Monthly Archives: September 2011

Paint the Future Party: Alliance Franscaise

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Success!  R1500 through the door equals approximately 30 cans of premium paint, plus onetwo outside donations and the generous sponsorship of 100 CANS from Durbans premier underground art store STEP UP GALLERY (Sandy Centre, Pinetown), all together creating a thick rack of color to be lovingly and finely processed and produced upon our awaiting cityscape!

With performances by SPITMUNKY and JET WENTWORTH, customization from FINK and CADE, shirt stencilling from PTF Crew, and a host of heads nodding and chilling and celebrating the postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7, this evening was a fresh approach to catalization through cans and capitilization on cannisters…much respect to all involved in pulling this off…Durban stays fresh once again!


SAPS Wall: The Alliance Franscaise

The Alliance Franscaise in Morningside, Durban.  Proud supporter of Gangs Of Graffiti, sporting a fresh facelift in the form of some aerosol artistry, completed on the day of the Paint The Future party and postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7…


Editorial: Focus on the Aerosol 7 Trial

I have been looking back at what people have written, on this site and others, and while I agree that there is need for debate, I’m getting frustrated with how futile the debate can feel, and how freely this incident is debated AT ALL with the detachment which online spaces bring. 

Until it is clear that these arrests are not an issue of taste or opinion, the conversation is useless. The awareness and enthusiasm and solidarity is nothing more than empty hype unless we open our mouths and speak up, and speak with purpose, on wrongful punishment.

There has been some pretty important, and some pretty banal conversation since word about the arrests spread. Many of us have developed relationships because of it, from no commonality besides being pissed off on their behalf. Some, particularly those juiced up on the vitriol of Facebook, have voiced their suspicion of the whole affair, that vandals are vandals and art in public property needs a different set of standards and rules, it’s not all free-the-artist and let-love-rule. Some have said we’re making martyrs out of graffiti writers and called it laughable. Read the rest of this entry

Some Get Sentenced, Some Get Awards

 A conversation with intrepid street artist JR, who recently won the $100,000 TED Prize and used it to launch his Inside Out project.

[One trend I wish would go away is] the way that brands take over the artists, sometimes not supporting them but using them. I believe there is a very fine line and a frame to respect if you want to keep your ethic. As most of the financing from states has disappeared, the only way left to live from your art, for the ones who don’t sell in galleries, is through brands.

Most of the brands don’t actually support the artists for the purpose of the artists’ goals, but for their own communication beliefs. I am still dreaming of patronage and philanthropy, but all I see is sponsoring.


Inside Out Project

Follow Your Art Opening – Ewok

“I thought I knew exactly what I was gonna say and how I was gonna say it this evening, until I popped into the gallery early for a sneak preview.  I totally became a kid again.  I was so excited that I started vocalizing every time I saw a new piece.  One of the curators commented that she hoped everyone would be as excited as I was.  I said I didn’t think that they would be as vocal, but I was sure they would be equally as stoked.
I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer skill in all of the technique on display, the absolute quality of craftsmanship, from the Free Beer to the ChangeRoom recycled cassette belt buckles.

I was totally stoked on the energy inherent in all of the work, on the walls and the canvasses and the found objects, it just seemed to be screaming at me in some kind of insane visual hysterical laughter and I couldn’t help but screech back.  The mixing of mediums, the fresh styles and the complete and utter embrace of grungy now pop clashing culture, carried off in fine Durban laid back it-is-what-it-is style had me totally buzzing.

Then it was the full-on life affirming society stripping messages in all of the work, provocative, catchy, funny, relevant and conscious and correct, everything mainstream advertising trains to attain, all contained in this one mind-blasting space of cool kid culture.  Cool in the way it is rad to be able to hookup the lightie at the robots with a couple crown on your way home walking past all those dirty walls.  Cool like it is when you kick the breeze over a brew with a bru while the band settles into the next set and you both think their sound is okay, saluting them with a cold quart.  Cool like cool should be, like whatever is clever, like sweet is subject to taste so your sweet might not be mine but that’s fine.  Cool like the Durban collective.
So, some words about the FOLLOW YOUR ART exhibition.

This is an exhibition of art that exists outside of any exhibition space.  Without the galleries or the exhibitions, this art will still find its way to you.  This art actively seeks you out, in its fashion and its design and its music and the way it constantly occupies physical public spaces, this is a culture of art comin’ at you.

It brings itself to you, and it will find you, and because it is so able to do this, it becomes fully aware of the responsibility that is intrinsic in this brazen act of attitude and self confidence.  The responsibility, when claiming public spaces, to benefit the viewer in some way, to enhance the experience of that space, and need it be said, to contribute to its community.  This is not selfish art, or subliminal art that asks so much of the viewer and yet seems so unwilling to translate or be translated.  This art wants to communicate clearly with you, and it understands the necessity for this type of communication in bringing people together, in supporting other sub-cultures within its own, in inspiring further developments through the free sharing of its craft.
This is our art, as a community of creatives, musicians designers writers authors poets performers activists and accompanying heads, this is our art.  This art is a gift, as in free and I hope you like it, as in I want you to have this, a gift as in out of respect for you and in celebration of you.

 This art is a gift, from a generation of artists who want to play their part for us all, who want to communicate for us all, who actively seek to define clearly the many messages of our collective culture, who are not satisfied only in the journey from studio to gallery space to collectors wall, but are focussed on playing a real part in influencing and supporting and promoting every aspect of our day to day missions.

