Obey Giant Mural in Johannesburg

Obey Giant Mandela Mural in Johannesburg

Obey Giant Mandela Mural in Johannesburg (Photo taken from https://www.facebook.com/ObeyGiant/)

Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) recently did a mural of Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. Go check it out if you get the chance.

I’m an advocate of human rights, justice, and equality, so it should be obvious why Nelson Mandela is a hero of mine. Some people seem confused by the use of purple and the slogan on my Mandela mural but they reference the anti Apartheid Purple Protest that you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Rain_Protest

-Shepard

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.

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.