Yesterday I took part in a communal creative session at art jamming studio in Cape Town where a number of artists were invited to do an artwork for Cape Town band The Plastics’ new album Pyramid. We were each given a song for which we had to create a visual based on our understanding for the song.
Due to the transitional phase I find myself in at this point time with my work and the fact that I would like to leave Cape Town travel, I decided to paint my old studio with a hint of a seascape in it. I wanted to create something that gave the viewer imaginative freedom. You can literally climb up the ladder and look through the wall and see another world.
Check out The Plastics new album, Pyramid. and the following link to see the photos.
So I’ve moved into a new studio pictured below. Above is a picture of the one I’ve just moved out of, now empty and derelict. As I type this I’m in the process of setting up my new space. Yesterday we put up sheets of ply so that there’s a nice flat wall to work off. The walls still need another coat of paint, but I intend to move all my furniture and and organise the general layout of the space today. Have a look at the pictures below to see how everything has taken shape.
The new space
Outside my new studio looking in
A lot of kak
Painted the walls, then decided it’s best if they were flat.
1 hour down 1 board up 7 more to go.
Luckily Simon arrived.
We then figured out an awesome way to put all the boards up.
A few hours later we were painting.
Finished up at about 8pm. Epic!
Thanks to Simons efforts, two draughts from downstairs, a massive gatsby and some awesome tunes, the whole process was rather entertaining and quite memorable. Dankie meneer.
Some Hockney and a little bit of Richter and maybe a cloud or two. Things are pretty nuts at the moment. I am currently in the process of moving to a new studio so everything is a bit deur mekaar (all over the place) There won’t be any posts for a few days now, but as soon as I start getting some order in the new space I’ll be uploading photos. In the mean time here are a few photos in an attempt to show you what’s going on in my head and the chaos that is the studio.
I am sorry to say that I am missing a few photos that document the start of each painting. I was a bit nuts and documenting every step was not my priority but I realise now that it is kind of important. None the less these were seven quick paintings I did for Creative Block I use them as a way to explore different techniques and ways of working with colour. Only 4 were selected, I need to keep working on the two cityscapes and the light.
Misty Cliffs Black and White, Scarborough, Cape Town
These two seascapes are inspired by Gerhard Richter and Hiroshi Sugimoto. I feel like I’ve gone full circle in my work. But shooting these feels slighlty different. I now have a better understanding of what both artists were trying to achieve as opposed to just capturing something beautiful. I’m a sucker for beautiful work, but I’m realising it’s easy to make something look beautiful. Furthermore the point is not to make it look ugly for the sake of looking ugly. Instead the aim I suppose is to find a balance between and create work that captures meaning and has depth. How it looks depends on the meaning embedded in the work. I’m trying to leave the seascapes now, or at least change the direction on them based on what I’ve learnt so far. I cannot continue painting for the sake of just making something look beautiful. That has never been my aim anyway, but a lot of the truth and raw details are covered up through out the process of my paintings . This is maybe what I want to show.
I’m slowly getting behind the painting above. I’m not documenting the process behind this one as intensely as I did the last, but documenting it none the less. I’ve taken a different approach yet again and am painting in acryllic at the moment instead of oil. It’s awesome to only have to clean your brushes with water.
This is a process blog of my own work so I shouldn’t be uploading work of other artists. But the work of David Hockney is something I have been interested in for a while and spent much of the day yesterday researching the 2 paintings below and the one above. Therefore it only makes sense for me to upload the three paintings as I feel they are relevant to what I’m thinking about at the moment.
Sometimes I tend to spin out. Ask myself why am I doing this, have doubts and basically go into a state of panick. During these times I’ve started to realise that the best thing to do is to lock myself in my studio and just make stuff. This way instead of dwelling on the thoughts I am rather being productive.
On Wednesday the 9th of May at 18:00 White Termite by Liza Grobler opened at the Brundyn and Gonsalves gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition draws loosely on Eugene Marais’s book, Soul of the White Ant as well as many of Lizas’ own thoughts and ideas. There are many recurring themes in each work which help to tie the executed exhibtion together to make it a piece in its own right. Below are a few photos taken just before the opening. I have had the privilege of assisting Liza for close to 3 months now with both this exhibtion and the Mooiuitsig to Mooi Uitsig artventure in Hangklip Baai in March. If you’re in Cape Town I highly recomend see-ing this show.
To read more about the show you can click here and see more photos here
For the past few weeks I’ve been working with artist Liza Grobler and photographer Hannah Paton on HAWK (Hangklip Art Week). The aim of the event was to bring together artists from an urban environment (Cape Town) and rural environment (hangklip BAai) to exhibit and showcase work together outside of the gallery which has becoming a traditional space for viewing art. Without disempowering the idea the gallery HAWK aims to break to boundaries and make art more accesible to the public.
Over the weekend past we had our open studios exhibtion. This was basically an event where artist studios were open to the public for them to see and engage with the artists and their work. Below I’ve just uploaded a few shots of my studio in which I reside.
So I designed this sign below to advertise the up and coming exhibtion that takes place at our studio this weekend. In a gail force South Easter, Chris slack and I pasted up the sign without being blown off the balcony.
These are a few photos of a book i made, with the help of Hanlie Coetzee who bound it for me, for my best mate Marti to take to Canada. It’s a book of quotes comprised of photos I’ve taken of quotes and things I’ve written on the wall in my room. He’s in the process of slowly adding his own to the book as he missions along on his travels. This book is going to become GOLD!!
Process photos of the paintings I’ve been busy with. There are still things I’m trying to resolve, but just thought I’d share them with you anyway. I’m very happy with the first one, but the others still need work.
So i’m just busy on some small (21cm by 21cm) for a restaurant in Gardens called Lazari. Really just bread and butter money, but I use it as a way to play and explore which is always awesome. I’ve just started the ones you see below except for the 3rd painting, that one i’ve been busy with for awhile
This is my studio. Finally moved in and settled. I’m sharing this space with 5 other artists who are all doing really interesting stuff.
These are very basic experiments looking at glazing, a technique in oil painting, which is the process of layering one colour on top of another to achieve a new colour. For example if you laid blue over yellow the colour you would then see is green. Results below.
Recently we ran a Faceless session in Woodstock with the help of Shani Judes of SJ Artists. She is currently running a project called Pastewhich aims to showcase art outside of a gallery context in different urban spaces. We recently ran a faceless session in the suburb of Woodstock in Cape Town with some of the design students from city varsity. This was the outcome
To see more click HERE and if you really want to get into it you can read up on it HERE
Preparing to experiment with a technique called glazing which, simply put, is the process of layering colours on top of one another. These are photos of the first colours laid down in different ways on different surfaces.