Untitled Performance piece for the Imagination Room synopsis
By Megan Mace and Bogosi Sekhukhuni (performed at the launch night of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room)
We were using the cans of Lucky Star tinned fish, as the main facilitator for guiding the piece. Both of us were sitting within a plastic blow up pool which will be filled with the tinned fish. Along with this there is a sound system (maybe a hi-fi), playing a selection of
popular/commercial South African house songs. Bogosi or myself(Megan) will then take turns to get out of the pool and change the track whilst the other eats some of the fish. The other will then return into the pool to drink a glass of champagne.
This piece creates a dialogue between an iconic brand (Lucky Star) with a broad history (of socio-politics) in relation to looking at it in the contemporary, in terms of the commoditisation of the brand within South Africa’s popular youth culture. Lucky Star’s commodification as art object also brings with it, this loss of its authentic value, to a different and new market. Playing the house music ,not only acts the pace maker for the performance, but stands as a narrating device for making this commentary on popular South African culture but also speaks towards the context in which/where Lucky Star is eaten and by whom.
“Remember Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup print edition?! Think of that in the South African context.”-Roli
It should be noted that, in addition to this synopsis, the piece also conjured up thoughts of businessman and sushi king Kenny Kunene.
Bombay Sapphire cordially invites you to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room’s opening of the pop up painting exhibition featuring artists:
Pat Mautloa, Loyiso Mkize and Kenny Nkosi.
Opening; 21 November 2013
Time: 7:00PM Sharp! Venue: Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room 1394 Vundla Drive, Rockville, Soweto.
Join us for a display of artistic splendour and delicious Bombay Sapphire cocktails.
Prepare to be intrigued, provoked and tantalized as Bombay Sapphire, for the very first time in South Africa, launches an initiative that supports imagination through curating local artists worldwide with the arrival of their pop-up gallery in the heart of Soweto.
The Bombay Imagination Room, curated by visionary arts group Mashumi Art Projects (MAP), will pop up from November 14th at one of the most iconic places in the township, the location of the old Panyaza chisa nyama at 1394 Vundla Drive in Rockville, for just three weeks. With the aim to reflect recognition of Soweto as an artistic and cultural hub, The Bombay Imagination Room will also to give Sowetans and visitors alike the opportunity to interact with art in an emotive setting.
Over this time, visitors will not only infuse themselves with internationally acclaimed works from some of the finest home grown artists, but will also enjoy a Bombay SapphireGin which uses only the finest botanicals created through its special Vapour Infusion process.
“Bombay Sapphire is proud to be associated with such a great concept which is infused with imagination in highlighting the finest South African art,” says Leigh Hofmeyr, marketing manager for Bombay Sapphire.
Each week, a different art medium, from print and performance to photography and painters, will be showcased at the gallery in a curated exhibition – with artists of the ilk of Soweto-based and Mpumalanga-born fine artist Kenny Nkosi, internationally award-winning photographer, Jodi Bieber, and pioneering painter, David Koloane, whose works are part of a number of collections worldwide, all part of the roster.
The genres confirmed for the Bombay Imagination Room are:
Dr David Koloane
Painters and collagist
Megan Mace and Bogosi Sekhukhune
Each genre will be launched on Thursday nights at the artists’ preview, where the following week’s exhibition will be showcased. Every Saturday, the Bombay Imagination Room will host intimate Bombay Brunches where food will be paired with exciting imaginative cocktails, and Sapphire Sundays will see DJ Kenzhero play host for that last drink before a Monday.
The Bombay Imagination Room will open daily from 10:00 unit 18:00 except Wednesdays.
For more on the Bombay Imagination Room:
Web – www.bombayimaginationroom.co.za
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bombay-Imagination-Room/584604634910471
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BSImagination
Instagram – http://instagram.com/BSImagination
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Kenny Nkosi is a Soweto based artist specializing in fine art, he studied a Bachelor of visual arts at UNISA. He originally hails from the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga province, but is now based in the hustle and bustle of the city of gold. His new home Soweto, is where he now plies his trade. Mofolo Community Center is the set, surrounded by some of the most creative minds in the country and a vibe that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This is where Kenny draws his inspiration, although his works are not exhibited in South Africa, they are proudly made here for the whole world to see.
This exhibition will feature selected works from his recent collection title “Marikana” It is a gripping piece of work representing the recent events in the mining town of Marika in the North West. The story received international coverage throughout the world; Nkosi shows his side of the events from an ordinary South African’s perspective.
His other theme focuses on the role women play in society. His others artworks are abstracts, relief paintings and sculpture.
Kenny moved to Johannesburg from Mpumalanga to pursue his studies and further pursue his career in art. He ran a studio at Uncle Toms Hall in Orlando where he taught fine art. He later moved house after Uncle Toms had to undergo renovations; he is now currently based at Mofolo Community Center.
Kenny was commissioned by Bombay Sapphire to produce a center-piece for the pop up art gallery the Imagination Room in Rockville, Soweto. Scroll up.
“My gift as an artist is also a duty to enrich the world with visions that dare to break the world’s facade and inspire a greater tomorrow. The human being’s complexities and pre-occupations fascinate me and so become the subject matter where I attempt to mold a new consciousness. My art is created to shock, to scare, to evoke emotion, to touch, and ultimately to inspire. And so I’ll remain prolific in this lifelong commitment allowing my hand to be the channel between you and I. My vision belongs to the world”.
He goes on to say, “Creating visual art is a talent and gift I have enjoyed all my life. It has evolved into a tool that I use to express my views and ideas. I paint people and paint about people. Our complex nature fascinates me and therefore compels me to expressively tell our story. My work is African and celebrates the beauty and wealth running in the veins of her people. It’s in the subjects eyes, lips, skin tone/texture, dress, hair, that I draw inspiration from. The experience and stories we carry with us are the corner stones from which we mold a new identity. It is the human spirit that i aim to share in my art.”
Loyiso Mkize was born in 1987 in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape but studied in Cape Town where he completed a Diploma in Graphic Design at CPUT. He currently works at Strika Entertainment where he co illustrates the Supa Strikas comic book available monthly in the Sunday Times.
Loyiso is also a fine artist whose paintings are currently on show in an exhibition entitled “Reflections of inner truth”. The collection investigates the modern human experience. It reflects the people that Loyiso encounters every day – their lives andexperiences. It explores the psychological fabric of society that shapes our lives and what we perceive as the natural order of things.
The compositions are portraits coupled with erratic imagery exploding from them. Thus portraying a surreal imaginative visual of each subject’s thoughts/ experiences/ fears/ identity.
Born in Ventersdorp in 1952, Kagiso Pat Mautloa studied art at Jubilee Art Centre in 1969 and at Johannesburg’s Mofolo Art Centre in 1970. He obtained a Fine Art Diploma from ELC Art Centre, Rorke’s Drift in Natal in 1979. Mautloa worked in the Graphic Design Studio of the SABC from 1981-1992, before becoming a full-time artist in 1992. With David Koloane, Bill Ainslie and other South African artists, he was involved in the formation of the Thupelo Workshops in 1985 which are part of the international Triangle Network. He taught at FUBA(Federated Union of Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental in the Thupelo Gallery there. He lives and works in Johannesburg, and is currently based at the Fordsburg Artist’s Studios, popularly known as The Bag Factory.