The launch of the latest range of clothing by Butan Wear SA in collaboration with the Demolition Squad.
“Maneuvering through the precarious streets of Johannesburg one can’t help but notice a particularly emphasised name: DEMOLITION SQUAD. Established in 1999, DS has undoubtedly become one of the most prolific graffiti crews in South Africa. The crew consists of five artists; TAPZ, MARS, TYKE, FIYA and AYBE, who have been flying the flag “high above the toys” since its inception. This garment was created by fusing street level graffiti knowledge with cutting edge street wear design, resulting in a piece of art that reflects not only our collective passion for street culture, but offers a unique perspective of our world through the eyes of our generation.”
Limited edition clothing including caps and T-shirts will be on sale on the evening. Get yours before they hit the shops.
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Demolition Squad are one of the most elite graffiti crews. Tapz, Tyke, Mars, Fiya and Aybe (in the UK) continue to develop their individual styles while dominating the streets of South Africa.
They recently recorded their first ever video interview:
Their blog slogan; ‘Demonstrating Style In All Disciplines’ is only too true…
>> Pictures via http://www.demolition-squad.tumblr.com/:
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:
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.
Before Instagram and inner city gentrification there was Graffiti and with it came the mingling of exhaust and paint fumes, the scraping away of rot and unearthing urine-stained sidewalk weeds for the perfect spot. There was finding the best wall and owning it, but most of all burning the rest. This is graffiti and it all started from the ground up.
One of the themes we have been unpacking and repackaging, for the last year at Two by Two Art Studio, is how graffiti writers find their place in the art world and at what point do studio artists leave the white cube for the streets. MARS’ debut exhibition From The Ground Up takes graffiti from its very roots and plants it into a space that is both public and private. This is a show by a prolific graffiti writer with a graphic design background. Original artworks, small to large scale, are all reasonably priced allowing for any art enthusiast have a piece of the street for their own collection.
MARS has been painting walls, trains, alleyways, drains and anything else you can lay your eyes on for years. He is one of Joburg’s finest graffiti bombers and has, in recent years, taken his productions to a new level. His crew Demolition Squad has also recently claimed awards at the 2012 South African Hip hop Awards for Best Graffiti Crew and the best crew at the Newtown Back to the City Festival.
10 October 2013 until 24 October 2013
with DJ’s Left & Right and a graffiti tour with Past Experiences at 6PM.
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‘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.
Some of the works that will be exhibited:
:: DREAMS CLOSE TO HOME ::
A PAINTING TOUR EXHIBITED BY SKUBALISTO, MR FUZZY SLIPPERZ AND KARABO MOOKI.
‘Dreams Close To Home’ is the title for a painting road trip and exhibition initiated by three friends and artists, co-sponsored by RVCA Artist Network Program. The conceptualisation and execution of the road trip was done by Mr Fuzzy Slipperz, Skubalisto and Karabo Mooki. All three of these individuals are full time artists in their own right - Fuzzy by title is a painter, illustrator and muralist, and Skuba falls under the same or similar category. Karabo Mooki is a photographer and documented the tour.
The trio decided to hit the road to explore and rediscover South Africa’s landscape through public art and service. They had all recently been travelling overseas interdependently and wanted to better understand home through their art and travels, thus ‘Dreams Close To Home’ was the perfect title for the tour. An artistic way to explore and investigate South Africa’s beautiful, and at times, unappreciated landscape and society. Skuba and Fuzzy are both Xhosa and have their heritage deeply rooted in the Western and Eastern Cape, so they decided to start the trip in Cape Town coming from Johannesburg, then heading off into Jefrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Transkei and lastly Johannesburg, which was a great way to stay true to the concept of the tours theme. The tour took roughly 15 days and was documented by the talented yet humble Karabo Mooki who grew up in Johannesburg.
