“Graphic Designer by day. Doodler by night. Keeper of flowers and lover of The Batman. Serious series binge watcher. I call Johannesburg my home, it’s a shitty nice place.”
There are only 3 days left to see artist and illustrator Nina Torr’s beautiful and haunting exhibition Again and Again.
“In the follow-up from her previous solo exhibition at In Toto Gallery, Torr is still very much concerned with the happenings of animals and what they reveal about our own situations. She makes use of a broad range of imagery and references and is drawn to the curious ways these images assemble themselves in one’s mind.
Again and Again takes the form of a cyclorama broken into several parts. The world follows the journeys of a number of figures during a brief moment in time. There are the yellow dogs who just can’t get any rest, poor things. There are empty landscapes that don’t quite know what to do with themselves. Sleeping whales glide past along with travelling salesmen and some very docile suns and moons. Most of the animals are retired, but they try to keep busy. Sometimes we get an idea of what goes on even further behind the scenes, where things may —or may not— even be happening. Torr documents her internal landscape; at times it presents itself as fully-formed images.
More often than not, they take the form of hallucinatory landscapes filled with mental debris. We see things near and far at the same time, again and again.”
The exhibition is on until 30 November at In Toto Gallery 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.
Last night we went to the opening of the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair at Hyde Park Corner. As always we had a beautiful evening under the stars at the boutique outdoor market with more than 100 talented winemakers, designers and food artisans treating guests to the best of South African produce. The fair is on until Sunday so make sure to go check it out.
Here’s a list of all the exhibitors.
Hyde Park Corner
Shopping Centre Rooftop
Johannesburg, 7-9 November 2014
Friday 7 November: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday 8 November: 10am – 10pm
Sunday 9 November: 10am – 4pm
Tickets are R90 from Webtickets.
Limited tickets available at the door for R100.
I love these works by Cape Town based artist Cathy Layzell. Cathy did a BA in Fine Art at Rhodes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
She worked as a designer and art director in book publishing in London in the mid-nineties before committing to painting full-time in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 Cathy was a returning Resident Artist at the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse) where she developed her life-long interest in colour theory. In 2008, she stayed at Matisse’s former home and studio ‘Villa La Reve’ near Nice, where she studied the legacy of Matisse under the guidance of the British colourist Gary Wragg.
Cathy exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008. She had her debut solo show at the Irma Stern Museum in October 2009, followed by solo shows at the Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2010 and the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg in 2013. This year Cathy has been a resident artist for 3 months at ‘Luvey ‘n Rose’ in the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.
“Cathy’s recent canvases are a symphony of layered, coloured mark making, and plays of light. She gives you the dense muted colours of Monet, the energy of de Kooning, the scribbly scraffitto of Basquiat and her own fanciful play of dots, dashes, swirls and decorative notations.”
The exhibition is on until the 30th of November at Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg. Cathy will also be holding a walkabout of her exhibition on the 15th of November at 11:00 – entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.
Images via her website http://www.cathylayzell.com/
Christopher Ian MacClements is a talented young architecture student from Pretoria. He was a TEDX Guest Speaker in Pretoria in 2013 and a Des Baker Gold Medal Winner in 2012. He’s also a gifted graffiti artist and beat boxer.
On Saturday we popped round to The Sheds@1Fox. It opened on the 2nd of October 2014 as a pop-up marketplace so it’s still in its infancy, but it’s a gorgeous space and I’m convinced it’s going to be a huge success.
“While retaining the original character, the The Sheds@1Fox is refurbishing the historic warehouses into a thriving marketplace – an artisanal food and produce market, surrounded by eateries and bars. This lifestyle emporium is designed to serve the corporate workforce of the city as well as the many travellers visiting Jozi for a vibrant, African urban experience.
Hubert Davies opened these mining warehouses in 1893. While most of the buildings on site date from the 1920s and 1940s, the centre part of the main shed is possibly the oldest industrial structure in all of Joburg City. Oregon pine posts and trusses suggest that this part was built before the South African War (Anglo Boer War).
