For 8 years the Creative Block has promoted the work of established and new artists alike, using innovative creative challenge and marketing technique to create an award winning and very sustainable project.
They supply the artist with an 18cm x 18cm blank block to transform in any medium they wish. The result is a wide selection of quality artworks in a variety of styles, catering to a range of tastes. This, combined with a reasonable price tag of R1200 each, ensures artists reach a much larger audience than than they ordinarily would.
Featured in numerous local and international collections, the Creative Block also functions as a gateway between creative realms - the artist and that of the art collector. Through the Creative Block the two worlds are connected, providing artists with a constant source of due acknowledgement and collectors with an accessible means to acquiring one-off quality works of art.
A carefully-picked selection of paintings from this project will be on show at The Black Box till 26 December 2012.
LAUNCHES AT THE BLACK BOX
Cape Town, South Africa , 13 December 2012
Artist/ Actress Olga du Toit, based in Cape town, is launching an innovative new art project at The Black Box/Worldart on Thursday, 13 December from 6.30pm to 9pm. Entitled 1000facesonpaper.com, this is the artist's first solo exhibition after being selected as a SASOL new signatures finalist in 2011 for her work called 'Daily Fix'.
Inspired by graphic novels, comics and the works of French artist and printmaker Henri Matisse, Du Toit created and developed her own unique style of sketching a face. The project,1000facesonpaper.com illustrates different forms of human facial expressions, gestures and angles set in a series of 1000 prints. The first edition of twenty-five faces will be on exhibition.
"The challenge I set myself was to render each face by using the simplest of lines to convey expression and personality", Du Toit explains.
Du Toit's objective is to have each face speak directly to the mind of the viewer by means of creating just a few expressive lines of ink. She is excited by the scope, possibilities and uniqueness of this project to the idea that it can be interpreted and shared to a global audience online.
"In the words of Matisse, 'I am training my drawing hand to serve me; every ink drawing I do, is a face waiting to be born on paper" , She says.
Each ink drawing is printed into an edition using the intaglio printing process. The prints consist of an edition of 10 prints per face to a final total of 1000 prints. The print sizes are approximately 35x35 cm from a 20 x 20 cm size plate that is hand printed onto 250gsm Zerkall Butten Paper. Everything from the tearing of the paper to the printing is done by hand resulting in slight variations that render each print unique.
Du Toit sees herself as a creative entrepreneur or creative adventurer. She likes to explore art in all its forms and merging conceptual ideas, music, design and photography. 1000facesonpaper.com is one of a kind art project and may just be the largest online series of ink drawings in the world.
The prints are available to purchase online at 1000facesonpaper.com .
The Black Box is a project space dedicated to artists emerging through the various artist-producing channels, both formal and informal, with the intention to provide an environment where commercial potential is not the main guideline.
Whether they come from university or are self-taught and have been participating in community art projects only, it does not matter. If they show dedication and we like what they do, they will get an opportunity to show their work to a broader audience.
It will also provide a destination for art lovers who would like to see what is happening under the radar.
Our first exhibition will be with Alexandra Karakashian. Alexandra graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2011 and will embark on a Masters degree in 2013.
The exhibition (26 November 2012 - 12 December 2012) will be titled Passage and the paintings are a detail that form part of a larger ongoing project and practice, investigating the relationships between natural environments and the aesthetics of landscape painting through examination of process and uncertainty that exist within both the natural world and developments in painting.
Opening night: Monday 26 November 6 - 8pm
Address: 52 Church Street
Contact: Charl Bezuidenhout - firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 423 3075.