Mr Fuzzy Slipperz became a brand ambassador for RVCA through their Artist Network Program and decided to collaborate with the great lifestyle brand which was excited to sponsor parts of the trip and exhibition. The artists believe that all things in life should come full circle so it was important to put together an exhibition showcasing all the work and documentation of the tour.
The show will take place on the 6th of September 2013 at the the Velo art cafe in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The attendees will be able to buy original photos, works, limited addition RVCA T-shirts and books all made by the artists.
“You dont have to go too far from home to find life’s every day magical moments. South Africa is an amazing country, lets get to understand it and our selves by celebrating our surroundings through creativity that can be shared by all. The hills, seas, forests, small towns and big cities await your arrival.”
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A live painting performance by Jo’burg artists Veronika, Rekso and Kevin Love.
The final artwork will be auctioned online.
Thursday 18 April 2013
@ The Street
135 Greenway Road, Greenside, Johannesburg
Bar and drinks available on the night.
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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.
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
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.
Trees on Trial is an exhibition that explores the nature of the wildlife featured on our South African Rands since 1994. Many of the Big Five that served as unobtrusive mascots, free of judgment, during a time of great change in our country are under threat of extinction. They marked a significant and refreshing change from the outdated portrait of Jan Van Riebeeck, which is also reported to be a misplaced portrait of Bartholomeus Vermuyden. The recent introduction of the new currency featuring Nelson Mandela, has come at a time of a quickly diminishing rhino population and rising inflation amidst a struggling economy.
The spray paint on canvas artworks originated from a deeper look at the reasoning and political agendas behind what we often take for granted and oversee on South African currency past and present.
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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 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…
A pop-up exhibition ‘Imibala bala’ by Dekor One of the Fifty Millimeter Kollective:
15 February - 8 March 2013
LOVE AND HATE & MIXED EMOTIONS
14 - 28 February
70 Juta, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
A group show with 10 Visionary Artists featuring new work by Black Koki and Ello of Love & Hate Studio.
- Black koki http://black-koki.tumblr.com/
- Brent Dahl http://dimlydaily.tumblr.com/
- Ello http://yoyo-ello.tumblr.com/
- Hein Coetzee http://www.elbowgrease.co.za/
- Jan-Henri Booyens http://www.blankprojects.com/artists-jan-henri-booyens.php
- Jean de Wet http://lunarfog.tumblr.com/
- Linsey Levendall http://www.behance.net/Linsey_Levendall
- Lorcan White http://galleryaop.com/view.asp?pg=gallery&subm=gallery_results&producers=yes&identity=Lorcan+White
- Marcel Marcel http://marcel-marcel.tumblr.com/
- Paul Senyol http://senyol.blogspot.com/
- Rooiwolf http://rooiwolf.tumblr.com/
- Zenekai’i http://zeneca-zeneka.tumblr.com/
And the Valentines day after-party:
The 1st Annual South African Hip Hop Awards takes place this Wednesday, 21 November 2012 at the Alex Theater in Johannesburg.
These awards are the first of its kind for South African Hip Hop and will be held annually every November. Managed by the Ritual Media Group (Back To The City Youth Festival, Ritual Stores and O.S.T Lounge in Newtown), the event will feature live performances by some nominees and winners will receive a statuette called a ‘Pyramid’.
With 30 categories, including Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Best Graffiti Crew. Who do you think should take home the crown?
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The long awaited Faith47 solo exhibition opens this Thursday (8 November) at David Krut Projects, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Faith47’s “Fragments of a Burnt History” is comprised of an installation of found objects and artwork created in the artist’s studio, as well as a new series of monotypes produced in collaboration with the David Krut Print Workshop. Faith47, based in Cape Town, is a recognised street artist whose work can be found in cities all over the world. She has an established international gallery career, with exhibitions in Europe, America and Australia, but Fragments of a Burnt History is her first solo exhibition in South Africa, indicating a culture of cross-over from street to studio that is already well underway abroad.
The body of work presented in this exhibition is, appropriately, drawn from the artist’s experience of her own country, particularly the city of Johannesburg. Although the work is not a direct interpretation of the city, her experience is of Johannesburg as a representative African city, the streets full of the energy of transformation and endless possibility, but also the evidence of the harsh realities of day to day life. The textures of the streets are incorporated into her studio work, which becomes a combination of her signature graphic style and marks left behind by people who were in those locations before her. The installation of work communicates the emotion that Faith47 experiences on the streets, which tell her ‘a real, hard and beautifully sad story.’ The nostalgic architecture of the city is present in the work, and the sense that the ‘history of the city is etched deep into its streets’ – the works are fragments of this history, containing signs of the dynamic transition that has been, at times, reeling and painful, but has also been honest, allowing itself to be offered up for comment and consumption. The voices of the people that occupy this symbolic South African city, incorporated into Faith47’s own voice, allow her work to function as a penetrative look into the psyche of the spaces that we communally inherit.
Check out the teaser video:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Westside Walls documents various graffiti art in and around the western suburbs of Westbury and Westdene in Johannesburg. It captures some of the surrounding atmosphere and features a vast array of artists.
Featuring works by Rasty, Curio, Myza, Skeza, Ryza, Lunar, NME Crew, Naid, Monk, Easl, Agen, Bias, Zesta, Mbi, Nje, Tyke, Tapz, Fiya, Mars, Skilz, Days, Tower, Trips, Hac One, Gogga, Beva, Kerz, Angel, Mafuta Ink, Dal East, Rekzo, Vesa, Disk, Pase, Wise, Erar, Zoo, Nard, Fers, Fury, Jestr.
The sixth annual “Back to the City” Hip Hop Festival takes place on Freedom Day next week (April 27) at Ritual Stores - corner Bree Street and Henry Nxumalo, Newtown, Johannesburg.
The event runs from the morning til late and features live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street soccer, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.
>> Find out all about the festival HERE.
The second Tabalaza Art Fair, “Freedom of Painting” - a tribute to freedom month.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
6PM til late
The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, 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.
Before I Die is an interactive street art project that has been done in other parts of the world and is now in South Africa. The project is a study of peoples aspirations and was originally done by Candy Chang as the basis for her graduate thesis. The words “Before I die I want to _” are stenciled onto the wall and chalk is left at the site for passer-by’s to write with.
Graffiti art by Rasty and Clark.
The project will be up until April 21st as part of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival and is located at the corner of Kruger Street and Fox Street in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. Follow the project on Facebook HERE.
Find out about everything that is taking place at the upcoming urban art festival, City of Gold below.
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.
The participating international and local artists will be collaborating on murals at various sites around the city.
See map below for mural locations.
@ 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…
STREET ART TOURS
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…
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.
Tabalaza is presented as more than a Art Fair, but as an experience that connects the past and the present, to determine a bright future where there will be NO MORE STARVING ARTISTS. Getting paid is a fundamental right we realise and celebrate. That is what TABALAZA is about!
Bringing you the finest artworks, live music and coolest DJ’s - come jive with us, TABALAZA STYLE!
Where: The Mills, 66 Carr St, Newtown, Jhb
When: 29 March 2012
Time: 18H00 til late
Entrance fee: R30 before 10pm, R50 after
NB: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED at the event!
Hosted by Shimane Kgololego and Sparks with DJ’s Phibia, Qalo, Mad Coolia, Deeboi, Pilsy Lee, Black and TS, and spoken word performances by Mothofela, Makhafula Vilakazi and a surprise poetess.
Art works by:
- Sine BSC
- Tsek SAT
- At SEC
- Rocas UP
- Crome STA
- Olivier Company
There will also be a live performance by Soweto rock band Reeburth, live tattoos by Ryza WM, live painting by Senzo Nhlapho, live installation by Themba “Dreader” Malaza, and a mini-market.
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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).
The 2012 edition of the Overhead Sketch Battles presented by Grayscale kicks off tomorrow (8 March) at their store and gallery in Johannesburg.
