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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/

EVENT \\ Langa Quarter Street Art & Graffiti Contest

Creative Nestlings invites you to partake in the inaugural annual public art competition, using the power of public art to add life to nondescript parts of the city. They are looking for the best artists to assist in the transformation of the Langa Quarter located in the geographic centre of Cape Town.

The artists will all be required to paint a section of the wall outside Langa Stadium, and the best artwork will be awarded a grand prize. Only 17 artists will be chosen by the curatorial panel - the whole wall will be divided into 17 pieces. Artists are free to apply as a collective or as an individual.

All participants will be given a 2m X 8m sized panel of wall to paint on, limited amount of spray paint, 3 days to finish the artwork.

The process:

  • Painting to take place weekends of 14- 16 or 20-23 December (however alternative dates can be negotiated)
  • All paintings done before the 24th December
  • Final Judging takes place and winner announced on the 24th December
  • Curatorial panel includes Creative Nestlings, Langa Quarter, Langa Stadium Forum members and representatives of Langa residents.
  • Final judging will be open to public vote, in the form of a ballot box at the stadium.
  • Prize R6000 in cash money + permission to paint another wall in Langa + 1 commissioned wall in Cape Town CBD.

To enter:

  • Submit a proposed sketch to: info@creativenestlings.com
  • Chosen participants will be informed.

>> MORE INFO

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 \\ Sins of Style - Insider Art

This Friday the 29th of November, Sins of Style will be hosting INSIDER ART, an exhibition of new and original artwork from Tyler B. Murphy, Lee Herbert, Warren Petersen, Wanjuschko Velimirov, Kaptain Cade and Irish James.

Enjoy a few drinks, a relaxed braai snack and check out the artwork on display.

There will be a collection of limited edition individual artist t-shirts for sale on the night.

22 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013, 3pm - Late…

Please email to let them know you’ll be joining.
sinsofstyletattoo@gmail.com

facebook.com/sinsofstyle
sinsofstyle.com

EVENT \\ Ho! Ho! Ho! Graff Jam

Caps & Cans will be holding a graffiti competition at the old sewerage farm in Kempton Park.

The theme will be Christmas - colours red, green, white etc.

Prizes by Caps & Cans and Redbull for best piece and best character.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Martha Cooper & Lady Aiko Showcase

World renowned graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, has been staying in Soweto for the past few weeks and will be holding a small showcase this weekend. She will be showcasing new work alongside fellow New Yorker, stencil artist, Lady Aiko, at the Kliptown Gallery. Martha Cooper was primarily in the country to continue working on her Soweto/Sowebo series.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Mars - From The Ground Up

Before Instagram and inner city gentrification there was Graffiti and with it came the mingling of exhaust and paint fumes, the scraping away of rot and unearthing urine-stained sidewalk weeds for the perfect spot. There was finding the best wall and owning it, but most of all burning the rest. This is graffiti and it all started from the ground up.

One of the themes we have been unpacking and repackaging, for the last year at Two by Two Art Studio, is how graffiti writers find their place in the art world and at what point do studio artists leave the white cube for the streets. MARS debut exhibition From The Ground Up takes graffiti from its very roots and plants it into a space that is both public and private. This is a show by a prolific graffiti writer with a graphic design background. Original artworks, small to large scale, are all reasonably priced allowing for any art enthusiast have a piece of the street for their own collection.

MARS has been painting walls, trains, alleyways, drains and anything else you can lay your eyes on for years. He is one of Joburg’s finest graffiti bombers and has, in recent years, taken his productions to a new level. His crew Demolition Squad has also recently claimed awards at the 2012 South African Hip hop Awards for Best Graffiti Crew and the best crew at the Newtown Back to the City Festival.

10 October 2013 until 24 October 2013

with DJ’s Left & Right and a graffiti tour with Past Experiences at 6PM.

>> 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: “K2CT” by ArielTWO3

Kota 2 Cape Town’ is a series of work by graphic artist ArielTWO3, exploring the urban energy and culture of South African cities – from Joburg to Cape Town. With a vision to “create something out of nothing” he uses mixed media and techniques to comprise a body of work. All materials are found objects scoured in the city made with a range of mediums – aerosol cans, acrylic, ink, pencil, koki – anything to make a mark on a surface. With an experiential story to tell, ArielTWO3 debuts at Made in Maboneng.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Dreams Close To Home

:: DREAMS CLOSE TO HOME ::

A PAINTING TOUR EXHIBITED BY SKUBALISTO, MR FUZZY SLIPPERZ AND KARABO MOOKI.

Dreams Close To Home’ is the title for a painting road trip and exhibition initiated by three friends and artists, co-sponsored by RVCA Artist Network Program. The conceptualisation and execution of the road trip was done by Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, Skubalisto and Karabo Mooki. All three of these individuals are full time artists in their own right - Fuzzy by title is a painter, illustrator and muralist, and Skuba falls under the same or similar category. Karabo Mooki is a photographer and documented the tour.

The trio decided to hit the road to explore and rediscover South Africa’s landscape through public art and service. They had all recently been travelling overseas interdependently and wanted to better understand home through their art and travels, thus ‘Dreams Close To Home’ was the perfect title for the tour. An artistic way to explore and investigate South Africa’s beautiful, and at times, unappreciated landscape and society. Skuba and Fuzzy are both Xhosa and have their heritage deeply rooted in the Western and Eastern Cape, so they decided to start the trip in Cape Town coming from Johannesburg, then heading off into Jefrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Transkei and lastly Johannesburg, which was a great way to stay true to the concept of the tours theme. The tour took roughly 15 days and was documented by the talented yet humble Karabo Mooki who grew up in Johannesburg.

Mr Fuzzy Slipperz became a brand ambassador for RVCA through their Artist Network Program and decided to collaborate with the great lifestyle brand which was excited to sponsor parts of the trip and exhibition. The artists believe that all things in life should come full circle so it was important to put together an exhibition showcasing all the work and documentation of the tour.

The show will take place on the 6th of September 2013 at the the Velo art cafe in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The attendees will be able to buy original photos, works, limited addition RVCA T-shirts and books all made by the artists.

You dont have to go too far from home to find life’s every day magical moments. South Africa is an amazing country, lets get to understand it and our selves by celebrating our surroundings through creativity that can be shared by all. The hills, seas, forests, small towns and big cities await your arrival.”

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Burning Museum

The Burning Museum (BM) is a collaborative arts collective rooted in Cape Town, South Africa. The space which we find ourselves in is one which has been scarred and seared by a historical trajectory of violent exclusions and silences. These histories form the foundation of an elusive and at times omnipotent democracy that occasionally reveals its muscle in the form of laws and by-laws in public space. It is from this historical climate and present context that the work of the Burning Museum engages with themes such as history, identity, space, and structures. We are interested in the seen and unseen, the stories that linger as ghosts on gentrified street corners; in opening up and reimagining space as potential avenues into the layers of history that are buried within, under, and between.

29 August 2013, 6pm
The Centre for African Studies Gallery, Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building, University of Cape Town.

>> RSVP on Facebook

All images have been sourced from the Van Kalker and Greshoff collections courtesy of the District Six Museum.

>> http://www.burningmuseum.wordpress.com/

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

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Rasty VS Veronika

A collaborative painting installation featuring two of Johannesburg’s most respected street artists. Painting in a wide variety of styles and mediums, these two prolific painters pay homage to the origins of “street art”. Blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces, as well as street art and contemporary fine art. This is one not to be missed.

Kalashnikovv Gallery
70 Juta Str, Braamfontein, Jhb
6pm for 6:30pm
Thursday 9th of May 2013

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Art Night at The Street

A live painting performance by Jo’burg artists Veronika, Rekso and Kevin Love.
The final artwork will be auctioned online.

Thursday 18 April 2013
@ The Street
135 Greenway Road, Greenside, Johannesburg

Bar and drinks available on the night.

>> MORE INFO

FRIDAY FEATURE #7: City of Gold Festival

The third annual City of Gold Urban Art Festival kicked off last Sunday with a bang! The launch was held at Grayscale Gallery featuring works by local artists and some of the international participants.

Pose (MSK Crew, USA) painted live at the launch alongside Kevin Love and Cureo. Unfortunately style master Revok (MSK) could not make it here to South Africa.

Pose, Love and Cureo:

Herakut (Germany) wall by Akut - Hera was sick and could not make it to the festival…

Solo One (UK) returned to Jo’burg for his second City of Gold.

Local artists Zesta, Mars, Bias and Rekzo:

Kid Kreol & Boogie (Reunion Island)

The film screenings take place tonight at The Bioscope, and the closing event is going down tomorrow at Alliance Français in Parkview.
RSVP here.

Mural locations:

  • Pose, Love, Cureo - Grayscale parking lot, Cnr. De Korte & Henry St. Braamfontein

  • Pose, Kid Kreol & Boogie - Cnr. De Korte & Eendracht St. Braamfontein

  • Solo One - Market Theater, Miriam Makeba St. Newtown

  • Herakut - Cnr. Commissioner & Miriam Makeba St. (Old Chinatown) Newtown

  • Zesta, Mars, Bias, Rekzo and Solo One - Cnr. Marshall & Philips St. Jeppestown

  • Kid Kreol & Boogie - Cnr. Op De Bergen & Corrie St. Troyeville

  • Love, Myza, Ekse - Cnr. Main & Browning St. Troyeville

  • Kid Kreol & Boogie, Love, Cureo, Ekse - Cnr. Matipa & Coka St. Soweto

>> http://www.cityofgold festival.co.za/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Transformative

Paul Senyol (Cape Town) & Wesley van Eeden (Durban)

Opening reception: April 11th, 7pm
Show runs: April 11th - May 25th, 2013

For the upcoming show titled ‘Transformative’, Paul Senyol and Wesley van Eeden explored the notions of reality and society in a constant stage of change. Van Eeden was taken by the idea of how something we do today will have a certain influence on the way we live tomorrow, next week, a month from now and for many years to come. Trying to grapple for a grasp on the present moment, we find ourselves in eternal stages of change. Senyol took a deeper look at the very fabric of his everyday life and those who orbit his existence as a starting point for working towards a final outcome. Senyol explored his surroundings within Woodstock allowing all aspects of its transformation from day to day to influence him.

There will be a limited edition ART PACK available - 20 units signed and numbered; includes an A2 print on archival paper, 16 page zine and a limited edition T-shirt. R600, contact the gallery if interested in purchasing one. Supported by RVCA.

>> MORE INFO

AFRICA \\ Arts For Change - Graffiti in Botswana

Arts For Change is “an initiative to empower youth to use their artistic talents as a means to develop their livelihoods.”

Last year, they hosted a graffiti event with South Africa’s Mak1one & Kasi along with some local graff artists:

Pics: ImageLounge

This week they will be hosting Jace, a graffiti artist from Reunion Island, known for his character ‘Gouzou’.

More info on their Facebook page

NEWS\\ City Of Gold: Artist Update

City Of Gold Urban Arts Festival 2013 is almost upon us and we can’t curb the excitement!

More featured artists have been announced recently:

  • Revok & Pose of MSK crew (USA),
  • Solo One (UK), coming back for a second time.

Herakut (Germany) and Kid Kréol & Boogie (Réunion Island) are also participating in the festival.

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

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 \\ Exhibition: Trees On Trial

Trees on Trial is an exhibition that explores the nature of the wildlife featured on our South African Rands since 1994. Many of the Big Five that served as unobtrusive mascots, free of judgment, during a time of great change in our country are under threat of extinction. They marked a significant and refreshing change from the outdated portrait of Jan Van Riebeeck, which is also reported to be a misplaced portrait of Bartholomeus Vermuyden. The recent introduction of the new currency featuring Nelson Mandela, has come at a time of a quickly diminishing rhino population and rising inflation amidst a struggling economy.

The spray paint on canvas artworks originated from a deeper look at the reasoning and political agendas behind what we often take for granted and oversee on South African currency past and present.

>> MORE INFO

NEWS\\ Jace in South Africa & Botswana

Alliance Française invites you to meet Jace, graffiti artist from Reunion Island:

Talk & demo

Friday 15 March, 2pm

at Alliance Française de Durban
22 Sutton Crescent
Morningside
Durban
Tel: 031 312 9582 / Fax: 031 312 2864

Free coffee & biscuits
RSVP before Thurs 14 at
culture.afdurban@alliance.org.za

Jace is a graffiti artist originally from Le Havre in northern France who has lived on Reunion Island since he was 9 years old. He created Gouzou, a humorous, faceless character who remains fearless under any climate, in any circumstance and any country. It is Jace’s passion for drawing and his dream of an underground lifestyle that prompted him to specialize in graffiti art. Fascinated by the idea of transforming advertising posters, he has exhibited his work in many countries around the world. Eager to protect his freedom of expression, he no longer wants to solely express himself through Gouzou, and we can expect surprises during his residency in Durban.”

Ntombenhle Mbongwe is studying at the KZNSA Durban Centre for Photography since last year, she’s a durbanite photographer and has been the winner of the Alliance Française Foundation photography competition in Kwazulu-Natal. She will follow Jace at every step of the residency and go to Reunion Island for the South African Season in France for the presentation of the work they’ve made together.”

Jace will give a talk about his trips all round the world - together with the character he created 20 years ago, Gouzou - and about his residency/tour in South Africa & Botswana.”

>> Download a PDF with all the tour info and workshop dates here: pdf_jace_eng.pdf

>> Or check out the Facebook event

And here’s Jace in Madagascar:

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/

EVENT \\ Doodle Bug

Doodle Bug, a new monthly art event, takes place tonight at It’s A House in Cape Town.

Come through for a communal drawing session, film screenings and sketch battle!

The damage is R30 and it starts at 6pm…

Brought to you by Zabalazaa.

All the info you need is over HERE.

NEWS \\ City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2013 announced

The 2013 edition of City of Gold Urban Art Festival is coming soon…

We are super excited after hearing the announcement of the first featured artist; Herakut from Germany.

Herakut - OneThirty3 from onethirty3 on Vimeo.

Herakut is the graffiti duo of Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehmann). Since meeting in 2004, they have exhibited their works worldwide and have a very distinct graffiti style, often working with various mediums on outside walls and in galleries (including sculpture). Most of their work is improvised as the two combine their different skills - Akut’s photo-realism and Hera’s spontaneous and almost ‘dirty’ means of painting - resulting in almost dreamlike paintings which grab the viewers attention.

Looking forward to seeing who else is going to grace Johannesburg with their art…

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

EVENT \\ Exhibition: AWOA Artist Talks 21 Feb

Freddy Sam will be talking about the awesome Acrylic Walls project which featured international artists Gaia (USA), Jaz (Argentina) and Know Hope (Israel).

Remed (Spain) is back in SA as part of the AWOA Art Residency. He was here for I Art Joburg last year and now we look forward to see his upcoming exhibition!

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.