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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…

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

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NEWS \\ Grafikama Artist Residency and Exhibition

GRAFIKAMA (Service Peinture) is an artist residency currently taking place in Nantes, France and features South African street artists Nardstar*, r1. and Alphabet Zoo. The show forms part of a strew of exhibitions conceptualised by Pick Up Production and artist Kazy Usclef for the Voyage à Nantes cultural project. The residency aims to showcase “graphic creation around the world”…

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2014 Round-up: What We Missed

A brief recap of happenings that we didn’t cover throughout 2014, the year that was…

Featuring:

  • Word On The 5treet Wheatpastes
  • Primal Herd Exhibition
  • Art & Artists Book
  • Cape Town Art Street
  • Freddy Sam x RVCA
  • The Gloks Fanzine
  • Inventory Exhibition
  • Jebo in Frankfurt - MTN Video
  • Nando’s Accidental Art Project
  • City of Gold Sneaker Collab
  • Night of 1000 Drawings CPT
  • Redbull Doodle Art
  • BewareOfColour Urban Art Project
  • Tokolos Collective
  • CORE Collective in UAE
  • Falko One in Prince Albert, Karoo
  • Friends Zine
  • RIOT exhibition II
  • Mandela Day in KwaMashu
  • Fridge Art
  • 30 Days & A City: Public Exhibit

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Overload - Jade Doreen Waller Solo Exhibition in London

Jade Doreen Waller, an innovative young artist from Cape Town, is creating a stir in the interdisciplinary visual art industry with her unique approach to Urban Contemporary art. Waller has just been invited for a solo exhibition at cutting edge Urban gallery, Graffik, in Notting Hill, London. This will be her first international solo exhibition. Her work was first shown in a group exhibition at 34 Fine Art Gallery in 2010 and created quite a buzz. For the upcoming exhibition – Overload - the artist created an entire new body of work that shows off her creativity and skill. Waller’s concepts are deeply rooted in Urban Contemporary subculture, evident in the multiple layers of images in her work.

The works are symptomatic of an information overload. Her paintings present bundles of tightly packed regurgitated symbols, which purge and scream the plethora of scattered thoughts that dart around Waller’s brain during an engagement with her canvas. Her allegories, a glimpse into Waller’s world, are superbly realised with meticulous detail, reminiscent of Dutch and Flemish styles, making her work inescapably alluring. The scenes of Waller’s works show a bizarre juxtaposition of objects in unexpected arrangements; their realist execution with their sugared-up yet metallic use of colour all work to create artworks that speak to the discourse of Pop Surrealism, in which young artists use traditional methods in contemporary ways.

Whilst being mesmerized by the sumptuousness of her paintwork, the onlooker is met with image clusters of a constipated consumerist culture about to explode. Trapped inside Waller’s brain, by way of her paintings, one feels assaulted by the densely packed meteorites of urban street culture. Like a virus inhabiting her mind, it’s easy to feel contaminated by her corrupt organisms. Within the infected galaxies of her daydreams, Waller’s conglomerates of toys, pills, food, body parts, cartoon icons, insects, bric-a-brac, games and accessories become suspended between the beginning and the end of creation. While her paintings capture a private cerebral conversation, they offer a crystal clear reflection of the transient and accumulative symbols of our urban existence.

Waller’s ability to innovatively manipulate and combine contrasting images offers a lucid insight into how she interprets and perceives her surrounding reality.

The exhibition opens on 24 July and runs until 7 August.

