I believe Khoza’s Temporary feelings has revealed an artist of an interesting vision and that only the freedom he possess at the moment wherein he is not signed to any commercial gallery will continue to encourage him to push the frontiers of his forte undeterred. The grip of the commercialization of his enterprise may limit his movement and curtail his themes to what the commercial art world has come to expect of young artists through the ruby of monetary value ingrained in the elusive gimmickry of what is trending or maybe he would take us farther and emerge amongst the rest when his mid career period catches up with him
Nelmarie du Preez won SASOL New Signatures Art Competition 2015 with the video installation To Shout. On 26 September 2016 I had the privilege of talking to her about her new work that was featured in her solo exhibition accompanying this year’s edition of the art competition. Our interview centered on the human-machine interrogation that pervades her work through her interaction with GUI (Her computer program performance partner) what is revealed on the surface is a preoccupation with what happens at the instance when we come into contact with technology. Du Preez argues that we partner with technology to achieve the required results although at times there is an error that occurs either on our part or on the part of the machine itself. The artist maintains that in this light it is important that we acknowledge that since we predate machines the error remains human in its latent form because machines cannot exist without humans.
I spoke to Thato Seboko on Tuesday 12 April ahead of his solo exhibition opening at the Mellow House Factory in Tshwane, Hatfield. The artist was excited about his upcoming exhibition which will feature a new body of work comprising of 16 artworks. Presently he is working with a new media – hair dye, which …
Tradition, absolutely I think that’s happening on a global level from what I can see when I look at the Venice Biennial – pieces that were there, I am excited by the fact that art moves and goes into new directions and I think it is great and South Africa, and so called African Art is huge in the world out there at the moment right now and it’s a great opportunity for us to go for it galleries are just waiting for good art to come out of Africa and it’ll be great if there was support in the South Africa of the arts, I don’t think, jeepers, enough is done around that theme. Artists needs support. I just feel that there is so much talent in South Africa and talent is not flipping race orientated you get born into it and I just [think] that hey the possibilities for studying art and entering competitions is all happening and we hear endless talk about job creation there is flipping job creation right there with people with their talents and artists start employing people to start helping them with their work' Elizabeth Balcomb
On the 7 February 2015 at about ten in the morning I was about to read the prepared speech below at the opening of Tshwane University of Technology Department of Fine and Applied Arts BTech exhibition while I noticed, in the sea of the crowd nestle here and there serious looks including a couple of people who rolled their eyes upwards in the ‘here it comes’ attitude. This together with the occasional air blows from the nearby air con which ruffled my prepared speech papers in its duel against the onslaught of summer heat convinced me to ditch the speech and speak from an improvised angle. I doubt if anyone ate from my palms. Contrary to popular believe of the little circle I belong to, I am never comfortable speaking in public, even if it’s about what I feel passionate about, art. I find solace in the written text. Presently I hope that the speech below does justice to my improvised performance.
So in a way now you are saying that the internet, as much as it is notorious for other things, it can be used to spread the beauty of art, the importance of art and the message that art carries.
However if I may be allowed the privilege to give a general commentary on creativity itself I would like to offer that the artist, the creative person whatever the vocation of creativity that they are grappling with, for them concentration is everything. For in their pursuit to reach the original artwork the artist must work hard ceaselessly. Then I believe that they will reach a state wherein there is a ceaseless stream of consciousness towards creative art production. It is in that state that the artist will produce remarkable work that can claim a place in visual art history. In the future students of the arts will come across their names and work. And this is the highest ideal that art energy should try and attain through the life of the artist. The artist can channel it only without compromising hard work.