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PICS \\ I Art Joburg: Main Murals

Pictures of the main walls painted at I ART JOBURG

An exhibition, which features all the artists that participated, is currently being held at AREA3, 20 Kruger Street in the Maboneng Precinct. It will run for two months before it moves to Cape Town in 2013.

EVENT \\ I Art Joburg

After the success of the I ART WOODSTOCK and I ART SOWETO community art projects held last year, adidas Originals brings you I ART JOBURG. This September, five world-renowned artists will paint six large scale murals in the Maboneng Precinct, East Johannesburg.

  • Remed

Madrid local Remed has mural artworks scattered across the world, which combine strikingly bold colours with strong lines and a raw African-inspired cubism.

  • Steve ‘Espo’ Powers

Along with sign-writing connoisseurs the Icy Sign Team, they will paint two murals in true Espo-typographic-style.

  • Roa

Famous for his obsession with painting animals, the unveiling of the mural by Roa from Belgium is eagerly anticipated.

  • Martha Cooper

Best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene, legendary street culture photographer Martha Cooper will be documenting the I ART JOBURG community art project.

  • Cameron Platter

Durban-based fine artist Cameron Platter will be making the transition from exclusive gallery space to inclusive community space.

  • Falko

Cape Town-based graffiti artist Falko is not only admired for his style, but also for establishing graffiti as a credible art form in South Africa.

The painting has commenced, starting off with a Remed mural, and we cannot wait to see the results. There will also be I ART JOBURG Talks and screenings of the documentary “Love Letter To You” by Steve ‘Espo’ Powers during STR/CRD/12 which takes place at the end of the month. Both are free to the public, but there is limited space.

Guided I ART JOBURG Walks will be curated by Ricky Lee Gordon a.k.a Freddy Sam of /A WORD OF ART in October and an exhibition of Martha Cooper’s photo documentary of the mural art project will be held in the Maboneng Precinct, open for two months before moving to Cape Town.

Plascon are the official paint supplier to adidas Originals I ART JOBURG community art project and have donated 400 litres of paint towards the project.

>> Visit www.i-art-joburg.com and follow on Twitter

Yumanizumu (Japan) in South Africa

Another international artist to visit South Africa recently was Japanese artist Yumanizumu from Tokyo. As part of the /A Word Of Art Artist Residence programme, he painted and exhibited in both Cape Town and Johannesburg from September to November 2011. Highlights included the Paste Street Exhibition, the I Art Soweto project, as well as his solo exhibition “In To You”.

Read more about his trip and exhibition HERE and be sure to check out his blog documenting his stay: http://www.awoa-residency-yumanizumu.blogspot.com/

>> http://www.yumanizumu.jp/

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

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

PICS \\ Worldly Woodstock Walls

Below are new photographs of the murals in Woodstock, Cape Town. Some were painted recently for the I Art SA community mural project and some by international artists as part of the /A Word of Art residency programme.

Artists that feature are:
- Freddy Sam
- David Shillinglaw (UK)
- Boamistura (Spain)
- Andrew Breitenberg
- Faith47
- Tika (Switzerland)
- Bison
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzayiya
- Xanele
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Indigo (Canada)
- Dal
- Rasty

All photos courtesy of Derek Smith.

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/