There is much history and legend associated with the location. A liquor license was granted for the Ferreira’s Bar on this site in 1893 and for the Good Luck Bar in 1895. One can only speculate that Charles Glass himself peddled his original Castle Larger here.
Located on the Western Edge of Joburg City, in an area known as Ferreirastown where Joburg’s first miners pitched their tents during the gold rush – and neighbouring historic Marshalltown where many mining corporations and banks still have their offices – The Sheds@1Fox is about to bring a new lease of life to a historic corner of the city.
Trading from 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday to Sunday every week, the market will operate until 24 December 2014. The stunning event spaces and two bars may well trade into the night (check operating times before arriving).
Plans are already being put in place to extend trading hours to a daily basis in 2015. Phase 2 also include permanent retail, production and entertainment spaces in the surrounding buildings.”
If you loved the pieces from the recent Between 10 and 5 exhibition You Draw Like a Girl as much as I did, you’d be happy to learn that you can now buy these illustrations online from Superbalist. The hugely successful exhibition featured the following talented local female illustrators:
Hurry before they’re all gone.
Paul Senyol. Bounty. Mixed media on Canson Montval.
Paul Senyol. Run after. Mixed media on Canson Montval.
Paul Senyol. Tomorrow land. Mixed media on Fabriano Watercolor.
Paul Senyol. Golden Days. Mixed media on Fabriano Watercolor.
Pierre Le Riche. Broederbond, Lovell Gallery 2012, Cape Town.
Pierre Le Riche. Broederbond (Detail), Lovell Gallery 2012, Cape Town.
From the fifteenth of October 2014 Salon91 will be transformed by Paul Senyol & Pierre Le Riche with ODD TRADITIONS, an exhibition of paintings, installation art, etchings & collaborative artworks. The artists first crossed paths as finalists in the 2013 Absa L’Atelier Competion, where a mutual interest in and admiration for each other’s practice was formed, and has resulted in their collaborating and exhibiting together.
Tradition, the transmission of beliefs, cultural habits and heritage through generations. The unwritten laws, the unspoken rules, the oral transmission of historical conventions, ideologies and even entire languages passed down over time. It is nonetheless inevitable, that all traditions will undergo change to some extent, however subtle or imperceptible. The desire to leave the indelible mark of our unique identities on the world, that is so intrinsic to human nature, ensures that we tend to add and / remove some of the details. We are essentially engaged in the constant process of renegotiating, deconstructing & reconstructing our traditions and cultures.
Rather than seeking out the strange or foreign traditions particular to South African culture, Paul Senyol & Pierre Le Riche attempt to deconstruct and re-assemble the (odd) idea of tradition itself with their two man exhibition ODD TRADITIONS.
Wednesday 15 October – Saturday 1 November 2014
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town
Lovely selection of Southern African Lighthouses by Studio Muti.
“Lighthouses are a symbol of exploration and embody the spirit of adventure. We decided to research and illustrate these landmarks which dot our coastline across Southern Africa. We created a poster with custom lettering and a vintage nautical feel, depicting lighthouses from South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia.”
I just saw these beautiful wooden Clonette Dolls by Noush on the Visi webiste. These dolls are all hand carved from untreated wood. The lady behind Noush, Manoushka Kraal, was born and raised in Netherlands but now lives in South Africa. She collaborates with various Master crafters in Kwa-Zulu Natal to create her range of handmade products.
“I decided to make work inspired by Clonette dolls. These popular African dolls are nowadays made out of plastic, but were originally carved out of wood. We decided to transform them back to where they once came from. They are known as little “angels” that will look after your baby. As a little friend they will guide your little one through life.”