Below are some favourites from last years battle:
>> Click through the gallery below to see all the sketches from O.S.B 2011:
All sketches were drawn on a piece of overhead transparency using an overhead projector over a one-hour period. Only black markers were allowed and an audience watched the entire process as it was projected onto the wall.
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/
Community Service is the first solo exhibition by graffiti artist Phillip Botha, who has been involved in graffiti arts for over twelve years. Recently he spent a year under house arrest, prosecuted for Malicious Intent to Property, completing over 150 hours of community service - mopping floors and washing cop cars instead of actually engaging with the community and helping them like the artist had wanted.
Community Service brings chunks of the urban environment into the gallery space. An examination of the notions of community and environment – and what it means to better an environment – the pieces work in layers of graffiti tags and throw-ups, nightclub event posters, election posters, abortion flyers, penis enlargement stickers, finished off with something that borders typography and sign-writing. It is a look into the urban environment by an individual who occupies that environment - “a real representative of the street” – it is a collection for the community and from the community.
The event was held at “Ourspace” at Main Street Life on Saturday the 27th of August, and was curated by MJ Turpin.
33 De Korte St, Braamfontein, Jhb
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
“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.”
13 TO 17 SEPTEMBER
34FINEART, CAPE TOWN
6 OCTOBER TO 4 NOVEMBER 2011
ROOKE GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG
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
- MJ Turpin
- Mr. Cross
- Lenny Dee Doucha
- Alex Vlachos
- Tamara Osso
- Inger Holstvic Faerch
- 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
Tomorrow night (June 9):
The Overhead Sketch Battles came to an end last week Thursday. The final was the closest battle yet as it came down to the very last vote. Here are some pics to roundup the whole event:
(* pic below by Rasty)
Rekzo vs. Ben:
Mr Alpha vs. Breeze:
3rd & 4th Place
Rekzo vs. Mr Alpha:
Ben vs. Breeze:
Congratulations to Breeze who won the first Overhead Sketch Battle.
All pictures courtesy of
We finally received some pics from the graffiti battle which took place at last weekends My Culture Resurrection Jam…
Muro (1st Place):
Kanz (2nd Place):
What (3rd Place):
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…
Check out this video on the Overhead Sketch Battles semi-final which took place at Grayscale last week:
The final takes place tonight…
- Ben vs Breeze (Final)
- Rekzo vs Mr. Alpha (3rd & 4th place play-off)
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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:
Recently painted graffiti pieces in Johannesburg, South Africa:
Rekzo, Rasty, Myza
The first rounds of Grayscale’s Overhead Sketch Battles took place on the 5th and 12th of May 2011. Check out the pics of the artists at work:
All pics courtesy of Rasty.
The onlookers were asked to vote for a winner of each battle and the winners progressed to the next round.
The semi-finals take place this Thursday, May 19:
- Rekzo vs. Ben
- Mr. Alpha vs. Breeze
>> MORE INFO
Spanish graffiti artist Sex was in Joburg last week. Check out the pics of what he painted - crazy, cool stuff!
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
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7 May 2011 - Hybrid Graffiti Exhibition
- Jimmy More
- Irene Loureiro Gowa (Spain)
Venue: St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Shows runs until 31 May 2011.)
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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
Pork, Nuke, Mesar
Monk, Cre8, Las1, Reap, Dyne, Anser, Syk
Toys, Beva, Tone, Bongz, Drake, Erase, Spotz
Only two weeks until Joburg’s biggest Hip Hop event - The Back To The City Freedom Day Festival. In its 5th year running the event will take place on Freedom Day (27 April 2011) and will feature over 30 MC’s, DJ’s, B-boys, Beatbox and skateboard competitions, and of course the graffiti pillars.
Taking place by Ritual Stores in Newtown (cnr. Bree and Henry Nxumalo) from 9.30am til 11pm. R60 gets you in. RSVP here.
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).