The 2014 installment of City of Gold has just been announced.
After taking place in April previously, the long wait is now over…
The 2014 installment of City of Gold has just been announced.
After taking place in April previously, the long wait is now over…
Incredible new tiger and leopard murals by British-born artist, Sonny.
Originally an airbrush muralist, he is now feeding his desire to paint large-scale works and has recently unleashed his imagination onto the streets of Johannesburg.
Photos: Derek Smith, PS Primich, Sonny.
Photos: Derek Smith
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.
Here are some images from the bottle signing event:
Photos by Peter John for Graffiti South Africa
This weekend, don’t miss the man himself - Shepard Fairey in Johannesburg!
All information on the flyer…
//PRIVATE FUNCTION - exclusive tickets up for grabs though:
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…
Name one of the values that Hennessy and Shepard Fairey share?
Competition closes on Thurday 18 September.
Winners will be announced on Friday…
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.
“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.”
Johannesburg Street recreates the city of Johannesburg as one long street through mediums such as printmaking, painting, photography, videography and publications. Alphabet Zoo is a street-culture zine that invites collaboration with other young talented artists, illustrators, publishers and designers. By running silk screen and zine workshops, the Alphabet Zoo duo of Minekulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale, Johannesburg-based printmakers, will interact with various public spaces, both in terms of production and exhibiting work. One of the aims of the Alphabet Zoo Research Project is to explore the possibilities of hosting the first Zine Fair or Zine Fest in the city of Johannesburg.
Ngoyi and Zavale both studied at Artist Proof Studios and have been exhibiting in a number of group shows in the last two years, including “AS SEEN ON TV” at Sibi Gallery, and as part of the Independent Publishing Project at the Goethe-Institut and produced with Keleketla! Library and Johannesburg Central Library. Ngoyi and Zavale work from Newtown and are involved in running the newly opened printmaking studio ‘Prints on Paper’.
18 September, 18h30
Goethe on Main @ Arts On Main
245 Main Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg
Join the Johannesburg Street project and take part in free workshops around illustration, zines, book binding, lino cut & monoprint, and more. Here’s the brand new workshop schedule. Registration via http://www.docs.google.com/forms/d/1pfsh417VUy3VNXsfB6f6nVd8VBXbZnyBdBsFbFby5nE/viewform?edit_requested=true
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.
On the anniversary of Grayscale Gallery’s fourth year we are proud to present our 2nd solo exhibition of the secretive and mysterious Johannesburg artist known only as Veronika. Working in contrasting environments Veronika’s pieces can be spotted in busy urban streets and stumbled upon whilst out in tranquil nature.
Veronika’s latest body of studio work is inspired by his interest in graffiti, fashion, horses, sea creatures and UFO’s. All the pieces show a touch of a fine art hand and at the same time the flare and freshness of the street culture scene.
Please join us for a truly original art experience at Grayscale Gallery on the 7th of August 2014 at 6pm.
33 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2nd floor, above Signarama.
Safe parking in De Korte and Henri Streets.
Gas heaters to keep you warm.
The 2014 Sprite Uncontainable Hip Hop Festival takes place this weekend, August 2nd, at Zone 6 Venue, Soweto. Check out the finalists in graffiti, MC’ing and hip-hop dance battling it out.
Zone 6 Venue. Warehouse 28, Black Chain Centre, Diepkloof 1862
Pre-sold: R80 | Door: R100
• Pharoahe Monch (International)
• Jean Grae (International)
• Vardz (DJ)
• Mr X (DJ)
• Zakes (DJ)
• P-Kuttah (DJ)
• Revivolution (Live)
• Maggz (Live)
• Reason (Live)
• Tumi (Live)
• Vigilante ( DJ)
• A.I.( Dance crew)
• Demolition Squad (Dance)
What to expect:
• Uncontainable skate demo’s by the best in the best My Culture and DC skaters.
• Enjoy your day, playing some of the best NBA Play Station games at our Play Station stand
• Battle Station – Pull in, show us what you got, we’re setting up a station dedicated to the battle! Challenge your friends to an old school dance or rap duel and stand a chance to win prizes
• NBA hall of Fame – Learn about the NBA’s classic heroes in an exciting and never before seen way.
