ALSO! YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET MY NEW BLOGS IN YOUR EMAIL!
I have developed a newsletter that I will mail out when I got something decent to share and this will come into your inbox. It won’t be more than once a month. You can sign up to my newsletter on the landing page on the new site.
What is with the new name you ask?
This is not the end of Hope Project. It is the beginning of something bigger for me and I am taking hope along. I started Hope Project in 2005 as an idea and never thought I would have a webpage as well as being able to live off of it. Over time I realized the name of what I was going under was a very common name (thanks to google) and I wanted a unique name that would be google friendly! I had a zillion new names that I had come up with but funnily enough all of them are taken! This lend to a bit of soul searching and discovering who I am now as an individual and the vision for where I want to go.
As some of you might know I attended an artist residency back in 2011 in the district of Raseborg, Finland. This experience had a profound effect on my way of thinking and creating. Finland is literally polar opposites to South Africa, both culturally and geographically. Finland is a resourceful country. It is clean as well as separated from the rest of Europe. It is an interesting place. In order for a unique name that Google would pick up, the created name of Resoborg came about from this cultural experience. Resoborg is a metaphor for a perfect piece of artwork, safe, clean but far out and unexpected much like Raseborg. ‘Reso’ stands for resource and ‘borg’ is the Swedish word for castle. Therefore, Resoborg is a ‘resource castle’ inspired by Scandinavian and South African design principles. The idea is to still create work that is hopeful and positive but its also about promoting growth in individuals and the community – becoming a man, a town and a country of resource!
Thanks to all of your support I hope to you see you on the other side!
Sorry abou the lack of updates..things have been busy. One of the things I have been working on is getting up my new website. Its finally ready to go live and will be launched this Friday!
With the new site you won’t be able to subscribe to the blog updates that go into your mail but if you’d like to keep up with what I do and still want email updates I will have a mail chimp newsletter that I will send out once a month or so. This will showcase the best work of the month that I have been involved with and whenever I have a new print, product and exhibition.
Our exhibition closes on 25th May 2013 if you want to still check out the show. If you not in the area and want to get a good feel of the work in the gallery you can check out a really cool interactive 3D version of the exhibition over here.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our exhibition in Cape Town! Its been a huge success and we are so appreciative of all those that have bought work from us. The show runs until the 25th May 2013 at A Word Of Art in Cape Town. If you interested in purchasing any of the work you can have a look at the catalogue over here. Please contact Elmarie at the gallery if you interested in any of the work on: +27 (0) 72 226 9815.
I have always enjoyed exhibiting in Cape Town and it seems like the place to be if you are a creative these days. I am not sure what is driving all the change that is happening there right now but there is certainly an energy that is flowing through the mountain right now. Since the last show I did in February 2012 at A Word Of Art the Woodstock Industrial Centre has had a MAJOR overhaul. I am not sure if its an overhaul for the better though. In its original state it had an interesting mix of artists and designers using a building that was once affordable and a great place to interact with creatives you might not always “bump” into.
After setting up the show I had a good look around and it almost felt like it had become a “mall” for creatives in a super constructive way – its lost its edge and to me it looks a little too clean for my liking. Is it an accurate reflection of South Africa? Well it does a pretty good job at isolating the rich and the poor which is still happening in richer, suburban settings in this country! Its still a great place though and my hope is that the building acts as a catalyst to helping the surrounding communities and business’s instead of isolating itself and becoming a white elephant. Perhaps the transformation of the building is a good metaphor about the personal works that I have created for the show. A lot of these works are about us as humans taking the responsibility of our actions in our lives and having the power to choose our lifestyle, thoughts and belief systems. The idea is a hopeful one. The idea is that we as humans can change from bad to good, from negative to positive and from dark to light. Without this sense of responsibility there is no hope in this world and that would be a tragedy of the human spirit.
My favourite artwork from our exhibition is this skateboard piece “Yesterday is dead – tomorrow is forever” R3500.
We also have an affordable “Art Pack” that will be available to purchase. If you out of town and would like to get one please contact Elmarie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Its a limited edition art pack (never to be reissued) of 20 units comprising of a collaborative art print between Senyol and I, T-shirt and a zine which features sketches, photos, artwork and a one on one interview between the two of us. We are really thankful that RVCA have supported us with this project. We hope to you see at the opening if you in the area.
I will be taking a break from blogging this month to focus on an upcoming exhibition in Cape Town in April as well as doing all my regular client work. Its an exciting time ahead as I will be launching a new website soon which I will share with you when I do the launch!
My upcoming exhibition with Paul Senyol will include a limited edition zine and tshirt collaboration thanks to the support and sponsorship of RVCA! Today I am rocking the RVCA “South Africa” shirt.
A couple of weeks ago I shared some pictures from the mural commission I did for RVCA South Africa which you can see over here. FInally I have the video to share too! Senyol and I had a great time working on this project. Its always great getting out of the studio and away from the computer to get down and dirty with our hands. Thanks to Gumby for doing a great job on the filming and editing!
A couple weeks ago I went location hunting for a documentary that I am going to be featured in! Its a movie documenting local artists in South Africa and I am pretty excited about this as its going to be filmed with some of the best quality camera’s – I am not talking about Go pro’s! here!! I am going to be working on a mural in a secret location in Durban in this old building. I am really loving the textures, old sign writing on the walls and looking forward to seeing how this is all going to turn out. You can see the layers of paint that has been on these walls…I wonder much history is in this? Can anyone guess where this building is??
I was recently commissioned to work on a series of illustrations for an animated commercial for McCarthy Motors in South Africa. I have never had the opportunity to work on so many illustrations for a specific job and its alway exciting to see my work being animated. Here are some of the illustrations that will be in the motion graphic and I will share the final production of the video soon…
Happy new year people! I hope you had a great holiday and all the best for 2013!
Senyol and myself were invited to spend a week in Jeffery’s Bay just before Christmas to paint two murals for RVCA. It was super fun as always to paint with my friend and art companion Paul Senyol and we were very lucky to stay at a beautiful house that over looked the world famous super tubes!
Some close up details of the sketches we were working on the night we arrived.
For the RVCA factory shop we decided to paint a body surfer around the building along with abstract sea creatures floating around him.