Athi Patra Ruga, night of the long knives, 2013.
inkjet printing Archival in Photorag Baryta Edition of 5150 x 190 cm 2013.
Courtesy artist and Whatiftheworld athi Patra Ruga is rapidly becoming one of the artists Searches in South Africa.
He was named as one of the 100 best artists under the age of 33 in ‘Younger than Jesus’ Phaidon, his work has appeared on the cover of the magazine Art South Africa and was featured prominently in the recent 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
Patra-Ruga works on a wide range of genres, questioning fashion, performance and art.
His work is extremely bright and colorful, with prints and textures that intentionally collide.
In The Future White Women of Azania Saga, his most recent solo exhibition in Cape Town, I explore the ideas of utopia and dystopia in the context of post-apartheid South Africa.
With its bold styling and its underlying sense of humor, perfectly merges history, pop culture and mythology, creating a body of work that deals with controversial issues in contemporary culture.
Daniella Mooney, Steps to Eleusis Demeter and, 2014.
9 varieties of wood, 193 x 262 x 50 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Whatiftheworld working predominantly in sculpture and installation, Daniella Mooney effortlessly manages to combine monumentality with the ephemeral, the natural and mystical.
She uses materials including wood, stone and glass in their work, emphasizing the relationship of humanity with these different media, creating a reverence for the natural world.
The beauty of his work belies the complex ideas of mythology and narrative exploring.
Everything considered: light, sound and space play an integral role in its facilities.
With two solo exhibitions to date, we can expect to see more of the attractive and thoughtful Mooney work in the future.
Dineo Seshee ballot, pallets / a small part of all, 2013.
acrylic on acrylic paper.
8 x 21 cm each.
Courtesy of Stevenson.
Sheshee Dineo Bopape has lived and worked around the world, studying in South Africa, Amsterdam and New York.
Integra drawing, painting, performance and installation in their artwork on layers, based on their own experiences to explore issues of gender, identity and race.
Its facilities are bright, gaudy and full-bodied.
She creates an immersive environment in their art work combining video with untidy objects.
Each object refers to a deeper meaning, but a clear explanation always remains out of reach.
Bopape works invite the viewer to attribute their own interpretation to their deeply personal explorations.
Georgina Gratrix is known for its distinctive paintings, but thanks to ongoing collaboration with Warren Editions in Cape Town, also has an impressive collection of prints.
His loose and playful style, with thick layers of paint IMPase, is instantly recognizable.
Gratrix explores notions of celebrity, personality and pop culture in relation to the history of painting, with themes and titles graciously made a gesture to contemporary life.
Represented by SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, she has participated in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and abroad.
Hasan & Husain Essop, Freedom Fighters, 2014.
Lightjet C-print on archival paper.
115 x 145 cm.
Edition of 5.
Courtesy of the artists and Goodman Gallery.
Artistic collaborators and twin brothers, Hasan & Hussain Essop already have a lot of work at the age of 29 years.
They use photography to create stories and characters tell a story in each image.
They describe their work as exploring stereotypes of East and West, two cultures that loom large in their daily lives.
They use their personal experiences to inform images, while at the same time invite the viewer to explore their own preconceived ideas.
His work is a personal exploration of the many cultural indicators relevant to their lives as part of the young Muslim community in Cape Town, critically examining the meaning in many cultures around them.
Jody Paulsen, Manhunt International, 2014.
5 x 2 m.
Courtesy of the artist and Brundyn +, Cape Town A relatively newcomer Jody Paulsen is the youngest artist in this list.
After graduating with a Master of Arts in 2013, Paulsen has been making a name since, through art and fashion.
Exploring consumerism and the culture that surrounds it, Paulsen creates vibrant layered collages of felt with contrasting colors, with many recognizable logos and brands.
Paulsen clear fascination with fashion and brands is evident, demonstrated through its collaboration with the South African Adriaan Kuiters label for a collection that is exhibited at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
As an artist at the beginning of an exciting career, and Jody Paulsen is a person you have to look.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, The Grass is Always Greener on The Other Side, 2014, Installation.
Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, United States.
Courtesy of Stevenson.
Kemang Wa Lehulere works with drawing, installation and performance.
Use these means to explore the personal and the historical, focusing on the unreliability of memory.
His works can be monumental or small, ambitious and impermanent.
Used in many of his performances to represent the excavation process, simultaneously discovered and destroyed.
When performing the same work, consider their personal narratives, while the viewer is implicit in this mutual discovery and destruction of a file.
Looking at the past and the future and the impermanence of both the work Wa Lehulere forces us to look at the narratives that we signed and believe.
Widely collected and exhibited in art fairs around the world, the monumental works of Lionel Smit remain popular.
His great portraits combine realism with creating expressive brand and bold color.
Cut faces Smit portraits often look directly at the viewer, her strength augmented by bright colors and thick brush marks.
Bronze sculptures Smit evoke the same force as his paintings: ‘Morphous’, recently exhibited at CIRCA in Johannesburg, is a huge bust two-headed woman.
Smit translates the expressive brushwork of his paintings on the surface of bronze, and texture of the sculpture echoes his iconic style of painting is done.
Chosen as the face of the BP Portrait Awards in London in 2013, Smit’s work is so celebrated internationally as in their country of origin.
Mohau Modisakeng, Ditaola V, 2014.
printing inkjet Epson UltraSmooth.
150 x 200 cm.
Edition of 5 + 2AP.
Courtesy of the artist and Brundyn +, Cape Town Mohau Modisakeng is a young South African artist who tries to directly address the historical problems of racism in South Africa.
Working with sculpture, video and performance, the artist often appears in his own work.
His work is highly symbolic, using fabrics, land and armaments to refer to colonialism and conflict.
He shuns non-contentious issues in the South African and African society, but uses his art to challenge and draw attention to them.
Bravely forcing his audience to confront issues of identity and race, their work is powerful in its symbolism.
In addition to exhibiting extensively in South Africa, Modisakeng has exhibited in art centers around the world, including New York, Basel and London.
Nandipha mntambo, Destinyies Entwined, 2014.
rawhide resin, polyester mesh, waxed cord.
Left: 190 x 140 x 55 cm.
Right: 181 x 143 x 57cm.
Courtesy of Stevenson nandipha mntambo has exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally, his sculptural works have captured the imagination of audiences around the world.
Born in Swaziland and based in South Africa, Mntambo works with personal ideas of history, heritage and culture.
She is best known for works that use cowhide, where he actively subverts traditional cultural practices associated with this medium.
Modeling the skin on the female body, creates mystical sculptures that allude to a physical body while pointing to the lack of one.
A Mntambo likes to play with attraction and repulsion that evokes the cowhide on the viewer.
Instead of reading his works in simplistic terms, as merely cultural or feminist explorations, she encourages ambiguity in the reading of his works.
For such a young artist, she already has a body of work well established and will certainly continue to be a leading figure in the art world.