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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 \\ Exhibition: Ebony & The Ivories

Grayscale Gallery is pleased to present EBONY AND THE IVORIES an exhibition of photographic prints by FALKO.
Grayscale Gallery is pleased to present EBONY AND THE IVORIES, an exhibition of photographic prints by FALKO ONE (Cape Town).

Falko is notably one of South Africa’s most well known and respected graffiti artists, with a career spanning almost three decades he has been highly influential on the growth of the local graffiti culture and inspired multiple generations of artists…

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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/

FRIDAY FEATURE #8: Graffiti Photography by Urika Boss

Who are you and what do you do…

Hi! I am Urika Boss. Amongst other things I take photos and occasionally right my name on walls and objects.

Tell us how you became interested in photography?

My interest started when I got one of those silly lomography cameras for my 18th. I got over the perks of it pretty quickly and wanted something more. I then started to experiment with different manual film and cheap point & shoot cameras, which eventually led to my obsession.  

When did you first start taking pictures of graffiti artists?

I guess I’ve been taking photos of graffiti for as long as I’ve been painting. It wasn’t until I really started to get into photography that I started to pay more attention to the process and people painting than the actual finished product.

What/Who inspires you?

I’m mainly inspired by photo journalists and street photographers who capture emotion and make you wonder who, what and why is the subject in the situation that they are in. If you can’t answer those questions then the photo creates curiosity and the viewer can create their own story behind it.

Besides graffiti, what else do you like to photograph?

Other than graffiti, I simply just take photos of life. To sum it up I enjoy documenting moments. In general it’s normally peculiar people, places, and things that catch my attention. Graffiti just happens to combine all those things!

What do you think of the current graffiti scene?

The current scene (in Cape Town) is going through a bit of a dry patch with the council putting up such a fight and buffing every single little thing - both legal and illegal! There also doesn’t seem to be as many new young writers putting up and sticking with it. Though I can’t talk much, I’ve been slacking.

On the other hand, the train scene is pumping. I can’t keep up with the amount of crazy panels being put up by you know who. Real world-class stuff! There still are a good bunch of guys who are painting consistently. Hopefully the drop of the ‘Painting Cape Town’ book will inspire people to start putting up again. It sure has motivated me!

Are you working on any photographic projects at the moment?

Sadly I haven’t been shooting that much this past year or so, I’ve been so busy with varsity that I haven’t had much spare time or energy to put into my photography. In the end it’s just a passion but I would love to have a photographic show or something one day.

>> http://www.urikaboss.com/

FRIDAY FEATURE #1: Documenting Graffiti Art with Derek Smith & Klaus Warschkow

Friday Feature is our new weekly feature. Every week we will delve into a different topic related to graffiti and street art in South Africa. Our entire aim of this website is to document and archive this art form and showcase it to the world. Urban art has a life of it’s own, sometimes lasting for weeks, years or only a single day. We feel it is very important to keep a record of these pieces of art and give them life on the internet.

There are two gentleman who have been documenting graffiti and street art for a while now and we are always glad to see their collection grow. Meet Derek Smith and Klaus Warschkow, two photographers who have fallen in love with this art form and are sharing their finds on the net. This is their hobby and they are both very passionate about it - always mentioning the positive aspects of graffiti art in today’s society, and always encouraging new people to fall in love with urban art.

Photos by Klaus Warschkow:

Derek is based in Johannesburg and is an eager follower of the scene, often embarking on adventures to dodgy areas and forgotten places. He sees the “value of street art in a scarred and broken society” and how it can create change and upliftment. “I’ve always liked graffiti but never thought about it much further than that” adds Klaus, who has been capturing the Cape Town scene with his iPhone. “In January 2012, I stopped my car in the road and walked a block back to actively take a photo of graffiti that I had passed a number of times. Instagram gave me an option to share my photos easily, right off my iPhone. It’s been a long time since and I now actively look for new and old graffiti in and around Cape Town. A number of my photos that I took during the Acrylic Walls Project in Cape Town have been picked up by blogs, webzines and magazines.”

With graffiti being such a controversial subject, it is great to see how these two encourage the art form as much as they can. “The graffiti by-laws have killed a lot of artwork in Cape Town. It’s high time we get some legal walls” says Klaus. Derek has also had trouble of his own, dealing with non like-minded resident associations who see graffiti as a very bad thing.

Derek follows most of the Jo’burg artists and regularly takes trips to Cape Town and other parts of the country to record works which he sees as an important part of graffiti archaeology. He is really excited for the upcoming City of Gold Urban Arts Festival where Herakut, a duo from Germany, and his favourite international graffiti artist, will be painting.

Photos by Derek Smith:

Klaus is very keen to meet more local writers and looks forward to seeing the new artists in residence at /A Word Of Art. He also hopes for more collaborations between local and international artists in the future. “We most certainly have local artists that are on the same level as the best of the international artists. A lot of them do deserve more international exposure.”

More photos by Klaus Warschkow:
(highlight the pic and click ‘next’ to view more)

We at GraffitiSouthAfrica.com are super excited for 2013 and can’t wait to see more international artists in our country. Our local artists are also pulling out all the stops and the scene is thriving. “Street art is gaining momentum in a big way in South Africa and this gladdens my heart. It is colourful, makes social statements and it’s art as healing.” - Derek.

More photos by Derek Smith:

Check out more of their photographs:

>> Derek’s Flickr stream

>> Klaus’ Instagram feed