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13 Aug 2014 13:01
Working from old photographs and more recently, from images sourced from the internet, Katrine Claassens's paintings sometimes appear flat and nearly bleached while at other times are layered with a sense of depth. (Supplied)
Paintings by Katrine Claassens: Suburbia, Climate Change and Memes
Claassens is an artist living and working in Cape Town. It is here, at the
University of Cape Town, that she is currently studying towards a Master’s
degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development – intent on forming a
solid basis of knowledge that will enable her to fully communicate her deepest
concerns through her art.
In her second solo exhibition titled Between the Blue
Swimming Pools, she expressed some of these concerns by looking at the
emotional landscapes as well as the problematic environmental costs of the one
of the world’s most desired living spaces: the suburbs.
old photographs and more recently, from images sourced from the internet,
Katrine’s paintings sometimes appear flat and nearly bleached while at other
times are layered with a sense of depth.
Self-Starters: Kalashnikovv Gallery: Disrupting Conventions
frustrated with the conventional ‘white cube’ galleries in Jo’burg, longtime
collaborators MJ Turpin and Matthew Dean decided to establish their own space
that could engage with different art forms – and indeed re-interrogate what ‘art’ is – in ways not being seen in already established gallery and museum
spaces. Thus Kalashnikovv Gallery came hurtling onto the Jo’burg art scene in
Since then, Kalashnikovv has hosted over a dozen exhibitions plus a
range of other festivals, parties and events thrown into the mix. Through this
they’ve cultivated a new following for a different kind of ‘art scene’, one
which has its finger firmly on the youth culture pulse of Jo’burg right now.
This year the Kalashnikovv familia continues to grow with new artists being
signed to the gallery, and a few months ago, the move to a larger gallery space
in Braamfontein. Whenever asked what’s next, MJ and Matt answer with the
ubiquitous “big things”.
adidas Originals: ZX Flux ‘Future Collectors’ Video Series
the ZX Flux story, adidas Originals casts the spotlight on influencers from
different backgrounds in a new video series: Future Collectors. The series
features photographer and artist Anthony Bila, DJ/producer Johan Venter and
skateboarder and entrepreneur Wandile Msomi – each chosen for their unique
point of view and their genuine enthusiasm for the ZX Flux. Through various
mediums such as photography, music, writing and art, Anthony is concerned with
bringing Africa to the world and the world to Africa. As a multi-disciplined
artist, Johan’s vision is to perfect his skills and learn new ones. His desire
is to be remembered as influencing or shaping a certain style. Having lived in
Johannesburg for most of his life, Wandile runs a skateboard company called
Funisu Skateboards and runs a skateboard shop called Home Grwn. While skating
is no longer what he does every day, he intends to focus on development and to
inspire other skaters to work towards their goals.
JWT Cape Town’s New Office Space Celebrates Local Design
with the year that JWT celebrates its 150th anniversary around the globe, the
JWT Cape Town team have moved into a brand new office space in the Cape Quarter
Lifestyle Centre in De Waterkant, Greenpoint. A natural expression of JWT Cape
Town’s vision of celebrating the country’s indigenous design and craftsmanship,
Salt & Pepper Design were tasked to draw upon the abundance of South
African talents when developing the new space. “The brief was to keep the
interior light and calm, muted in tone and texture, establishing an environment
where creativity can take centre-stage, infused by the city and tremendous
culture surrounding it,” says Belinda Mallitte of S&P Design. From
boardroom tables by Gregor Jenkin, feature lights by David Krynauw, seating by
Wiid Design and a mural by Atang Tshikare – all of the interior design elements
have been crafted by local designers.
Run The World: An ‘Instabition’ Throughout Women’s Month by David Tshabalala
Tshabalala is a Johannesburg-based graphic designer who has recently begun an
illustration-a-day project inspired by and taking place during Women’s Month.
Kicking off on August 1, and running until the last day of the month,
David will be sharing 31 (one per day) illustrated portraits of young South
African women he admires. He will distribute these on Instagram, dubbing the
undertaking an ‘instabition’. He says, “I want to profile young South
African women who I consider to be the future thought leaders of South Africa.
These are young women who may or may not be known under public spotlight, yet
in each of their creative disciplined passions they illuminate a spirit of
solidarity in power. Warrior women who will indeed inherit the earth.”
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