artmode – A Collaboration of Art, Music and Creativity

For one night only ordinary people will have the opportunity to watch talented artists as they create unique works of art at Artmode. This annual event, cum exhibition, showcases artists across a diversity of styles, mediums, forms and influences…

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AFRICA \\ Jidar Toiles de Rue - Street Art Fest in Morocco 2015

Jidar Street Canvas takes place from May 15-24. Various local and international street artists, graffiti artists and muralists will transform the walls of different neighborhoods in Rabat, Morocco.

The festival includes some of the world’s best in a celebration of both outdoor and indoor graffiti work…

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EVENT \\ Tracksides: An Urban Art Event

Tracksides is a multi-layered event showcasing local arts. The urban art event features the Graffiti SA book launch, sketch battles, customisation, live graffiti time lapse, group exhibitions, and more…

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PICS \\ Graffiti South Africa Book Launch, Johannesburg

The Johannesburg leg of the ‘Graffiti South Africa’ book launch took place at Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein from 26 to 28 February.

The book launch featured a group exhibition with work by DekorOne, Riot, Veronika, Page33, Zesta, Ryza, Kevin Love, Ben Eagle, Myza420, Tapz, Nuke and Devo. The window mural was painted by FiyaOne & Rekso…

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VIDEO \\ Bomb Jozi

Sjambok Productions just released a 16-minute bombing video that documents the streets of Johannesburg.

Bomb Jozi’ features heavy hitters from graffiti crews DS, EDK, UDC, GLOK and QUEST BOYS

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Fortunes Remixed

Fortunes Remixed is an exhibition investigating freedom and identity in a democratic South Africa…

Featuring work by Burning Museum.

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2014 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2014…

Featuring:

  • Ekons (RIP) Tribute
  • Another Light Up Project
  • Butan x DS Clothing Collab
  • Converse Clash Wall
  • Obey You Collective: Sprite x The Fader
  • Painting Cape Town Documentary
  • Redbull Amaphiko
  • Festigraff 5 in Senegal
  • Styles From The Streets Exhibition
  • Montana Just Writing My Name Jam 2014
  • Djerbahood Mural Project in Tunisia
  • Faith47 Murals in Durban
  • The Box Project in Durban
  • Epic Train Painting in Cape Town
  • Then & Now Feature
  • OBEY (Shepard Fairey) in South Africa
  • City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2014
  • Tag for JAG Exhibition
  • Resistance Project: Public Art Installation
  • Freedumb Graffiti Exhibition
  • Ism Skism Art Residency in Clarens
  • Kevin Love Exhibition and Interview
  • Graffiti South Africa Book Release
  • Faith47 Releases and Solo Exhibition
  • Bias’ Graffiti Tour App
  • Riot Crowned #1
  • Gallery Features
  • Event & Exhibition Follow-ups
  • Image Round-ups
  • What We Missed in 2014

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2014 Round-up: What We Missed

A brief recap of happenings that we didn’t cover throughout 2014, the year that was…

Featuring:

  • Word On The 5treet Wheatpastes
  • Primal Herd Exhibition
  • Art & Artists Book
  • Cape Town Art Street
  • Freddy Sam x RVCA
  • The Gloks Fanzine
  • Inventory Exhibition
  • Jebo in Frankfurt - MTN Video
  • Nando’s Accidental Art Project
  • City of Gold Sneaker Collab
  • Night of 1000 Drawings CPT
  • Redbull Doodle Art
  • BewareOfColour Urban Art Project
  • Tokolos Collective
  • CORE Collective in UAE
  • Falko One in Prince Albert, Karoo
  • Friends Zine
  • RIOT exhibition II
  • Mandela Day in KwaMashu
  • Fridge Art
  • 30 Days & A City: Public Exhibit

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: FETE - an art show or something

Come see art like you’ve never seen art. You’ve probably never seen art. You probably won’t know it’s art. This Shepard Fairey poster isn’t stolen. You don’t know these artists. More artists won’t be announced soon. It’s not art. It’s not even real. It’s doesn’t exist. You don’t exist.

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Look Mickey!

34FineArt is pleased to announce a new group exhibition featuring works by several well known local and international artists, who have in various ways appropriated this iconic image of popular culture.

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Shifting Territories

Opening tomorrow night in Durban at KZNSA Gallery, 18h00.

Reading the city.
Our movement within a city, the way we interact with its streetscape, its surfaces, its asperities and ruptures, is a reading. As we move we actualise a path – a path that is individual, and yet constrained by the possibilities offered. It is much as if we move elliptically through a page of text, accepting some parts, reflecting on or rejecting others. Cognitively, the memories and associations of our lives that subtend the places we pass through, form a network of meaning and reference. Our movement gives this a chronology, the same chronology that is used in narrative - linking through time events that should perhaps find their reason in affect, or gender, or necessity, more than a serial ordering. Finally the coherence produced through reference, ellipsis, conjunction is that of the text – a text whose ultimate meaning lies in the hands of the reader. A text that cannot be neutral but that is shot through with questions of power and access.

Writing the city.
Power, when conceived of as constitutive of the public sphere, as inherent in the categorisations and legalities which influence our reading, allows us to understand how a city is also a textual economy. Street Art is a fundamental, transgressive, part of this economy. Its transgression is both physical and visual. Physically it appropriates, dislodges, superimposes and subverts. Visually it contravenes genres in a writing that opens divergent meanings.

Street Art doesn’t speak TO its immediate environment, it doesn’t speak ABOUT its immediate environment. It JOINS the environment, attaching itself and all of its ego and contradictions and politics, forcing itself to be seen, experienced, witnessed, and ultimately reacted with. It claims its space unashamedly, forcing us to question its existence, to contest its existence, and when we cannot provide any adequate rationalization for why it shouldn’t exist, we must eventually accept it. It forces us to come to terms with our rapidly diminishing space for free expression in the constant commodification of culture and its continued containment in easy-to-ignore categories of constraint: fashion, entertainment, exhibition, publication. By forcing us deeper into our environment, by forcing us to connect graphically with the street, to position ourselves for, or against, or with it, Street Art brings us back into sharp focus as active participants in the lived presence of our public spaces. We begin to re-style our streets, to customize our concrete confines.

Graffiti culture artists refer to themselves as ‘writers’, concerned primarily with letters and a unique style of expressing the angles and aspects of the alphabet. Consequently, the act of painting your ‘name’ or the collection of letters you enjoy expressing is known as ‘style-writing’. The simplest form, the artist signature, commonly called a ‘tag’ is more correctly termed a ‘hand-style’. - Ewok

The exhibition.
The challenge of bringing Street Art to a gallery is the challenge of translating subversion of style, transgression of place and divergence of meaning within a frame that reduces the possibilities of the media – surface texture, lighting, movement, context – whilst also inhibiting the movement of the gaze, the path through the city that was also a reading of Street and Art.

Transgression and movement must therefore be found within the works that are displayed. The two central pieces of this exhibition illustrate this in different ways.

The white on white graffiti by Ewok subverts a static reading. Sheen, relief, contour, form, are only discernible as one changes perspective and distance – bringing movement back into the space of the gallery. It is a reading that also requires engagement and an implication by the viewer, returning this work to the space of the street’s divergent discourses.

The final composition involving several street artists - on the floor of the gallery - requires a reading path across its surface. To read one must actualise a path, a vector, a direction over the composition. To create this composition the artists, the writers, were also asked to blindfold themselves and to let their pen traverse paper, apprehending the space of the paper in a movement that could only feel, understand the distances and the orientation – much as we cross the city.

Where to from here?
The artists, the writers, of this exhibition is already developing a project with the city with regards to understanding Street Art and how a re-writing of the city is also a way of empowering and developing.

Concept note by William Kelleher, socio-linguist and educator.

VIDEO \\ City of Gold 2013 Highlights

This new video highlights some of the pieces painted during the 2013 City of Gold Urban Art Festival. The next installment of this annual festival will take place in one months time - October 5 to 11. Get excited!

