"The series explores a significant part of South Africa’s history; the mining of natural resources such as copper, gold, and diamonds, and the effect this has had on the land over time. In ‘Gold’, Marsh uses CGI to create a scale model of the total amount of gold extracted from each of the seven Witwatersrand Basin goldfields. For context, the Witwatersrand Basin is a geological formation responsible for almost half the world’s gold reserves. Marsh’s enormous gold spheres are juxtaposed against the land from which the gold is produced. The result is a poignant series of photographic images that speak loudly about our capitalistic demand for gold." via iGNANT
Cape-Town-rooted artist Kirsten Beets works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subject is the interaction between humans and nature.
"The artist infuses observations of people and places, fleeting moments, into physical objects. She lifts their significance to touchstones of remembrance. Beets’ artworks represent the fragmentary illustrations of a shifting memory. They oscillate between the feeling of dry, heat shimmering Cape Town, geometric-shaped swimming pools and the preserved green nature of the suburban and gardens. In her paintings the artist expresses the illusionary spaces that remind of nature but are in fact fully constructed by humans. This play with illusion is substantial for Beet’s works where she comments on the interaction between humans and their environment in a bigger picture. Beets has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Scuola Internationale di Grafi in Venice, Italy. She also took part in the Cape Town and the Johannesburg Art Fairs."
"Housed in what was once Cape Town’s tallest building is the newly unveiled Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), created by London-based architect Thomas Heatherwick. The institution’s 80 gallery spaces were converted from 42 historic grain silos, storage units which were once used to hold and grade maize from all over South Africa"
"Heatherwick Studio transformed the tightly packed tubes into open areas of contemplation, carving out various oblong shapes to make room for large social spaces and lots of light from overhead windows. Heatherwick wished to clear out large spaces for the galleries, however he was also careful about not eliminating the tubular structure of the building completely."
Beginning his art career as a graffiti artist while interning at Marvel Comics and The Center for African Art, Kip Omolade has created beautiful portraits connected to ancient, realistic African sculptures.
The series, Diovadiova Chrome, investigates immortality. The labor-intensive process involves making a mold of each model’s face, reworking the cast plaster sculpture, producing a version in resin and adding a chrome layer with artificial eyelashes. The final sculpture then serves as a model for the hyper-realistic oil painting. This technique maintains the likeness qualities of portraiture while re-presenting a mask that serves as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world.
Text via Juxtapoz
Lorraine Loots is an artist based in Cape Town, she started a 365 project at the beginning of 2013. Every day she paints a miniature painting, each with a different theme. She's got an amazing story of how creatives can find unique ways to take their talents and make a difference and it was my privilege to be able to tell her story. Follow her daily updates on Instagram
Mining has always been a balance of give and take. On the one hand, precious materials useful for humans are extracted from the ground, and on the other, gigantic scars are left on the landscape. In his latest series, For What It’s Worth (part II), photographer Dillon Marsh visualises the quantity of copper and diamonds unearthed at mines around his home of South Africa. Using computer generated spheres to represent the material, he is given us a strikingly clear picture of sacrifice and gain. via
The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine,” explains Marsh, “a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted. By doing so, the intention is to create a kind of visualisation of the merits and shortfalls of mining in South Africa, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country so radically
Con/struct is the latest body of work from Cape Town-based artist, designer, and photographer Justin Plunkett who uses his own original photography to digitally construct fictional landscapes and structures.
The year 2014 is the last break point on the way to omni-channel digital world were device is no more a single way to communicate with information and data. Here is a new concept of Mobile-powered product design system named "SEED" developed by South Africa-based computer engineering student Nick Rout. Some of you might remember Phonebloks concept acquired by Motorola and merged to still-upcoming Moto Aga project.
Another example of monstrous architecture - the tallest residential building in Africa "Ponte Tower" located in Johannesburg. The largest building to have an internal round well of a huge height all done by architects (Mannie Feldman, Manfred Hermer and Rodney Grosskopf) because of a law in 70ss to have a windows in bathroom and kitchen.Here is a mini documentary on the icon of Johannesburg directed by Phillip Bloom
Studio Muti is Clinton Campbell and Miné Jonker. They are based in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. After spending over 4 years with local illustration pioneers Am I Collective, Miné and Clinton decided to team up and form Studio Muti. Together they combine their creative talents to provide illustration, typography and design both locally and abroad.
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Radio keeps things simple and original. They place emphasis on maintaining high levels of craft across all their work, with a willingness to keep evolving their style. Working out of Cape Town, Radio specializes in illustration, design, type and iconography, servicing advertising agencies and its own clients.