In July this year Simangele, Lucky, Obakeng, Sithembiso and Tebogo from Umuzi Photo Club arrived at the Ogilvy studio in Johannesburg with loads of talent and big dreams. A few creatives were asked to help them come up with an idea for an exhibition that explored youth culture in South Africa.
Over the past few months however, this project has transformed from a once-off exhibition piece into a business idea that they are really hoping to bring to life – but to do so, they need your help.
The Seeks Sock Co. is a sock company with a difference. It’s about creating socks that don’t just make a fashion statement, they make a statement about who we really are.
Each pair of socks in the Seeks Sock range is based on a photograph taken by these students and is linked to a personal, moving story. These stories are then interpreted into beautiful designs on wearable socks.
“Our dream is to produce these socks for real and turn this idea into a sustainable business. But, as it turns out, socks don’t come cheap. For a small, initial run of 5 different designs using a local manufacturer, we’re looking at a cost of about R40,000. To try and raise this money, we have launched the ‘Seeks Socks’ campaign on the world’s largest crowd-sourced funding site: Indiegogo.”
Please support these talented young entrepreneurs by going to www.indiegogo.com and searching for ‘The Seeks Sock Co.’
You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Seeks_Socks)
You can also catch their exhibition on the 23rd of October at 23 Madison Avenue, Jeppes Town, Bjala Square starting at 18:30.
The exhibition will be hosted by Umuzi Photo Club. The Seeks Socks will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
There’s a brand new little antique and retro shop in Linden called Bibi’s Antiques. The owner Gerbri Schwartz (Bibi) left the world of banking to start her own passion project. Oh, and she’s my sister. So pop in and say hi. The shop has literally just opened so it’s still a bit deurmekaar and she’s still waiting for her credit card machine.
She’s constantly acquiring new stock so join her Facebook page to stay updated.
I love this locally made range by Cape Townian installation designers Leon Erasmus, Giulia Odendaal and Tim Richert from Leg Studios. Giulia tells us a bit more about their new, innovative range of furniture smalls.
“For the past decade, Leg Studios’ core focus has been installation design for various national and international brands. Our work regularly features locally sourced products and elements from which our latest [ad]venture has bloomed.
Leg Studios now proudly introduces the LSD range – a quirky, contemporary, on-trend collection of furniture smalls designed in-house and manufactured locally.
We love experimenting with different substrates and textures. Our current range includes laser cut steels plated in bright polished copper, brass or dark chrome layered over honest raw materials like concrete, ply, and exotic woods.
Our eclectic think-tank comprises the architecturally-studied Leon Erasmus, theatrical set designer Giulia Odendaal and industrial designer Tim Richert.
Apart from the goodies on the website we are currently prototyping the concrete “Brut Table” and the copper plated Vanity Shelf.”
I was just at the FNB Joburg Art Fair and it’s definitely worth a visit. The Fair spearheads a diverse ‘Joburg Art Week’ with various events happening around the city from open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates. We also attended a fascinating talk by Kendell Geers called “From Jung and Marcel Duchamp to the Illuminati and the Underground“.
Over the past six years, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the first international art fair on the continent, has played a leading role in supporting contemporary art with a pan-African focus. The Art Fair has become an important place for the continent’s artists, curators, collectors, writers and art lovers to congregate.
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Sandton Convention Centre.
R100 Saturday / Sunday
R200 3-Day Pass
John Murray is a South African artist and illustrator living and working in Cape Town. He was born in 1973 and obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, where he also worked as a part-time lecturer in Screenprinting.
He’s had numerous exhibitions, the last one was at the WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery in Cape Town. His work also appears in various private collections, including collections in Germany and England as well as at Spier Art Collection.
“More recently Murray’s work has leaned towards abstraction, not in its purest sense but rendered in a way that still hints at representational forms beneath the surface. These works, originally inspired by the different colours and hues that accumulated on the artists mixing pallets whist working; have evolved in to an ongoing series of paintings that allude structures that are simultaneously in the process of forming or perhaps disintegrating.” – WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery