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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 \\ JonOne x Hennessy

Hennessy’s VS series is back with a new artist collaboration. Having previously featured work by graffiti artists Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Futura and KAWS, among purveyors of other art disciplines, the brand proudly announced renowned urban artist JonOne for 2017…

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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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2017 Round-up: January to July


New Graffiti SA banner by Onlock

Almost two thirds of our way through calendar year 2017, here are some updates from the streets to the screens…

Give us a follow on Instagram for more frequent uploads of the South African graffiti and street art community.


Mr Ekse’s ‘JoVendorsBurg’ mural. Johannesburg, 2017. Photo: Cale Waddacor

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EVENT \\ ULTRA Langa

The Langa Quarter Street Art Competition is back for 2016, re-branded as ULTRA, the event has been ongoing through this week with pieces nearing completion…

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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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PICS \\ City of Gold Fest 2015 Overview

The 2015 City of Gold Urban Art Festival is done and dusted, and was one of the best yet! Big ups to Rasty & company, and all the sponsors, for pulling off a great graffiti event and putting South Africa on the world map once again…

>> READ MORE

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City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015

This years City of Gold Urban Art Festival kicks off off on the 4th of October in Johannesburg. In it’s milestone 5th edition, this graffiti and street art event will feature international contemporaries…

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Westdene Graffiti Project

The Westdene Graffiti Project is a community mural initiative within the suburb of Westdene, Johannesburg. Spawning from Clint Hill’s idea to art up the suburb, various residents have donated their walls to bidding graffiti artists through the I Love Westdene Facebook group, and with the help of infamous Jozi graffiti photographer, Derek Smith, who lives in the area…

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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.

>> READ MORE

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NEWS \\ FFSA Creative Workshop & Art Mural Project

During the week of October 6th, the Football Foundation of South Africa implemented the FFSA Creative Workshop & Art Mural Project in collaboration with international artist and photographer, Jared Aufrichtig. This week-long community art project took place at the Bet-El Mission Church in the township of Blompark, where Jared utilized his…

>> READ MORE

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PICS \\ FREEDUMB: A Graffiti Exhibition (Johannesburg)

Our first exhibition, Freedumb, took place for one-night-only at Assemblage Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg last week Thursday, October 30th. The exhibition was curated by Korean-based art organisation, Public Delivery and features a behind-the-scenes look at the processes and lifestyles of graffiti writers, mainly within Europe’s underground subway system.

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: FREEDUMB

Public Delivery in association with Graffiti South Africa presentFREEDUMB. 1 exhibition, 3 days, 6 continents.

An insider view of the underground graffiti culture in Europe. Featuring photographic work by Phil America and internationally acclaimed graffiti writers Taps & Moses™ and UTAH & ETHER.

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PICS \\ Exclusive Photos of Shepard Fairey Bottle Signing for Hennessy

Shepard Fairey, a.k.a OBEY Giant, was in Johannesburg this past weekend to promote his collaboration with Hennessy Cognac. Two exclusive events took place on Saturday - the bottle signing/meet-and-greet at Anti Est. in Braamfontein, and the launch party at Arts on Main that featured Shepard’s very own DJ set.

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EVENT \\ Shepard Fairey (OBEY) in South Africa, 20 September

This weekend, don’t miss the man himself - Shepard Fairey in Johannesburg!

Bottle signing (Day event):

All information on the flyer…

Launch party (Night event):

//PRIVATE FUNCTION - exclusive tickets up for grabs though:

Head on over to the Facebook page and WIN yourself some tickets…

WIN tickets to meet OBEY (Shepard Fairey in South Africa)

As mentioned last week, Hennessy will be bringing the infamous street artist Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY Giant) to Johannesburg this Saturday, 20 September.

Here’s your chance to win tickets to the bottle signing during the day or the launch event in the evening…

What’s up for grabs:

  • 2 x double tickets to the launch (Night @ Arts on Main, Maboneng)
  • 1 x ticket to the bottle signing (Day @ Anti. Est, Braamfontein)

Get your hands on the prize:

Name one of the values that Hennessy and Shepard Fairey share?

Terms & Conditions (GSA):

  • You MUST share our promotional post on Facebook.
  • Entrants must be able to attend the events this Saturday.
  • Entrants must be older than 18 years of age.
  • The prize is not exchangeable for cash or anything else.
  • Only the tickets are up for grabs, no Hennessy products.
  • Winners will be picked randomly.
  • More T’s & C’s on the Hennessy website.

Competition closes on Thurday 18 September.
Winners will be announced on Friday…

GOOD LUCK!

NEWS \\ Shepard Fairey a.k.a OBEY in South Africa for Hennessy

Iconic American street artist extraordinaire, Shepard Fairey (a.k.a OBEY), has recently designed a limited edition bottle for Hennessy Cognac - Hennessy Very Special by Shepard Fairey.

Hennessy has also invited Shepard Fairey to celebrate this release with a world tour that hits ten of the worlds most influential cities, including Johannesburg!

Fairey will create a mural in Maboneng Precinct in September 2014 with the objective of uplifting the local community with a thought-provoking visual.

More info about the creation of the bottle design:

“My inspiration in coming up with the art for this Limited Edition was really based on the legacy of Hennessy as a brand,” says Shepard Fairey of his Hennessy Very Special Label design. “To me, Hennessy has always been about quality, authenticity, tradition and elegance.”

The appreciation of Hennessy that Shepard Fairey possessed prior to being invited on this project provided him with a solid background to furthermore explore the brand’s history and savoir-faire.

Invited to Cognac to discover the full Hennessy experience, Fairey embarked on a journey to make his powerful art mesh with such a storied house. When creating his designs, Shepard Fairey wanted to use every possible surface available: “I like the idea of creating an intimate relationship with the owner of the Limited Edition bottle, for them to see my work and to see how every space is utilised from different perspectives: the top of the bottle, the neck, the label.”

The “star icon” mandala featured at the centre of the bottle represents Shepard Fairey’s search for completeness and self-unity, with its signature Obey icon standing as a tribute to his own design heritage: “I’ve always wanted to progress but also always keep a visual connection to some of the elements from my historic work, so that people can see that it has all been a progression of an idea and a style.” The colour scheme used on the label enhance the direct parallel between his signature stylings and Hennessy’s trademark aesthetics: “The great thing is that a lot of the colours and elements that I like to use in my work have been used at Hennessy: gold, black, cream, and red.”

Lifting key features from historic Hennessy designs as well as his own designs, the Very Special Limited Edition
by Shepard Fairey represents the artist’s unique interpretation of the perfect balance between tradition and innovation: “It was amazing for me to see how I could translate my art to the bottle, hopefully retaining the essence of what is beautiful and powerful about it, while bringing my own spirit to it as well.”

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 \\ Veronika in São Paulo, Brazil

Street artist, Veronika, has been getting busy outside of SA with recent trips to London and now São Paulo. Here’s what has gone down in Brazil’s graffiti capital thus far:

Images via Facebook

Excited to see what else comes from this trip, especially if there’s going to be a video.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Crossroad

Germany and South Africa cross paths as Dee One from Bremen and Roger Williams from Cape Town collaborate in a cross-media exhibition of their work. The two artists meet for the first time in Cape Town as they present their work at the Black Box Gallery, followed by the official VIP dinner and after-event at True Italic art cafe, with performances by DJ Azuhl, DJ Phax Mulder and VJ State of the Art. Opening night is on 3 April 2014 at the Black Box Gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, at 17:30.

CROSSROAD EXHIBITION CAPE TOWN 2014 from RogKreativ on Vimeo.

