» On the 23 of May 2016 I sat down with Taiwo Ohu against the background of his exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum at that time. He spoke to me about his training, the challenges that face in the crises of lack of traditional art making material and his then upcoming exhibition which was …
The UNISA 4th year Exhibition presents a bag of thought provoking ideas about what challenges the South African society is struggling with. Thematically speaking it is a journey from the self to the populace. Of course since the works are heavy in conceptual content and considerable in scale they may not make it into the private ordinary person collection echelons. These gestures are better suited for corporations. They are gestures to be savored in open uncontested conversations. The exhibition closes on 20 January 2017.
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.
To the observant and informed viewer armed with knowledge of what Ilandi Barkhuizen has set out to do presently will be in a fortunate position to witness the erection of a conversation between steel and paint in an attempt to animate these two materials towards mimicry.
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
Interview with Mxolisi Vusimuzi Beauchamp (Part III)