21ColumnVol.1 No.1. April – May 2021.
August House and Ellis House Open Studios
On Sunday 30 May, August House and Ellis House will open their doors to the public, inviting them to view the artwork and meet the artists in their studios. This is the first time something of this nature has been done in Johannesburg and will allow the public to interact with almost 70 artists from different countries, cities and artists at different stages of their careers. This is a unique opportunity for the public to truly explore the visual arts and hear directly from the artists.
Gather ye Rosebuds while Ye May
Here is an exhibition that I think cements the position that BKhz holds in the new frontier. Unannounced, it seeks to leverage the support of established names in exhibitions that features artists who have also come into their own. Locating all these artists within a specific theme levels the plane. Once the plane is levelled anyone interested in contemporary South African art has the opportunity to assess the different response to stimuli, the yearn to make art, on an equal footing. Such an act inevitably sends ripples, whose effects solicits attention. By the time I had had a look at this exhibition, a few artworks lingered on mind. Strong works featured in this group show, broke ground with exploration of non-traditional visual art media, as in the work of Talia Ramkilawan, Thinking about her thinking about me, Wool and Cloth in Hessian and Lunga Ntila, Kude Kwa Khanya Kuwe/ A Long Awaited Arrival Year (2021), Digital Photography. And for those who enjoy narratives, Sphephelo Nguni’s Post 94 Pink Stairs (2021), Acrylic on canvas. Here is a painting that spins the traditional portrait genre on its head by flavouring it with post-modernity. And I use that word in its fluid sensibility. Two figures, instead of chairs; sit on a short flight of stairs. they stare outside of the picture plane – confronting the viewer while casually refreshing. The female figure, holds a slice of watermelon and the male figure is about to take a sip of what we can guess to be coffee. The hairstyles and clothing locates these figures within today’s hip youth community. They are adorned with the latest dress-up style of those who consider themselves to be ‘on the up to date with trends’. In many ways Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May expands on an assertion I made earlier this year, at the opening remarks of Wonder Buhle Mbambo transcript, when I remarked that the production of the visual art object is now a journey of self-discovery for the artist. Art, decisively, doesn’t really have to commit to a cause that rallies everybody together towards a common goal. Lest we forget resistance art of the 1980s, as much as art has the potential to do so; It remains loyal to self- exploration and self-mastery. Themes and approaches are fragmented into plurality of forms.
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Intra'Byte #2 The first recipient of Meta Foundation Womxn To Watch Award, Zanele Montle, announced at the opening of this week her inclusion on the up coming exhibition Emergence at the Christopher Moller Gallery as of 26 May until 18 June 2021. I will keep track of this event and hopefully share more details at a later stage. The closing of Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May is nigh. If you are in Johannesburg this weekend with time to spare head down to Keys Avenue to see this remarkable exhibition. Finland will continue to experience Nelson Makamo's Fortitude at Makasiini Contemporary, until the end of May (see previous content above for more details). Lastly, this years' studio open day at August House, is of a special nature as the space collaborate with Ellis House for a joint artists open studio experience. I know, I know, I seem to be neglecting my home-town. I will be scraping cyberspace over the next few days for the next Intra-byte that will reflect what is happening on this side of the world. May we find the artist. (psst... If you happen to have too many tabs open by the time you finished reading this, that's remarkable) 21 May 2021
Arts and Crafts Flea Market
In what has been planned as a monthly event, Mme Beutispot Bridget Makhubela of MACFO (Mamelodi Arts and Culture Forume), points out that the purpose of the market is to give local artists and businesses a platform to market and promote their business. The forum also sees this as an opportunity for creatives and their entities to also connecting with the community and stimulate other possible business opportunities.
Source : Beutispot Bridget Makhubela
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Intra'Byte #1 ~ mak. It has been an interesting week with a couple of artists out there whom I had the privilege of knowing sharing significant developments in the developments of their career trajectories. On the eve of Freedom Day, Azael Langa revealed via Facebook that he was in Cape Town. At least that’s what the minimal text and the image on his wall announced to the world. It remains unclear whether the artist is moving to the coastal city permanently or that he will be a sojourner. It makes one wonder what kind of influence the Cape will exert on his art during this indefinite period in his artistic ascendancy. We should not dismiss the strong possibility that he too is capable of exerting some influence as an artist and depending on how long his stay there will last, he will surely leave some traces. Back inland just a few hours ago Nkhensani Rihlampfu, with the memory of Mintsu Island, his recent solo show still fresh in our minds, announced that he was this year’s Turban Art Fair Fresh Produce Artist Mentor. An opportunity which he too benefitted from as a mentee a few years ago, the artist remarked via his Facebook page. Here is evidence that social investments have returns. 26 - 29 April