Intraparadox-profundity, Beauchamp

I want to cut this thing of tribalism in the arts. This is found in Afrikaner shows only, black shows only, still in 2021. In that sense you realise that you are stumbling across something that has been forged in steel, fire and blood for a long time. It is something that I always find interesting.
– Mxolisi Vusimuzi Beauchamp,
speaking in the context of Coffee + Medium Exhibition. 24 March 2021
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Connect Disconnect

In this short article I will limit myself to the viewing of four installations included in the exhibition as I feel that they specifically demonstrate Ingrid Bolton’s competent manipulation of copper as an artistic medium and they also represent the continuity of the artist’s artistic approach in her art making which I hazard to call the ‘concretization of scientific themes within the visual art domain’.… Read More Connect Disconnect

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Towards PLOSC and SLOSC Critic (part 1)

Abbreviated as PLOSC the Primary Level of Social Critique is transparent. Indeed Plosc could be thought of as the obvious aspects of what the work of art is about without recourse to the artist commentary on their own work to shine a torch ahead of us in aiding to reach a conclusion as to what the work is concerned with. Here our nearness to the culture and time that has given birth to the artist privileges us to be in step with the artist, to sort of ‘get him’.… Read More Towards PLOSC and SLOSC Critic (part 1)

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On the artist Tshepo DD Maponyane’s development

The aim of this essay is to trace the development of the career of Tshepo DD Maponyane based on an extensive interview that I conducted with him in 2011 shortly after his return from Bali. Already at that time plans were underway to mount an exhibition of his work at the Pretoria Art Museum to afford his home town to his oeuvre in one space. It is my hope that the reader will come to realise the conditions within which this artist has emerged. The critical assessment of the work of the artist is not part of the current essay but will form part of a separate essay entitled ‘Self Introspection – A critical assessment’ therein his visual art output selected for his solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum will be discussed. … Read More On the artist Tshepo DD Maponyane’s development

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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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