Lonely Nights | Solo Exhibition by Banele Khoza
Nkululeko – Freedom | Solo Exhibition by Alex Msibi:
09 March (18:00) – 30 March 2017
at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Join us for a walkabout with Banele Khoza and Alex Msibi
Saturday, 25 March 2017 (11:00)
Lonely Nights by Banele Khoza, shows a break from the intimate digital and ink drawings that Khoza has gained traction with in the industry. Alongside his intimate works, he now creates large ethereal paintings. This exhibition reflects the artist’s experience during 210 consecutive nights spent mostly in isolation, whilst in conversation with his art-making materials. The feelings that this experience evoked, is familiar to the artist: “When have my nights not been lonely? Leaving for boarding school at the age of 13 was probably a start to these traumatic nights. Ten years later: I am still far from home, I have woken up into this routine and no one is there to question if I had good day, my house only becomes a home with the presence of friends and family and the moment they step out it becomes four walls with concrete furniture.” Khoza continues his ongoing exploration of the complexities of the digital realm, critically commenting on the voyeuristic element of social media. Through this exhibition, he explores the loneliness users often experiences when engaging on social media; whilst looking and the illusionary “exciting lives” of other users, one still lacks human interaction.
Alex Msibi’s solo project, Nkululeko – Freedom is an extension of the artwork, Desiccated In State Of Tranquility with which he won the Thami Mnyele Painting Prize with in 2016. What appears to be in contrast with the title, his imagery mostly deals with concepts of suffocation, pain, survival or death. Together with a performative film, his paintings mostly capture suffocating figures inside plastic bags. Some of these scenes are set in his hometown, Newcastle Madadeni, In Kwazulu Natal. The artist metaphorically portrays the angst and fear of dying or entrapment in an abusive relationship. One might feel uneasy with the intensity and horror of the scenes, but at the same time strangely comforted by the skilled painting and harmonious colour pallet. These morbid scenes might appear to be tranquil and even romantic. It is as if Msibi wants to lull the viewer into knowing that death is not necessarily an end but could in fact be a new beginning. After all, it was his near-death experience that inspired a career in the Arts and his zest for life.
The SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Top 30 Exhibition
6 April (18:00) – 29 April 2017
The SA Taxi Foundation Art Award is unique in the South African visual arts community in that it requires artists to create a piece of visual art and then interpret and transport the artwork onto a minibus taxi decal which requires the skill of design and this is where the significance of the award lies.
Artists need to go beyond their normal focus on expressing their particular vision in an original artwork. They must also work to a commercial design brief. In the process, the broader public is exposed to art via minibus taxis that carry the decal design on a range of routes across the country. In addition to innovating at the level of the visual arts, the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award has called for a new approach to the production of decals for minibus taxis. Normally, as advertising, decals cover a single panel or the back door of the vehicle. The award artworks, however, cover much larger areas of the vehicle and artists are involved in brainstorming with the SA Taxi Media division to help them redesign their original decal concepts to optimise the way the decal wraps around a vehicle.
Each year’s winner of the competition receives a cash prize of R50 000 and each of the five finalists receives a cash prize of R10 000. The Top 30 semi-finalists’ exhibition is displayed at the Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, 6 April 2017 to 29 April 2017. The six winning decal designs are then displayed on 10 minibus taxis each, which travel different areas of the country for a period of six months.
Art Source South Africa and Lizamore & Associates are hosting a seminar on Professional Practice and the Business of Arts
23 – 24 April 2017
Titled “Show me the Money”, this seminar focusses on critical financial aspects of the Visual Art Sector.
Art Source South Africa and Lizamore & Associates are hosting a seminar on Professional Practice and the Business of Arts, for artists looking to effectively navigate their professional careers. Those who have attended past seminars will benefit from this new content, as well as those artists who are looking to understand how the financial side of a professional art career works.
While talent, dedication, technical expertise and hard work are necessary to create an artwork; information, a clear plan and an understanding of the business of art develops a career! This is what this seminar programme offers. Building on eight years of presenting to artists, gallerists, lecturers and other visual arts professionals, the seminar series has been a popular event on the arts calendar and was nominated for a 2014 Business and Arts Awards. These seminars are focused on key aspects of financial sustainability, career development, business strategy and industry knowledge that are necessary to navigate through the art world with success.
Says a past delegate: “Wow – was left so inspired by your seminar! I have so much to work for and look forward to. You all shared so much passion for the art world that I really do want to be part of it on a much bigger scale and you made me feel that it really is possible”.
FEES: R 1300-00| Includes: Two day seminar, full course pack, refreshments.
For bookings contact: Les Cohn – 082 394 7417 | lescohn@
Image: Sicelo Ziqubu’s artwork entry