Macaque [(selfie)] Effect

The Macaque is the ‘other’, he cannot speak for himself he is spoken for. Worse thing, he might not even care. For all that we may take a light guess: he had fun and that was that. He has moved on. On the other hand the equipment belonged to David Slater without whose equipment the jolly loving Crested Black Macaque Monkey would not have been captured. Fairness has it that credit must be given where it is due – Macaque or Slater? My verdict: I think both made the image possible. … Read More Macaque [(selfie)] Effect

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Neo Resistance Art and its Fallacy (final edit!)

Now as I jot this article that artwork has evolved from being an aggravating work praised as brave and avant-garde to a vandalized artwork following two men who entered the gallery, apparently total strangers to each other, and took turns defacing the painting. While the white man crossed both the face and the genitalia with red paint the black man smeared black paint both on the face, part of the right side of the figure and the genitalia area. While the black man who vandalized the artwork after the white man was the first to be arrested the white man almost fled the gallery uncaught if it weren’t for the press that pointed out he should be also be arrested. I shall stop here with this description of the work and the incident surrounding its defacing lest I lose sight of what I am concerned with here. But I wish to venture that the artwork now has attained a state of a performance piece with the added actions of the two men. Though defaced, it has not lost its gravity as offensive and vulgar. It has now being relegated to a pseudo avant-garde by bourgeois standards but far from kitsch considering its genesis and the new meaning it is pregnant with.… Read More Neo Resistance Art and its Fallacy (final edit!)

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Hosea Matlou: Towards Simplicity

Arriving in Gauteng – Tshwane in the new century Matlou hailed from Polokwane in Ga-Sekgopo district. His plans initially were to study Finance and accounting at Tshwane University of Technology (then Pretoria Technical College). With minimum training in the visual art received from sessions attended at a community based art project Matlou left the institution in middle of his second year level to pursue a full time career as an artist.… Read More Hosea Matlou: Towards Simplicity

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A View of Four Dada Portraits

According to Tristan Tzara ‘In art, Dada reduces everything to an initial simplicity, growing always more relative. It mingles its caprices with the chaotic wind of creation and barbaric dances of savage tribes (Chipp 1968: 386). This is indeed true of figure 1. The composition is simple and it looks like anyone who is not an artist might have produced the artwork.… Read More A View of Four Dada Portraits

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