Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 11, 2013
As everyone surely knows by now, the world lost one of its most influential, iconic, and pwerful symbols of peace this past week with the passing of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela. We have seen a few art pieces in honor of Mandela, but in our world, Brazilian twins Os Gemeos recent post on their Instagram account is simple but strong tribute to the revolutionary. The piece was accompanied by a great quote...
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This morning we take a look back at one of our favorite photographers, Pieter Hugo's series There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a digital process of converting colour images to black and white while manipulating the colour channels, Hugo emphasizes the pigment (melanin) in his sitters' skins so they appear heavily marked by blemishes and sun damage.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
South African artist Robin Rhode embraces a variety of media from photography to drawing, animation, performance and sculpture. Using simple, ephemeral devices, the Berlin-based artist often works in public spaces, using walls or just the street as his canvas. Rhodes transforms simple shapes into elements of narratives, interacting with only an imagined presence.
Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
From a distance this enormous sculpture appears to be an aerial photograph blown up and mounted. However, as you look closer you will find that it is a huge mosaic made from natural stone, red brick, ceramic elements and glass! The 56-panel sculpture weights almost three tons and was created by artist Gerhard Marx and Spier Architectural Arts for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 16, 2013
Roger Ballen's name may be familiar to you if you are a Die Antwoord fan. Ballen directed the "I Fink U Freeky" video for the South Africans and recently had an exhibition featuring photographs of the group at Mouche Gallery in LA. Here is a collection of his always intriguing work, mostly from his 2009 series Boarding House.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 22, 2013
We last featured the wonderful and bizzare sculptures of Canadian-born Maskull Lasserre back in February. They are always a lot of fun so this morning we take a look at some more of his incredibly intricate work. Lasserre spent the most of his childhood in South Africa and has exhibited across North America.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 25, 2013
From the Gallery: Keiko Noah Maestro at Mouche Gallery along with Michael Florian, creative director of Mouche Gallery, invite you to get sucked into the vortex of the award winning viral video sensation “I Fink U Freeky” world of Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord at Mouche Gallery. Installation opens on April 26, 2013 during the Paris Photo LA 2013. The primitive, provocative paintings and drawings at the core of the composition of these exquisite photographs pose center stage and take on a life of their own at this installation at Mouche Gallery.
Juxtapoz // Friday, April 05, 2013
South African photographer Pieter Hugo's series The Hyena and Other Men, photographs of animal wranglers in Lagos, Nigeria have recieved 'varying reactions from people - inquisitivieness, disbelief and repulsion.' While some were fascinated other saw marketing potentials with the men, while animal-rights groups wanted to intervene...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
South African-born artist Marlene Steyn is a student at the Royal College of Art in London where she is working towards a degree in Painting. We are really enjoying the fantastical, patchwork of oddly comosted faces and worlds that she depicts in her work.
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 19, 2012
South Africa-born Antoine de Villiers creates stark, stripped down oil paintings of nude subjects. In her own words: 'Nude figure studies are certainly one of my most preferred themes. To me, there is nothing more honest and serene. Every single figurative piece I create, I attempt to approach with the highest respect for the human form.'