I am on a 4 month travel , research ,painting expedition /adventure.
Follow the project and my Tumblr for info and updates.
/A WORD OF ART in partnership with our bestest friends GreenPop were just notified that we are one of the winners of the Design Indaba; Your Street Challange http://www.designindaba.com/projects/your-street
We will be using the money to transform the Greenpop Nursery on Mountain Rd Woodstock,with a mural,art installations and a public jungle jim/tree house .
This is me and Misha of Greenpop receiving the prize form the Mayor
For WWF to promote Earth hour I was invited to paint 2 murals ,1 for JHB and 1 for Cape Town
This was my first time using all acrylic and no spray
(And the last time i will use sprays)
I hosted a workshop with a group of kids in each city to inspire the artwork
In CT we exhibited all the kids art and projected them over my mural for Earth hour
CT mural was in collaboration with Selah (CT) and REMED (MADRID)
Video by Rowan Pybus coming soon
Image Freddy Sam
Images by Freddy Sam
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Over the last 3 years i have hosted over 35 artist in residency from around the world with my /A WORD OF ART project.
The last few months have been some very special artists:
JAZ (BUENOS AIRES)
KNOW HOPE (TEL AVIV)
All images from the project here http://www.acrylicwalls.tumblr.com
AEC INTERNSIKAZKI (UKRAIN)
See his works here:
TROY LOVEGATES (CANADA)
‘WAYS OF SEEING’ JAN 24 - MARCH 9TH 2013 - The result of a month long painting project in Cape Town and Johannesburg curated by Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam (Cape Town) with international artists in residence KNOW HOPE (Tel Aviv), Gaia (NY), and Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires) . TRAVEL BLOG: http://www.acrylicwalls.tumblr.com PROJECT SPONSORED BY: The Maboneng precinct, The Woodstock Exchange and /A WORD OF ART. .
View my works in the Catalog online here: http://www.a-word-of-art.co.za/exhibition-space/present-exhibition/
See great reviews of the project here:
Below images by Matt Ginsburg
This morning I was invited to be on the curatorial panel for the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014!
I am honored!
I promise to dedicate myself to doing a good job and only vote for cool stuff that actually benefits us as a society!!
Design for social change gets my vote!
The primary objectives of the Curatorial Panel will be to:
• to assess and review proposals
• develop a dynamic programme
• assist in making connections
• make recommendations to the WDC2014 CEO and Board
The WDC 2014 Curatorial Panel will play an important role in achieving the WDC 2014 Vision of building social inclusion, reconnecting the City in structure and in spirit, and repositioning Cape Town for the global knowledge economy.
The WDC 2014 Curatorial Panel will consist of 10 - 15 members, who will work in different work streams and will include individuals with the following expertise:
• Design practitioners and educators (from the full range of disciplines)
• Community development practitioners
• City/province planners and process managers
• Creative and innovative thinkers and doers
• Dreamers and visionaries
• Networkers and connectors
• Business leaders
• … and some pragmatists too
Excited about this current painting project I am curating.
Curated by me, Freddy Sam (Cape Town) with international artists in residence KNOW HOPE (Tel Aviv), Gaia (NY), Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires)
Johannesburg: Dec 23 - 29 / 2012
Cape Town: Dec 29 / 2012 - Jan 30 / 2013
WALLS / TRAVEL / COMMUNITY / ART / EXHIBITION
Exhibition opens at /A WORD OF ART Jan 23 and runs till March 10
/A WORD OF ART - 66 Albert Rd ,Woodstock Cape Town.
Project sponsored by:
The Maboneng precinct, The Woodstock Exchange and /A WORD OF ART.
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During http://i-art-joburg.com/ which I curated with Andpeople we spent a day in Soweto painting in Mambo primary School.
Juxtapoz magazine came along and documented the day.
It made it into the December print issue.
I posted the full feature here:
In 1982 Emile YX (Then a school teacher and now legendary Hip Hop activist) wrote a letter to Martha Cooper introducing himself and the small scene here in Cape Town /South Africa.
30 years later i had the privilege of bringing Martha Cooper here for the first time for I ART JOBURG
I got to take Martha to the birth place of SA Hip Hop; Mitchell’s plain introducing Martha to Emile and the pioneers of South African Graffiti, Jammo and Baby.
Martha brought the letter that she saved all those years..
Jammo showed us the very first Graffiti piece in South Africa that he painted in the late 70’s .
I was recently invited by the Maboneng township art experience to participate in their public art festival held on a street and inside homes in Gugulethu.
Turning homes into galleries.
I painted a mural with the words: “Peace,Love and Creativity”
I was asked by someone to take their photograph standing in front of it.
And then more and more people lined up to have theirs taken too.
I printed out the images and came back the next day to display them in the street and give them to each individual at the end of the day.
(This action was inspired by spending time with Martha Cooper whom always likes to make a copy of the photograph for the person who she documented.)
It started to rain and so a community member took the photos to display inside his house.
I also painted a Springbok on a house with the help of my nose picking assistants.
Here they are painting their imaginary version of my artwork.
Below two images by Rowan Pybus.
Street dialogue with Paul Senyol.
I started adding some street talk/poetry around woodstock,only to find Paul Senyol adding to my work along the way.
Resulting in street dialogue adding to each work over a few weeks.
Progress images by Klaus Warschkow who documented the conservation.
Check my part of the street talk series here:
I was selected as part of a list of “11 guerrilla street art greats” on National Geographic,along with Banksy JR Artist Space Invader and Know Hope,,I really don’t think i deserve this at all but its motivating to know that Im being noticed.
