Georgina Gratrix is a Cape Town-based artist whose work is characterised by a sardonic playfulness and, in most cases, an obscenely thick application of oil paint. Drawing reference from both the classical art history canon and pop-culture alike, her artworks are a playful amalgamation of girly infatuation, the grotesque, and astute critical appraisal.
Read an interview with Georgina on 10and5: http://10and5.com/2014/08/18/fnb-joburg-art-fair-georgina-gratrix-adorable-ugliness/
Celeste Arendse married the commercial with the creative with her own brand, Selfi, producing exciting shows and shoots but always keeping her customer in mind designing cuts and creations that sell.
For our Creative Women series, we visited her in studio and spent (way too much) time chatting about everything from imports, to current trends to looking local for sparks of inspiration: http://10and5.com/2014/08/15/creative-women-celeste-arendse/
Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught Kenyan artist who works in various mediums including painting and sculpture. He is best known for his Afrofuturism series, C-Stunners, an ongoing project consisting of elaborate eyeglasses that are imaginatively constructed out of found objects and recycled trash. These wearable sculptures, part fashion statement part social-political commentary, capture the sensibility and attitude of the youth generation in Nairobi. They portray the aspiration of popular culture bling and reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people. The lenses are a metaphorical filter providing a fresh perspective of the world.
Read an interview with him on 10and5: http://10and5.com/2014/08/15/fnb-joburg-art-fair-cyrus-kabiru-afrofuturism/
Cape Town-based artist Sanell Aggenbach works across a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, embroidery and installation, yet consistent in all her work is a deep sense of contemplation and empathetic engagement with her subject matter. Histories, the transience of memory, and a sense of yearning are themes that recur in her work.
In studio with Marcii Goosen, creative director of CLRS&Co. Read an interview with her for our annual Creative Women series: http://10and5.com/2014/08/13/creative-women-marcii-goosen/
Marcii Goosen is something of a creative wonder. “It doesn’t matter where you put me,” she says, “because within days I will be surrounded by people and we’ll be planning some dinner or exhibit or installation… it just happens like magic.” Her current full-time position is as the Creative Director for CLRS&Co, a multidisciplinary design studio which she herself founded in 2011. As such, she spends her days working with a handpicked team whose approach combines craftsmanship, conceptual thinking and most importantly, intuition.
We spoke to Marcii about her upbringing, colourful career journey, natural instinct, collecting things, the curiosities of human behaviour and, of course, what’s next: http://10and5.com/2014/08/13/creative-women-marcii-goosen/
Black Maps is an ongoing project by Josh Ginsburg that deals with dead ends, loops, cul-de-sacs and through fares. Visiting the website, participants are taken on a self-paced journey by clicking on images, audio files, videos and bits of text that present themselves in the swirling digital maze. It soon becomes evident that these are not underpinned by any discerning logic but rather, exist purely to be explored.
We spoke to Josh, who is a practicing artist and curator living in Cape Town, to find out more about this mind-bending project: http://10and5.com/2014/08/12/discovering-josh-ginsburgs-mind-bending-black-maps/
Hanging Basket, Victoria, Vancouver Island II by Katrine Claassens. Read an interview with her on 10and5: http://10and5.com/2014/08/06/paintings-by-katrine-claassens-suburbia-climate-change-and-memes/
Midnight Aura, a silk tapestry by Billie Zangewa. Read an interview with her for our annual Creative Women series: http://10and5.com/2014/08/01/creative-women-billie-zangewa/
At first glance, or from a distance, the intricate tapestries that artist Billie Zangewa creates using silk could be mistaken for oil paintings. Upon closer inspection their unique beauty comes to light as the skilful cuttings and thread work are revealed. Often set in the urban landscapes of Johannesburg, the city which she has called home for the past 17 years, her tapestries seek to explore the female gaze – that is, how a woman sees herself as beautiful through her own eyes.
Read an interview with Billie Zangewa for our annual Creative Women series: http://10and5.com/2014/08/01/creative-women-billie-zangewa/