Friday, October 17, 2014

The Little Bookcase.

I started a (small) community project on our outside wall. I commissioned L'Usband to build the cabinet, I painted it with happy stripes and a sign to match, and then I proceeded to fill it with books with the help of two friends. The idea is that people can take books for free, read them, keep them or pass them on to a friend or charity. The only proviso is that I ask people not to sell books they take.

A week into the project - about 14 books have been taken, and 3 books have been added by persons unknown. Pretty cool, hey!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Masiphumelele Group Exhibition.

Michaelis (UCT) School of Fine Art 3rd year students are exhibiting work at the Masiphumelele Library from 6 - 18 October as part of a community outreach programme. We went to have a look today.

The Mystical Bookworm (Emily Allen)

Unyawo Alunampumlo (Daniela Puccini) - to accompany the labyrinth in the courtyard, and my favourite piece of the show.

Cyclically feminine (Sue Greeff) - working with ten young local females, this collaboration resulted. Crystals are growing on each ovoid shape - unfortunately not clearly visible on my cellphone picture!

Unfortunately I missed the name of the painter of the triptych below. The three paintings illustrate three traditional Masiphumelele stories. The second one is very poignant. Not all stories have a happy ending ...

Humble Beginnings (Amy Louise Spring) - working with four young local girls, the artist explored their dreams and hopes for the future with them.  It is great to see that young girls today see options for themselves that we (as 1960's kids) would never have dreamt could be achieved by a woman. After the more traditional choices of teacher and nurse, the last two girls dream of becoming a pilot and a soldier respectively!

A Woven Strength (Pamela Mulock-Bentley)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Walking Tour of the Studio.

No, not my studio. William Kentridge's.
We went to this lecture last week ...

where the artist spoke (most eloquently, as always) about his work and his process.

Phrases that stuck with me: "stalking the image ..."  "behind every certainty there is a violence ..." and strangely enough, "carrots, cumin and brisket", the last one being ingredients for a dish that he was going to cook, and which popped up in his mind, very unZenlike, while he was doing a 5-minute meditation on a tree in his garden.

At the event I got hold of this publication (L'Usband's early Christmas present to me, yippeeee):

which contains the text of his 6-part lecture series at Harvard University (videos can be found here)

He very kindly signed my copy ...
but I thought it wise to obliterate his signature in the photo, for obvious reasons.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Day Measured in Objects.

Another zine. At 15 random times during the day I decided to note the time and the object I was working with at that time. Quite an interesting exercise. I then made drawings (black pen) and photocopied them onto coloured paper to make the zine. It has a 5-hole sewn binding.

Some of the pages in the zine:


Other objects were: a toothbrush, a reel of cotton, a plug, and ear bud, a wine glass, a pill holder, a stapler, a pair of glasses, an apple, and a pair of scissors.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mail art exhibition.

Today is the opening of the second mail art exhibition in which I have taken part
Portugal, anyone?
Oh well, in spirit I will be there!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Live Art Festival 2014

A few photographs of some of the events at this year's Live Art Festival. (Cellphone pictures though, and taken at night ...)
Some performances were provocative, some thought-provoking, some controversial, some beautiful, some powerful, some amazing, some fun, some scary, some plain weird. But there was not a single one I would not have wanted to see.
From Eyes Closed with Piñata by Thalia Laric and Steven van Wyk:

From Apple Girl by Jill Joubert:

From Quartier Sud by Raphael Christian Etongo:

From do it by Hans Ulrich Obrist and the Independent Curators International and locally organised by Josephine Higgins:

From Eleegba (Oginrinringinrin III) by Jelili Atiku:

Friday, September 5, 2014

In the printing studio.

Positioning the inked-up plate on the press. The plate is part of my Marikana series, about the shootings at the Lonmin mine at Marikana on 16 August 2012. Lots of work still to be done on each plate.
(Photo by Colleen Ross)