>> More info at www.crossroad2014.org

PICS \\ Recent Johannesburg Graffiti

New walls painted in Jo’burg throughout January 2014:

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

Pieces, left to right:
Rasty & Myza, Tapz & Tyke, Anser & Riot, Trips, Dekor & Tower, Bias, Tyke, Eron & Jers & Gasr, Tapz & Tyke & Spent (Angola), Mars, Fiya.

Freddy Sam’s Nelson Mandela tribute mural was also completed last month:

PICS \\ Recent Eastern Cape Graffiti

The Eastern Cape region of South Africa is not populated with many graffiti murals. Recently, however, there has been a slight growth of street art in and around the two main cities; Port Elizabeth and East London…

In:

Dr. Dosile (Australia):

Bake:

Photo by Bake

Bief 37:

Photo by Bief 37

Photo by Bief 37

Boda:

Photo by Boda

Photo by Boda

Photo by Boda

Mein:

Bake & Joke:

Joke & Na:

Migo:

Joff:

Photo by Joff

Photo by Joff

Joke:

Bief 37:

More pieces by Dr. Dosile, Bake and Nme:
(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)

All photos by Jono, except where noted.

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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 \\ 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

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/

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/

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:

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 \\ 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 \\ Live Exhibition: GATHER (Augustine Kofie & Paul Senyol)

GATHER

A two-man ‘live art’ show by Augustine Kofie (USA) and Paul Senyol (RSA)

12 - 27 October 2012
The Lovell Gallery
139 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

PRESS RELEASE

This October The Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection presents GATHER an exhibition by visual artists Augustine Kofie and Paul Senyol, whose works grace the streets and galleries of LA and Cape Town, respectively. GATHER will include works by the individual artists in their signature styles, collaborative works by Kofie and Senyol, as well as a true pièce de résistance, a historic racing Porsche 911, which will be transformed into an object of art inside the gallery from the 16th to the 19th Oct as part of this exhibition. This Art Porsche will then race in the endurance challenges of the International Springbok Series in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth starting in November this year.

Augustine Kofie (born 1973) is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles. He has exhibited extensively worldwide with seminal shows in New York, California, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The artist has been featured in Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Project Room and Studio Voice. Kofie is internationally renowned for his awe-inspiring technical skills, employed to create his unique abstract compositions, characterized by simple geometric shapes, exact lines and smooth colour – complex yet elegant and in a league of their own. He has just completed shows in London and Turin Italy, and is in Cape Town for three weeks only on a residency with The Lovell Gallery.

Paul Senyol (born 1980) has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic training. Graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee have all been major influences in his work, and in later years, the artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly. The absence of formal training has given the artist the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore a variety of genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allowing him a creative freedom that flows so evidently through his works. Senyol’s art lingers gracefully and intentionally between beauty and honesty and brings a surreal, yet abstract world into being. Geometry, line, shape, composition, typography, abstraction and colour form the key elements in his work. Senyol has exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and has shown in a number of exhibitions in Europe. He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, and is represented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.

Kofie and Senyol have both succeeded in developing their own unique abstract- and street- inspired artistic identities without any formal training. Process, balance, geometry, layering and typography are common elements, which link these artists’ works together. The pairing of Kofie and Senyol’s practice in GATHER results in a richly diverse visual dialogue and outcome, coexisting beautifully and harmoniously within the gallery space. GATHER further invites the viewer to be witness to the art-making process of two original contemporary street- and fine-artists in their own right. A world-class exhibition not to be missed!


Gallery hours: Tue – Fri 10am - 6pm; Sat 10am – 2pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact:

Brendon van Kraayenburg (Gallery Manager):
084 627 2951 / 021-447-5918

info@lovellgallery.co.za

or Tamzin Lovell Miller (Gallery Owner):
079 176 4292 / 021 447 5918

tamzin@lovellgallery.co.za

The conclusion of the exhibition will be celebrated on the 25th of October at 6.30pm where one can view the finished works…

>> www.lovellgallery.co.za

EVENT \\ Street Art Discussion

Street Art Discussion Forum

Wednesday 17 October 2012, 16:00 – 18:00
The Lovell Gallery, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock.

As part of the process toward drafting a Public Art Regulatory Framework, the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department, in partnership with the Lovell Gallery, will be hosting a public discussion that addresses the politics and practices around contemporary street art. This will be followed by a film screening of a street art documentary.

The discussion will be chaired by Zayd Minty; Manager of the City’s Arts and Culture Department. Panelists include: Farzanah Badsha (Creative Cape Town) and Roger van Wyk (Educentric cc) Augustine Kofie (international street artist), Ricky-Lee Gordon (Word of Art). The forum invites a discussion around cultural processes and practices of street art.

Grant Pascoe, the Mayoral Committee member for the Tourism, Events and Marketing Directorate has the following to say: “The City of Cape Town is committed to enabling creativity in our city. The World Design Capital 2014 accolade is evidence of our growing stature as a cultural capital. The promotion of Public Art, including Street Art, is critical to a city with aspirations to foster creativity. For this reason we are pleased to have brought this forum of artists, industry leaders and cultural practitioners to discuss Public Art. This forum is part of the City’s ongoing attempts to nurture local art and artists, to beautify and enliven city spaces and to create an enabling environment for public art”.

The following issues will also be tabled for public discussion: Street Art in the Social and Political life of the City, Street Art as Fine Art – addressing street art as visual culture and Public / Street Art Policies both nationally and internationally.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Nikita Campbell:
Nikita.Campbell@capetown.gov.za / 021 417 4095

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.

Ben Slow (UK) in Soweto - Anti-Apartheid Struggle Mural

British artist Ben Slow has painted a large mural of Ruth First in Nomzamo Park informal settlement in Orlando East, Soweto. Starting on National Heritage day (24 September), the 12 foot tall painting was completed in five days using ink and brush and spray paint.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Ruth First by a letter bomb in Mozambique. The spot where the painting is located is only a few kilometers from Kliptown where in 1955 the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People. This became the central document outlining a vision of an egalitarian and apartheid-free South Africa. Ruth First was in the drafting committee of the charter but could not attend because of her banning orders.

Commenting on the subject of his painting, Ben Slow said:

I am very interested in people who deserve to be immortalised and who have a direct link to where they are painted.”

It has been an incredible experience for me. The people here have been incredibly friendly and welcoming. Life must be difficult here. There are shacks in Nomzamo Park without basic amenities. No electricity. No running water.”

Gillian Slovo, novellist and playwright and Ruth First’s daughter, when asked for her comment about the painting replied:

How wonderful that this painting of Ruth, based on a photo which was her mother’s favourite, should be there amongst a community she cared so deeply about.”

Beauty Mlakalaka, the owner of the small house on which the painting appears, said “I think it is beautiful. Also people must know who this person was and what she did.”

Ruth First was a journalist, academic and a gifted and dedicated political activist. She authored several books including “117 days,” the account of her imprisonment under apartheid’s 90 day law, and “The Barrel of a Gun,” her book about coups in Africa. She also edited a number of books, including Nelson Mandela’s “No Easy Walk to Freedom.” She was married to Joe Slovo who became the Housing Minister in Mandela’s government.

On 17 August 1982, Ruth First was murdered by order of Craig Williamson, a major in the South African Police, when she opened a letter bomb made by Jerry Raven and sent to her university. The Truth and Reconciliation Committee granted amnesty to both Williamson and Raven.

This painting will form part of a film documentary on the anti-apartheid struggle currently being produced by Six Oranges, a London based documentary production unit.

All images and text by Six Oranges (c), with thanks.

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

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 \\ AWOA Artist Talk: 2 May 2012

The next /A Word Of Art Artist Talk takes place on May 2nd in Cape Town. The event starts at 6pm and features six international creatives namely Pascal Paquette, Bikes, Scott Sueme, Elicser Elliott, Jalani Morgan and Catherine J Howard.

