Mohlokomedi wa Tora »Lebohang Kganye, SASOL New Signatures 2017 overall winner’s exhibition is up at the Pretoria Art Museum. Her 2017 winning work was groundbreaking in terms of the animation approach she used to make the video installation in telling her family’s journey to Johannesburg. The pop-up book animation effect was pervasive in twofold. While… Read More Mohlokomedi wa Tora
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… Read More The Symphony of Line and Colour
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.… Read More The Quadrille of Torture, Pain, Steel and Paint
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.… Read More Speech: The Nature of an Artist’s journey
It is clear that the two advertisements, that of Cardbury and that of Telkom, though using babies as prominent elements or device within their architecture respectively, do not deal with the same content. Similarity though it is the surprise elements of fetuses singing or babies speaking which as an erected a myth astonishes us. These myths draw attention to the intended content that each of these advertisements seeks to deliver – ‘fresher experiences of what they are about’. I consider these two advertisements as fresh and clever in the way they make the viewer consider the infancy of experience itself.… Read More From a *bundle of joy’s perspective
Let us acknowledge that once the artwork goes public and holds its attention the artist is grabbling with external stimuli however the mode within which the artist is grappling with the issues concern shifts and heightens from personal to public. When the ground on which he operates shifts and heightens unfortunately for him He is no longer a private person entitled to their personal views, he speaks to the people for the people. The artist is no longer on a personal journey but he has harnessed the interests of the people. Positively he will be seen as endorsing the interests of those whose values he upholds and negatively he has taken a confrontational stance towards those who are opposed to the ideals reflected in his work. By hook or crook he now represents the ideals of a particular group of the society within which his practicing exists. He is positioned. … Read More Neo Resistance Art and its Fallacy
The organization of Fish Eagle Advertisement in the sequence of hierarchical specification has a psychological effect in the mind of the viewer, to be specific the prospective customer and those who drink the brandy in that they immediately see the drink as superior in nature due to its identification with the predator. … Read More Hierarchical specifications in Fish Eagle advertisement (revised edit)
There is a safety valve in place to cushion Avatar from becoming another cliché film dealing with apartheid ideology on a global level. This element is that the planet is inhabitable to human beings – without the use of oxygen masks they cannot survive in Pandora; henceforth the use of Avatars. Avatar reminds us that in the universe all is connected to the ‘Mother Earth’ and we are all siblings and are connected to her. By hurting the earth we are simply inflicting pain to our selves in the long run.
… Read More A Planet of the Six Legged Horses
Cyberspace, the nervous system of machines? In 1999 when the dust had settled after the Matrix (1999) had made its mark, it had set the tone for follow-up science fiction films; it had raised the bar through its rich and intricate narrative as well as through the special effects it incorporated. Today we have inherited films such as Equilibrium… Read More Surrogates
Western art, in order to reach its renewal at the dawn of the modern period, had to look beyond its shores for new approaches to art making. By deploying the art of the ‘other’, the primitive – the colonised – Modernism played a role in the colonialist path of exploiting primitivism in order to reach its goal of renewal.
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