Category: Life in Art


 

The infamous spear

The past week has been very interesting for South Africa, it was the kind of week that happens once in a while and is stranger than fiction. From the DA attempting to take on Cosatu (big mistake) and ” The Spear” making its debut at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

Of course this was the opportunity for political parties to whore themselves out to the media, mostly in defence of President Jacob Zuma, calling the painting by Brett Murray disrespectful. Buuuut problem is a lot of us did not really find the painting all that disrespectful, we found it more a reflection of reality. The only reason is was shocking is because no one had really had the guts to take art to that point, but we were all thinking it COME ON!

The race issue was once again thrown out there, and apparently some ANC members created its own rendition of the spear with the face of DA leader Helen Zille, she laughed it off. fail…

Helen Zille’s err spear

Earlier this week two bright sparks decided to go to the Gallery and basically destroy the painting. The white man opting for red crosses on the face and penis of the president, and black dude came with black paint and just went across the entire painting.

What was very interesting, is how the white man is the one who went first in destroying the art but the black guy is one who was head butted and knocked the fuck down by security. I don’t think I even saw handcuffs on the white guy. Oh well…beautiful South Africa.

 

 

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The Scream

The Scream’ is art work created by artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. I have known of this painting for quite a while but never really understood nor cared to interpret it.

Four versions of The Scream was created for various media with the National Gallery, Aslo holding two of the painted versions and the Munch Museum holding the other painted version and one pastel.

I just recently discovered that the painting has been the target of several high profile art thefts, in 1994 the version in the National Gallery was stolen but recovered several months later. Ten years later the Munch Museum was also hit when The Scream and Madonna was stolen but then recovered two years later.

Now I understand why the painting is a target, it has sold for $107 million at the Sotheby’s Impressionist & modern Art Auction.

$120 million including commission! And this was over only 15 minutes of biddin. The bidder has not been identified (of course not)

 

The Simpsons Scream

I wonder how much ‘The Simpsons Scream’ could sell for…

The aert auctions will continue next week were sales of post war and contemparary art will take place.

 

Coded Soul Rebellious Spirit

Rebel against that which your soul does not want....

Coded Soul Rebellious Spirit

Tebogo Maleka

Honestly it took some time to get to the point of actually putting this piece together. And it’s quiet funny hoe it morphed itself into this article, you’re reading now. It took some what of a juvenile breakdown and a major melt down via conference bbm with my girls. A life crisis is what I choose to call it. When you’ve worked so hard all your life to set the right blocks in place, to build what you knew for sure is what you’ve always wanted. Just to wake up one morning to realise that non of it really makes sense! What is this? What the hell am I doing? This definitely can’t be right…

Working towards what you definitely know is perfect for someone else and that someone else is certainly not you.  It’s a tough one but, as dear Cocoa put it “Honey! It’s absolutely nothing. You work really hard and the prospect of unleashing your true potential is what’s making you freak out like this. All I’m saying is you’ll find yourself really depressed, if you keep getting yourself worked up about it.”  Well, I don’t know if that’s exactly what she said but it sure sounded that way to me.

Of course this true but how does one even begin to tame a Lion?

And as I discovered speaking to a really good friend of mine, only to realise the tragic truth we’re both stuck in the, exact same situation. I impulsively suggested we take off on an adventurous Eat, Pray, Love journey like Elizabeth Gilbert, Bali Perhaps? If only…

Finding myself confronting what I was experiencing in someone else.  What good was it for both of us to be moaning about it? A relentless beast, I tell you this thing called “fore sight”.

I suppose what one should always remember is that it’s absolutely okay not to know what you want at a specific point in time, (ant that’s what they don’t teach you at school kids!) and that should truly be embraced. Why else do we live if everything is meant to make sense, all the time?  The sad part is we’re so pre conditioned by society to know: what you want, how to go about it – to make it happen. Plans to put in place, it never ends.

I don’t remember once being told to try and listen for my universal calling. I guess it’s perceived as wrong to try and cross over to the other side, slightly risky, being experimental just deciding to walk away from it all. Sometimes that’s the best thing one can do. Tame the Lion, cure the anxiety? Maybe, some times you’ve got just live in “I just don’t know state of being” and that’s okay (I’m learning).

In all reality some where a long the road we’ve lost  signal and we can no longer hear ourselves, but that promotion coming up in six months. The prospects of holding on for another two years, for that break through. Listen very carefully, start hearing you again (you know what your universal calling is). Even if it means running away to Bali, Live!

A lesson I refuse to learn the hard way (for that I thank my “melt down”), decoding the complexities of one’s soul by being a rebellious spirit.

Pour le Concierge de thé – For the tea Concierge

In weather like this a cup is always welcome for me

Tebogo Maleka

We were sitting at the airport one Monday morning, as I offered to get our morning kick started with a good old cup of Uncle Joe. From a robust Americano to an indulgent cappuccino and of course the loved double shot espresso. The conversation swiftly moved to an interesting discussion on different coffee roasts, rich aromas and exotic blends and on how coffee is becoming the “new wine”, so true but what about tea I silently thought as I took sip of my mucho cappuccino.

Tea is just as interesting, a variety of tea blends offer complex dimensions with every sip. There’s a tea for every moment of the day and mood you find yourself in. What I’ve come to discover is that tea can take you to many different exotic place. And there’s nothing as universally pleasing as a good cup of tea or offering someone one. So let me share two great tea serving suggestions & preparation tips for you to try. Bonus: one doubles up as 2 in 1.

I suggest one of my favourite teas, this tea is perfect to every night before going to sleep, when you’re feeling rather creative and inspired or when you just want to enjoy a quiet moment with yourself, this exotic aromatic tea is perfect for that.

Earl Grey:

-Just add boiling hot water to an Earl Grey tea bag in a cup.

-Let it draw in for about 3 mins

-Add hot milk (or soy) what ever tickles your fancy

-Sugar if desired to taste

-And the best part enjoy.

Anytime refreshing drink, perfect for a hot winter’s evening or just right as it’s 2 in 1 alias as the perfect summer’s thirst quencher.

Refreshing Ginger Rooibos

Peel some fresh ginger into thin slices.

-Add a few ginger slices into your cup with the Rooibos teabag

-Add boiling water

-Add honey or sugar to taste (if desired)

2 in 1 twist

Follow all the steps above. Quantity is the key to this, so if you’re serving a number of people just double up on teabags as need for each person, and make in a jug. To transform it into a great summer afternoon’s Ginger Iced Tea

-Just add hot water to your tea bags and ginger slices in the jug.

-Make sure you add enough ginger for flavour and aroma

-Just enough to dissolve the sugar or honey.

-Let the tea draw until it eventually cools

-Remove the teabags

-Add lots ice blocks and refrigerate for 25mins

-Add some lemon slices if desired

-And enjoy with great company!