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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.

AFRICA \\

In 2011 a group of Street Artists united in Gambia with the basic idea to turn villages in the area (falling under the Ballabu Conservation Project) into a living art project. This video shows the magic and beauty of Gambia, its people and Art.

Founded by Lawrence Williams & James English (http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za)

Featured Artists:

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.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: In To You

IN TO YOU is an exhibition by Yumanizumu (Tokyo, Japan) featuring drawings, sculptures, paintings and installations made during the artists 2 month residency with /A WORD OF ART.

The show launches tomorrow night with guest DJs and an installation by new artist in residence, Veronica Casellas Jimenez (Venezuela).

Where: /A WORD OF ART, 66-68 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: 3 November 2011, 8pm

>> RSVP on Facebook

Be sure to check out the artists travel blogs…
http://www.awoa-residency-yumanizumu.blogspot.com/
and
http://www.awoa-residency-casellasjimenez.tumblr.com/

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.

AFRICA \\ Upcoming Graffiti Events in Egypt

From Here To Fame Publishing present two upcoming events in Egypt to promote their recently published book, Arabic Graffiti.


20 October – Alexandria, Egypt

  • Arabic Graffiti – book and project presentation by the Don STONE Karl
  • Street Art & the Revolution – lecture by Mohamed Gaber
    >> @ Goethe Institute Alexandria

22 October – Cairo, Egypt

  • Arabic Graffiti – book and project presentation by the Don STONE Karl
  • Street Art & the Revolution – lecture by Mohamed Gaber
    >> @ The Townhouse Gallery

For further information please contact:

From Here To Fame Publishing
Inga Dehl | Sales & Marketing
Tel: 0049-(0)30-21021 86-70 | Fax: 0049-(0)30-21021 86-77
Marienburgerstr. 16 A | 10405 Berlin / Germany
email: inga@fhtf.de
www.fromheretofame.com

Be sure to check out their publication of South African artist Faith47.

EVENT \\ A Load Off - Graffiti Competition

After all the turmoil that took place in Sydney Road, Durban with the 031 Seven, a local business - F.A.T.S - plan to host a graffiti jam on their premises with a R10,000 prize plus public wall space up for grabs.

The allocated space is a red brick wall 258m², which will divided into 11 equally sized sections. Each section of wall will measure approximately 24m² (8m wide x 3m high) and shall be allocated to an individual artist to decorate to their heart’s delight.

The guidelines given to each artist will be as follows:

  • Each artist to do their interpretation of the F.A.T.S logo (size to be 1.8m high x 1.4m wide)
  • Each artist to do company logo of a section sponsor (size to be 1m high x 1.4m wide)
  • The theme of the whole wall is transport and world maps (trucks, aeroplanes, trains, containers, cranes, ships, atlas etc)

Event details:

Where: 180 Sydney Rd, Congella, Durban

When: Saturday 5 November 2011

Further info contact john@fats.co.za

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 \\ Grayscale meets… part 2

TK Crew

8 October
10am-5pm
33 De Korte St, Braamfontein, Jhb
Free entrance

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Broadcasts

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

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

>> RSVP on Facebook

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.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Bored

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Asha Zero

ASHA ZERO: MICRO CLUSTER PICNIC - SOLO EXHIBITION

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


Safari Tronn 2011
Acrylic on board
150x120cm

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

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

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

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


Mugshot of the artist

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT \\ uShaka Body Art & Chalk Drawing Competition


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

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

>> MORE PHOTOS HERE AND HERE

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

NEWS \\ Stick Up at Memorial Jam

A graffiti jam that took place in Durban yesterday took a turn for the worse when seven people were arrested on charges relating to vandalism. The event was created to pay tribute to a deceased friend and was held at a location where several graffiti jams have taken place over the last few years.

Read what the press had to say:

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Citizen Online

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Mercury Online

PUMA X SHELFLIFE SNEAKER LAUNCH

PUMA and SHELFLIFE, Cape Town’s premium street-wear and graffiti supply store, have joined forces once again. The two have collaborated to create their first range of mens and ladies sneakers, a first for an independent retailer in South African history. The collection will be released worldwide on the 8th of August 2011. The featured release is the “Train Runner”. This sneaker is inspired by the bold yellow & grey South African metro trains that are notoriously dangerous for many reasons. These are a must for art fanatics and sneaker collectors alike.