For more info on the event and all the artists who will be speaking click HERE.

>> RSVP on facebook

PICS \\ City of Gold 2012: Main Murals

The two main murals painted at this years City of Gold Urban Art Festival:

Braamfontein mural:
Rekzo, Solo One (UK), HacOne, Toe, Okuda (Spain).

Jeppestown mural:
Atom (Germany), Case (Germany), Curio, Lazoo (France), Mak1one, Rasty, Tasso (Germany).

Above in Johannesburg

Above, a street artist who travels the world, recently painted a large sociopolitical mural in Johannesburg’s diamond district - a base for around 300 diamond traders. Known for his large-scale wordplay pieces, and his trademark ‘arrows’ (of course), he approached the owners of the wall with the intent to paint “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” in big letters. The owners of the wall swiftly agreed and left him alone to paint.

Above then added “and a man’s worst enemy” as a surprise for Jewel City, one of the biggest diamond exporters in the world with over R7-Billion worth of diamonds being exported every year. This daring move has been seen as “unfair” by the property owners but the main intention was to create awareness of blood diamonds in Africa, where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.

Read more about this HERE and HERE.
Also, check out what Above painted in Cape Town HERE.

EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Okuda (Spain) in Cape Town

Spanish artist Okuda is in South Africa and just finished his latest art work last night in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The mural was painted on a building that is now the home of Side Street Studios, a new space in the ever growing art district of Woodstock that will host 30 up and coming young artists mainly from the street art community.

Okuda will be in Johannesburg for the City of Gold Urban Art Festival that opens tomorrow. Last year he was also in Africa and painted in Mali.

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/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Commune / Communicate / Comment

Commune/Communicate/Comment is a collaborative exhibition with /A Word Of Art artists in residence Catherine J Howard (USA), Victoria Potter (Canada), and the residents of Percy Bartley House, a home for boys in need.

This pop-up exhibition is an exploration of community building and social awareness, engaging participants (both the students and event attendees) in a dialogue about interconnectedness, playful collaboration, and empathy.

Catherine has been having workshops at the home where she posed questions about our roles in our communities and our power to make positive changes. The boys illustrated their responses and Victoria photographed and interviewed them at work, finding out about their experiences within the project. The exhibition also aims to use colour and creative practice to inspire the youth and the artists in an active exchange and interaction.

The photographs taken during the workshops will be compiled into a limited edition photo book, alongside essays by both Catherine and Victoria. Books will be available for pre-order at the pop-up exhibition as well as online. 50% of the profits from sales of the Commune/Communicate/Comment photo book will be donated to Percy Bartley House to help the juvenile boys.

Check out a sneak peak of some of the works HERE.

When:
Saturday, 14 April (3pm - 6pm)

Where:
Percy Bartley House, 44 Pine Str off Victoria Ave
Woodstock, Cape Town

>> RSVP on Facebook

PICS \\ Beetle Street Art

Street art on VW Beetles in Cape Town by visiting German artists:

Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany) and Mymo (Germany)
Street Art VW Beetle by Miguel Lomott (Germany) and Mymo (Germany)

>> MORE STREET ART PICS

EVENT \\ City of Gold 2012 Exhibition and Opening

City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2012 opens this Sunday (15 April) at 4pm – 9pm at Afronova Gallery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The festival will kick off with an exhibition featuring local and international graffiti artists. This will be a chance for the public to meet the artists, and get a sneak peak as to what the week of collaborations will bring. The exhibition will be the first of its kind in South Africa, bringing together highly respected artists from around the world and pioneers of the local graffiti scene. Featuring a broad spectrum of artists and styles, audiences will experience the dynamic and versatile nature of this misunderstood art form.

The exhibition will be open to the public every day for the week of the festival (10am - 5pm) closing with a walkabout on Saturday 21 April at 12 Noon.