Daniel Raven-Ellison who created the listing said: ‘It’s in my nature to enjoy art that amplifies a point of view, allowing it to be “heard” above the din of a loud and busy city.’
See the full listing here:
I have been commissioned by the city of Cape Town to paint the Gardens MyCiti Bus station.
Heres the start
More pics to follow this week.
For the last 7 months I have been planning,curating and organizing http://i-art-joburg.com/
Allot of hard work,good people and good times has now come to an end.
Steve ESPO Powers
Above photos by Martha Cooper.
I got to paint 1 day in Soweto,My favorite day of the project by far.
And ran a mural workshop with the kids.(More like a collaboration)
See here for more pics from the day,
Above photos by Sydelle Willow Smith
Martha Cooper was here for 4 weeks documenting the project.
I really got to know the living legend quite well and we have become dear friends,I am humbled by her energy and humility.(And the great big smile she always has on.)
Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith
One of the greatest things I’ve had the pleasure of being part of
Martha Cooper SOWEBO/SOWETO zine.check it out here
Curating her work at the final show is defiantly one of the highlights of my life,
See more here:
Now time to take this inspiration and do some painting of my own.
This was an amazing experience.
Here’s a nice video from Open Walls Baltimore by Caleb Rexford.
Yesterday National Geographic spent the day filming with me,as part of a documentary on South African cultural ambassadors to come out at the end of June.
I started this new mural for them to film.
“We listen to the colours of our city,Peace Love Creativity”
I have been here,for 5 days,I think (My jetlag really hit me)
And everyday seems to get better.
I have not made any art in the last 4 months,not a painting and not even a sketch due to my focus to building /A WORD OF ART and /ANDPEOPLE where I act as a organiser,curator,producer and creative director.
But im not complaining i love to compose situations for other artists,an appreciating audience, and for a greater local culture overall.
South Africa is starving for production,so it needs to be done,The culture is there,in fact the more I travel the more i realise how much we have and how unique and fresh it is.
But as i always say,”we are all artists it just depends on how much you bring it out”
So when Gaia invited me to openwalls Baltimore and sent me a photo of my wall,the artist inside me got as excited as a 5 year old kid ready to bring it all out.
My imagination and vision started to align,a sort of art jazz started to play inside me.
Now I am here working on the biggest wall I ever made,and i am truly very happy and humbled for this life i get to live.
Gaia for openwalls
Adding some colour to my wall
Martha Cooper is a legendary documentary photographer of the early hip hop and graffiti movements,responsible for books such as “hip hop files” and “subway art” which were partly responsible for the explosive boom of the movements,
She is based in NY but was born in Baltimore and in the last years bought a home here,near the neighbourhood from where she was born,I was honoured when she invited me for a tour of her home and gave me a signed photograph and a copy her classic “street play” book.
Exploring the freight train grave yard
Doodles(Bay area USA),Interesni kazki(Kiev Ukraine),Specter (NY USA)
And at the end of great day we had a feast fit for kings :)
The Baltimore Boys
I have been in Baltimore for 3 days now.
Staying with Gaia at his studio.
This is a great project with beautiful honest intentions.
The entire community is celebrating and supporting the walls.
Im in love with this city already.
Thank you Gaia for inviting me.
Thank you Station Arts North for hosting me (Rebecca and Ben)
Thank you Priya for collecting me at the airport at 7 am.
Entering the city
The line up for this month.
Gaia in studio
My food and coffee sponsor for the week :)
Overunder for OPENWALLS
Maya Hayuk for OPENWALLS
My wall day 1
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IM GOING TO BALTIMORE!
OPEN WALLS BALTIMORE
From the Curator Gaia
“Open Walls Baltimore is a project that I have been personally co-ordinating with the not for profit Station North and is supported by the PNC foundation and a generous Our Town grant from the NEA. The intention is of course to produce great art on the streets and put on for my city that I love so much. Yet, of course, as every public art project must be, the OWB initiative will hopefully produce more than just spectacular murals. This is about an investment in a neighborhood that is burdened by 150 vacant homes and bridging the gaps between the artist community that calls Station North home and the residents of Greenmount West. Inspired by my experience with both Wynwood Walls in Miami and Living Walls in Atlanta, this initial and very exciting start will hopefully result in a continued support for public art and experimental intervention that can become more holistic as time moves forward. The current line up is as follows: Interesni Kazki, Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Specter, Doodles, Jaz, Ever, Freddy Sam, Mata Ruda, Nanook, MOMO, Vhils, Sten and Lex, Chris Stain, Jetsonorama, Overunder, and others. The website is now live. More to come!!!”
Artist Gaia,and Photos here are by Martha Cooper and info comes via http://blog.vandalog.com/
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I just received an email shortlisting me for the IAPA International Award for Excellence in Public Art.What an honor! :)
Organized by Forecast Public Art, publisher of “Public Art Review! (USA) and University of Shangai, publisher of “Public Art” magazine(China).
The Award acknowledges the highest achievement in public art in any country. The Award draws attention to the major contribution made by artists around the world to the quality of life, our shared environments and the importance of developing space to nurture citizenship and public well being. The focus of the Award in its initial year is on artists’ contribution to place-making.
A primary goal is to stimulate debate about the quality of public spaces among artists and allied professions, and among decision-makers in urban planning and design. To encourage this, the organizers are establishing an online database of projects by professional artists and public art agencies around the world. Once the first Award has been made, this database will be made freely accessible.
I feel like I won already by being acknowledged at this scale,I am happy because I can leverage the exposure and get some public art projects going here in SA.
Art and healing network organised a podcast interview with me produced by Britt Bravo.
Its now online:
Taken from there website:http://www.artheals.org/
Listen to it here: