Monthly Archives: September 2011
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A letter from Durban resident Barbie Page, to The Mercury newspaper:
Barbie Page – “graff fan”
Street Scene Tours in association with the COLLECTIVE and Gangs of Graffiti brings you
THE CRIME SEEN TOUR
a once-off GRAFFITI ART BUS
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”
Opening Monday, 5 September 2011 at 6/6:30pm
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!
THIS EXHIBITION CLOSES ON SATURDAY, 1 OCTOBER AT 2 P.M.
the COLLECTIVE Team
Mon – Friday 10:00 – 17:00
an artSPACE durban initiative