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

EVENT \\ AWOA Artist Talk

/A WORD OF ART is proud to present their second artist talk. The talk will be held at the temporary residence while renovations are being completed on the previous space at the Woodstock Industrial Centre. Please come by to see what each artist has been working on during their time in Cape Town – studios will be open to the public, and each talk will be accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

This month’s speakers are:

  • Catherine J. Howard (Durham, NC) is a visual artist, an art technique/art history instructor and curator. She is currently running a project about community and social awareness in collaboration with Percy Bartley house.
    http://www.catherinejhoward.com/

  • Elicser Elliott (Toronto, Canada) is an aerosol artist who also works with animation, 3 dimensional sculpture/installation and acrylics/mixed media. He draws inspiration from the people and environments from his daily life, translating their images with his unique perception and gestural style.
    http://www.elicser.com/

  • Victoria Potter (Vancouver, Canada) is a photographer on the run. With portraiture and urban documentation as her primary focus, she enjoys traveling to find her next subjects.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blindphotography/

  • Andrzej Urbanski’s (Berlin, Germany) work consists of paintings and objects of experimental forms, shapes, geometrical structures and a wide range of color-segments. These shapes, lines and segments are often taken directly from physical objects in the world around him, stripped to their basic geometries, rendered both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally with clean edges and opaque surfaces.
    http://aurbanski.com/

Where: 3 Garrick Road, University Estate, Cape Town
When: Thursday March 29th, 6-7:30pm

>> MORE INFO

>> RSVP on Facebook

EVENT \\ City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2012

The second City of Gold Urban Art Festival has just been announced, and things are said to kickoff in April 2012. This year features international graffiti artists Atom (Germany), SoloOne (UK), Lazoo (France), Okuda (Spain) and Tasso & Case from Ma’claim Crew (Germany).

VIDEO \\ Above in Cape Town

WHAT GOES UP from ABOVE on Vimeo.

International street artist Above was commissioned by Origin Wines in Cape Town to paint at their wine bottling headquarters.

Origin Wines is supportive of the arts but also of humane and ethical Fairtrade practices. Fairtrade is a worldwide organisation helping marginalised producers in developing countries, to move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability on a sustainable basis.”

Origin Wines have previously commissioned Eine (UK) and Faith47.

VIDEO \\ Short clips of graffiti pieces in Cape Town

Makhulu Productions has released short video clips of graffiti pieces in Cape Town. These videos show the direct environment surrounding the artworks and capture the natural atmosphere. International artists Cern (USA), MYMO (Germany), DodieBoy a.k.a David Shillinglaw (UK), and DALeast (China) are featured, as well as local hero Faith47.

>> Watch the videos HERE.

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/

NEWS \\ BoaMistura book and film screening

The Spanish art collective, Boa Mistura (meaning ‘Good Mixture’) have released a book documenting their time spent in Cape Town last year. They were only here for one month as part of the /A Word Of Art artist residency, but this did not stop the five men; Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick from doing anything half-hearted.

We’re not sure if the book is going to be available for purchase, but we do know that there will be a local screening of their Cape Town film, Diamond Inside, in the near future.

>> Watch the trailer and the teaser.

via /A Word Of Art

VIDEO \\ Binho in Cape Town

Two videos by Brazilian graffiti artist, Binho, documenting his stay in Cape Town. Also featuring artists Cern, Above, Faith47 and DALeast.

Soten in South Africa

Highly respected Danish graffiti artist Soten began writing in the late 90s and has developed a well-constructed ‘wildstyle’. In a recent visit to South Africa he painted many pieces in both Johannesburg and Cape Town with some of the local writers.

via Soten’s blog @ I Love Graffiti

SPOTLIGHT \\ The Art of DALeast

Born in China in 1984, DALeast is becoming a prominent figure among the new wave of graffiti art. He studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began doing street art in 2004. In 2011 he relocated to Cape Town, marrying South Africa’s first lady of graffiti, Faith 47. We have been following his work since and are blown away by his unique style and the fine detail in his artworks.

