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‘IWOKE’ UP in INDIA by Ewok

The short story of the IWOKE wall, Chapel Rd, Bandra (west) Mumbai, India courtesy of South African artists Ewok and JFlame and with the full-on support of THE WALL PROJECT:

My name is Ewok (not from MSK crew, from Durban, South Africa).  Out of respect for the solid work EWOK (MSK) has put into that name I choose to write IWOKE when I write style.  This is a new mission of mine, all about this year, the year “I woke…” in a lot of ways.  I am writing this piece from an internet cafe in the Himalayas, on a leg of myself and my wife’s epic 6 week journey through India.  We are expecting our first child in January 2012 so he is along for the trip as well.  Last weekend Sunday, on our way to the mountains, we totally stoked out when we hooked up a wall to paint as part of our trip.  This was the last thing I could have expected, this has been a big year for Durban Graffiti art  and this wall came as a kind of reward.  To be so welcome to paint, so far from home but fully connecting with a city and its people in this way, this is the gift that The Wall Project offers international artists on a mission to rock global spots.


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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)

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.

CRIME SEEN MURAL by EWOK.

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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

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

the COLLECTIVE

Gangs of Graffiti


Piece in Mind – Ewok

A piece in mind brings peace of mind

So watch me take a piece of my mind and transform it into a piece on a wall

the mind behind the piece is so intense that the wall falls

Behind the wall lies all the crushed fantasies of a fake world

See me step through the destruction into

the fields of growth under the skies of purity and plenty into

the reality of true humanity

See me

standing free examining these surroundings an sounding out

The horns of my Soul Army coz

the fake world had me building defenses against those who

wanna harm me and

my sound is so strong that I hafta step back trip back an

slip back

back through the gap in the wall back

onto the concrete streets of the fake world of fences and razor wire that

lock us in an lock us out an lock us down as

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IRRESPONSIBLE SENSATIONALISM from THE MERCURY? By Iain Ewok Robinson

In response to todays (Monday 15th 2011) article in The Mercury under the title “GANG CAUGHT RED HANDED”:

A front page title such as GANG CAUGHT RED HANDED smacks of sensationalist and irresponsible journalism upon clearer analysis of the details of the event being described.

For any writer worth their pen, there can be no denying the obvious negative connotations associated with the use of a word like GANG in describing a group of urban youth, especially in a country and a city where violent gangsterism is still a serious issue affecting our communities. To label as a GANG a small group of young creative artists, engaging in what was quite obviously an unsuspecting and harmless act of craft and expression, is once again both short-sighted and potentially damaging for those involved, and can in no way be justified other than as an attempt at catching the attention of potential consumers of a product, in this case a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry

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