• NBA Skills challenge – show us what you got and the NBA slam dunk team will show you what they got!
• Photo booth – we’re giving you the opportunity to be the B-Ball player, rap artist, dancer or graf artist of your dreams.
• Slick Station – Pop by the station where all you lovely ladies can get your hair did and your nails done, like a real hip hop queen! Gents, stop by and get a neck tattoo (Fake tattoo) like Lil Weezy.
• Base Station - Charge your phones, free of charge, because we care about keeping connected.
• Pop Up Store – Stylagang
• B-Ball Vending Machine – Show us your skills, and win awesome Sprite merch.
More info on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/503091203155351/
The Windows exhibition returns, this time in Johannesburg:
Showcasing new paintings, drawings, mixed media collage, silkscreen prints and zines by Love & Hate (Black Koki & Ello) and Jean De Wet All done in collaboration over the past 3 years in projects ‘Time.time.time’ and ‘Windows 1’.
Continuing where they left off from last years ‘Mixed Emotions’ group show at the Kalashnikovv, Love and Hate return with a more focused approach on their own rapidly evolving practice. Continuing with blurring of lines between fine art, street art and illustration.
Definitely not one to be missed!
Drinks kindly sponsored by Grolsch.
10 July 2014, 6.30 pm
153 Smit Street, Braamfontein (JHB)
Follow this ongoing collaborative project on Tumblr HERE
A graffiti and street art exhibition taking place this Thursday, followed by the Montana ‘Just Writing My Name’ graffiti jam over the weekend.
Grime Town is a multimedia collective from Johannesburg: We produce apparel, videos, illustrations and photography. The team consists of image makers (graphic design & film), web designers, animators, photographers, bloggers, trend spotters and all round design Jedi knights. The team produces designs related to Grime Town but also produce individual work under their respective domains.
Grime Town started when in 2009; striking Johannesburg garbage collectors would go around the inner city and rip open bin bags. They would spread it all over the street in protest to their demand of better salaries. The city was filthy for a few weeks and people had no choice but to pass through the inner city as that is how they get to work. Others who live in the inner city basically lived next to heaps of rubble. Johannesburg CBD is always somewhat filthy, due to the influx of people from all walks of life. Hence the name Grime Town.
Our cause is to document and contribute to street culture in modern Africa. Cape Town is the design capital of the world. Our aim at Grime Town is to stylise and change the perception on what current African designs and images should look like or what they should depict. We are students of street culture, which means that, we are submerged in it, we live it everyday and observe the ever growing changes it is going through. We are telling our stories through our merchandise which include clothing, posters, photographs and prints, as well as short articles about people and products relevant to street culture. We also collaborate with fellow artists and musicians through projects such as art exhibitions, collaborative illustration projects and Grime Town produced, directed and edited films and music videos. We are open to collaborations.
We are launching a website soon. We will use that platform as an online gallery, an online store where Grime Town merchandise will be for sale, as well as an online magazine where we spot design trends from the rest of Africa and the world and share content that inspire us to do good or bad.
Grime Town is primarily inspired by the current lifestyles of the people who live in the inner city. So that includes the taxi industry, the thrifting lifestyle, the fast pace one needs to be walking at, the different people who sell and commute in the CBD etc. A lot of our inspiration is taken from designs from the end of the 80s to mid 90s. These include street art, graffiti, baseball and sports logos, kiosk typography (text and signage), barbershop art, 90s kwaito culture, how Pantsulas and west coast rappers dress the same. We are inspired by the pigeon and its thrive for survival - which reminds us of the same struggle humans go through on a daily basis. The pigeon wears a fisherman bucket hat (spoti) and all stars, which are reminiscent of the dress code that kwaito popularised.
Read an interview with Grime Town by Way Magazine HERE
The annual Freedom Day hip-hop festival, Back To The City, is around the corner - and it promises to be the biggest one yet! We spoke to Ritual Media Group’s Osmic Menoe, founder of the event and all-round hip-hop maestro…
Tell me about Back To The City festival.
