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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YFM adds brains and diversity to the mix
Apr04

YFM adds brains and diversity to the mix

Since Editorista has been back in Jozi we’ve been cruising the dial in our car listening to each radio station’s 2011 voice, wondering who we’ll program into our lives as our 6 radio stations of choice…6 buttons, 6 choices.  We can confirm that the 6 this year include, believe it or not, SAFM and 702. Oh yes, there comes a time in your life when your mind gets excited about big people’s talk and you actually feel inclined to get involved in the debate… we’re late starters, better late than never. We need lots of healthy, rigorous debate, it’s what makes a democracy and radio is the ideal seedbed for shaping and influencing an audience. BUT, we still want to know where we can go to get the soulful urban sounds that bring that fuzzy Friday feeling driving on a highway, and we have to say at the moment it’s a tie between YFM and 5FM. What does this mean? It means that 5FM has changed, and that their playlist has softened and souled out – we’re delighted to call it home when there’s no bubblegum playing. And YFM, well they seem to have found a niche, we’ve outgrown them a bit, but we can always switch if there’s no music playing and the conversation is twee for us… Me thinks there is a station missing here somewhere. Between the YFM/5Fm and those other stations for oldies… although we’re still due some timeout listening to MetroFM who’s hovering over 5th place. What are we looking for in a station? Humour, intelligent conversation, an opinion and stance, great music – MOST of which should be homegrown, some nation building in whatever way possible that still entertains – i.e. youth stations through promoting the diversity and creativity of our youngstars  and of course, some gossip, but only local. Two things that are going to make us reprogram the dial this year? Bowing down to overseas celebrities who have done NOTHING to achieve their fame and who offer NOTHING to our young society… And stations that play mediocre music and have mediocre opinions and that don’t make every on air second count. We’ve been tracking radio line up changes for years on Represent- I can’t remember which academic said it, but there are more radios than mattresses in South Africa.  So anyway, we’re happy to see YFM’s new line up represents the diversity of our youth (Welcome, Bryce) and that they’re bringing in some brains to the line-up (law graduate Zama) … we’re sorry to see the iconic legendary Dj Oskido leaving the stable, but we have no doubt he’ll find a...

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Group Exhibition at the Momo Gallery
Nov14

Group Exhibition at the Momo Gallery

Don’t miss this exceptional Group Exhibition at the wonderful Momo Gallery running till the year runs out! 08.11.2010 – 31.12.2010 Theresa-Anne Mackintosh, Rodney Place, Lyndi Sales, Mary Sibande, Ransome Stanley (UK) Momo Gallery 52 7th Avenue Parktown North Johannesburg Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm Sat:...

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5 mins with Balkanology – 12th June, 44 Stanley- Milpark
Jun01

5 mins with Balkanology – 12th June, 44 Stanley- Milpark

Up your crazy factor – dance to a brass band and fling your hard-earned cash at a miniature mongolian double humped camel at Balkanoloy next weekend the 12th of June at 44 Stanley.  Tempting? Just do it. What is Balkanology all about? We asked Ma’or, one of the organisers to break it down: Balkanology has been running for four years. The events have grown from 600 people in the first to 2500 people in the seventh.  To date there have been seven parties in CT and two in JHB. In short, Balkanology is a massive themed party. We choose our venues very carefully and put emphasis on decor and music. Music is mostly Balkan remixed. So traditional music that has a driving bass and full of electronic and modern touches making it more palatable to the western ear. Through the decor we try and create a gypsy village gone carnival, so, hay bales, wagon wheels, live stock (for real goats, chicken, sheep…) carnival lighting, food stalls etc. We also incorporate many actors. Often the punters don’t know that they are actors simply because most of the guests come in costume as well. The actors however carry a story with them. For example, the one party was Balkanology The Great Balkan wedding where two fictitious characters Milovan & Biljana got married. The flyer to the party looked like an invite to a wedding. the whole marketing campaign was based on a real wedding, interviews on the radio claimed that it was real etc. On the night a real wedding took place with actors. A Russian orthodox style ceremony down to the T. After that we had ‘War & Peace’ with similar art instillations and actors being widows, soldiers, suicide bombers etc. Then came ‘The Gypsy Wake’ where the guests were welcomed at the entrance by the grieving family. Crying on your shoulder or simply shaking your hand thanking you for coming. Sad music played while the open coffin was on display. At around 22:30 the father of the deceased  gave a speech on what a special person Milovan was and how he would have loved us all to party for him and then the party kicks off. Then there was ‘The Resurrection’ then ‘Metamorphosis’ etc. What nations make up the Balkans and what do they offer the world? The nations that make up the Balkans are: *  Albania *  Bosnia and Herzegovina *  Bulgaria *  Croatia *  Greece *  Kosovo (partially recognized) *  Macedonia *  Montenegro *  Serbia Other countries sometimes included are: *  Moldova *  Romania *  Slovenia *  Turkey They offer amazing music and a true glimpse into...

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