Video by Cale Waddacor
Music by Sibot


Below are two other videos from the same time:

i spent a few days filming some graffiti that was made during the city of gold graffiti festival here in johannesburg south africa. music by jack parow ft sibot.

http://www.jackparow.com/
http://www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za/

Pose Artist Driven - South Africa from LRG Clothing on Vimeo.

>> http://www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za/

PICS \\ The Box Project

Durban has been a hive of activity recently with many mural and painting projects. From the Faith47 pillars in Warwick Triangle, to the Morrison Street murals and the Mandela Day project in the KwaMashu township.

Now; The Box Project -

Electricity boxes throughout the CBD were transformed as part of a fringe art intervention at the UIA 2014 conference, also in collaboration with Street Scene.

Photos: Jono Hornby

The names of the artists and the locations of the boxes are listed below:

  • Box 7955 (Joe Kools) - Shaun Oakley
  • Box 6772 (Pavillion Terrace) - Kev Ngwenya
  • Box 25759 (Bike and Bean) - Dane Knudsen
  • Box 11285 (Station Drive) - Daniel Nel
  • Box 6339 (Autozone/Morrison Road) - Joshua Harman
  • Box 24100 (Cool Runnings / Hunter Road) - Mookie Chapman
  • Box 18699 (Corner Old Military Base/ Suncoast) - Tasheera Jai Jai
  • Box 7996 (Budget/Bram Fischer Road) - Jonathan Blaine
  • Box 25747 (Ushaka Free Parking) - Ewok
  • Box 2744 (Standard Bank Building/ Kingsmead Way) - Tyran Roy

The project is the brainchild of Jonas Barausse of Street Scene and Gabriella Peppas from Ilifindo, who are working in collaboration with the eThekweni Municipality. The second and third stage of the project aims to move from Durban CDB into suburbia and surrounding townships. Barausse and Peppas aim to take this project into the private sector after the completion of phase three. With their “Adopt a Box” project, businesses will be able to sponsor the transformation of unsightly electrical boxes near them into public works of art, giving them the opportunity to play a role in beautifying their surroundings.

AFRICA \\ Djerbahood, mural project in Tunisia

The Djerbahood project is described as a “true open-air museum” as 150 street artists from 30 nationalities descend upon a single village island - Djerba, Erriadh - in Tunisia…

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EVENT \\ What if this City

What if this City envisions a renewed sense of artistic community in Durban. This merging of creative platforms aims to broaden influences and showcase diversity and artistic approach, and in turn build a community that uses the arts as a tool for inspiration.

The inaugural What if this City event will feature live music, art, fashion, dance and more.

Friday May 9, 7pm (FREE ENTRANCE)
Durban University of Technology Art Gallery (and surrounding spaces on Steve Biko Campus)

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

Music, in association with The Bose Experience South Africa and Glenwood Village Music:

  • Sebastian Goldswain
  • Gary Nixon
  • Matt Vend & Wren Hinds
  • Raheem Kemet
  • Ewok
  • Nje
  • Nutscratchers

Live Art, with materials by Liquitex South Africa:

  • Cloud State / Skye T. Steen
  • Nivesh
  • Mook Lion
  • Kev7
  • Roy
  • Dane Draws
  • Sakhile Mhlongo

Photographic installation by Paulo Menezes

Fashion by Drucilla’s Wardrobe on show

Tattooing by Samanthalee Bunnyfluff

Performance by Thabiso Radebe as Joyani Maqa

Dance from 031 Floor Assassins, Flatfoot Training Company, and more

Bar services provided by the Winston Durban
Coffee from Dieketseng the Barista
and food available until 10pm

There will be other interesting things going on throughout the night. Join us. Help inspire! #WhatifthisCity

>> MORE INFO

FEATURE \\ Back To The City 2014 (+ Ticket Giveaway!)

The annual Freedom Day hip-hop festival, Back To The City, is around the corner - and it promises to be the biggest one yet! We spoke to Ritual Media Group’s Osmic Menoe, founder of the event and all-round hip-hop maestro…

Tell me about Back To The City festival.

Back To The City is a festival that is aimed at celebrating Freedom Day, using Hip Hop as a form of expression. We are on our 8th year and can only hope to further share the importance of the day with those who will be in attendance.

What can be expected at this years fest?

Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom’ is our theme this year. Everything from the Hip Hop Summit to the fun activities at the festival will be centered around this. People can look forward to high value entertainment and bigger outlets for their chosen art form, be it dance, rap or graffiti etc.


Quest, 2013 graffiti competition winners


Amp1, 2013

How does graffiti fit into this event?

It is one of the most important elements of hip-hop, and we always make a point to highlight it. Respected graffiti artists from across the country are invited to participate in the graffiti competition, managed by Two by Two Art Studios, who are street art experts.

What feedback have you received about the graffitied pillars in the past?

The feedback has been greatly positive. A lot of value has been added to the Newtown district, as the graffiti pillars are now one of the biggest tourist attractions in town. Wedding pictures, family portraits, music videos and commercial adverts have used them as a backdrop.

What positive role does graffiti play in Joburg’s inner city?

Newtown specifically, has become a home for graffiti artists, all the street art is sanctioned and appreciated by the masses. High quality works are produced and people are starting to understand that graffiti murals and graffiti vandalism are two different things. City councils are showing support, artists are getting commissioned for their work, tourism is increasing, and long term value is created.


DS, 2012 graffiti competition winners


Osmic Menoe, founder of the festival.

Anything else you’d like to mention about BTTC 2014?

It will be bigger and better. For more information visit http://www.backtothecityfestival.com, follow us on Twitter @backtothecitySA, and “like” our Facebook Page ‘Back To The City Festival’.

>> We have 2x Double tickets to giveaway! Check out our Facebook page for more info about how to win.


Ryza, 2012

EVENT \\ Festigraff, Senegal Graffiti Festival 2014

We’ll be covering the 5th annual Festigraff graffiti festival that takes place in Dakar, Senegal. This year, South African artists Kasi and Falko have been invited to participate and will be sharing some photographs with us during the event. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting festival, big ups to the North African graffiti movement!

Follow the posts in our ‘Rest of Africa’ section here.

>> MORE INFO

FEATURED GALLERY \\ The Black Box

The Black Box is an exciting art exhibition and project space in Cape Town for emerging artists. The gallery opened its doors at the end of 2012 and is run by Charl Bezuidenhout, who also runs the Worldart Gallery next door. Great street art and illustration exhibitions of the past include Love & Hate Studio’s ‘Future Positive’ & ‘Time Through Space’, as well as Grant Jurius and Rayaan Cassiem‘s solo exhibitions.

We spoke to Charl about his gallery and the awesome upcoming shows relating to graffiti and street art…

Tell me about your gallery…

The Black Box is a space where I host exhibitions that are about more than just meeting the bottom line – it is an art lab. It is funded by Worldart, a business I started ten years ago, and I am quite proud of having created a channel that allows this level of unadulterated expression. With no government funding, little or no funding from institutions like the Lottery Board, and bigger corporate entities increasingly cutting down on funding for the arts, we need creative ways to keep non-commercial galleries alive. The Black Box is my go at it. Of course commercial galleries are important, but we need experimental galleries to ensure balance.

What made you want to open an art gallery?

I studied law, travelled wide, and did many other things before I found myself doing what I do today. With the benefit of hindsight, I can safely say that I gravitated towards the things that I value and love. It is important to manage your life in such a way that it keeps that door open.

Where does the name ‘The Black Box’ come from or what does it mean?

It is relevant on two levels: It refers to a device used on airplanes that record the pilots’ conversations and is built in such a way that it is indestructible. This device contains clues to the truth of certain situations. It also serves as the opposite of the “white cube”, a concept that has become synonymous with commercial galleries.

What kind of art do you showcase?

It can be anything, from street art to fine art to installations – absolutely anything. As long as I am intrigued or interested, and am convinced of its artistic integrity.