LAUNCH-PARTY ENTRY COMPETITION

To stand a chance to win a ticket to the PUMA X SHELFLIFE
sneaker launch party, all you have to do is submit any picture of
a South African train. It can be anything from the insides to the
outside and does not have to include graffiti. Best photos win.

Competition winners will be announced daily on the SHELFLIFE facebook
group and the PUMA X SHELFLIFE Sneaker Release Page.

Pictures can be submitted to: pumaxshelflife@shelflife.co.za
Remember to include your name and details.
Good hunting!

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Gogga

EVENT \\ Life Check 2011

Life Check is a Durban based non-profit Hip Hop events organisation. Using the resources provided by various funding groups and the continued support provided by Redbull SA Culture department, a platform has been created for Durban youth to express themselves through Hip Hop culture and related performance styles.

Originally Life Check was a gathering of youth from the Durban metro every first Saturday of the month at The BAT Centre, located in the city Yacht Basin. This event would run for approximately 5 hour as people expressed themselves through rapping, dancing, poetry and music in a safe and controlled environment. Today the organisation has moved the event away from one dedicated venue and given it more flexibility to control ’satellite’ events. These ’satellite’ events are located wherever an existing scene is in evidence. “Life Check attempts to provide a boost in the form of a daytime free Hip Hop Open Mic concert featuring guest artists from outside of the location, as well as heads from within the scene itself.”

READ MORE ABOUT LIFE CHECK HERE

Ewok Interview about Life Check from Rory Jacobs on Vimeo.

Life Check Battle Of The Year events happening in Durban, South Africa in August 2011

Schedule

Tuesday, 2 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Wednesday, 3 August
Slaghuis King of the Street Rap
Unit 11
8pm
FREE

Thursday, 4 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Friday, 5 August
Cipher
The Terminal
1pm
Dance Workshops (in association with STR CRD)
Unit 11
12pm & 2pm
FREE

Classics party in association with The Chief Rockers
Unit 11
9pm
R40

Saturday, 6 August
Life Check All Elements Battle 2011 (in association with ADIDAS & Sportscene)
Curry’s Fountain
Registration 9am - Battle commences 11am (1-on-1 battles)
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place
MC, BBOY, GRAFFITI, DJ, BEATBOX, PRODUCTION, KRUMP
Guest Performers
FREE

>> RSVP on Facebook

Life Check All Elements Battle 2010 from Karen Logan on Vimeo.

>> http://www.lifecheckydi.com/

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

NEWS \\ Wide Open Walls 2011

Read all about Wide Open Walls 2011 in our Rest of Africa section. The project took place earlier this month in The Gambia and featured some great artists from all around the world.

CONTINUE READING

All photos by Jonx Pillimer, except where stated.

Best Ever (UK)

TIKA (Switzerland)

Bushdwellers (The Gambia)

ROA (Belgium)

Remed (Spain)

Selah (South Africa)

Know Hope (Israel)

Freddy Sam (South Africa), pic by Sydelle Willow Smith

>> WIDE OPEN WALLS 2011 OVERVIEW

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Victim of Art

Victim of Art, “the official opening exhibition and pre-party for Courage Party.
This wild event will be consisting of live graffiti by SAIKAD, with new art pieces on sale from Durban artists SPOOK, FORGIVEN and PASTEL HEART”.

Friday June 24, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Corner Cafe, corner Brand and Cromwell Road, Glenwood.
R40 + free entrance to the Courage Party at the Willowvale Hotel.

The exhibition will run from the 18th of June 2011 and will run for 3 weeks.

>> RSVP on Facebook

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.

