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 Stephen Hobbs and the exhibition please follow the links below:
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 four 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 heard in the podcast. They are progressing, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Rhett Martyn introduces his project ‘1:10 Modernist Plunder: The New Constructivists’ as the culmination of an 8-month long research project.
Listen to Rhetts ideas and concepts surrounding this showcase as explained in the walkabout that took place on the 7th of July 2018.
00:42 – How the exhibition came about
04:30 – The story of João Mangual
08:30 – why fabricate a story around the exhibition
13:25 – About the prints
17:15 – Johannesburg architecture influence
18:40 – planning in sketchbooks
20:20 – geometrical motifs
21:40 – The New Constructivists
27:45 – Some Johannesburg Art History
31:25 – What’s next?
In this episode, printer Chad Cordiero from the David Krut Workshop (DKW) chats to artist Rhett Martyn over his printing process and experience at DKW. This episode was recorded in our busy printmaking workshop where there is a constant buzz of creativity and artistic labour. The David Krut Workshop at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg is the centre of David Krut Project’s (DKP) artistic collaborations. The workshop has been involved in exciting print collaborations with artists since 2002.
“In 2015, I was invited by the David Krut Workshop to collaborate on this series of prints. My intention was to produce architecture and landscape inspired works, showing off clean lines in desolate landscapes with Zen-like precision. With a dry point drawing needle and copper plate in hand, I set off thinking that my task would be completed promptly, however, the subsequent days of drawing and printing resulted in an epic journey taken on the surface of the plate. This series of prints unveils a psychological process playing out over time, a journey in which some of the places visited along the way are as interesting as the destination in the final edition of the print.” - Rhett Martyn
2:50 – Rhett's sculptural approach to drypoint
7:45 – Reverse archaeology in printmaking 8:45 – New work, imagery and the city of Johannesburg
12:30 – The frustration of the process
14:30 – The physicality of printmaking
17:30 – Rhett's upcoming project 1:10 Modernist Plunder : New Constructivists
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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