After hosting a few street art and graffiti related exhibits, what do you think about graffiti stepping out of the streets and into a white wall gallery?

Street art in galleries will never replace or constrain street art in the streets. It is art and art galleries show art.

What do you think about the current state of art in South Africa?

It is healthy. It always has been and always will be. As long as people have something to say, they will find ways to say it, and this is why it is always exciting.

Anything else planned for the rest of the year? Or anything that you would like to share with our readers?

I am excited by so many things: Our next exhibition, opening this week, is titled Crossroad – a collaboration between South African artist Roger Williams and German artist Dee One. A show with Love & Hate in May, and Beat Banksy in September. I’m also opening a new gallery in Munich next month, plus Khaya Witbooi and Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s solo exhibitions coming up at Worldart. It is insane because this list can go on forever.


Khaya Witbooi

The gallery is located at 52 Church Street, Cape Town.

>> http://www.blackboxgallery.co.za/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: AKA Graffiti and Street Art Group Show, Round 2

Following the success of the 2013 graffiti and street art group show, Two By Two Art Studio presents Round Two of the AKA Exhibition.

Artists from Johannesburg and Cape Town have contributed artworks for the show, including: Alphabet Zoo, Anser, Anwar (CT), Bias, Erar, Fily, Fin, Fiya, Kefoner, Lean, Loveleigh (CT), Mars, Miss Propa, Rayaan Cassiem (CT), Rype, Ryza, Shur (CT), Tapz, Toe (CT), Zesta and many more to be confirmed…

Please join us for a drink at Two By Two Art Studio in Newtown on Thursday 27 March 2014, from 6pm. The artworks will be on display for one month. The exhibition is open to all and there is no cover charge.

There will be a 90 minute tour arranged on the evening to view the Newtown graffiti art, created by many of the contributing artists. Booking is limited and the cost is R110 per person for the tour which begins at 5:30pm.

>> MORE INFO

Find out more about Two By Two Art Studio HERE.

FEATURED GALLERY \\ Two By Two Art Studio

Two By Two Art Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg is a diverse space with a whole lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks.

This Friday, they host the launch of the new clothing range by SA Hip Hop brand Butan Wear in collaboration with graffiti crew Demolition Squad, followed by the second installment of the graffiti and street art group show, AKA. Then, in April, two young illustrators, Rayaan Cassiem (Cape Town) and Nic Hooper (Johannesburg), join forces for their exhibition, Media Monster.

We spoke to Juliet and Tanner about their studio to find out more…

Tell me about your gallery.

Two By Two Art Studio is a multi-functional project space. We use it as a base to work from, but also host monthly exhibition openings and various events.

What made you want to open an art gallery?

The gallery is a labour of love. We use it to show the kind of art we would like to see. Coming out of art school in 2006, there weren’t really many places for young artists to exhibit. Instead of fighting over the same piece of pie we decided to make our own.

Where does the name Two By Two come from?

Tanner opened an arts supplies shop in Linden, just over 3 years ago. He used the name Two By Two as a personal tribute to his father, who initiated the idea many years ago. The art shop was Tanner’s creative interpretation of this.

What kind of art do you showcase?

The exhibitions are mostly graffiti and street art influenced, although the gallery space has been used for performance installations and fine art exhibitions too.

After hosting a few graffiti art exhibits, including the first AKA group show and Mars’ solo show, what do you think about graffiti stepping out of the streets and into a white wall gallery?

We don’t see graffiti stepping off the streets and into a white-walled gallery. Graffiti belongs on the streets. We are showing the artists that are involved in making that art. They are the ones who are tackling those issues for themselves. For each artist it’s a personal transition, for example Mars was very careful in how he chose to show himself as a studio artist. The process was very different for him, as it would be for anyone used to painting walls. As soon as the scale and format changes, the image is influenced and it becomes an object in its own right regardless of its origin.

What do you think about the current state of art in South Africa?

There’s a lot of positive growth and opportunities in the arts if you’re willing to make it happen. Being able to survive off our talents and skills is a big thing for artists and while it’s tough territory, it is still possible. We live in interesting times and we look forward to seeing people being more creative for the sake of creativity. The local art community is small but not completely saturated. As far as we see it, there’s still lots of room to grow.

Anything else planned for the rest of the year? Or anything that you would like to share with our readers?

We have Back To The City festival happening on 27 April, Freedom Day. The annual graffiti competition takes place around the Newtown highway pillars. We’re really excited about seeing what people come up with this year. There are plenty of upcoming exhibitions after that. The best place to keep up with current events is on the Facebook page.

Find out more about their upcoming events:

http://www.twobytwo.co.za/

VIDEO \\ Painting Cape Town documentary

Painting Cape Town Trailer from Katey Carson on Vimeo.

A teaser video for the upcoming documentary, Painting Cape Town, has been released. Based on the 2013 book by Matthew Olckers, with the same title, the film will reveal a more in-depth look into Cape Town’s graffiti scene. Directed by Katey Carson, featuring interviews with prominent writers.

>> Check out their new Facebook page and updated website

PICS \\ Durban: Wentworth Revisited

A Forgotten Hall of Fame…

Since I watched an online video of a graffiti-smothered street in Durban, I’ve always wanted to view it in real life. Almost five years since the video was posted by Style File Magazine, I finally got a chance to take some flicks. This hall of fame in Wentworth has unfortunately been neglected for some time, with the latest pieces seemingly going up around the same time of the original video in 2009.

(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)

Including work by the following writers:
Pace, Gift, Yeta, 2kil, Plastik, Cade, Tax, Somz, Tapz, Mars, Wos1, React, Agen, Sykad, Cena4, Fiya, Son1, Mym, Taik, Faker, Skape, Eron, Lazer, OptOne, 4givn, Tera, Poet, Emba, Crave.

(#WaybackWednesday)

PICS \\ Ekon Tribute Jam, Cape Town

Last Sunday, at upper Searle Street Park, a tribute jam was held in memory of Cape Town writer Ekon. Many showed up and writers painted pieces to pay their respects.

Photos by Klaus Warschkow

(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)

Pieces by:
Boss, Ight, Laser, (Unknown), Boeta, Cade, Motel7, Smet, Spot, Nard, Mace, Conform, Cale, Wealz130 & Tag4 & Mad2, Dino & Senor, Boda, Ish, Pastelheart, Rack Star, DrOne, Shade, Khosa, Cros, Kem, Fers, Lamb, Acre, Lie & Odd1, Logikill Paradox, Dfeat once, Love, Rekt, Krem, Sure, Toe, Ekse, Losr, Nest, Ariel23 & Prefix66, Caso & Migo, Stok, Rusk, Blak, Sykoner.

+ More Ekons tribute pieces painted in the park prior to the jam:
Boss, Shade, Disk, Jmal, Pase, Sure, Falko, Khosa, Idiots Crew.

Mak1one:

Name:

Other writers in Durban and Johannesburg also attributed to the memory of this great artist.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: lost/found

Revolution presents:
lost / found

Verb 2013 Artist Series Range Launch &
lost/found: an exhibition of exploration

Verb Artist Skateboard Range 2013:
Daniel Ting Chong, Gerard Human, Hanno Van Zyl, Jade Klara, Justin Southey, Jaco Haasbroek

And artists:
Paul Senyol, Simon Berndt, Jason de Villiers, Dani Loureiro, Ninja Bread Boy, Motel 7, Justin Poulter, Cassandra Johnson, Nicola De Jager, Matthew Oldfield, Candice Jezek aka Z, Chris Valentine, Michael Dos Ramos.

DJ’s on vinyl from Roastin’ Records
Cash bar

Opening: 28 November 2013, 7 - 10pm
Revolution, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Milkshed; a not-for-profit business that uses reclaimed wood to create furniture and rebuild schools.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ EXPRESSIONS Book Launch and Exhibition

Expressions Book One South Africa’ is the result of a six year photographic exploration of South African alternative, youth and street culture by Jared Aufrichtig. The hardbound, 720-page book is a visual journey with rich images taken across South Africa. Chapters include ‘Land’, ‘People’, ‘Plants’, ‘Animals’, ‘Music’, ‘Art’, ‘Skateboarding’ and ‘Surfing’.

It is a celebration of the special and unique things that I think make South Africa the wonderful place it is.”

The book also features numerous contributions from artists who have
 augmented Jared’s celluloid photographs with their own graphic 
interpretations. A cross-section of 35 South African designers, illustrators, 
graffiti, graphic and tattoo artists – including Kronk, Mak1one, Fong, Matt 
Edwards, Tyler B. Murphy, Bryan Little and TheoryOne – lend their 
significant creative abilities to the project.



A limited First Edition of 1 000 signed and individually numbered copies will be available with two different
 cover art variations. Distribution is limited to launches and exhibitions, boutique bookstores, or directly from the author.

 The Deluxe Edition of the book (of which only 130 copies will be available)
 comes with a unique lithographic plate in one of the CMYK colours from which
 the book was printed. South African artist Tyler B. Murphy designed the 
cover.

Expressions Book One: South Africa Book-Pre-Print Video_with music by P.H.Fat (© Jared Aufrichtig) from Jared Aufrichtig on Vimeo.


Some of the works that will be exhibited:

>> http://www.expressionsbookone.tumblr.com/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Outside II

After the huge response generated by the previous Urban Contemporary Exhibition, OUTSIDE (2011) , 34FineArt is proud to announce a follow-up exhibition of spectacular artworks by some of the world’s leading street artists, as well as several talented newcomers. OUTSIDE II will open on 17 September 2013.

Participating artists: Banksy (UK), Ben Eine (UK), Mr. Brainwash (France/USA), London Police (UK), Invader (France), Bambi (UK), Osch (Chile/UK), AME72 (Israel), Grafter (UK), Shepard Fairey (USA), Christiaan Nagel (SA/UK), Bortusk Leer (Netherlands/UK), James Cochran aka jimmy.C. (Australia/UK), Trust.I.CON (UK), Dotmasters (UK), T.WAT (UK), Robin Coleman(UK), Eyesaw (UK), Pedrô (France), Norman Catherine (SA), Asha Zero (SA), Jade Doreen Waller (SA) and Warren Petersen (SA).


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

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

The exhibition ends 9 November 2013.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Black & Yellow

Black and Yellow is a project about transforming spaces on walls into vessels for artwork. We are building up towards 2014 by using black and yellow, the designated colours for Cape Town World Design Capital.

Participating Artists: Tasneem Kamikaze, Bianca de Klerk, Claude Chandler, Adele van Heerden, Juanette Smuts, Kirstie-Rae Samson, Cuan Hahndiek, Warren Maroon, Kelly van der Watt, September McNabb, Reuven Kustanovich, C.C. Denovan, Sindile Mfudisi.

>> MORE INFO

Secret Team Zine

Secret Team is a graffiti zine strictly for writers. The first issue features writers from around the country as well as the UK and New Zealand.”

We started it because there is nothing for writers locally, if you want to see street art or characters you can find tons of that anywhere but actual graffiti letters and handstyles - the crux of what writing is - is not catered for by anyone, so we stepped in.”

There are many writers in SA with good style and lettering but get no chance to shine, whereas character ‘writers’ get a lot of limelight so we wanted to showcase some local skills and make a zine just for those who piece, tag, throwup, etc.”

Secret Team is available at Shelflife Store (119 Loop Street, Cape Town) for R25

You can keep the zine going by sending submissions to zecretteam@gmail.com

Support your local writer!

>> Follow the Facebook Page

EVENT \\ Graffiti Jam: Raps Art Beach Jam

Some of Durbans finest graffiti artists will be painting live collaborations at the New Pier beach front this Friday (22 March).

EVENT \\ Conversations On Creativity

>> MORE INFO

Conversations on Creativity is a series of monthly events that bring together creatives and the public to engage and celebrate creativity.

Curated by Creative Nestlings and hosted by a guest host, featuring creative individuals that we invite to share their stories.

http://www.creativenestlings.com/

FRIDAY FEATURE #1: Documenting Graffiti Art with Derek Smith & Klaus Warschkow

Friday Feature is our new weekly feature. Every week we will delve into a different topic related to graffiti and street art in South Africa. Our entire aim of this website is to document and archive this art form and showcase it to the world. Urban art has a life of it’s own, sometimes lasting for weeks, years or only a single day. We feel it is very important to keep a record of these pieces of art and give them life on the internet.

There are two gentleman who have been documenting graffiti and street art for a while now and we are always glad to see their collection grow. Meet Derek Smith and Klaus Warschkow, two photographers who have fallen in love with this art form and are sharing their finds on the net. This is their hobby and they are both very passionate about it - always mentioning the positive aspects of graffiti art in today’s society, and always encouraging new people to fall in love with urban art.

Photos by Klaus Warschkow:

Derek is based in Johannesburg and is an eager follower of the scene, often embarking on adventures to dodgy areas and forgotten places. He sees the “value of street art in a scarred and broken society” and how it can create change and upliftment. “I’ve always liked graffiti but never thought about it much further than that” adds Klaus, who has been capturing the Cape Town scene with his iPhone. “In January 2012, I stopped my car in the road and walked a block back to actively take a photo of graffiti that I had passed a number of times. Instagram gave me an option to share my photos easily, right off my iPhone. It’s been a long time since and I now actively look for new and old graffiti in and around Cape Town. A number of my photos that I took during the Acrylic Walls Project in Cape Town have been picked up by blogs, webzines and magazines.”

With graffiti being such a controversial subject, it is great to see how these two encourage the art form as much as they can. “The graffiti by-laws have killed a lot of artwork in Cape Town. It’s high time we get some legal walls” says Klaus. Derek has also had trouble of his own, dealing with non like-minded resident associations who see graffiti as a very bad thing.

Derek follows most of the Jo’burg artists and regularly takes trips to Cape Town and other parts of the country to record works which he sees as an important part of graffiti archaeology. He is really excited for the upcoming City of Gold Urban Arts Festival where Herakut, a duo from Germany, and his favourite international graffiti artist, will be painting.

Photos by Derek Smith:

Klaus is very keen to meet more local writers and looks forward to seeing the new artists in residence at /A Word Of Art. He also hopes for more collaborations between local and international artists in the future. “We most certainly have local artists that are on the same level as the best of the international artists. A lot of them do deserve more international exposure.”

More photos by Klaus Warschkow:
(highlight the pic and click ‘next’ to view more)

We at GraffitiSouthAfrica.com are super excited for 2013 and can’t wait to see more international artists in our country. Our local artists are also pulling out all the stops and the scene is thriving. “Street art is gaining momentum in a big way in South Africa and this gladdens my heart. It is colourful, makes social statements and it’s art as healing.” - Derek.

More photos by Derek Smith:

Check out more of their photographs:

>> Derek’s Flickr stream

>> Klaus’ Instagram feed

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Mixed Emotions

LOVE AND HATE & MIXED EMOTIONS

14 - 28 February
Kalashnikovv Gallery
70 Juta, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

A group show with 10 Visionary Artists featuring new work by Black Koki and Ello of Love & Hate Studio.


Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/506556879395600/

And the Valentines day after-party:
http://www.facebook.com/events/425878874155217/

EVENT \\ Current & forthcoming exhibitions at 34FineArt (feat. Mr Brainwash)

If you’re in Cape Town, head through to the 34FineArt Gallery for the last few days of the Blend group exhibition featuring works by Esther Mahlangu, Asha Zero, Jade Doreen Waller, Motel7, Lionel Smit and Paul du Toit.

>> More info HERE.


Then, opening on the 29th of January, the controversial Mr Brainwash!

>> Read more about this upcoming exhibition HERE.

EVENT \\ Current Exhibitions in Cape Town

/A Space In Between

A group exhibition of mid-career painters whose explorations of the figure span a wide range of techniques, mediums and aesthetics, blurring the line between fine art, street art and urban art. These five artists are from very different backgrounds and are all pushing the boundaries of their chosen craft to express a strong voice
and vision through their work. Each one at the middle of his career, these artists remain passionate about the journey as well as the end result.”

