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. RSVPhere.
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 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…
Find out about everything that is taking place at the upcoming urban art festival, City of Gold below.
15 APRIL, 16:00
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, GRAFFITIMEETSTATTOOEXHIBITION
21 APRIL, 18:00
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.
The participating international and local artists will be collaborating on murals at various sites around the city. See map below for mural locations.
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…
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…
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.
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).
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?
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).