Back To The City is a festival that is aimed at celebrating Freedom Day, using Hip Hop as a form of expression. We are on our 8th year and can only hope to further share the importance of the day with those who will be in attendance.
What can be expected at this years fest?
‘Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom’ is our theme this year. Everything from the Hip Hop Summit to the fun activities at the festival will be centered around this. People can look forward to high value entertainment and bigger outlets for their chosen art form, be it dance, rap or graffiti etc.
Quest, 2013 graffiti competition winners
How does graffiti fit into this event?
It is one of the most important elements of hip-hop, and we always make a point to highlight it. Respected graffiti artists from across the country are invited to participate in the graffiti competition, managed by Two by Two Art Studios, who are street art experts.
What feedback have you received about the graffitied pillars in the past?
The feedback has been greatly positive. A lot of value has been added to the Newtown district, as the graffiti pillars are now one of the biggest tourist attractions in town. Wedding pictures, family portraits, music videos and commercial adverts have used them as a backdrop.
What positive role does graffiti play in Joburg’s inner city?
Newtown specifically, has become a home for graffiti artists, all the street art is sanctioned and appreciated by the masses. High quality works are produced and people are starting to understand that graffiti murals and graffiti vandalism are two different things. City councils are showing support, artists are getting commissioned for their work, tourism is increasing, and long term value is created.
DS, 2012 graffiti competition winners
Osmic Menoe, founder of the festival.
Anything else you’d like to mention about BTTC 2014?
It will be bigger and better. For more information visit http://www.backtothecityfestival.com, follow us on Twitter @backtothecitySA, and “like” our Facebook Page ‘Back To The City Festival’.
New artworks have been added to the Kliptown landscape this month. Below of some of these new pieces.
Rasty & Falko
Rasty & Falko
Drake & Tower
Tower & Riot
Trips & Riot
Lady Aiko (USA) works from 2013, with Mein
Kasi & Falko
Photos: © Cale Waddacor
Last week, the suburb of Kliptown, the oldest residential district in Johannesburg’s South Western Townships (Soweto), saw a creative influx as Redbull’s Amaphiko Academy was taking place between 4 and 13 April, 2014.
Running alongside the main event, graffiti artists including Falko and Rasty painted various walls throughout the community. Renowned graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, who was a guest speaker and mentor at the conference, was also present, snapping away at the festivities. This was Martha’s third visit to South Africa - last year she and stencil artist, Lady Aiko (USA), stayed with the Soweto Art Residency and also worked in and around the Kliptown area.
Rowan Pybus captured some action on one of the days…
Other graffiti artists who put up new artworks throughout last week include Riot, Trips, Drake, Tower, Kasi, Ekse, and Mundano from Brazil. More pictures to follow.
Two by Two Art Studio presents:
Media Monster, an exhibition by Rayaan Cassiem (Cape Town) and Nic Hooper (Johannesburg)
What started with a simple online conversation has become the driving force behind an exhibition that responds to social media and the effects it has on our identity and choice. The exhibition explores the idea of creating a mask that is socially acceptable. Through this we are able to present our ultimate lifestyle or perhaps mask the ones we’re trying to avoid.
Both artists agreed to the exhibition before they met, but were unaware how similar their backgrounds and interests are. Rayaan and Nic have been largely influenced by graphic design, comic books, animation, video games as well as fine art, but are also passionate about graffiti and street art.
24 April 2014, 6pm - 9pm
41 Gwigwi Mrwebi (formerly Pim) Street, Johannesburg
The basic concept of the Clash Wall is simple:
“Tweet your creative ideas to a standby graffiti artist to turn your digital idea into a graffiti reality.”
Here’s what went down at the wall in Cape Town last month, with artists Skubalisto and Migo…
The Jo’burg clash is going to be even more epic as Rasty will take on an 53m wall wall in Braamfontein on 28 & 29 March. The wall is at South Point, corner of Melle and Jorissen streets. Remember that your ideas can become a reality - Tweet any word or idea with the hashtags #ClashWall #JHB, and follow @Converse_Africa to keep up with the progress. This is gonna rock!