Featuring:

  • Christiaan Conradie (SA)
  • Dathini Mzayiya (SA)
  • Elicser Elliott (Canada)
  • Franco ‘Jaz’ Fasoli (Argentina)
  • Gaia (USA)
  • Troy Lovegates AKA ‘Other’ (Canada)
  • Ever (Argentina)

>> More info


Asha Zero: numberrs

An exclusive preview of ‘numberrs’ will be held at 34FineArt in Cape Town on 11 September until 22 September, comprising of fifteen new and painstakingly executed paintings. The exhibition will then move to the Pertwee Anderson & Gold in London, opening on 2 October and concludes 23 October 2012.”

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 entirely executed in acrylic paint! This body of work is fresh, exceptionally contemporary and relevant in the current urban / digital landscape.”

>> More info HERE or view the exhibition online HERE

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Emulate (feat. Banksy)

Emulate, a group exhibition”

21 August – 8 September 2012

This exhibition comprises of new works where the majority reference existing works by other well known artists. It is common knowledge that artists revisit themes; not only have some been duplicating their own works, slightly modifying them, but appropriation is also widely practised. What is more interesting is the process of adaptation and how the new artwork emulates the original.


Banksy
No Ball Games, 2009
Serigraph edition 250
67 x 70cm

Nearly all artwork is in some way already second generation, referencing excising source material. Novelty is not essential in art-making. It has become near impossible to claim anything as original or new. Where it becomes interesting is when there is a third or fourth iteration of the same content by another artist. Artistic freedom and intellectual property infringement tread a precarious path where the difference between copy and new creation sometimes encroach on what is legally acceptable. The proliferation of images in the fast moving digital era via social media’s global reach has accelerated the process of alteration and duplication. Artists “borrow” even more rapidly from existing artworks now available online and even more so when and artist or a work is accompanied by financial success or branding. Iconic images from the past including Michelangelo’s ‘David’, The ‘Mona Lisa’, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup cans and Disney iconography have been utilized by numerous contemporary artists. In the show, ‘Flower Thrower’ by Banksy has been reinterpreted by Eyesaw from London. The creativity of true artists lies in how material can be used, modified and adapted as their own.


Eyesaw
This is not an Original Banksy, It’s a Mickey Mouse, 2012
Spraypaint on canvas
111 x 142cm

With one of his biggest commercial shows currently on view in London, the exhibition will include new works by Mr. Brainwash. There will also be works by renowned street art star Banksy, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst and established UK artists like Eyesaw, T.WAT, Mau Mau, Grafter, Alec Monopoly and Redlock, never shown here before. Also included are two works by Nancy Fouts. By antagonising historical memory, religious mysticism, authenticity and authorship - conflating the practices of collecting the old and making the new - Nancy gracefully claims her status as one of the most accomplished of conceptual artists.

This exhibition promises to be vibrant and exciting. With summer in Cape Town fast approaching, it is just fitting that ‘Emulate’ will explode on 34FineArt’s walls with vigor while representing some of the major artists’ work from around the world.


Mau Mau
Foxes, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 70cm


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

>> www.34fineart.com/

EVENT \\ Tabalaza Art Fair 3

Tabalaza Art Fair happens once a month and this will be the 3rd installment…

Art Exhibition | Live Painting | Music
31 May 2012
The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown

>> MORE INFO ON FACEBOOK HERE and HERE

VIDEO \\ Westside Walls, graffiti in Johannesburg

Westside Walls documents various graffiti art in and around the western suburbs of Westbury and Westdene in Johannesburg. It captures some of the surrounding atmosphere and features a vast array of artists.

Featuring works by Rasty, Curio, Myza, Skeza, Ryza, Lunar, NME Crew, Naid, Monk, Easl, Agen, Bias, Zesta, Mbi, Nje, Tyke, Tapz, Fiya, Mars, Skilz, Days, Tower, Trips, Hac One, Gogga, Beva, Kerz, Angel, Mafuta Ink, Dal East, Rekzo, Vesa, Disk, Pase, Wise, Erar, Zoo, Nard, Fers, Fury, Jestr.

EVENT \\ Tabalaza Art Fair 2

The second Tabalaza Art Fair, “Freedom of Painting” - a tribute to freedom month.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
6PM til late
R30 entrance
The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg

>> RSVP on Facebook

EVENT \\ City of Gold 2012: Festival Program

Find out about everything that is taking place at the upcoming urban art festival, City of Gold below.

EXHIBITIONS

  • CITY OF GOLD EXHIBITION (FESTIVAL OPENING)
    15 APRIL, 16:00
    @ AFRONOVA GALLERY
    Cnr Smit & De Beer Str, Braamfontein
    The City Of Gold Exhibition showcases all the artists participating in the festival and will be open to the public for the week of the festival closing with a walkabout on Saturday 21 Aprilat 12 Noon.
    Featuring: Tasso, Case, Okuda, SoloOne, Atom, Lazoo, Dal East, Angel, Mak1one, Curio, Faith47, Hacone, Rekzo, Rasty, Toe007.

  • MIND, BODY & AEROSOL, GRAFFITI MEETS TATTOO EXHIBITION
    21 APRIL, 18:00
    @ GRAYSCALE GALLERY
    33 De Korte Str, Braamfontein
    The show features South African graffiti artists that have crossed over in to the art of tattooing.
    Featuring: Tyler B Murphy, Anoy 337, Rasty, Rico “Mors” Swanepoel.

STREET MURALS

The participating international and local artists will be collaborating on murals at various sites around the city.
See map below for mural locations.

FILM SCREENINGS

18/19/20 APRIL
@ THE BIOSCOPE
286 Fox Str, Maboneng Precinct, City & Suburban
Three screenings will take place at The Bioscope in Main Street Life.
Visit the website for the schedule and bookings…
www.thebioscope.co.za

STREET ART TOURS

15/17/18/19/ APRIL
By Past Experiences
Educational walking tours focussing on graffiti and street art in and around the city centre.
The tours will visit graffiti hotspots including Troyeville, Newtown and Braamfontein.
Visit the website for the route info, schedule and bookings…
www.pastexperiences.co.za

>> http://www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za/

AFRICA \\ Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art in Frankfurt

From Here To Fame present another event as part of their Arabic Graffiti project. The event takes place in Frankfurt, Germany as part of a festival of Egyptian culture.

From April 10th, street artists from Egypt, Tunisia and Germany including Aya Tarek, Ammar, El Seed, Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case (Ma’Claim), Abo Bakr and Ganzeer will create a street art gallery. There will also be ten massive ankh sculptures (the Egyptian key of life) created by Egyptian artists, as well as other related events.

El Seed (Tunisia):

Ganzeer (Cairo, Egypt):

Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor, Egypt):

Aya Tarek (Alexandria, Egypt):

Ankh project:

Thursday 12th of April

  • Solitaire: theater performance by Dalia Basiouny, director and actress from Cairo
    8:00 pm
    Followed by panel discussions with Dalia Basiouny and the street artists and the cultural activists Caram Kapp & Don Karl, moderated by Dr. Kersten Knipp.
    Gallus Theater, Kleyerstraße 15, 60326 Frankfurt

Friday 13th of April

  • Opening of the Street Art Gallery
    First Friday Egyptian Street Art & Arabic Graffiti
    7:00 pm - Midnight

  • Arabic Graffiti - El Seed & Don Karl present the book and project
    8:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer

  • Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution - Ganzeer & Don Karl
    9:00 pm - Exhibition Foyer
    Tutankhamun exhibition hall, Mainzer Landstraße, Güterplatz, 60327 Frankfurt am Main


More about the book:

Since the start of the Arab uprisings the Middle East has seen an unparalleled explosion of graffiti. Many slogans which were later sung by the people on the streets first appeared on walls from Tunisia to Bahrain. Egypt has played a remarkable role in this phenomenon. Even when the army tanks rolled onto Tahrir Square in Cairo, they were immediately adorned with graffiti. Along with people from all walks of life, artists, calligraphers and designers took over the public space. In no time a vital and now globally acclaimed street art scene emerged.”

