Intraparadox, Zanele Montle, a pentagonal-xperience

In the context of the Turbine Art Fair 2022, which is in its tenth year running, I reached out to Mme Zanele Montle, a contemporary artist based at August House, Johannesburg. Her work is featured in the Lizamore & Associates booth at the fair this weekend in an exhibition aptly titled Young Spirits. I’ll confess, my reaching out to Mme Montle was not only to satisfy my curiosity in seeing her new work, but to also evolve an understanding of where she is creatively. To a small extent there was also a need to get a sense of what the Art Fair means to her as an artist. The present work represents this search.… Read More Intraparadox, Zanele Montle, a pentagonal-xperience

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Intraparadox, An Interview with Andrea du Plessis, Interplay Origins

In this interception, I have a conversation with the artist herself following her winning of SASOL New Signatures Art Competition 2021. Our conversation traces her earlier attempts at entering the art competition, the development of her art practice and the evolution of the ideas and techniques that made Paloceae Lupantoza come into being.… Read More Intraparadox, An Interview with Andrea du Plessis, Interplay Origins

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Intraparadox, An Interview with Sello Letswalo, O’ Foreman

In this interception, I have a conversation with Sello Letswalo following his recent pop-up exhibition, O’ Foreman, at Trent Gallery, in Tshwane. The artist asserts that in that exhibition, he was preoccupied with Totems as forms of identity, their connection to our lineage and, to a certain extent, our customs.… Read More Intraparadox, An Interview with Sello Letswalo, O’ Foreman

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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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Mbongeni R. Buthelezi – Blowing life into plastic

There I was on that Sunday beholding his rather stocky frame perusing Leornado’s anatomical facsimiles in Preiss Hal – one of the Art Museum’s gallery. It was five to six hours later after watching the pre-recorded interview of his. I chanced a greeting and I was delighted when he gave me a friendly reply punctuated by a slow and humbled voice. Such is the delight when an aspiring artist meets an established artists, polarity is established instantly. However my knowledge of Durant Sihlali is rather limited to books for I had only that one brief privilege encounter with him. His contributions to South African art started to flood my mind as time went by for I began to grasp the nature of black South African artists contribution to South African art later in my life.… Read More Mbongeni R. Buthelezi – Blowing life into plastic

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