“What’s so amazing about really deep thoughts? – Tori Amos
Here follows the press release:
Broken Monsters Charity Art Show
Lauren Beukes and I are thrilled to announce that we are doing it again with her latest book, Broken Monsters: an art exhibition with incredible local artists donating new and original artworks on her book pages to raise money for charity.
In 2013 for her book, The Shining Girls, we raised R100 000 for Rape Crisis and this time around, for Broken Monsters, the charity is a kids’ literacy initiative called Book Dash – an incredible organization that gathers volunteer writers and illustrators to team up on a Book Dash day and write an amazing new kids book together in one day that anyone can freely translate and distribute. Printing is then made possible by donations and sponsorship and the books are given out to underprivileged children across the country. (http://bookdash.org/)
We are also excited to announce that we have secured funding from Nandos who have come on board as a partner to make this all happen and to ensure that 100% of proceeds from the artwork sales will go to producing Book Dash books.
Each artwork will sell for R1500. It costs R10 to print a Book Dash book, so each page from the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show with its new artwork on it, will buy 150 books! A beautiful cycle where books becomes artworks, and then become books again.
This year, our amazing and generous South African artists – approximately 130 of them – have produced enough work (more than double our show in 2013) to have unique selling exhibitions in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The dates are as follows:
12 November 5.30 for 6pm / corner of Harrington and Barrack Streets
26 November 5.30 for 6pm / 10A Victoria Road, Lorentzville
For further info, please find us at:
Twitter: @laurenbeukes @jackicurates
We look very forward to seeing you there
Curator / Broken Monsters Charity Art Show / Tel: +27 (0) 82 08 444 22
Dear friends, family and fellow bloggers…..
I truly hope that today is the beginning of a wonderful year ahead for all of us.
End sheet is a group exhibition which opened yesterday at the ArtEC gallery in Port Elizabeth.
End Sheet 2014
As the final exhibition on the artEC calendar for 2014 we thought it fitting to make reference to the final page of every book, the page that, despite being devoid of textual content, marks an assimilatory shift from book into life. The End Sheet binds not only the physical book, the cover to the text-pages, but also denotes the transition from text into life marking the readers contribution to authorship.
Reading a book is by no means a linear retracing of its author’s intentions but rather an interpretative appropriation of the text, which produces a different text in the mind of each reader, the last page holds a revolutionary event: the constant dialogue between author and reader.
The words read interweave, wrap themselves in the feelings, the experiences and knowledge of the reader, a mesh of two worlds that forms and opens new imaginary spaces. Are there interfaces, overlays or points of the world of the reader with the world of the author, enabling the formation of a new reality?
How far is it possible to capture the new imagery? …
Artists were invited to submit the results of their obsessions on paper. The torn, pressed, ripped, wrinkled and stained drawings, prints and illustrations for an exhibition that celebrates paper.
This one will also be part of the group exhibition #Flippenvlambaar #FreakinFlammable #PArt 2014 at the #PrinceAlbertArtFestival