PICS \\ Overhead Sketch Battles - Roundup

The Overhead Sketch Battles came to an end last week Thursday. The final was the closest battle yet as it came down to the very last vote. Here are some pics to roundup the whole event:

Round 1

Rekzo:

AE:
(* pic below by Rasty)

Myza420:

Ben:

Mr Alpha:

Rowan Toselli:

Breeze:

Kevin Love:

Semi-finals

Rekzo vs. Ben:

Mr Alpha vs. Breeze:

3rd & 4th Place

Rekzo vs. Mr Alpha:

Final

Ben vs. Breeze:




Congratulations to Breeze who won the first Overhead Sketch Battle.


All pictures courtesy of

http://www.pndwind.blogspot.com/

(except *)

PICS \\ My Culture Resurrection Jam 2011

We finally received some pics from the graffiti battle which took place at last weekends My Culture Resurrection Jam…

Muro (1st Place):

Kanz (2nd Place):

What (3rd Place):

Anser:

Drake:

Fumes:

Jestr:

Kuts:

Luna:

Monk:

Mozi:

Nake:

Pork:

Tone:

Toys:

PICS \\ Overhead Sketch Battles: Round 1

The first rounds of Grayscale’s Overhead Sketch Battles took place on the 5th and 12th of May 2011. Check out the pics of the artists at work:

All pics courtesy of Rasty.

The onlookers were asked to vote for a winner of each battle and the winners progressed to the next round.

The semi-finals take place this Thursday, May 19:

  • Rekzo vs. Ben
  • Mr. Alpha vs. Breeze

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: “Moniker” by Orda

Moniker”, a solo exhibition by Kilmany-Jo Liversage aka Orda features portraits of well-known street artists. Large, colourful, street art-inspired paintings made with traditional aerosol sprays ‘to create works that redefine identities as a mark of contemporary life’.

Venue: Worldart Gallery, 54 Church Street, Cape Town CBD
Date: 7 - 29 May 2011

>> MORE INFO

>> RSVP

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.)

>> MORE INFO

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

EVENT \\ Back To The City 2011

Only two weeks until Joburg’s biggest Hip Hop event - The Back To The City Freedom Day Festival. In its 5th year running the event will take place on Freedom Day (27 April 2011) and will feature over 30 MC’s, DJ’s, B-boys, Beatbox and skateboard competitions, and of course the graffiti pillars.

Taking place by Ritual Stores in Newtown (cnr. Bree and Henry Nxumalo) from 9.30am til 11pm. R60 gets you in. RSVP here.

More info:
http://www.backtothecity.co.za/
http://www.backtothecitysa.blogspot.com/

WOA in Cape Town

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
    http://awoa-residency.blogspot.com/

  • Tika (Switzerland/Berlin/Rio)
    Jan 2011 to March 2011
    http://awoa-residency-tika.blogspot.com/

  • Peter Aerschman (Switzerland)
    Jan 2011 -March 2011
    http://awoa-residency-peter.blogspot.com/

  • BoaMistura (Madrid, Spain) :
    March - April 2011
    http://awoa-residency-boamistura.blogspot.com/

Watch a video of BoaMistura in Cape Town

New Artists in Residency (April 2011):

  • Indi Go (Canada)
    http://indigoestocapetown.wordpress.com/

  • David Shillinglaw (UK)
    http://awoa-residency-davidshillinglaw.blogspot.com/

And South African artist Senyol is set to visit Finland.
http://awoa-residency-paulsenyol.blogspot.com/

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:

View pictures of the murals HERE and see them in real life HERE.

Write On Africa

Write On Africa are all about social change and they are helping out all over Africa.

More:

http://www.a-word-of-art.co.za/
http://www.writeonafrica.org/
http://www.i-art-sa-project.com/

EVENT \\ City Of Gold Urban Art Festival

Grayscale presents “City of Gold” Urban Art Festival in Johannesburg. A week dedicated to celebrating graffiti at various locations around the city.

The event takes place from 7-13 March 2011 with film screenings, exhibitions, street murals and the Just Writing My Name graffiti jam.

Featuring international artists:
- Terrible T-Kid 170 (TNB crew, New York)
- Ske ( TNB, FX crews, New York)
- Lazoo (MAC crew, Paris)
- Smash137 (Montana Writer Team, Basel)
- Kine (TNB, NK crews, Bremen).