Commonly depicting animals in a wire-like style, DAL’s work is complex but simple, beautiful and always intriguing. Using different mediums and spaces to create his works, he is inspired by the material world around him, life’s emotions that are part of it, as well as the spiritual world and infinite space that surrounds us.

Some of his works are currently on exhibit in New York as part of Wooster Collective‘s “Hybrid Thinking” exhibition. This group show features other street artists from around the world that have also been pushing boundaries and developing new techniques. A term has yet to come to describe these revolutionaries as street art has been referred to as post-graffiti on past occasions. Whenever the relevant term comes about, it is sure to be a new bookmark in the history of art.

Watch all videos of DALeast here

>> Itching for more? Check out: http://www.daleast.com/

Binho in Cape Town

Renowned Brazilian artist, Binho, recently visited the sunny shores of South Africa. He is one of São Paulo’s original old-school writers who played an important role in growing the now thriving Brazilian graffiti scene.

Below is a wall that he painted with Cern:

He also linked up with Above:

And he got into some trouble with authorities at Muizenberg beach with this commission:

It’s so nice to have talented artists like this visiting our country and promoting the use of graffiti art for urban beautification and visual stimulation.

>> BINHO’s Flickr Page

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/

SPOTLIGHT \\ The Art of Blu

Amidst the few revolutionaries that are trying to make any real impact in today’s society, one artist consistently brings a kind of positive reinforcement and commentary to the walls of cities around the globe. This artist is BLU, an Italian street artist that paints huge roller pieces reflecting various themes and ideas, sometimes focusing on topical but always relevant subjects.

We’ll let his amazing work speak for itself…

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

We are very excited that BLU will be displaying art works in Cape Town for “Outside”, a contemporary urban art group exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed street artists.

For more information on this exciting exhibition, click HERE

>> Feeling BLU? Go here: www.blublu.org/

VIDEO \\ Changing Lives With Street Art Murals - Freddy Sam on CNN

A short video on CNN’s Inside Africa about Ricky Lee Gordon a.k.a Freddy Sam, a Cape Town artist and curator who is doing amazing work uplifting communities with street art murals.

Video produced by Rowan Pybus at Makhulu Productions.

>> Read the article HERE.

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)

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 \\ 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

JR’s Inside Out Project in Cape Town

Inside Out is a project conceived by 2011 TED winner JR. The project just hit the streets of Cape Town…

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

JR - Inside Out project, Cape Town

Photo by Jonx Pillemer

>> More info on the Cape Town activation 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.

Q&A \\ Interview with The Amazing Ske

New York based graffiti artist The Amazing Ske was in Johannesburg in March 2011 for the City of Gold Urban Arts Festival, which included the Just Writing My Name graffiti jam. Part of the FX, TNB and MAD crews and known worldwide for his realistic characters and letter burners - both 3D and wildstyle. Graffiti South Africa caught up with him after his visit to find out more about the man himself and his time in Africa…

Can you please introduce yourself…

I’m The Amazing SKE - FX, TNB, MAD.

Where do you come from?

I am from a town in Puerto Rico called Carolina.

How did you get into graffiti and how long have you been doing it?

I started in 81. By that time some guy from…

>> CONTINUE READING

PICS \\ Smash137 in South Africa

Montana Writer Team member Smash137 from Germany was in South Africa earlier this year. The internationally renowned artist was in Johannesburg for the City of Gold Urban Arts Festival.

Here are pics of what he painted during his stay:

>> OTHER INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS IN SA

NEWS \\ BoaMistura in South Africa documentary

Spanish art collective Boamistura have just released the trailer for their forthcoming documentary about the time they spent in Cape Town earlier this year.

EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Sex in South Africa

Spanish graffiti artist Sex (a.k.a. El Nino) was in Joburg last week. Check out the pics of what he painted - crazy, cool stuff!

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.

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

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).