Arabic Graffiti is an intercultural project by From Here To Fame that involves artists, activists and academics from various Middle Eastern countries and their diasporas. Started as an art and book project, the recent events in the region have led to an active involvement of many participants in the transforming changes of the region. Events and exhibitions are currently being developed in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, France and Germany.”

The project Arabic Graffiti & Egyptian Street Art is part of the Festival of Egyptian Culture* the program for the exhibition Tutankhamun - His tomb and treasures in Frankfurt.”

via From Here To Fame

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

AFRICA \\ Viva Con Agua project in Uganda

The small crew of Chaoze One, Rebelz, Michael Fritz, Lutz Zaumseil and filmmaker Julia Dragon were recently involved with a project in the East African country of Uganda. They are from Viva con Agua, a charity organization that is involved with the creation and support of drinking water sources in developing countries. Along with partners, the World Hunger Relief, the organisation helps with the construction and rehabilitation of wells and spring mounts

Some members of the crew are artists and have painted these graffiti pieces on their visit thus far:

Source: Viva con Agua

EVENT \\ Sketch Warz

Sketch Warz & Life Check present…

Shhh… Artists Drawing! - A live art battle

10 artists, 1 winner, R1000 cash in hand.

Where: Green Hub, 31 Steibel Place, Blue Lagoon, Durban
When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Price: Free

Additional Info for Participants:

  • Each artist receives 3x markers:
    1x skinny marker, 1x average chisel marker, 1x fatty.
  • Black paint & markers provided, bring any additional stationary. Brushes may be used with the black paint.
  • Canvas of 1m x 1m is provided.
  • Judging: Wild card drawn from the crowd.

Sponsored by LIFE CHECK Youth Development Initiative

Participating Artists:

  • Mpilo Manzini
  • Bobby Cross
  • Natalie Fossey
  • Wesley Van Eeden
  • Claude Chandler
  • Samantha Brooke
  • Jono Hornby
  • Tyran Roy
  • Murray Cowan
  • Michael Leggat
  • Travis Cottrell (Reserve)
  • Sifiso Snyire Nyirenda (Reserve)

>> RSVP on Facebook

Also, check out the blog:

www.sketchwarz.blogspot.com/

PICS \\ A Load Off (F.A.T.S Logo Competition)

Below are pics from the F.A.T.S logo competition, “A Load Off”. The event took place over the weekend at the F.A.T.S premises at 180 Sydney Road, Durban.

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

>> VIEW THE REST OF THE PICS

The winner was Jason “ Jase” van Zyl, receiving the R10 000 cash prize at a F.A.T.S Cheese and Wine function last night. The artist also painted the F.A.T.S company logo on the outside of their building.

VIDEO \\ New videos

New videos added to our Video Archive.
Click on the image to watch the video…

>> Check out more videos HERE

EVENT \\ Exhibition: The October Show

There’s still time to check out “The October Show” at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection in Cape Town. The show runs until Saturday 29 October and is a mixed media group exhibition, blending fine art, design, and street art.

Featured Artists:

The artists also worked on collaborative pieces - Daniel & Jordan, Andrew & Paul.
Check out some of these works HERE and HERE.

VENUE:
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection
91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

CONTACT:
Monique Du Preez (Gallery Director) 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
info@salon91art.co.za / salon91.art@gmail.com
www.salon91art.co.za

GALLERY HOURS:
Tue-Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sun / Mon: Closed

>> RSVP on Facebook

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Outside - featuring world renowned street artists

34FineArt proudly presents “Outside”, a contemporary urban art group exhibition with artworks by some well-known names in the more acknowledged world of street art.

Banksy
Choose your weapon 2010
Serigraph edition 25
60x60cm


This invigorating show opens on 25 October 2011 and features work by:

  • Banksy (UK)
  • RD357 (USA)
  • D*Face (UK)
  • Blek le Rat (France)
  • AME72 (UK)
  • FAKE (Netherlands)
  • DAL (China)
  • Shepard Fairey (USA)
  • Nick Walker (UK)
  • The London Police (UK)
  • BLU (Italy)
  • Invader (France)
  • Mr Brainwash (USA / France)

Artworks by local artists Faith47, Motel7, Falko, Jade Doreen Waller, Black Koki, Jop Kunneke, Norman Catherine and others will also be on show.

Mr Brainwash
Madonna 2011
Mixed media on canvas
57x57cm


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

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

The exhibition ends 19 November 2011.

>> MORE INFO


>> Check out pics of Asha Zero’s “micro cluster picnic”, the current graffiti related exhibition presented by 34FineArt HERE. The exhibition runs until 4 November at The Rooke Gallery in Johannesburg.

VIDEO \\ I Art Soweto

>> Watch the “I Art Woodstock” video HERE

VIDEO \\ Paste: A Street Art Exhibition

A short video documenting the recent street art/paste-up project, Paste, which took place in Cape Town, curated by Shani Judes of SJ ARTISTS and Between 10and5.

18 local artists were selected for the exhibition, stepping out of the gallery space and into the inner city streets of Cape Town and the nearby township of Khayelitsha. Artworks were brought directly to the people, beautifying the streets and creating inspiration.

This is the first time a project like this has happened in South Africa and it looks like it was a big success. The curators are looking forward to having more street art exhibitions like this in other cities, and they would appreciate any support for future projects.

Artists that took part in the first Paste project, Khayelitsha Culture:

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

VIDEO \\ Satellite Spaces - The Untitled Gallery: The Painters Show

Satellite spaces///the untitled gallery from lebogang rasethaba on Vimeo.

A short video documenting The Painters Show, part of the “Satellite Spaces - The Untitled Gallery” series of exhibitions in the Johannesburg CBD.

The event was held at “Ourspace” at Main Street Life on Saturday the 27th of August, and was curated by MJ Turpin.

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.

PUMA X SHELFLIFE SNEAKER LAUNCH: Overview

Shelflife store launched it’s first worldwide release sneaker collaboration project with Puma. In classic Shelflife style this special occasion was celebrated with a very memorable party event. VIPs, celebrities, friends & family were all in attendance along with local graffiti artists, sneaker heads & facebook photo competition winners. It was history in the making with plenty of party entertainment including a killer line up of Dj’s, an art exhibition, live graffiti bombing, live “shriiimping” art & even the opportunity for guests to shop in store and make their own mark on a full 3D model train!

More pics of the sneakers HERE

Images and text courtesy of Dr Zulu Green

VIDEO \\ Underground Exchange exhibition

The first event of Underground Exchange took place on 8 July 2011. The exhibition was created by Shelflife and held at Ficton Bar in Cape Town in order expose the art to people in a different setting, aside from a gallery. These events are part of an exchange program to showcase the best UK underground street culture right here in South Africa.

The exhibition is still running and all prints are up for sale. Artists that featured in this exhibition were Banksy, Part2ism, She One, Solo One, Mark Ireland and Ink Fetish.

Check out the video where the curator, Dr Zulu takes you on a walkabout…

The Underground Exchange UK from one small seed on Vimeo.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Neon

A collection of experiences that celebrate diverse creativity, expression and unconventional thinking. Offering an eclectic mix of creative productions, from Music to Visual Artwork, Motion Picture and Fashion.

Focused towards the creative youth, this project allows people to emerge amoungst their peers and communicate their vision to a unique and relevant audience. Located at MASH, part of the historic Mills Building in Newtown, over looking the heart of the inner city.

Date: Saturday 16 July 2011
Venue: Mash, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg

  • All artwork on exhibition from 1pm
  • Vintage Clothing Sale & Food Market from 1pm till 6pm
  • Graffiti Demo from 3pm
  • Tattoo Demo from 3pm till 6.30pm
  • Film Premiere from 6.30 pm till 8pm
  • Fashion Show at 8.30pm
  • Sketch Battles from 9pm
  • After Party @ The Woods 10pm till 3am

Featured Artists:

  • MJ Turpin
  • Mr. Cross
  • Lenny Dee Doucha
  • Alex Vlachos
  • Tamara Osso
  • Inger Holstvic Faerch
  • REKZO
  • DEKOR
  • Says Who?
  • Justin McGee
  • Brent Goudie
  • Ziggy Hofmeyr & Muthaland Productions
  • Tim Apter, Matthew Stonier & Mustard Productions

Free entrance before 4pm, R40 after (includes ticket to after party)

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Underground Exchange

Shelflife & Fiction present
UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE UK
Friday 8th July

The objective of the exhibition is to showcase the finest underground street culture from the UK as it is part of an up and coming creative exchange program between the United Kingdom & South Africa. It is set to be the first of many events & exhibitions of this kind to promote creative & cultural exchange between regions. The art exhibition will feature some of the finest examples of underground graffiti & street art, as well some BIG names… did someone say Banksy?

In addition to the opening night, the works will be presented to the British Arts Council of South Africa. The exhibition will run for one month, with all the prints being up for sale. The line up of local DJs will uphold the UK theme with some of the finest hip-hop, beat, dubstep & grime around!

Be apart of history as SA & the UK forge a creative bond that will set the stage for future projects! Supporting sponsor New Balance will display some of its finest premium UK made sneakers, exclusively available at Shelflife.

Make sure to not miss this exciting new project.

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AFRICA \\ Wide Open Walls 2011 Reflections

Reflections on the 2011 Wide Open Walls project from some of those involved:

(All images by Jonx Pillemer, except where noted).

Freddy Sam

pic by Sydelle Willow Smith:

Freddy Sam (Artist, South Africa / Curator)
The idea that art can effect positive change is a sensitive one, in my heart it is right, but responsible action is the key word here. I think we carried this out not only with glowing open hearts and full belief, but also viewed this with complex and analytical thought during and after the project, we are left with an experience that will effect us and the villages for life, a moment that we will share forever and that I know we will continue to build on with the input of the communities. The project has also given me so many insights that I will carry through into my community art projects back home in South Africa. It was inspiring to witness artists dancing in their work, to allow their environment to affect them and to release this energy with love into the walls, conversations and moments shared, with real interest and support in what they are doing from the community. A visual song, a dialogue, a true cultural exchange.

Freddy Sam

Know Hope (Artist, Israel)
Painting in the villages was different from painting in a city because I actually met and got to know the people on whose wall I was painting on, which is usually not the case. One thing that I think wasn’t new, but definitely amplified and more present, was the direct interaction, impact and transformation (I only use this word for the lack of finding a more precise one) that the work had on the village. It became a happening-as, for, by and with the community.

Know Hope

Know Hope

TIKA (Artist, Switzerland)
At first, the fact of me being invited to come and paint in a rural village, where the roads are made of red, bouncy soil, water has to be pumped and electricity is not yet for everyone, roused a lot of questions… Does the village life in it’s humble, present way, need to be changed? Should these villages really become a tourist attraction? Shouldn’t it be the people from the villages themselves painting their compounds? But then, very soon, I realised that the Internet has already reached and Toubabs (white tourists) have already been throwing minthies (sweets) from their vans to the kids.

So, my conclusion is that it’s better to have a bunch of artist like us to come, with all our concerns, wanting to do good and beautiful and our, maybe naive, belief of sharing friendship, art and thoughts to give the circle of change a twist in the direction where humans treat each other respectfully and equal despite gender, race or social background.

TIKA

TIKA

Remed (Artist, Spain)
It is completely different painting here to painting in Europe. In the west a spray-can often represents a tool of vandalism, here I really feel welcome. I feel free. There is a great sense of support towards your art, a really strong sense of peace and unity, everything is flowing so easily. I think public street art can affect positive change as it alters the environment in a good way if it spreads a positive message in direct combat to advertising billboards for example.

Remed

Remed

Njogu (Artist: Bushdwellers)
Wide Open Walls is a democratic and interactive street art project bringing artist of the world to celebrate through art, all good things in life, environmental awareness, peace, love and respect for our cultural values. For me as a Gambian artist it is inspirational to work alongside and share with our international friends that make the long journey to experience Africa. The community spirit will stay alive through such projects. Africa and the world unite!

Bushdwellers

Selah (Artist, South Africa)
My art is entirely relational and contextual. As a process it starts with a conversation and in practice is realised literally as a publication on the wall. This process was very closely aligned to the values of the family heads and chiefs with whom I spoke – in terms of the power of conversation, negotiation, listening – and was therefore received with enthusiasm and joy. My texts were always already present within the thought and values of these Gambians with whom I shared so much tea – and had then only to be illuminated on their homes.

Selah

Selah

Rowan Pybus (Film-maker / Photographer)
I have been working with street artists in communities for a few years now in South Africa and often we don’t have enough time to understand our surroundings. WOW allows for more interaction, more conversation, and in the end more of a connection with the community. It’s about sharing. With the film I am hoping to show off the mixing of two worlds and the peace that came from it.

ROA by Rowan Pybus:

pic by Rowan Pybus:

Jonx Pillemer (Photographer)
Cool, and unique project. [I’m] very interested in watching this grow over the years, and [it’s] fantastic to have been part of it.

Sydelle Willow Smith (Anthropologist/Photographer)
I am always quite sceptacle of development projects coming into an area and deciding what is best for the communities living there, I have seen them fail far to often back home in South Africa. I like the fact that art creates a subtle, malleable platform that bridges boundaries allowing for conversations between communities and outsiders to stand as equals engaging, voicing their concerns, through a “universal” language to some degree. WOW is in its beginning stages and needs some ironing out in terms of this dialectic, but I believe it is off to a strong and worthy start and [I] look forward to what the future holds.

pic by Sydelle Willow Smith:

ROA by Sydelle Willow Smith:

James English (Artist: Bushdwellers / Founder of WOW)
The Ballabu Conservation Project is an 85 square kilometer area, encompassing 14 villages with roughly 100,000 people living within the area. The Ballabu was created to bring unity to the community, to encourage sustainability and conservation and to keep traditional rural lifestyles in place. I believe that the Wide Open Walls project can help stop the Rural Urban Drift, where the young people of the rural communities leave the family structure and go to the cities, which leads to the death of traditional practices and culture. By giving the young people of these villages something to be proud of they are more willing to stay and keep the traditions of the village alive. The Eden Project in the UK has given the Ballabu a full time exhibit in the Tropical Biome, which is seen by over one million people a year.

Bushdwellers

Bushdwellers

Lawrence Williams (Artist: Bushdwellers / Founder of WOW)
The most inspiring thing for me this year was how easily all of the artists adapted to, and became part of the community. I know there was some initial questions from the artists, as to why they were here and how were they going to be received in rural Africa. On the first day we brought together the heads of the 14 villages to meet the artists, so that they could give their blessing for this years WOW to take place. One of the chiefs said it best – ‘Don’t be in two minds. You are welcome in our villages’. By the end of the project there was a real sense of community built between the artists and the villagers, with friendships created and barriers broken down so that everyone was on the same level.

pic by Rowan Pybus:

AFRICA \\ Wide Open Walls 2011 Overview

The 2nd annual Wide Open Walls project took place from 3-17 June 2011. There was an amazing artist line-up this year and it featured some of the best artists from around the world. There was also more concern with the interaction with local communities as the project is hoping to grow in this regard. South African photographers, one also being an anthropologist, accompanied the artists as they ventured through Senegal and into the heart of The Gambia. This was a heart, soul and mind-opening adventure for all that took part.

All photos by Jonx Pillemer, except where stated.

Remed

Best Ever

Freddy Sam

Know Hope

Roa

Wide Open Walls 2011 Press Release

Wide Open Walls was founded by Lawrence Williams, one of the owners of Makasutu, a conservation project home to a set of magnificent river lodges at Mandina in The Gambia, West Africa. Lawrence, a keen artist, has been working with local artists on a project called Bushdwellers for a number of years and has always wanted to expand the project into something more, something lasting that could both function as a valid art installation in itself and at the same time promote The Gambia as a tourist destination. The basic idea was to turn villages in the area (falling under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into a living art project. This year saw the first time collaboration between Wide Open Walls and Write On Africa, a South African based organisation founded by Ricky Lee Gordon (a.k.a Freddy Sam). “Write On Africa” is a community art project based in Cape Town, South Africa. Its main focus is to encourage inspiration and urban rejuvenation through special events, initiatives and art in public space to “inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change”.

Best Ever

ROA

TIKA

Working with the community

WOW 2011 street artists were selected not only for their suitable styles but also for their approach and attitude towards making and sharing art. The line-up included Bushdwellers (The Gambia), ROA (Belgium), Know Hope (Israel), Remed (Madrid), TIKA (Switzerland), Freddy Sam (SA), Selah (SA), and Best Ever (UK). The immediate goals of the project were to create connections between the street artists and the communities through mural painting, art workshops and extended interventions. Art supplies were provided for children of various villages, and a dilapidated classroom was refurbished by Freddy Sam and community members, creating a colourful space for children to use as a crèche and a classroom. South African photographer, Jonx Pillemer and film-maker Rowan Pybus were there to capture the two week long project, spending ample time with community members and the street artists reflecting on the interactions and friendships formed during the collaborative creative processes. The 10-minute documentary will be released online in August. Rowan will then continue to document the project year by year with the intention of releasing a full length, in depth documentary.

Research was conducted utilizing ethnographic methods compiled by anthropology student, film-maker/photographer, Sydelle Willow Smith. She conducted a variety of interviews with community members, organisers and street artists. This research will aid the preliminary stages of the next Wide Open Walls project, serving archival purposes, as well as ensuring that direct collaboration between the community and the project is ensured throughout the process. We hope this information will then inspire more like-minded projects around the world.

Know Hope

Know Hope

Selah

Best Ever

Know Hope & Bushdwellers

ROA

Long term this project also seeks to raise funds for the village through the publication of a book. We will also aim to create an exhibition/fundraiser and sell photographs of the artwork to raise funds which will be distributed through the local NGO (the Ballabu Conservation Project) that has been set up by James English of Makasutu Cultural Forest in conjunction with all 14 chiefs of Ballabu. The project also aims to sustain an ethos of responsible tourism and it has been suggested that tourists, who want to visit the murals, will have to make a donation to the trust and will be expected to immerse themselves in the villages they visit through forms of cross cultural exchange to ensure that a sense of a “drive-by human zoo” is not created.

With the input of several key members from villages we have now begun the initial stage of designing a more in-depth cultural exchange program that will include local artists and allow for a greater dialogue. We are also investigating residency opportunities to allow for artists, writers, musicians, poets and researchers to stay within the villages and contribute their time and work in the form of teaching and skill sharing, working alongside their local Gambian counterparts, ensuring that as WOW grows so does the structure that keeps it in place.

ROA

Working with the community

Freddy Sam in collaboration with Selah, Know Hope and the children of Galloya village, pic by Rowan Pybus

Remed, pic by Sydelle Willow Smith

Bushdwellers

Selah

In conclusion we are very aware of the sensitive nature of this project and how our imprint and intervention can affect the village. As one of the chiefs said, “they will come to see the art and will find our ethos and way of life and want to learn from us”. This exchange of knowledge and practice is something that WOW plans to continually engage with, learning and growing along the way. A popular saying we heard in the villages of The Gambia sums it all up quite succinctly, simply put that it is “nice to be nice.”

ROA

Connecting with the community

TIKA

Remed

Best Ever & Selah

Freddy Sam

ROA, pic by Sydelle Willow Smith

For artists travel blogs please visit http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za/ and for more information or images contact Ricky Lee Gordon (curator) directly at rickylee@writeonafrica.com

Please also visit and support the Wide Open Walls Facebook page where you will find updated news and images. The 2011 documentary film by Rowan Pybus is scheduled for online release in August.

The next date for Wide Open Walls has not been set allowing for sufficient time to rebuild a strong foundation and sustainable program together with the input of the villages.

PICS \\ Durban Graffiti Jams

Sydney Road in Durban is a popular place for the local graffiti scene. The walls have seen a few graffiti jams over the past few months. Here are some pics from the latest jam which took place over the weekend. Writers were asked to put up another name other than their actual graffiti name.

>> VIEW THE COMPLETED PIECES HERE


And below are pics from the 100 Plus jam which took place earlier this year:
Click NEXT to cycle through the images…

Thanks to Kirsty @ Step Up for the images.

AFRICA \\ Wide Open Walls 2011

Wide Open Walls 2011 is upon us. This year the project is curated by South Africa’s Freddy Sam who runs the Write On Africa initiative.

Artist line-up:
- Roa (Belgium)
- Tika (Switzerland)
- Know Hope (Israel)
- Best Ever (UK)
- Remed (Spain)
- BushDwellers (The Gambia)
- Freddy Sam (SA)
- Selah (SA)
- Jonx (SA - Photographer)
- Rowan(SA - Video/Film)
- Sydelle (SA - Anthropologist)

Follow the project:
http://wideopenwalls.withtank.com/ and on Facebook

Read more about the 2010 project HERE.

VIDEO \\ Graffiti Fine Art?

What is Graffiti? What is Fine Art?
This is ‘Graffiti Fine Art’…

Graffiti Fine Art - Official Extended Preview from Jared Levy on Vimeo.

Trailer for an upcoming documentary film about graffiti and its place in the world of art. 65 artists from 13 countries took part in the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum in São Paulo, Brazil.
Directed by Jared Levy.

Africa Day - Graffiti in Africa

Today is Africa Day
We thought we’d share a piece that was painted a few years ago:

Ryza

Check out our Graffiti Africa Gallery for graffiti and street art in other African countries.

Many well-known international artists have visited the continent:

>> Banksy

>> C215

>> Chas (Loveletters Crew)

>> Jace

>> JR

>> Zéh Palito

>> Zoo Project

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/rest-of-africa/

EVENT \\ Upcoming Exhibitions in Joburg & Pretoria

5 May 2011 - Overhead Sketch Battles

Artists battle it out against each other on overhead projectors. Starting this Thursday.

Venue: Grayscale Store & Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

>> MORE INFO


7 May 2011 - Hybrid Graffiti Exhibition

Artists exhibiting:
- Rasty
- Angel
- Snatch
- Jimmy More
- Irene Loureiro Gowa (Spain)

Venue: St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Shows runs until 31 May 2011.)

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EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Back To The City 2011 - Completed Pieces

The annual Back To The City Festival took place a few days ago. Here are some pics of the graffiti pieces that were painted:

Hades, Jokr, Tower, What

Mak1one, El Nino aka Sex (Spain), Falko, Gogga

T-Mac, Kef1, Smak, Fumez

Kanz, Snot, Mozi

Nomad, Lunar

Pork, Nuke, Mesar

Monk, Cre8, Las1, Reap, Dyne, Anser, Syk

Toys, Beva, Tone, Bongz, Drake, Erase, Spotz

Ryza (Heal)

AOS

Psalm1

EVENT \\ Upcoming Exhibitions in Cape Town

TONIGHT (15 April 2011)

More info

NEXT WEEK

An exhibition of new works by /A Word Of Art artists in residence Indigo (Canada) and David Shillinglaw (UK).

More info

AFRICA \\ Wide Open Walls 2010

Wide Open Walls, an Art Safari, is a new annual arts project that takes place in The Gambia. Seven artists took part in 2010 where they painted villages such as Kubuneh in the Makasutu Culture Forest over two weeks.

All photo’s by Ian Cox of WallKandy

Read an interview with Eelus, one of the artists and curator of the project, HERE

>> Follow the Wide Open Walls Project here

Check out the video below: