Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy

Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy Interview

Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy Interview

Canvas by Grolsch recently did an interview with Skullboy. They spoke to him about how he started in art, why he uses only black and gold, what inspires him, and some other things.

He also mentioned the upcoming collab with Verb Skateboards:
“Also, I’m working on a range of products for Verb Skateboards at the moment, which we’ll be launching around midyear. Another great project with some great people.”

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 Out Now

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 out now

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 out now

The Lake #003 / Here Come the Warm Jets is out now.

Available online now.

The Lake 3

THE LAKE is a new FREE bi monthly publication which is available nationwide at selected outlets. It takes a more in depth look into the minds of individual thinkers and creatives. We want to focus on the people who make South Africa one of the most creative countries in the world today. Our aim is to create popular culture rather than to follow it. Making a platform for the multiple talents and individuality of young and old across the cultural fabric of our diverse society.

Paul Senyol New Works Cape Town Art Fair 2015

Paul Senyol New Works for Cape Town Art Fair 2015

SenyolFinding Material – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm

Some new works by local Cape Town artist Paul Senyol for the Cape Town Art Fair 2015.

SenyolSimple Sentences – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

SenyolSynonyms – mixed media on wood – 1240mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThe Mariana – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThird Person – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1240mm – framed

SenyolWinter Sun – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

Rituals Exhibition by ELLO at The Eye, Cape Town Tonight

The Eye Presents Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

The Eye Presents Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

The EYE Presents: Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

Ello Xray Eyez is a visual designer from South Africa, living and working in Cape Town. Inspired by comics, animations and people amongst other things, her work is predominantly character-based with an unknown narrative. The viewer is left to find relevant connections within their own iconography and experiences. Stylised and surreal elements are combined to create energetic compositions that are graphic and colourful. Working with themes of memories, fun times, current feels, characters and personal relevance, she is also influenced by the dynamics of organic versus geometric shapes, straight vs curved, balance, composition and texture.

www.yoyo-ello.tumblr.com

RITUALS will Launch “First Thursdays” February 5th
The Eye, Cape Town

Vinyl DJ Sets – JUSTIN POULTER, HEINSTEIN

Facebook event link

Paul Senyol New Work: Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Golden Haze’
mixed media on wood
1020mm x 1220mm
framed

New Works: Golden Haze, Group Show at Salon91, 6th December 2014

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Mountain Top’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1410mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Ocean’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘South West’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1010mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Summer’s Blue’
mixed media on fabriano paper
hexagonal
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Valley’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Interpret Durban 5: Durban DNA

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

It is that time of year again; Interpret Durban is back and they’re celebrating their 5th birthday! For those of you not in the know Interpret Durban or #ID5 as this year’s installation will be more commonly called is a creative competition that covers photography, video, illustration/design and visual art that culminates in a night of awesome exhibitions and live music where the prize giving’s take place. This year’s theme considers the building blocks of a city under the title Durban DNA and asks, what makes a city?

The #ID5 crew have put together over R90 000 worth of prizes across 5 categories with sponsors such as Red Bull Studio’s Cape Town, The Delphic Games, Broadcast Lighting and Savior Brand to name a few.

It’s the kind of incentive you creative types always want but seldom get. So listen up. Here are the categories and sub themes:

Professional Photography – I am Durban
Amateur Photography – Pure Durban
Illustration/design – Durban Bulletin
Video – Durban Atmosphere
Visual Arts – Durban urban

To be part of this great creative challenge and stand a chance to win your share of over R90 000 in prizes (including fat cash prizes) AND exhibit with the best Durban has to offer at #ID5 all you need to do is go to www.interpretdurban.com and download the brief and separate entry form for one of the 5 categories mentioned above. Simple.

Time’s ticking and the deadline will get here quicker than you think, so get going!

Submissions for Interpret Durban 5 close December 12, 2014 at 15h00.

https://www.facebook.com/interpretDBN

http://instagram.com/interpretdurban

(Just a note for those of you outside of Durban. Apart from the cash prizes for 1st places, a lot of the other stuff is Durban focused i.e. Gallery exhibition space and Vouchers so just bare that in mind)

Senyol Odd Traditions Show

Senyol Odd Traditions

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bounty’ – mixed media on canson montval 300g – 1400mm x 1200mm – unframed

‘ODD TRADITIONS’
A conversation of painting and installation by Paul Senyol and Pierre le Riche opens Wednesday the 15th of October at Salon91.

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bush fire’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘golden days’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘tomorrow land’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 750mm – unframed

Windows 0.2 Exhibition

Window 0.2 Exhibition

WINDOWS 0.2 Exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

An ongoing collaborative art project by Love and Hate Studio (Black Koki + Ello) and Jean de Wet.

Working closely together, resulting in multiple series of paintings, drawings, mixed media collage, silkscreen prints and zines.

Kalashnikovv welcomes the second installment of WINDOWS.

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 the blurring of lines between collaboration, fine art, street art and illustration.

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.

Goddo Supiido Exhibition

Goddo Supiido Exhibition

The House Of Machines in connection with First Thursdays bring you an exhibition of limited edition artist bandanas taking inspiration from adventure, speed, and Tokyo biker gangs.

Artists: Gerhard Human, Daniel Ting Chong, Jade Klara, Emma Cook, Adam Hill, Joey Hifi, Simon Berndt, Justin Poulter, Dani Loureiro, Hanno Van Zyl, Ninjabreadboy, Manuela Grey and Alice Edy.

Proceeds go to the Ride for Larry Pierce charity.

Facebook event link.

R1 ‘Yield’ Street Art in JHB

r1. YIELD from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.

Street artist, r1., recently did a piece entitled Yield in Johannesburg city. We think it’s pretty rad.

This piece is based on the common yield street sign. A street pole was set into the sidewalk, and one hundred yield signs were fitted on the wall behind it.

The heart of Johannesburg remains a mystery for many. The aim of the project was to encourage visitors and citizens to engage more actively with its swarming life and creative activities that keep transforming the city. This piece is based on the familiar yield street sign that we find in every other road to indicate that we must “give way” to another. It is interesting that yield also means “to produce” which becomes relevant in the city context. This tension between being productive and giving way exist in every city, and bustling Johannesburg is a good example of it. This piece illustrates that these two seemingly opposite forces are in fact symbiotic; both embodied in the symbol of the yield sign.

Day to Night Exhibition

Day To Night Exhibition

DAY TO NIGHT
New work by Ello Weezi
RVCA First Thursdays
The Pit – 133 Bree Street
Thursday 3 April
5pm

Facebook event

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“DAY TO NIGHT” || NEW WORK BY ELLO from The Pit on Vimeo.

About Ello:

ELLO is the pseudonym of an artist from South Africa. Known for her collaborative work with Black Koki as Love and Hate Studio. Inspired by life, comics and animations amongst other things, her work is mostly character based with themes of memories, people, everyday experiences, current times and personal relevance.

FORMS: RODAN KANE HART EXHIBITION

Forms - Rodan Kane Hart Exhibition Poster

South African artist Rodan Kane Hart launched his exhibition last night. It’s on now at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Go check it out!

FORMS / S | W
Rodan Kane Hart
12 March – 31 March 2014
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main

NIROXprojects presents FORMS / S | W by Rodan Kane Hart. Following on from Structure, & Pattern Language (2013), Forms / S | W (2014) marks Hart’s third solo showcase in 2 ye­­­ars. The exhibition compromises an entirely new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawing, print & photography. These works follow on from previous points of enquiry regarding the constructed notion of the South African city. After a recent residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Hart has shifted his focus to more closely examining the influence of European architectural forms onto the urban fabric of South Africa.

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Farshid Moussavi and Michael Kubo sum up the conceptual foundations of the exhibition as a whole in a book titled The Function of Ornament. A statement is made that succinctly deifies the relevance of architectural style and ornament, “Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture”. Absorbing and capturing the forces that shape society achieve this cultural connection. These forces are then used as material components to work with, forming composite materiality. When two forces found within society, Invisible, meaning; Cultural, Political, and Temporal, and, Visible, meaning; Structural, Functional, and Physical, are brought together, it gives way to, a New Aesthetic Composition. Architectural style is not easily adjustable to the changes in culture and society. Modernists utilized transparency to represent architectural elements of space and structure; Post Modernists used Décor, whereas the Deconstructivists used geometrical collage to replace transparency all together. These concepts express the inextricable relationship between, Inside & Outside, Then & Now and Here & There.

Forms / S | W (S suggesting South = South Africa & W suggesting West = England) at NIROXprojects focuses on the formal influences of European Classism, Modernism and Post Modernism. An array of artistic medium has been utilized to present the historical and personal logic behind Hart’s formally abstracted works. Hart has intentionally incorporated more handcrafted methods with those of mechanical and digital processes, setting up a relationship between subject matter, time, theory and aesthetic. Works on display include…

Charcoal drawings & 35mm Black & White photographs inspired by architectural and natural forms found in the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & London, are presented alongside those depicting the South African cities of Johannesburg & Cape Town. These images explore the construction of spatial context by juxtaposing figurative representations with those of abstracted ones.

Being renowned for his life-sized steel sculptures Hart has taken a more intimate and crafted approach, by producing 4 smaller generative sculpture series consisting of 4 stages (each). Hart sees these sculptures as maquettes and studies for larger experiential projects, asserting the Russian Constructivists as an influence. Finally, a series of linocuts presenting the progression of line to shape and subsequently to form over 4 stages will also be on display.

OPEN HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
NIROXprojects | 264 Fox Street | Arts on Main | MABONENG PRECINCT | Johannesburg CBD | +27 72 350 4326 | www.niroxarts.com

NINJABREADBOY INTERVIEW

Ninjabreadboy

Who are you? What do you do? What is life? What is behind the name Ninjabreadboy?

I am an illustrator and aspiring artist based in Cape Town. I currently work as a freelance illustrator but did work in the advertising world for a while and decided to go freelance at the beginning of last year for obvious reasons. I don’t use any preferred mediums for the stuff that I do, I really just enjoy trying to make cool shit with whatever is available or required on certain projects. I’m all about putting my work onto whatever I can. The name is just a personal joke; I’ve always wanted to work under an alias, and it just stuck and felt right so I just went with it.

What first got you interested in art?

I’ve always been interested in art; since I learnt how to write my name as a child. I started skating when I was very young and all the visual aspects of skateboarding were the things I really found interesting; tattoos, board graphics, graffiti, clothing, were all things I really liked looking at in skate mags. When I was 13 I remember reading an article in Blunt magazine on graffiti and there was one pic in particular that really caught my eye. It was of Wealz 130 standing on a bridge with his hands in the air, above a piece he had painted. I cut that pic out and stuck it on the wall next to my bed and remember thinking “I want to do that one day.

Mind mentioning some of your favourite projects that you’ve worked on, and why?

Last year I got to tick some things of my list that I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I did a small range collab with 2BOP that I really enjoyed doing. We did a 5panel, tee, and bandana together and the response to it was really really good. Also I’ve been wanting to do a skateboard graphic since I started skating and I was super happy with how the board graphic came out that I did with Verb at the end of last year.

Ninjabreadboy x Verb

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m very inspired by Cape Town and my surroundings; the people, cultures, sub-cultures, and everything that goes along with it. I’ve also always been inspired by letterforms and various artforms that deal with letters. I’m always trying to find inspiration in different ways to keep my work fresh for myself. Lately I’ve really enjoyed looking at signage. Anything from old American funeral signage to more modern African street signage has all been really appealing to me lately.

You also delve into some other creative avenues e.g. tattooing and graffiti. What else do you get up to when you aren’t drawing?

When I’m not making something I’m normally skating. Lately I’ve also really enjoyed getting back into surfing, on weekends I try get to the beach as much as possible. I used to surf a lot in high school and only recently realized again how important it is for me. Skating and surfing are some of the only things that really help me to clear my mind.

Best and worst things about living in Cape Town?

I can’t think of any bad things to be honest. Maybe the City Council, and some ridiculous bylaws that have been implemented, that’s the only shit thing about Cape Town. And there are too many good things to mention. I really have mad love for this city.

NinjabreadboyFor iJusi #28

Got any exciting future projects you can talk about?

I’m busy with some really nice projects at the moment, one of which is some signage for a local photographer that I’m really enjoying. Also been working on some illustrated label designs. Also have some exhibitions that I’ve been producing some work for. Other than that there’s a few other things in the pipeline.

Your work is often quite dark in the way it references violence or substance abuse. A lot of it seems very Cape Town inspired. What draws you to that subject matter? Are you attempting to offer a commentary on certain things?

I’ve always been interested in quite dark subject matter. I don’t know why, it’s just kind of always been that way. I really enjoy making images that have a sense of humour but at the same time have a darker twist to them. I think this is a good way of getting people to think about what they looking at. Like I said, I’m very influenced by my surroundings and feel that there is so much interesting stuff going on around me that I don’t like looking too much at what illustrators or artist are imitating or representing outside of South Africa when there is so much cool shit here that has potential to become great subject matter. I think the stuff I draw is a mash up of what I see and experience in my surroundings, and because I’ve always been attracted to the “darker” things, those are the things that catch my attention in my surroundings.

Is there life after death?

I honestly don’t know, and to my knowledge no one on earth knows, and probably will never know, so no stress.

https://www.behance.net/ninjabreadboy

NinjabreadboyHomeward Bound Exhibition

NinjabreadboyKarate Water / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano

NinjabreadboyMa Slaan Vir Pa Wyn / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano

Ninjabreadboy x 2BopNinjabreadboy x 2Bop

SARAH PRATT ARTIST INTERVIEW

Sarah Pratt

Born in Zimbabwe in 1972, Sarah Pratt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. She is a highly skilled printmaker, specializing in copper etching, linocut, collograph and monoprint. After spending 10 years in the print department of Michaelis as a part-time staff member, Sarah decided to devote most of her time to making her own work. She is an extremely prolific artist, constantly creating, and participating in a number of exhibitions. Sarah works from a group studio in Observatory, where she is currently interested in ink and gouache on paper, paper cut-out work, monoprints and drypoints.

Sarah’s solo exhibition Away opened at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection in Cape Town yesterday, and ends 22 February. The exhibition is made up of a large body of paper-based works, created while the artist has been travelling abroad. Expect to see exotic creatures, houses that grow on trees, chance meetings, scale displacements, unfamiliar and magical environments and more… Go check it out.

Sarah Pratt

What is art?
That’s tricky! For me it is just about anything that visually invokes an emotion in me.

What mediums do you mostly work in and why do you enjoy using them?
I work almost entirely on or with paper. At present I’m using gouache and pen and ink a lot. I like the both the flatness of gouache, and it’s ability to work as a watercolour where needed. I also love the process of cutting and assembling paper.

What do you enjoy about doing more surreal artworks?
I’m not really sure that I regard my works as surreal. I try to create humorous and dreamlike situations through my choices of subject matter and use of materials.

Birds feature in quite a lot of your works. Is this an intentional theme? Do you like to stick to any sort of imagery or themes?
At present, I simply enjoy the appearance of certain birds, and this is why I paint them. I do like to stick to certain themes, for as long as it takes to work them out of my system, then I move onto something else that inspires me.

Can you take us through your typical process when creating an artwork?
I become inspired by one thing i.e. an old house or a doll and from there I amuse myself by imagining what to place around it. It’s the juxtaposition of various discordant objects that I find pleasing. Once I am happy with the mapping out of the work, I like to experiment with pen and ink linework, then paint only certain objects. I think having been trained as a printmaker, I tend to create works in layer by layer.

Sarah Pratt

What do you do when you aren’t creating art?
Sleep mostly.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Anywhere really – a conversation, a book, something I see.

If you had the chance, would you consider living somewhere considered more of an art capital e.g. San Francisco? What is it about South Africa that keeps you here?
Yes, I would and do consider living somewhere else, why not! But I do love plants, so the Western Cape is like an Eden to me. I mostly stay here because of my dog and friends.

Do you think that South Africa is moving forwards in terms of being recognised for its’ artists or not? Do you have any commentary on art in South Africa in the present day?
I don’t know – not really my area of interest if I’m honest, but I can tell you that I love being an artist in South Africa.

Why do you think that so many South African artists’ work seems to be strongly influenced by international artists? Is there a lack of originality in South African art?
Again, this is a place that I try not to go to in my head – I tend to think that all art is international. I find some art made by South African artists mind-blowingly exquisite, and some deeply awful but I am sure this is not unique to South Africa.

What advice would you give someone wanting to establish themselves as an artist?
Make the work that you need to make – don’t be swayed by what you think you ‘ought’ to be making.

Who are some of your favourite South African artists at the moment?
Oh, Georgina Gatrix, Elise Wessels, Andrew Lovell, Liza Grobler, Michael Taylor, Frank Van Reenen…

Away – Facebook Event

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

PATTERN LANGUAGE – RODAN KANE HART

Rodan Kane Hart. Shapes: Rotated. 2013. Mild Steel.

Pattern Language, an exhibition by South African artist, Rodan Kane Hart, is happening at the Whatiftheworld gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, tonight.

Whatiftheworld is pleased to present ‘Pattern Language’ by Rodan Kane Hart, an exhibition of new sculpture, sculptural inlays, and installation.

In this exhibition Hart continues to explore experiential structures and sculptures. Inspired by architectural forms found in the urban environments of his native Johannesburg and Cape Town, his recent series of steel sculptures explore the notion of generative shape, pattern and form in relation to the viewers experience. These works attempt to stimulate a heightened emotional response through their illusionistic and fragmented forms.

Referencing Christopher Alexander’s architectural, urban design and community livability book titled A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, published in 1977, Pattern Language attempts to identify, expose and ‘unpack’ the ideological constructs that underpin numerous urban forms found within these contemporary South African cities.

Hart’s most recent solo exhibition titled Structure (2013) presented a series of minimal steel sculptures, drawings & books investigating the ideological impulses that are revealed when manufacturing tectonic forms and how a better understanding of these impulses allows a more complex reading of these built environments. Using sculpture as a lens through which to view historical and spatial contexts, Hart creates shifts in context which intern become generators of experience. Activated by the movement viewer the shape and form of the work unfolds as time and motion proceeds.

Referencing the theory outlined in pattern language Hart focuses on the notion of pattern in a broad sense. Within a sculptural and visual paradigm pattern is deployed to track problem solving in a context of design as well as social transformation and urban environments. The underlying theory manifests in layout, city grids, paths of desire and built form, social interaction, human inhabitancy, connectivity and conversation.

A Pattern Language details how individuals could be empowered and equipped with the tools and language responsible for the design and construction of communities that reflected both their interests and those of the broader public. The book attempts to expose the function of language within design, the authors mention that in designing environments people will enviably always rely on certain visual ‘languages’ that allowing them to coherently articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system.

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