Graffik Gallery
284 Portobello Road, London
Tel: 020 8354 3592
art@graffikgallery.com

>> READ OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JADE HERE

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Fuzzy Slipperz in Germany

Vuka Kwedini” will be Mr Fuzzy Slipperz’ first show in Germany and will take place at the Raum Für Drastische Maßnahmen, opening on the 11th of October 2012. Following his first solo show in Cape Town “Something has changed in me” (2010)

The title of the exhibition “Vuka kwedini” means ‘Wake Up Boy’ in Xhosa which is his mother tongue. The title and theme from this line of works seeks to portray our different states of consciousness. Illustrating that though we are awake and seem present, our minds wander off to different internal realms and realities, as if our bodies are walking, talking shells and our minds a vast playground for the imagination. Whether consciously or subconsciously we are constantly playing out our ambitions, anxieties, memories, fears and aspirations and are even able to deal with our troubles and love life this way. “Vuka Kwedini”(Wake Up Boy) is the voice that snaps us back into the real world, like a parent waking their child for school.

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Earth: A Global Satellite Art Project

350.org, an organisation that aims to build a global movement to solve the climate crisis, launched Earth in 2010, a collaborative arts project to help spark this movement. Now, select artists (including South Africa’s Freddy Sam) have taken to the streets, creating works that are in public space for all to see.

Art has the power to move the masses and get people to stop, think and ideally act on the greatest challenge of our time.’

Below is Freddy Sam’s contribution to the project, ‘Wake Up To The Sun To Change Tomorrow’:

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/

PICS \\ Aybe DS in Italy

Aybe recently painted in Rome. Check out more pics HERE

VIDEO \\ Believe: Visual Intervention

BELIEVE/Visual Intervention from Ian Wilson on Vimeo.

Believe is a short documentary of a public art/mural project which took place in Rochester, New York in July 2011. The goal: to inspire the local community and communicate a positive message. Ian Wilson, co-founder of non-profit organisation The Synthesis Collaborative, brought the project to life and invited South African artists to participate. Cape Town’s Faith47, Mak1one, Freddy Sam and Dal were among the artists involved and several murals were painted.

PICS \\ Editor in New Zealand

This emigrant is really killing it in New Zealand these days…

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>> Check out other South Africans overseas HERE

Thanks to Editor for sharing the pics with us.

PICS \\ Freddy Sam in America

Freddy Sam is back in the US - painting murals, exhibiting works and doing some sight-seeing.

He has already painted great stuff with international artists in New York and Rochester, and is currently in Portland. He is taking part in Living Walls which takes place next month in Atlanta.

Mak1one, Faith47 and Dal are also stateside and they too have been painting.

Check out some of the new works that Freddy Sam has done:

Freddy Sam and Jaz (Argentina)

Bushwick, NYC

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Freddy Sam, DAL

Canvas session, Rochester

Mak1one

Rochester

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Freddy Sam

Rochester

Faith47 and DAL

NYC

Freddy Sam collaboration with Jaz (Argentina), Two One (Australia) and David Shillinglaw (UK)
Freddy Sam with Rae (USA), Pink Cloud (USA), Jaz (Argentina), Zéh Palito (Brazil)

Brooklyn Community Block Party with whoever else wanted to add to the wall

Freddy Sam

Brooklyn, NYC

Freddy Sam

Brooklyn, NYC

Freddy Sam in studio

Portland

Freddy Sam

Portland

All pics courtesy of Freddy Sam, with thanks

VIDEO \\ Turn the world Inside Out

Check out the first episode of the Inside Out Project HERE.

VIDEO \\ Graffiti Fine Art?

What is Graffiti? What is Fine Art?
This is ‘Graffiti Fine Art’…

Graffiti Fine Art - Official Extended Preview from Jared Levy on Vimeo.

Trailer for an upcoming documentary film about graffiti and its place in the world of art. 65 artists from 13 countries took part in the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum in São Paulo, Brazil.
Directed by Jared Levy.

PICS \\ SA Artists Abroad

South African artists are painting all over the world and we just love seeing what they are getting up to. Check out some of the pics in our SA Artists Abroad picture gallery.

Bryite1one - Dublin, 2011
Bryite1one - Dublin
East, Aybe - London
Aybe - London
Editor, Cast
Editor
Cast
Balrog
Balrog
Gfunk
Gfunk

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