Friday, March 12, 2010

The state of the arts in South Africa

Food for thought: The state of the arts and the black arts of the state - by Mike van Graan who opened Time of the Writer in Durban this week. Read it here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Durban Arts Bus Trip

Some photos from my trip on the Durban Arts Bus (Dec last year). The galleries I managed to see were the KZNSA, the BAT centre, the Durban Art Gallery and artSPACE durban. These are some of my favourites from the trip. view of the harbour from the BAT centre gallery inside the BAT centre
BAT centre
The Arts Bus in action
The Playhouse (across the road from DAG)
Entrance to Durban Art Gallery which was showing Decade 10 years of The Sanlam Art Collection
Umtshotsho, Nicholas Hlobo, Standard Bank Young Artist 2009
Unit for Measure, Bronwen Lace and Vaughan Sadie
Jesus Walking on Water, Johannes Maswangany (Sanlam Art Colection)
Forces Favourite II, James Younge (Sanlam Art Collection)
After the Show, Stanley Bongani Nkosi (Sanlam Art Collection)
view into the Durban Art Gallery (Sanlam Art Collection)
"Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned, you will find that you cannot eat your money" on the staircase up to DAG. and "It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intende for their own sakes and not for the sake of something else"
Streets of Durban Town
Martin Burnett's work in his studio upstairs at artSPACE durban
Studio space at artSPACE durban (where I use to work from when I first moved to Durban in 2007)
The bus then went on to Gateway to visit the Kizo Gallery and some others, but unfortunatelty due to bad planning on my part I had to hotfoot it out of there. Will be sure to have my whole day free when the artsbus comes around again later this year!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Truly inspiring

I have been meaning to post about this for days. Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi's current exhibition Imizwa Yami, at the KZNSA is breathtaking. His work is truly incredible. He paints with a blowtorch and bits of plastic, creating monumental jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring pieces. But beyond that, he himself is a truly humble and inspiring character. Meeting him and listening to him talk at his walkabout last week was a great priviledge. He spoke about making something out of nothing, making something out of what others consider rubbish, making something of yourself, and what being an artist is all about - waking up each morning and taking one small step closer to that elusive place simply by making your art. And if you take that small step forward every day, success will take one step closer to meet you, every day. And that, he says, is guaranteed.
If he has another walkabout, I would highly recommend that everyone, artist or not, goes to hear this man speak. He truly makes you believe in the seemingly impossible. And he inspires you to believe in yourself.
His exhibition runs until 20 March. For more information click here.

Mbongeni Buthelezi during his walkabout at KZNSA