In this way, we are the art, and they are the artists, and in typical wonderful flip the script mash-up anything goes style, the opposite also applies. This exhibition pays tribute to our collective fashions, our collective music, our collective and diverse ideologies and all of the in-between idiosyncrasies that allow us all to keep the fire burning, to keep our cool, and to keep conscious.”

(Images courteSy of the COLLECTIVE)

S.A.P.S Wall #5


SAPS Wall #5

A letter from Durban resident Barbie Page, to The Mercury newspaper:

Yesterday I was extremely privileged to watch a group of talented young artists brighten up a drab
neighbourhood wall. My neighbour had complained about the state of the front wall of her property and I suggested inviting a group of graffiti artists to use it as their blank canvas. She jumped at the idea and so I contacted Iain (Ewok) Robinson to come around and have a look at the wall and meet the owner of the property, which he happily did. The group arrived yesterday morning and after cleaning and preparing the wall with steel brushes, settled down to work. Throughout the day I took photographs and constantly uploaded them to Facebook to chronicle the progress. By the early evening the wall had been transformed into a vibrant palette of colour and movement – an eyesore is now a thing of beauty.




What struck me was the peaceful and friendly atmosphere as these young people went about doing what they love- expressing their individuality and talent. The neighbours from our street all came along to have a look, chat with the artists and to show support.


 This kind of art is not subversive. It’s a part of today’s young culture, a form of expression like rap and hip-hop. These youngsters are not vandals- they envision and create form and design where our unimaginative brains are unable to.  They are hugely talented artists, pure and simple, and should be encouraged.



Come on Durban- show them your support. Let them help turn our city into a place as vibrant and colourful as it likes to advertise itself !




Barbie Page – “graff fan”


CRIME SEEN: Gangs of Graffiti hits Street Scene

From pencil to piece… new day, new art up in Durban. Street Scene HQ turns CRIME SEEN ahead of the Crime Seen Tour on September 14th.


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THE CRIME SEEN TOUR: Saturday 10th September 2011

Street Scene Tours in association with the COLLECTIVE and Gangs of Graffiti brings you



that trips you through the hidden “Street Galleries”

of the city 

 From historical ganglands to up-market suburbs, spotting the stains on City structures that have re-ignited the age-old debate “Is it Art or is it Vandalism?”.  Join professional Aerosol Artist and Spoken Word poet Iain EWOK Robinson while he guides you through the history of the Durban Graffiti Art scene.  Witness walls being painted, meet the artists behind the masks, capture footage of these unique hidden spaces that give a city its underground energy.  This tour takes you from the tiniest tags through to the double-story Murals that decorate your daily drive.

 Starting and ending at THE COLLECTIVE Gallery, Durban’s freshest Art space that is currently hosting the “Follow Your Art” Street Art inspired exhibition, Street Scene will transport you in comfort and style as you roll from “crime scene” to “crime scene”, diving into the unseen realm of urban art expression.

 For all true Arts adventurers, this unique once-off experience, complete with refreshments and expert assistance, is available for a clean R200 a head.

 The tour begins mid-morning on Saturday the 10th of September and finishes with a complimentary drink at THE COLLECTIVE in the mid-afternoon.

 Tickets are limited and can be booked in advance through STREET SCENE TOURS.

 Interested journalists and media outlets can contact STREET SCENE TOURS for more information.

Street Scene Tours


Gangs of Graffiti

Follow Your Art at the COLLECTIVE


 “Follow Your Art”

Opening Monday, 5 September 2011 at 6/6:30pm

Live music by Danti Daxi, The Otherwise and Asleep in Transit, launch of “Free Beer 6”, and possible live art performances. Cash bar and coffee available.
                                                                                                                  Dutch Ink, “Aweh my bru”
 “Follow Your Art”: Contemporary/street culture is a first of its kind exhibition of art and design at THE COLLECTIVE.  It celebrates the production and cultural influence of youth cultures. Skateboarding, graffiti, comics and design have not only affected fashion, music, literature, and film, they have influenced a generation of young artists who identify with the lifestyle and counter-culture stance of these creative art forms born from the street.  In addition to including works in all mediums by more than 50 artists, “Follow Your Art” includes music, album covers, skateboards and “zines” that reveal the spirit and vitality of street culture and its ever expanding influence on the youth of tomorrow.

The unifying traits of these artists, whose styles still lie outside the world of conventional gallery art, include an interest in pop culture iconography and a nonsensical do-it-yourself attitude.  “Follow Your Art” traces the early influences on this new generation of Artists, Filmmakers, Illustrators, Graffiti writers, Cartoonists and Designers, and explores the broader cultural trends that make their work what it is today.

“Follow Your Art”  aims to offer each artist an outlet to express their personal perspectives to enable them to engage in an intercultural dialogue and expose themselves to other sub-cultural diversities within our city and beyond.  We hope this exhibition will be the first of many, where we can view the best and most inspirational local and international artists.  Most of all let’s have some fun whilst expressing who we are through our respected art forms!



 Amy-Jo Windt | Sayuri Naidoo | Lisa Herselman
48b Florida Road (entrance in 4th Avenue next to Ike’s)
Tel: +27 (0)31 303 4891
Mon – Friday 10:00 – 17:00
 Sat & Public Holidays: 10:00 – 14:00

an artSPACE durban initiative

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