Ways of Seeing opens at /A WORD OF ART this Thursday but is a result of a month long, cross-country painting project, called ACRYLICWALLS.
For the project, a group of both local and international street artists, Freddy Sam (Cape Town), Know Hope (Tel Aviv), Gaia (NY/Baltimore) and Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires), created outdoor murals in Cape Town and Johannesburg sharing their perspectives on South Africa. They documented every step of the way through the shared photo journal, acrylicwalls.tumblr.com.
Thursday will see the culmination of the project and the opening of an exhibition featuring the studio work completed by the four artists over this time.
For Ways of Seeing, Know Hope is dealing with images such as flags, fences and borders, researching and examining these symbols and what they represent, with an emphasis on seeing them as ‘things that stand between’. He says, “I’ve been interested in observing these issues, not necessarily from a directly political point of view, but more looking at them and their impact as an emotional mechanism.”
Gaia will be exploring how one person’s freedom is another’s oppression; flattening objects from South Africa’s history and everyday life. JAZ’s work will be an exploration of the idiosyncrasy of the country and how it embraces him and affects his brush stroke. Freddy Sam will be exploring new ways of seeing our country from a different perspective and is inspired to do so by working closely with the other three.
Date – January 24th (runs till March 9th)
Time – 7pm
With music by Gary Morris and Marco Nicolas Filby
Preview walkabout with artists Gaia and Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam from 6 to 7pm on the night.
The ACRYLICWALLS street art: