In this episode of the David Krut Podcast, artist Helena Uambembe speaks to Britt Lawton about her artistic practice; her interest in the archive; personal identity; language & working at the David Krut Workshop on a collaborative project in 2020.
Helena is an interdisciplinary artist who currently uses printmaking, performance and photography to recreate and reposition her family history within the bigger context of the country’s history of both South Africa and Angola.
Follow her on instagram @uambembe to see more.
Ame Bell and Britt Lawton from the David Krut Gallery team visited artist Heidi Fourie at her studio in Pretoria to view her latest paintings and catch up on the exciting things to come.
In this episode of the David Krut Podcast, Pretoria based painter Heidi Fourie speaks to Britt Lawton about her artistic practice, her process of painting, the influence of lockdown on her creativity, working with the printmakers at the David Krut Workshop, her experience of printmaking and her upcoming solo exhibition at David Krut Projects in January 2021.
To find out more about Fourie and her available artworks, visit her artist page on the website: https://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/45896/heidi-fourie
In this episode, Lesotho based artist Patrick Rorke spoke to Britt Lawton about his career in the arts; his involvement in arts education programs in Morija; collaborating with the team at the David Krut Workshop; his short term residency in Johannesburg; his artwork at the Constitutional Court, the importance of communication and story telling & what we can expect when he returns to Morija...
To find out more about Patrick Rorke, visit his website: www.patrickrorke.com
To read up on his experience at the David Krut Workhsop - check out his daily blog post here: https://davidkrutprojects.com/58823/artist-in-residency-patrick-rorke
To view available artworks from the David Krut Gallery, check out his artist page here: https://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/59077/patrick-rorke
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In this episode of the David Krut podcast, Annabel Williams sits down with South African actress, Grethe Fox to talk about her acting career. Fox takes us through what it means to be a stage and film actress - how to prep for a role and the kind of hard work the industry requires; ultimately revealing the incomparable creative rewards.
Grethe Fox is a multi-award-winning South African actress with an extensive background in both theatre and screen acting. Having begun her performative career with dance, at a very tender, to become a ballerina. Out of her own will, Fox shifted from dance and pursued acting when she was cast as Saint Joan in 'The Lark' by Jean Anouilh as part of her English course in school. Fox describes her role in the play as a huge success and was hugely "inspired by this business of inhabiting another character." This propelled Fox into her exciting, highly prestigious and renowned career as a professional actress. Fox earned her B.A. degree in Drama at the University of Cape Town followed by post graduate studies at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre and Mime School in Paris. She has played leading roles in more than 100 stage productions and countless TV series, dramas and feature films.
In this episode, David Krut chatted to Bernard Stiglingh – a nature and art lover who visited our location at THE BLUE HOUSE in Parkwood Johannesburg.
Bernard has been working as a safari guide at two different private concessions inside the Kruger National Park for the last seven years. Whenever he can, he loves to explore remote and wild areas of South Africa and research any iron age history, art, indigenous music and languages and culture.
Bernard gives us insight into his knowledge on trees, baboons, life as a safari guide and so much more. This conversation sheds light on the subject matter in Wilma Cruises exhibition – Cruise at Krut 2020 - around the understanding between humans and animals, and how external factors often force humans to re-evaluate their relationship with the natural world.
Check out the David Krut Portal to get a preview of some of the works on show in Cruise at Krut 2020:
Find out more about Wilma Cruise:
In this episode, we hear from artist and illustrator Zhi Zulu on her silkscreen edition titled 'Bridge over troubled giraffe (2020).' Zulu created this silkscreen print during her second collaboration with the David Krut Workshop (DKW) this year (2020), and the work was presented for the first time at the Turbine Art Fair. 'Bridge Over Troubled Giraffe' is part of a growing series of silkscreens, inspired by the artist’s experience of African stories being told for tourists and foreigners. The images convey a humourous take on stereotypical, inaccurate and fantastical tales that foreigners sometime believe of wild animals walking in the streets of Johannesburg, or people keeping them as pets.
This print collaboration was started just before the South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown began in March 2020 and with lack of access to digitally printed positives it was necessary to hand draw the artwork to expose onto the screens for printing. This required Zhi handing over some of the making process to the printers on the project. In a way, this brought the work back to the most traditional sense of printmaking.
In this episode, we hear directly from Zhi about this series of prints, her use of colour and humour, collaborating with the David Krut Workshop team of printers over lockdown and the difference between silkscreen and digital printing.
Listen to the previous podcast - Zebra Crossing: https://davidkrutprojects.com/52401/david-krut-podcast-artist-series-e29-zhi-zulu-zebra-crossing
Read the workshop blog: https://davidkrutprojects.com/58663/bridge-over-troubled-giraffe
In this special edition episode of the David Krut Podcast, Britt Lawton sat down with SAMSON MULUGETA - writer, editor, filmmaker, entrepreneur and dancer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Samson's event company 'Rooftop Salsa' will be launching once again at Arts on Main, tomorrow 24 September for Heritage day in South Africa 2020.
Heritage Day Art and Rooftop Salsa at Arts On Main Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/627824938170981
Samson spoke about a variety of topics from his journalistic career, mapping the geography of his life as a global citizen, the influence of this on his cultural heritage as an Ethiopian, American based in Johannesburg, the origin of Rooftop salsa, the importance of community, story-telling and creativity; filmmaking, imagery and so much more!
Remember to get involved in the conversation by sharing this episode and adding your thoughts to the comments. Happy heritage day from David Krut Projects.
For more on Samson Mulugeta, see the links below:
Rooftop Salsa Website - http://www.rooftopsalsa.com
Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/RooftopSalsa
In this episode, Britt Lawton speaks to artist and printer from the David Krut Workshop, Roxy Kaczmarek.
Listening Time: 25 minutes
Roxy gives us insight into her journey in the arts, shares her experiences from working in various printmaking workshops, her inspiration from nature and environmental surroundings, working in her home studio, upcoming work and so much more!
In Roxy’s own artistic practice, she is focused on the relationship between humans and nature. After receiving a BA (Fine Art) from UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012, Roxy worked at Warren Editions Print Studio as a printer and studio manager and has interned at the London Print Studio and Amsterdam’s Grafisch Atelier. During her Masters’ in Technology research at the university of Johannesburg in 2019, she experimented with etching, cement, and plaster combinations. Currently living in Johannesburg, she has shifted her practice towards screenprint and has a functioning screenprint studio at home. This has been used for DKW projects, most recently having completed an edition with illustrator Zhi Zulu, multi-media works by emerging artist Pebofatso Mokoena for Internal Probes, silkscreen printing for multiple process prints with Maja Maljević and the Latitudes Limited silkscreen project created for the first edition of the Latitudes Art Fair in Johannesburg.
Roxy also teaches printmaking at the University of Johannesburg and is a member of The Printing Girls Collaborative.
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Roxy Kaczmarek - https://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/52657/roxy-kaczmarek
Turbine Art Fair - Fenced in or out (2020) https://turbineartfair.co.za/artworks/fenced-in-or-out
Roxy Kaczmarek - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roxykaczmarek/
In this episode, Britt Lawton gets to know artist Claire Zinn, whose new artwork - 'To Live with Caution Not With Fear' - provides some suitable words to live by in our post COVID world.
Claire Zinn is an oil painter and printmaker living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her artworks are inspired by the natural world and the entanglement of images, ideas and events. Claire Zinn started collaborating with David Krut Workshop (DKW) in 2015, resulting in a solo exhibition a year later. Since then, she has featured in a number of group exhibitions, including most recently our Turbine Art Fair Booth and Another Kind of Blue in the KKNK National Arts Festival of 2020.
In this episode, Claire elaborates on her career in the arts, her exciting new printing process, working from her home studio, the inspiration behind her artworks 'Semper Virens' - as seen in the group exhibition 'Another Kind of Blue' - and 'To Live with Caution Not with Fear', the joys of being part of The Printing Girls Collective and so much more.
To view available artworks and read up on Claire Zinn, visit her website: https://clairezinn.co.za/
Follow Claire Zinn on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/clairezinn/
Produced by Britt Lawton, 2020.
In this episode, Britt Lawton catches up with artist/ photographer Lebo Thoka on the progression of her career since her first solo exhibition – “It is well: Ode to Karabo” – in 2018. She explains the inspiration and influence of her newest photography series ‘Seeds of the Dirt’ – currently on show on David Krut Projects’ Artsy page. Lebo also shares her conceptual framework and process, feelings about the digital exhibition space, the importance of observing and absorbing what is going on in the world around you and so much more...
Seeds of the Dirty on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/show/david-krut-projects-lebo-thoka-seeds-of-the-dirt
Lebo Thoka Artist Page: https://davidkrutprojects.com/artists/46765/lebo-thoka
Health of the Sick, 2020 - https://davidkrutprojects.com/artworks/57739/health-of-the-sick
Karabo Mokoena - Karabo Mokoena, 22 years old, stabbed by her ex-boyfriend 27 times set on fire and discarded onto a dumpsite: https://davidkrutprojects.com/artworks/46769/karabo-mokoena-22-years-oldstabbed-by-her-ex-boyfriend-27-times-set-on-fire-and-discarded-onto-a-dumpsite
Please help us reach as many people as possible with Lebo Thoka’s important body of work and the message it conveys by sharing this episode and the exhibition links. Enjoy!
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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