Following the success of the 2013 graffiti and street art group show, Two By Two Art Studio presents Round Two of the AKA Exhibition.
Artists from Johannesburg and Cape Town have contributed artworks for the show, including: Alphabet Zoo, Anser, Anwar (CT), Bias, Erar, Fily, Fin, Fiya, Kefoner, Lean, Loveleigh (CT), Mars, Miss Propa, Rayaan Cassiem (CT), Rype, Ryza, Shur (CT), Tapz, Toe (CT), Zesta and many more to be confirmed…
Please join us for a drink at Two By Two Art Studio in Newtown on Thursday 27 March 2014, from 6pm. The artworks will be on display for one month. The exhibition is open to all and there is no cover charge.
There will be a 90 minute tour arranged on the evening to view the Newtown graffiti art, created by many of the contributing artists. Booking is limited and the cost is R110 per person for the tour which begins at 5:30pm.
Find out more about Two By Two Art Studio HERE.
Two By Two Art Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg is a diverse space with a whole lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks.
This Friday, they host the launch of the new clothing range by SA Hip Hop brand Butan Wear in collaboration with graffiti crew Demolition Squad, followed by the second installment of the graffiti and street art group show, AKA. Then, in April, two young illustrators, Rayaan Cassiem (Cape Town) and Nic Hooper (Johannesburg), join forces for their exhibition, Media Monster.
We spoke to Juliet and Tanner about their studio to find out more…
Tell me about your gallery.
Two By Two Art Studio is a multi-functional project space. We use it as a base to work from, but also host monthly exhibition openings and various events.
What made you want to open an art gallery?
The gallery is a labour of love. We use it to show the kind of art we would like to see. Coming out of art school in 2006, there weren’t really many places for young artists to exhibit. Instead of fighting over the same piece of pie we decided to make our own.
Where does the name Two By Two come from?
Tanner opened an arts supplies shop in Linden, just over 3 years ago. He used the name Two By Two as a personal tribute to his father, who initiated the idea many years ago. The art shop was Tanner’s creative interpretation of this.
What kind of art do you showcase?
The exhibitions are mostly graffiti and street art influenced, although the gallery space has been used for performance installations and fine art exhibitions too.
After hosting a few graffiti art exhibits, including the first AKA group show and Mars’ solo show, what do you think about graffiti stepping out of the streets and into a white wall gallery?
We don’t see graffiti stepping off the streets and into a white-walled gallery. Graffiti belongs on the streets. We are showing the artists that are involved in making that art. They are the ones who are tackling those issues for themselves. For each artist it’s a personal transition, for example Mars was very careful in how he chose to show himself as a studio artist. The process was very different for him, as it would be for anyone used to painting walls. As soon as the scale and format changes, the image is influenced and it becomes an object in its own right regardless of its origin.
What do you think about the current state of art in South Africa?
There’s a lot of positive growth and opportunities in the arts if you’re willing to make it happen. Being able to survive off our talents and skills is a big thing for artists and while it’s tough territory, it is still possible. We live in interesting times and we look forward to seeing people being more creative for the sake of creativity. The local art community is small but not completely saturated. As far as we see it, there’s still lots of room to grow.
Anything else planned for the rest of the year? Or anything that you would like to share with our readers?
We have Back To The City festival happening on 27 April, Freedom Day. The annual graffiti competition takes place around the Newtown highway pillars. We’re really excited about seeing what people come up with this year. There are plenty of upcoming exhibitions after that. The best place to keep up with current events is on the Facebook page.
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.
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…
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.
‘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.
:: 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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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:
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.
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:
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
Free entrance before 4pm, R40 after (includes ticket to after party)
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:
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)
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:
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:
Spanish graffiti artist Sex was in Joburg last week. Check out the pics of what he painted - crazy, cool stuff!
Artists battle it out against each other on overhead projectors. Starting this Thursday.
Venue: Grayscale Store & Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
- Jimmy More
- Irene Loureiro Gowa (Spain)
Venue: St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Shows runs until 31 May 2011.)
The annual Back To The City Festival took place a few days ago. Here are some pics of the graffiti pieces that were painted:
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).