Elize De Beer had an opportunity to chat to João Orecchia at our Arts on Main Workshop about his music and artistic practice ahead of his upcoming exhibition Instruction, opening 14 May 2019 – 142A Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. João Orecchia is a Johannesburg based artist, composer and maker of physical and virtual “things” that play with reality by deconstruction, shifting expectations of standard uses or purposes of objects and processes. Orecchia talks about his visual exploration of his playful and intuitive working process with sound and music. He finds ways of charting sonic movements and translations onto paper, developing a unique written musical language, which is incorporated into experimental music scores. Instruction will be his first solo exhibition and showcases Orecchia’s first series of etchings and woodcuts created in collaboration with the David Krut Workshop and Master Printer Jillian Ross. The body of prints is accompanied by static and interactive sound installations, videos and performances.
0:20 – Introduction
0:34 – Background on Joao Orecchia’s Practice; “An exploration of the palette of an object”
3:30 – The process of creating scores
5:25 – Developing dialogue between musicians and the score
6:30 – ‘Intermittent’ 2016, collaborative performance with Joseph Suchy
8:30 – Audience Participation and performance energy
12:00 – Project at The Centre for the Less Good Idea
12:54 – Printmaking at David Krut Workshop: Drawing Maps
16:00 – Working with Master Printer Jillian Ross: Similarities in printmaking and score creation
18:00 – Digital Videos and Scores
19:50 – COLOUR
20:55 – “A moment, they exist, you can put them in the wall.” Developing into something more
21:50 – Woodcut and collaboration
23:50 – First exhibition excitement!
For more information on the exhibition and the artist, follow the links:
Welcome to another epsoide of The David Krut Projects Podcast, today we are unpacking the artworks that will be showcased in an upcoming exhibition, Urban Chemistry: Creative Place-making in Johannesburg. Which will be opening on the 3rd of May 2019 at David Krut Projects, New York and later on in the year at David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.
Our speakers today are The Johannesburg Development Agency's Art My Jozi Project artists: Zivanai Matangi, Thusi Vukani, Senzo Bongwana, Sparks Napoli, Mantala Nkoatse and Stephen Hobbs.
The Johannesburg Development Agency’s Art My Jozi Project implements functional public art enhancements and facilities in strategic public places in key nodes along the City’s transit corridors.
Executed under the oversight and funding of the City’s Development Planning Department, the Art My Jozi documentary team, known as the Creative Crew, engages in an ongoing programme of workshops, events and installations - exploring creative place-making through community participation and co-production.
Urban Chemistry, an exhibition on view at David Krut Projects New York, draws on the interpretive eye of the Creative Crew as they examine the precarious social conditions and ambiguous spaces found between the more traditionally designated outlines of city-commissioned urban transformation. This exhibition comprises photography, film and public performance works - excavating alternative vantage points that explore the tension between social and political rights of access, emerging creative micro economies, and the power of the performative to activate space and unearth history and memory.
Stephen Hobbs, visual artist and Director of a public art production organization The Trinity Session, has been instrumental in guiding the curation and implementation of the Art My Jozi programme and will present a series of his own photographic works that reflect on urban defensiveness and what might be perceived as an increasing distrust of public life in our neighbourhoods.
To find out more about Stephan Hobbs and the exhibition please follow the links below:
This episode is taken from a conversation between Ralf Seippel and David Krut during Ralfs annual visit to Johannesburg. It took place in January 2019 at David Krut Projects THE BLUE HOUSE at 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. The conversation reflected on Ralf’s relationship with South Africa, arts education and the overall experience and development of Arts on Main.
2019 sees the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ARTS ON MAIN (AOM).
Ralf and Delia Seippel set up one of the pioneer galleries at AOM together with David Krut and his Workshop and Bookstore, as well as the Canteen restaurant owned by Matt Townsend.
In 2010, the Seippels established a photography gallery known as Bailey Seippel at AOM. Later they rented a larger space at AOM known as Seippel Gallery which was closed after six years to focus on their gallery in Cologne.
1 - Ralf coming to South Africa, meeting David Koloane, Womens Voices, Mercedes Benz corporate collection and creating an educational supplement
8:38 – David Krut publishing his Taxi Art Books
9:38 – Ralf and David Koloane's relationship
12:00 – How Ralf became involved in and influenced by Fine Arts
15:00 – How Delia became involved
17:20 – Johannesburg, “It’s very rough but it’s interesting”
21:00 – Germany and the interest in arts and culture
26:00 – Influence that Ralf left in SA
27:00 – Matt Townsend, The Canteen restaurant, Arts on Main, Galleries and Retail: The success and failure of Arts on Main
40:00 – Arts on Main: Too ambitious?
45:00 – Open discussion development and maintenance of Arts on Main between David Krut, Ralf Seippel, Matthew Townsend and Colleen Alborough
Thank you for listening, remember to like share and follow our podcasts and social media pages @ David Krut Projects to keep up to date with the lastest news and events.
In this episode, Elize de Beer and Britt Lawton from the David Krut Projects (DKP) team are in conversation about The Cat Show! A group exhibition hosted at 142A Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood from December 2018 until February 2019 where young and established artists associated with DKP have responded to the theme of Cats!
Elize and Britt have chosen some of their favourite pieces to talk about - works that they feel have contributed to the quirky and memorable nature of the showcase.
00:00 - 00:38 - Welcome Back!
- What is 'The Cat SHow?'
02:29 - Flaccid Feline Fiasko Fantasy by Fanie
03:00 - Self-portrait as a cat?: Heidi Fourie
03:37 - Odysseus had a little lamb: Diane Victor
04:26 - Digital art, ancient beliefs: Zhi Zulu
05:09 - Opening the mouth: Wayne Matthews
06:50 - Why Cats?
