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Papytsho Mafolo
30 December 2013

Papytsho Mafolo is a Kinshasha born artist who spends his time working in the DRC, Spain and South Africa and regularly shows his work in these countries.

His style of painting is characterised by thick sculptured paint application that creates expressive images often accompanied by the use of passionate and warm colour combinations. Though very African in look and feel, his work is never “typically” African.

Click on his name in the column on the left of this page to view his new pieces.

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The Whole of the Moon
26 November 2013

Solo exhibition for Thembinkosi Kohli
The whole of the moon is a phrase made famous by The Waterboys in a song with the same title that was a minor hit in the mid-eighties. The general interpretation is that when two people look at the same thing, they don't necessarily see the same thing.

Thembinkosi Kohli is a Cape Town based artist. In 2003, with the help of The Royal Netherlands Embassy, he published a comic book titled "The Shadow". The main character is a boy called Q-phy, through whose eyes we were allowed to look at the world with the same sense of wonderment and surprise that the young boy does.

Initially Q-phy was always accompanied by his shadow, sometimes in conversation with it. The message seemed to be that one's sub-conscious is like one's shadow, always present, and that it is therefore important to address issues because like your shadow, it won't go away.

Q-phy has since featured in many paintings in which he slowly started looking at the world differently, shifting his focus from a more introverted view to one that appreciates a bigger picture. We now see references to a world where water, trees and his place in nature are as important in understanding himself as his shadow was ten years ago, suggesting that not only is there more than one way to look at things, but also that we can have different perspectives of the same thing.

The whole of the moon will open at The Black Box gallery from Monday 2 December and concludes on Saturday 28 December.

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First Cape Town solo exhibition for Stephen Rosin
20 September 2013

Panopticus: Land of the One-eyed King is the title of award-winning artist Stephen Rosin's debut Cape Town exhibition that opens at The Black Box on Monday 23 September 2013.

Drenched in satire and subtle innuendo, the mixed-media works comprising the show reflect Rosin's penchant for stinging socio-political commentary. His use of branding and elements common to advertising serve to lull the viewer into a false sense of security, belying the darker message concealed beneath their multi-layered facade.

His artistic practice is characterized by a conceptual approach to issues involving globalization, the central banking system, the superstition that he believes is government and the staged-show that surrounds it all. He sees his work as a vehicle for exposing this 'show' as the spectacle that it is and is fast fashioning himself as somewhat of an cultural court-jester.

Rosin was born into the turmoil of the Bush war in Rhodesia in 1975. He graduated cum laude with a B.Tech degree in Fine Art from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 1999 and was the 2009 winner of the Absa l'Atelier art competition.

His work is held in the Sasol, Telkom and Absa corporate art collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

He currently lives, works and hides in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape.

Rosin’s exhibition opens at The Black Box, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, on Monday 23 September and closes on 18 October 2013.

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First Cape Town solo exhibition for Pat Sithole
26 August 2013

On 26 August 2013 The Black Box will be hosting the opening of a solo exhibition by Johannesburg based artist Pat Sithole, titled Remembrance. This is Sithole's first exhibition in Cape Town and also the follow-up to Reality, his debut solo exhibition which was held at Artspace Johannesburg in 2012.

In Remembrance Sithole returns to acrylic paint with a body of vibrant works on canvas. The exhibition explores objects and figures as a reference to our memories.
"Objects are created by the people and therefor form part of us. We also use them to accomplish our purpose. Some are used to destroy and others to build and honour our legends. Some are also used to make a living and change our world to be a better place to live in. In my paintings I demonstrate the positive effect they have in our memories. It is strong, brilliant and lovely colours that create a strong sense of inspiration and motivation to the viewer. I am trying to avoid colours that bring painful memories. My artwork should serve as a purpose of producing a positive mindset. Seated figures in this episode represent calmness and harmony. I also used brush strokes to create a deep feeling of importance in my subject matter."

Sithole was born in 1970, at Kwa-Thema, Springs. After he matriculated at Kenneth Masikela Secondary, Pat enrolled at Intec College in 1999 where he studied Commercial Art for 3 years. In 2009 he was selected for the Sasol New Signatures competition and also received merit awards for the Ekurhuleni National Fine Art Awards in 2006 and 2007. He received some of his earliest exposure to art from his uncle, the well-known Lucas Sithole.

Sithole's first solo exhibition in 2012 was a sell-out. It formed part of his year-long mentorship programme with Artspace where Sithole pushed the boundaries of his own practice under the guidance of artist and mentor Francki Burger. Sithole will also be one of the featured artists at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013 where Artspace (soon to be Lizamore & Associates) will have a booth with a selection of artists.

Sithole's exhibition, which will consist of large portraits of the people of Kwa-Thema, and objects, opens at The Black Box, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, on Monday 26 August and closes on 18 September 2013.

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Intrinsic by Rayaan Cassiem
01 August 2013

INTRINSIC, an exhibition of mixed media artworks by Rayaan Cassiem, opens at The Black Box on 1 August.
Cassiem is an artist, designer and street artist hailing from the Cape Flats who lives in Cape Town.

Intrigued by the human form, especially portraiture, INTRINSIC is a mixed-media exploration of human-kind's inherent search for truth amidst a world that often extols the values of physical beauty, separation and segregation based on race, social standing and beliefs.

INTRINSIC is Rayaan's first solo exhibition. He is also one of the founding members of CORE, a collective of Cape Town based illustrators and street artists.

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A custom made motorbike and paintings by Brazilian artist.
02 July 2013

The Black Box gallery continues to explore the weird and wonderful with an exhibition of paintings by Brazilian artist Doce and a motorbike built from scratch in his free time by journalist Henri Du Plessis. The exhibition opens on Monday 1 July and concludes Wednesday 26 July 2013.

Doce came to South Africa from Brazil a year ago. In Brazil she is a well-known street artist, so being in an environment where she is unknown and unfamiliar with the system provided the perfect opportunity to explore the more traditional pastime of painting on canvas. The result is paintings rich in colour and rainforest imagery – a refreshing change from current South African expressions.

Henri du Plessis works as the motoring writer for the Cape Argus and has been building a motorbike in his spare time during the last three years.

"The hand-made custom motorcycle Moodswing is an old school chopper with modern technology. The idea was to delve into the history of custom-made motorcycles as far as the bike's chassis is concerned, but to recognise the advantages of modern convenience and efficiency with a fully computerised fuel injection system. The bike is made to have a so-called rat look, the appearance of wear and age of an old idea, but also the shiny parts of the new. It is therefore a combination of two opposites made to fit together and work together in one package" - Henri Du Plessis.

So, is it art? Art is subjective and means something different to every single person on earth, which provides a very good reason to come and see this exhibition.

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Nothing new by Grant Jurius
04 June 2013

While the international art world has been congregating in Italy for the 5th Venice Art Biennale, which this year features a healthy number of South African artists, the young Turks of the South African art scene are jumping at the opportunity to show what they can do. One such artist, and in our opinion one to watch for the future, is Grant Jurius.

His first solo exhibition has just opened at The Black Box gallery on 3 June 2013 and was an instant hit. For the exhibition he created a body of work consisting of paintings on board, graffiti on the walls of the gallery space, as well as paste-up's that will have to be removed when the show closes 28 June.

Known in street art circles for his paste work and his activist interventions with an outfit called Burning Museum, Jurius has gained recognition and appreciation for his hard hitting images seen on walls in and around Cape Town in recent years.

"Where the media fails us, the walls help" he says. "Walls provide a far more accurate reflection of our reality. There are billboards, newspaper boards and more, which are also relevant, but not more so than our expressions. People often say "If these walls could talk". Well they do. All you have to do is look."

The truth is that not everybody gets to see these public art expressions because not everybody travels by train or pass through the same neighbourhoods where Jurius has been leaving his imagery. It is for that reason that he is excited to be showing his work as paintings in a more traditional art exhibition. "Obviously there is room for that channel of expression too and I look forward to reaching a new audience with my work".

This is the real thing, so don't miss it.

Title of show: Nothing new
Venue: The Black Box Gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town Dates: 3 – 28 June 2013
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am -1pm. Closed on Sundays.

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Art for Action
13 May 2013

The Art for Action Community Gallery:
Please join us and celebrate the Yabonga community on May 18th at The Black Box gallery in Cape Town.

Art for Action is about the power of creative expression.

This project began when disposable cameras were given to twenty Yabonga youth at the Luvuyo center. A photography workshop was conducted by documentary photographer, Nikki Rixon, where the youth learned about composition and various aspects of this art form. The youth, ranging in ages 14-20, were then asked to take photos depicting various aspects of their lives and the perceptions that they hold of their surroundings.

Yabonga is an organization for women and children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. That being said, all of the photos displayed in the gallery were taken by youth who are affected by the virus in some manner. By allowing underprivileged youth to express themselves through photography a greater understanding of the communities in which they live, the schools that they attend and the quality of their lives will be gained.

The goal behind this exhibition is to create a sense of pride in the children and to foster positive ways of expressing themselves.

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The Black Box Gallery presents: Time Through Space
07 March 2013

a group show curated by love and hate studio

Featuring 11 visionary artists and photographers from South Africa and Europe:

Black Koki

Brent Dahl ( Netherlands )

Colijn Strydom


Jan-Henri Booyens - (represented by BLANK projects)

Lorcan White

Mymo (Germany)


Robin Brink


Sean Metelerkamp

The exhibition concludes on 6 April 2013

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Building and deconstruction by Serge Ntamack
06 February 2013

The Black Box gallery continues to introduce new artists with its latest exhibition titled Building and deconstruction by Cameroonian artist Serge Ntamack.

The sculptures exhibition is about the importance of deconstruction in the process of building. Existing items were fragmented and put together again to create new items for different purposes than originally intended. This is relevant to the objects but is also a metaphor for the relations between society and individuals.

Serge Ntamack was born in Cameroon in 1983.

The exhibition opens on 11 February 2013 (6-9pm)and closes on the 8 March 2013.

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Future Positive by Love and Hate
03 January 2013

For Love and Hate, the contemporary art production team consisting of Black Koki and Ello, there is no time to rest as they start 2013 with an exhibition titled Future Positive at The Black Box gallery in Cape Town. With recent projects for Adidas and Spoek Mathambo behind them, they have devoted time to put together a collection of work that explores their brand of surrealist street art in painting and drawing formats. "We like contrasts as the source of our inspiration – hence the name Love and Hate. This exhibition, however, has a definite positive feel to it. It is a mood that has grabbed us and we are happy to roll with it." The Love and Hate studio was formed in 2004 and founded with the aim to produce intelligent, engaging and relevant design. They have since been involved in many projects ranging from large street mural paintings to corporate commissions. This is a rare opportunity to view their art in a gallery environment and more so before they become household names. The exhibition closes on the 26 January 2013. Where: The Black Box gallery, 52 Church Street, Cape Town When: 4 January - 26 January 2013