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Contemporary Colors
Modern Art Craft from S. Africa at Gallery Ju
South African Art Craft Gallery Ju

Southern Exchange and Gallery Ju will present an exciting collection of South African art craft from Friday Nov. 3rd – Nov. 10th at Gallery Ju, Jongno-gu. The exhibition will introduce and showcase modern South African artefacts that embody the wonderful traditions, sophistication and exuberant energy that are all a part of the creative renaissance now underway in South Africa.

South Africa possesses great cultural diversity and 11 official languages. These dynamics, together with the energy and optimism of a country that celebrated democracy as recently as 1994, provide a glimpse of the context that is energizing the creative renaissance in the country's design, arts and crafts.

Works by master crafters and artists such as Zanele Nala, Alice Gcaba and Sodwa Maphumulo and expert beaders from the MonkeyBiz Bead Project are among the highlights of the collection. Their work is technically excellent and creatively inspiring. Artistic works by them are regularly collected by public institutions and popular figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Donna Karan.

Delightful, colour and character filled works that are produced through the initiatives of creative charitable enterprises that support local people and their culture by generating jobs and regenerating craft traditions will also be presented in Contemporary Colours.

Art craft and design from a range of media will be featured, including various types of beadwork, textiles, narrative embroideries, and fine metal work and modern basketry. A selection of stunning Zulu telephone wire contemporary basketry and objects promise to surprise and delight you.

Contemporary Zulu wire baskets, woven from brightly covered telephone wire are taking the international design community by storm. They marry three major Zulu artistic traditions together in a new form and aesthetic language to produce very chic, sophisticated artefacts. These baskets are regularly featured in international magazines such as Italian Elle Décor, Vogue Living, House & Leisure, Pasatiempo, and El Palacio, The Magazine of the Museum of New Mexico.

Contemporary South African art craft is fresh, authentic and finely crafted. Sometimes naïve, it is exuberantly colourful and it has a great sense of humour, humanity and of crossing boundaries.

MEDIA ALERT & INVITATION:

A Media Launch Event to open the exhibition will be held on Friday, November 3, from 4:00pm.

At: Gallery Ju, 1F Sunhyangjae Bldg, 61-1 Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 110-220. ph: 02 732 1357

RSVPS and all queries to: Anthea Fawcett, Curator, Southern Exchange.

anthea@southernexchange.com.au
phone: 010 9487 8856




 

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