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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

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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 \\ 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: 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 \\ Online Exhibition: The Darling Made Me Do It

The concept of Splitpiece is to join photographs of artworks that have been created on different walls, forming one whole picture that has diverse backgrounds. The theory behind this concept, created by Falko, is to create unity. This is a unique idea and Falko has been creating more exciting murals with Nard in the small town of Darling.

New murals will be revealed on his Flickr photostream this week. All the murals are in one residential street - Akkerboom Laan - and form a living gallery like no other.

Watch videos of previous Splitpiece projects here

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/

NEWS \\ Mirror On The Wall launches

The online exhibition, Mirror On The Wall, has launched today…

The exhibition is a showcase of new murals done in Philipi, Cape town by Falko and Nard over the last 30 days.

>> View the artworks here

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Gogga

NEWS \\ Online Exhibition: Mirror On The Wall

Mirror On The Wall is an online exhibition of new murals by Falko and Nard.

Launches on 3 August 2011 at 13h00 (GMT) HERE

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.

>> MORE INFO

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

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

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