08:15 - Donate. Feel good exhibition.
09:24 - Thank you!
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Link to The Cat Show: http://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/49584/the-cat-show
This episode of the David Krut Projects podcast is an audio guide to artist Lorenzo Nassimbeni solo showcase, POLYGRAPH.
The exhibition is a portrait of the artist, composed of varying qualities and languages of line work which are reflective of his response to various physical environments and contexts. The work in the exhibition is made up of 4 distinct chapters which are structured as a linear narrative – a journey from one form of urbanity or place to another as experienced by the artist. These chapters can be hear in the podcast. They are a journey progresses, so the line quality, and its message, changes. The line is a barometer of the personal condition of the artist, in response to place.
Be sure to go have a look at the exhibition, at David Krut Projects, 142A Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Exhibition Opens on Thursday, 18 October, 18h00-20h00
Walkabout with the artist on Saturday, 20 October, 11h00-12h00
For more information contact email@example.com or 011 880 6368
In this episode Nadia Myburgh is in conversation with multidisciplinary artist Jared Aufrichtig at the David Krut Projects Bookstore in Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Be Sure to have a look at the exhibition at the 151 GALLERY called POST THIS which will be up until the 20th of October 2018, Located at 151 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.
00:00 - 01:20: Introduction
01:20 - 02:18: Who is Jared? Jared on creativity
02:18 - 08:27: Jared on his craft (photography, graffiti, printmaking, creative outreach programmes)
08:27 - 13:41: On channels and structures in the art world and blurring the lines through his own work
13:41- 15:03: On his multi-layered thinking and multidisciplinary practice
15:03 - 19:05: On his creative process and the relationship between all the mediums he uses - how one medium informs the next.
19:05- 20:20: Old mediums / media vs new
20:20 - 22:50: The process within the last zine workshop which he lead at 151 and Approach and value in the youth development projects
22:50- 25:50 On collaboration and the importance and value of it within his work and creative process
25:50 – 29:00 - Scope of involvement in NGOs and projects in creative outreach programmes
29:00 – 33:40 On the murals he's created in both Cape Town (on water conservation) and Johannesburg (bringing awareness to the plight of elephants)
33:40 - 38:20: The importance of spreading awareness through art and the responsibility of the artist
38:20 - 43:37: Finding meaning within his art and the importance of open-mindedness
43:37- 45:42: Social media platforms to find Jared's work on
45:42 - 49:40: What to expect at the upcoming zine exhibition for First Thursdays 4 October and the artists involved.
This is a special edition episode where Serbian born artist Maja Maljević is under interrogation by Master Printer Jillian Ross. Majević's artist practice and exhibition - Polytekton - are brought into question. To find out more about the exhibition visit:
00:40 - Audio from the Interrogation between Jillian Ross and Maja Maljević
02:00 - Who is Maja Maljević?
05:18 - I have a photograph of your studio...
06:10 - What is Polytekton?
07:55 - Documents for the People
09:10 - Petit Fours
10:00 - Is Painting an honest pursuit?
10:43 - Can we trust you?
In this Podcast Elize de Beer talks to Michelle Betty about her journey as an editor and poet, as well as her poetry publications and collaborations, such as Dryad Press and New Contrast.
Michelle starts off the Podcast with a reading of the poem published by Douglas Reid Skinner and Patricia Schonstein in Stanzas 12 called 'Beneath albumen yolk' and ends it off with some advise from poet W. S. Merwin to all practicing writers.
For more information on Dryad Press check out their website at http://dryadpress.co.za/
In this episode the David Krut Workshop's Master Printer Jillian Ross speaks about her experience of joining the workshop and her work with artist Colbert Mashile.
Link to Colbert Mashile Artist Page:
Elize de Beer is in conversation with artist Stephen Hobbs in his Studio in Johannesburg.
In this podcast episode, Hobbs speaks about how his artistic practice began as a conceptual artist and how that conceptual way of thinking has developed in his current influences and use of materials.
0:42: Three words to describe Hobb's practise
0:52: The Start of Hobb's practise as a conceptual artist
3:58: Interesting in Uran Design and Architecture
6:27: Working as a public artist
11:22: Public vs Gallery realm
13:44: How printmaking has influenced Hobb's practise
16:21: How printmaking has influenced other areas of Hobb's practise
17:53: Use of Text and Words
20:05: Use of Camouflage
23:34: Intrest in and use of Optics
26:15: Use of Book as an artistic medium
28:14: Use of Pop-up books
31:32: Summing it up
David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution dedicated to encouraging an awareness of and careers in the arts and related literature and media, and to promoting contemporary culture in a dynamic, collaborative environment. In Johannesburg, we have exhibition project spaces and an adjacent bookstore located at 151 Jan Smuts Avenue; Arts on Main, the major arts hub adjacent to downtown Johannesburg; and the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, Cape Town.
David Krut Print Workshop (DKW), based at Arts on Main, produces fine art editions with William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Deborah Bell and a number of other South African and international artists.
David Krut’s art activities started in London in the early 1980’s when he published an edition by British artist Joe Tilson. He has since curated exhibitions of contemporary works on paper in various international locations. In 1992 he became active in South Africa, publishing the editions of William Kentridge.
In 2002 he established David Krut Print Workshop, a collaborative intaglio and monotype studio, in Johannesburg. In New York, print collaborations are undertaken with Director and Master Printer Phil Sanders of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
David Krut Publishing was established in 1997 when Krut produced the first major publication on William Kentridge in CD-ROM format. Since then he has published many art books, including a series of 15 TAXI Art Books, the first-ever series of monographs on contemporary South African artists.
DKP‘s Podcasts is a series of episodes from our various artists about their practice and processes, along with gallery and DKW walkabouts and talks.
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