Artmode – A Collaboration of Art, Music and Creativity
Oct21

Artmode – A Collaboration of Art, Music and Creativity

Taking place on 13 November 2014 at the Youngblood Gallery in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl, Artmode brings artists from all genres together in a collaborative event like no other. The event is supported by World Design Capital, which Cape Town has had the honour of hosting in 2014. As a project that aims to join together some of the top talent across multiple genres of art, music and creativity, all three floors of the Youngblood Gallery will be put to use to showcase a multitude of expressive mediums. Food and drink will also be offered over the course of the event. Artmode provides a platform for both established and budding creatives to express themselves in an environment that aims to inspire the ultimate space to create. The line-up of showcased artists spans across a diversity of styles, mediums, forms and influences. From minimal piano to electronica, to Graffiti Art, mixed media such as skateboard deck design, functional furniture design, live performances, sculptors, painters, dancers and many other acts, attendees will have the chance to interact with artists on the floor throughout the course of the evening. Providing the ideal space for such an event, the Youngblood Gallery was founded in 2010 by Roger Jungblunt, who realised the need to support South Africa’s artistic minds with a space to create and express their talent. The gallery is comprised of multiple floors and a unique open style design that uses light and space to provide a unique backdrop to its showcased projects. Whether it is a live performance taking the imagination to the furthest boundaries, hypnotic electronic beats setting the mood, interpretative dance expressing the range of emotion through movement or contemporary art forms that go beyond the typical forms of art as we know it, Artmode is set to change the face of artistic expression in an event that will unite through the love of art. The line-up of participating artists is growing, with a current list available below. Further details on the gallery can be found at http://youngblood-africa.com. For more information on World Design Capital, please visithttp://www.wdccapetown2014.com....

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Wilhelm Saayman presents…
May02

Wilhelm Saayman presents…

In Season Five Everyone Dies Join us for the opening on Wednesday 15 May 2013 (18:00 – 20:00) Wilhelm Saayman will be present at the opening. In his statement he said; In season five the whole cast, lured by the promise of incredible riches, boarded a plane and set off for an island where a madman hid his treasure centuries ago. The aircraft crashed, and the surviving passengers ended up eating one another until only one man was left: me. Where? In season five everyone dies Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town 2013 A Drawn Conclusion North-West University Botanical Garden Gallery, Potchefstroom 2013 King for a Day Gallery Art on Paper, Johannesburg 2012 Joburg Art Fair Johannesburg 2012 Joburg Art Fair Johannesburg 2011 The Wrong Pills Gallery Art on Paper, Johannesburg 2011 Draw Links Gallery Art on Paper, Johannesburg 2010....

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The Bag Factory and APS to launch a catalogue of 20 prints from fine artists
Jun01

The Bag Factory and APS to launch a catalogue of 20 prints from fine artists

TWENTY FINE YEARSThe Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is supporting a joint project between Gauteng’s two leading visual arts nonprofit organizations, namely The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and The Artist Proof Studio. The Bag Factory offers artists the opportunity to pioneer unmapped territories and test their limits in the spirit of exchange and global connectedness by focusing on a programme that stands for inclusion and diversity. Artist Proof Studio (APS) is an art education centre that specialises in quality printmaking through a variety of diverse partnerships. By providing state of the art equipment and materials they facilitate print collaborations between trained print technicians and professional artists. ‘Twenty’ is the number that rings loudly throughout this project. Both the Bag Factory and APS are celebrating their 20th anniversary of operation this year. To mark this they are producing a catalogue of 20 prints by a selection from the numerous fine artists who have been involved with their projects over the period. Twenty artists have agreed to participate in this project by creating a print each for the portfolio. Artists such as David Koloane, Patrick Mautloa, Colbert Mashile, Helen Sebidi, Richard Penn, Velile Soha, Senzo Shabangu, Senzeni Maraselle, Dumisani Mabaso , Charles Nkosi, Vincent Baloyi, Gorodn Gabashane, Kim Berman, Jacob Molefe, Pontso Sikhosana, Philemon Hlungwane, Motsamai Thabane, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Nelson Makamo and Paul Molete will be featured in the portfolio. The Bag Factory and Artist Proof Studio will be presenting the results of this project at the Art Fair in September this year where orders for the portfolios will be taken. Bag Factory Artists’ Studios Facebook Fanpage 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg,...

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MOMO Gallery: Gary Stephens BRAID opens Thursday
Jun01

MOMO Gallery: Gary Stephens BRAID opens Thursday

Gary Stephens BRAID, opens Thursday 2nd June 2011, 6.00 pm at Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North Johannesburg. Gallery Momo on Facebook Gallery Momo...

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Don’t Miss: Nandipha Mntambo – Umphatsi Wempi
Aug27

Don’t Miss: Nandipha Mntambo – Umphatsi Wempi

Nandipha Mntambo was blessed to be born in the mountain kingdom of Swaziland – anyone familiar with the magnificent mountain monarchy will know how ubiquitous cattle are, one has to wonder if growing up surrounded by the gentle beasts has anything to do with the makings of the first solo exhibition of  Nandipha Mntambo taking place at the Brodie/Stevenson gallery in Craighall in September.  Nandipha says her upcoming body of work was in part inspired by some bullfighting she came across in Mozambique; we’re wondering if it was at that bullring just outside Maputo – intrigued, we once stopped and checked it out – it’s really eery, reminiscent of the bygone era of Portuguese occupation of Mozi… Anyway, we’re rambling – go and check out the exhibition for yourself and ponder on this brilliant young artists talent… Titled Umphatsi Wempi – loosely translated as ‘the general charged with overseeing a battle’ – the exhibition comprises several new sculptural works as well as video, photography and drawing. Central to this body of work is the concept of the boundary, particularly as something that constantly shifts and mutates, that is never fixed or static. The boundary between corporeal awareness and revulsion is explored through the artist’s use of raw cowhides, tails and ears, which are cured and sculpted. In Penis Vagina – One-Man Capsule (2009), the boundary between the need to fight and the need for protection is also apparent. Like Mntambo’s earlier piece uMcedo (2009), this work offers a space that one may enter for protection and perhaps preparation, only to emerge when one is ready. The sculpture is both penetrative and encapsulating, an evocative hermaphroditic form that speaks of pure potential. The artist’s interest in the dynamic tension that exists within the self, the push-pull between libido and mortido, life instinct and death drive, also appears in her photographic images. In The Rape of Europa, a reinterpretation of a Picasso sketch of the Minotaur caressing a girl, the artist occupies both roles, and in her recreation of Caravaggio’s painting of Narcissus gazing at his own reflection in a pond, she replaces Narcissus with herself as Zeus in bull form. In the bronze head-and-shoulders bust in the Renaissance tradition, she combines her own feminine features with those of Zeus disguised as a bull. In another new sculpture, Waiting (2009), a cowhide figure disappears into a wall. It is unclear whether the figure is waiting for salvation, or seeking a hiding place from an unknown terror. While the exposed rear of the prostrate form is undoubtedly a gesture of submission, there is also a sensuality and beauty to the figure, imbuing...

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