In this week’s edition of creative cool, we’re looking forward to exhibition openings, bold new visual work across the realms of photography and graphic design, a brand new web-series set in Joburg, and a strikingly cinematic music video for Durban’s DJ Lag. Check it all out below.
ENDO An Exploration of the Skeleton by Chris Slabber
An exhibition consisting of multiple pieces using three different mediums – ink Illustration, mixed media collage and photo manipulation – ENDO is a recent exhibition curated by the Dead Bunny Society.
With this body of work, Slabber wants to “discard the notion that the skeleton is a representation of the temporary nature of life, and the evil or unknown, and would rather explore the physical beauty of the object in itself and its constructed composition. The subject matter ranges from; immediate observation to the imaginative, the psychological implications and the cross cultural ancestral connections.” Get the details over here.
Prints on Paper Pop-up exhibition
This Saturday 18 February sees the opening of another Pop-up exhibition by Prints on Paper. The exhibition will be showcasing new and old prints in a variety of printmaking techniques, featuring artists Minenkulu Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale, Sanele Omari Jali, Sifiso Temba, Sthembiso Zwane and more. Head down to Assemblage, 1 Marshall Street, Ferreirasdorp to check it out.
Gateway website and zine launch by Genevieve Louw
Gateway is a Website and Zine that serves as an archive/collection of material exploring and interrogating collaborative and educational art practice. The project serves as Genevieve Louw’s final body of work for her Masters in Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand. On Gateway, Louw says the following: “During the process of writing Gateway I realised the importance of facing and raising tensions, and allowing the experience of the ‘uncomfortable’. By not circumventing or avoiding, shaming or pitying, but traveling through the uncomfortable, I discovered questions of my own.” The launch takes place at 7pm this Saturday 18 February 7pm at Braamfontein’s The Point of Order.
Rich Is Black & Vice Versa by Thandazani Nofingxana
A series of bold and near-hypnotic motifs, Rich is Black & Vice Versa (RIBVV) is the project of designer Thandazani Nofingxana. “RIBVV is an exploration of personal experience with regards to my dark skin,” she explains. “For quite some time I have been insecure about my dark complexion, obviously being pressured by societal perception on what beauty is and what perfection is, which usually not in the favour of the darker tone (that was long time ago though, simply because I understand).” View the full series on Instagram.
Reeds of Iqhawe: Influences of Butoh on Iqhawe by Oupa Sibeko
Reeds of Iqhawe: Influences of Butoh on Iqhawe, is shot by Ben Skinner, and conceptualized and performed by Oupa Sibeko. The project is a performance art and dance project exploring the connectedness of the body, mind and soul to the effect that it influences growth, stability and consciousness. On the project, Sibeko explains: “My body is central to my work and my body is the ultimate library I visit for inspiration, ideas and art…In this series of images shot by Ben Skinner, the images tell a story of a transforming body and there is a movement of life and death portrayed by the subject in the images.”
Geometric art by Thapelo Masebe
A Cape Town-based student, Thapelo Masebe creates digital, geometric artworks that seek to open discussion around what constitutes art. Heavily line-based and part of a series of similar works, the piece announces itself with near-hypnotic detail. View more of Masebe’s work here.
The intimate photographic works of Tshepo Moloi
Tshepo Moloi is a Mpumalanga-Daggakraal photographer, currently based in Johannesburg. The photographer explains that his work is inspired by Johannesburg’s huge number of residents, all of markedly different cultural backgrounds. “The city is a one of diverse cultures, living as one community. This means that most residents have learned not only to speak multiple languages, but also to accommodate and understand one another’s fundamentally varying approaches to life,” he explains. See more of Moloi’s work over here.
Once Upon a Time in Jozi
A new web-series based in Joburg, Once Upon a Time in Jozi focuses on young Joburgers in the age of social media, fame and relationships and asks the questions: Can the three coexist? Matome Senyolo and Thabang Phetla, the producers and writers of the series explain that through working in the television industry themselves, a desire to see more of their own personalities in the media drove them to create the web-series. “We just wanted to reflect our lives that we hardly ever see on TV,” says Thabang. “Where young dudes and gals who are not necessarily thugs, dying of aids or are some super rich BEE cats can say, ”Hey, that’s me!'” The first episode airs on Friday 24 February, but you can watch the trailer below.
Filmed by Chris Kets and premiered on FACT magazine, the music video for DJ Lag’s ‘Ice Drop’ is a striking piece of work. The video follows Lag into his neighbourhood – Durban’s Kwa-Dabeka township – through cinematic overhead shots, theatrical dance scenes, and a touch of glitchy animation. Give it a watch below.
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