ART ON THE WALL: INSPIRED BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

Mona Lisa: one of the most iconic paintings of all time To see art on the wall is to experience the tangible form of someone’s deliberate thoughts, beliefs, imagination, fears, courage, confidence, humour – the list is endless. How many of us can say we live so purposefully that we are able to put our…

DON’T BE DESPONDENT: YOU ALREADY ARE THE GOODNESS YOU SEEK

I have begun referring to myself as Soul. Soul in physical body. Om. There is a sense of limitlessness I associate with my new realisation – it’s breath taking and liberating. Most importantly I am able to recognise other souls and understand that no matter where they are, where they are from or headed —…

Mohau Modisakeng

 Untitled – Metamorphosis 2015 About: Mohau Modisakeng was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986. Through his work, Modisakeng delves into the influence of South Africa’s history on how South Africans view and understand their culture, political and social roles as human being in post-colonial Africa as well as post-apartheid South Africa. To achieve…

Come See Beautiful Things

Zanele Muholi – Babhekeni/ Look at them Sometimes it’s great to see a beautiful thing, be taken by it and let it be just that. The lack of concept can be liberating.  I’d love to receive an invite to an exhibition where the artist’s only request is for you to experience sublime images. That’s all. I’ve…

JULY IN JOHANNESBURG MEANS TURBINE ART FAIR

The Turbine Art Fair is back for the 5th year and promises a culturally rich experience for all visitors. The fair will be hosted at the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14 to 16 July 2017. TAF17 is a platform for galleries, curators and other art organisations to promote emerging and established talents in…

EXHIBITION OPENINGS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK

Jessica Doucha, Mikado II, 2017  ONE COLOUR AT A TIME: Contemporary Screenprints from Artist Proof Studio COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION GALLERY: WITS ART MUSUEM OPENS: 27 JUNE 2017 Participating artists include: Tatenda Magaisa, Jessica Doucha,  Lebogang Mabusela, Malebona Maphutse,  Sanele Omari Jali, Vivien Kohler and Angus MacKinnon  LEKAU MATSENA: US & THEM GALLERY: LIZAMORE & ASSOCIATES OPENS: 29…

The Viewer is The Artist

Bright Manjano by Cyrus Karibu  One of my favourite things about going to exhibition openings or walkabouts is having direct access to an artist. A lot of the time I’ve had to consume information about a body of work through diluted channels which can be or are very subjective. Initially this struck me as a…

The Freedom of the Nude Image

We are afraid of seeing a picture of someone naked. Throughout the Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities exhibition I could see ONLY nude images. The works were somewhat of a “nudist beach” for me as I experienced receiving completely stripped down stories of what it means to be female in contemporary Africa. To relay…

The energy in process is the experience of form

Paolo Bini Nastri (Tapes), 2016 I’m discovering that the process of creating is so crucial in how the final product will be received. While some things seem naturally beautiful, intricate or simple; how the artist gets to the point of completing the work is something interesting to consider. I recently visited Circa Gallery, Johanneburg, to…

BLESSING NGOBENI

Blessing Ngobeni was born in 1985, in Tzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa. His work is primarily concerned with the inherent duality of the relationships city residents have with their environment. On the one hand the people living in the city hold an exterior identity characterised by music, sex, entertainment and fast lifestyles. But this exterior face…

LORENZO PLAATJIES

Lorenzo Plaatjies is a South African Digital Artist based in Johannesburg. He is heavily influenced by pop and social media culture and modern day music legends such as Frank Ocean and Kanye West. His career began in high school, creating mixtape covers.  At a time where more young people are questioning the typecasting of gender,…

BANELE KHOZA (BKhz)

Pretoria based artist Banele Khoza aims to tackle gender norms through his work. By embracing the colours “blue” and “pink”, he challenges society to not packages male and females according to the respective colours. “Pinks and reds dominate my backgrounds. They are consoling colours, yet they are uncomfortable for a masculine audience – which is…