Mpho Cele

 ABSENCE & ABANDONMENT  , ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 121*mm 91*mm. 2013

ABSENCE & ABANDONMENT, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS,
121*mm 91*mm. 2013

ABSENCE & ABANDONMENT

This body of work acts as a simile which expresses the sociological and socio-economic structures of the lower class communities. Hence I have painted these waste materials in a landscape composition or rather as landscapes, to juxtapose the peoples living conditions with rubbish. The Waste material is symbolic to how fragile, unstable and unhygienic these living conditions are to the lower class. My works also aims at emphasizing the notion of using something and then throw it away after using it, as this is a trend amongst our political leaders who use people to vote for them and afterwards forget about them. These works also aim to illustrate the absence of change in lower class societies and the abandonment of the lower class people.

Exhibitions
2012 North – South, Jo’ Burg Student Exhibition Fringe NSA
Curated by Gordon Froud
2013 North- South, Jo’Burg Student Exhibition Fringe curated by Gordon Froud
2013 Mashumi Art Projects –
Group Exhibition @ Next door restaurant on Vilakazi str Orlando West.

Awards and experiences
2008 Worked at Ackerman’s @ The Glen as casual
2009 Certificate from Youth Empowerment Network
Directed by David Liknaitzky and Pinkie Barmet
2012 -Tried out for the Thami Mnyele Ekurhuleni art awards.
2012 – Painted a Portrait for Exxaro portrait project (Chenette Swanepoel)
2012 Painted a Mural at the Joburg Zoo Kids Educational centre(3rd year studends)

Andrew Ntshabele

Blurred reality 2013 Acrylic on canvas 60,5 x 50 cm

Blurred reality 2013 Acrylic on canvas 60,5 x 50 cm

Andrew was born in the small rural town of Moruleng in the North West province of South Africa. In his formative years his family moved to the city of Johannesburg amongst the hustle and bustle of the urban life, where he currently resides.

His passion and love for the visual arts was identified by his teachers through nursery school right up to High school. This led him to enrol at the University of Johannesburg, which enhanced his knowledge in the world of visual arts and enriching his opportunities. His education at art school has Moulded Andrew into a well-rounded visual artist and youth.

He completed his National diploma in Fine Arts in 2012 in painting and drawing, and in 2013 he completed his BTech degree majoring in painting. He has participated in a group exhibitions such as the University of Johannesburg student show case group exhibition, North-South central Fringe of Johannesburg group exhibition, North South student show case traveling group exhibition to name a few. His most notable achievement is getting a painting merit award at the Ekurunuleni 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards ,Curated group Exhibition.

Exhibitions

Ekurunuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards ,Curated group Exhibition

• North-South central Fringe of Johannesburg, Curated group Exhibition

• North-South central Fringe of Bloemfontein, Curated group Exhibition

• University of Johannesburg final examinations group exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

2013

• University of Johannesburg Student Show Case group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, BODUTU Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, TUT Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, CUT Freestate Gallery

• MAP(Mashumi Art Projects) group Exhibition, Nex Dor Resturant Vilakazi street Orlando

– Soweto West

• University of Johannesburg Final Examinations BTech group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

Artist Statement

My work focuses on urbanisation in Johannesburg. My interest in the city of Johannesburg developed out of the fact that it is the city that I have grown up in since the age of four. I have had the pleasure of witnessing South Africa’s first democratic votes in 1994, and seeing Johannesburg’s transformation from the early nineties, mid-nineties to the present. I still live in Johannesburg and am confronted by poverty, pollution, and urban decay every day of my life. I have seen the effects that

urbanisation has had on the city of Johannesburg in relation to its physical change, socio-economic and political change post-apartheid. My areas of interest are the people who live in the inner city and the environment within the inner city.

My work deals with the negative effects of rapid urbanisation in Johannesburg and the pressures and the strains of the people I encounter and interact with on a daily basis as we go about our business. Based on my encounters with these people I felt the need to investigate the social predicament of my city and understand the root causes of the current inner city decay.

My work is a form of social commentary and deals with the socio-economic challenges that the majority of black South Africans face in post-colonial South Africa. My focal subject matter is rapid urbanisation in the inner city of Johannesburg and the pollution and rubbish among which the inner city residents live. My paintings incorporate more than one medium as they are a fusion of collage and acrylic paint. My works are produced from actual photographs that I take on my daily travels around the inner city of Johannesburg and its outskirts.

Loyiso Mkize’s comic book makes it’s debut.

Ever wonder what a local comic book superhero would look like? What sort of mischief he’d get upto after discovering his new talents… The villains, sidekicks and not forgetting the damsels who’s acquaintance he makes along the way to becoming a well known hero. Oh, what awesome super powers he’ll have? …well don’t look any further!

Kwezi’s just landed and he means business.

Loyiso Mkize, a Cape Town based artist and co illustrator of the hip SUPA STRIKAS comic book and animation series on DSTV’S Disney Channel, launches his independent project under the ‘LOYISOMKIZEART’  flagship. At a previous design share party, Loyiso described KWEZI as the manifestation of a life long dream to create a simple enough character to identify with every African on the continent.

launch

launch

“Set on a contemporary South African backdrop, Kwezi a 19 year old boy that discovers he has superpowers, and so the journey towards his purpose begins…” An exciting intro into our own new local comic book superhero.

online launch

online launch

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. Loyiso exhibited his body of work from “REFLECTIONS ETERNAL” at the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room in Rockville, Soweto last November, a show curated by Mashumi Art Projects and more recently at a New York showcase with several other talented South African artists.

Tonight his first independent comic book officially launches online. The first issue will be downloadable for free. Stay tuned for more updates. The link will be available on the Mashumi Art Projects facebook page in a few hours. https://www.facebook.com/MashumiArtProjects

Kwezi

Article written by Roli Mhlanga