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Tue, 27 November 2018

A car guard from Rwanda, and an artist whose work can be seen in the New York Museum of Modern Art have joined the Wavescape Artboard Project, with the auction to be held tomorrow.


FROM LEFT: Andrew Sutherland, Chris Slabber, Kirsten Beets, Ruby Swinney and Lionel Smit

Eric-KarangwaThe Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival in Cape Town has added Eric Karangwa (right) and Sue Williamson (below) to the art project, which this year sees 11 surfboards turned into art by South African artists, and one wooden board crafted by youth from the 9 Miles Project, an organisation that uses surfing as a tool to uplift, support and educate.

Other notable newcomers are Ruby Swinney, Chris Slabber, Paul Senyol, Kirsten Beets, Swain Hoogervorst, Andrew Sutherland and Chris Soal. Karangwa and Williamson join famous regulars Lionel Smit and Brett Murray for the exhibition, which is currently on show at Jack Black’s Taproom. The auction, with Nik Rabinowitz, takes place next Wednesday 28 November. Last year it raised R772,000 for ocean-related charities such as the NSRI, Waves For Change and the 9 Miles Project.

After fleeing genocide in Rwanda and living in refugee camps, Karangwa found his way to Cape Town. He worked as a car guard at an upmarket shopping mall in Constantia where he taught himself to paint. Now he is sponsored by the Art Society of South Africa and exhibits at Kirstenbosch Gardens with his mentor, Andrew Cooper.


FROM LEFT: Brett Murray, Paul Senyol, Chris Soale, Sue Williamson and Swan Hoogervorst.

RubySwinneyApart from her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, internationally acclaimed Williamson is represented at the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Trained as a printmaker, Williamson also works in photography and video, and is one of South Africa’s biggest success stories.

The newcomers to the project bring a unique collection of skills. Chris Soal explores sculpture with pre-existing materials - particularly single use items such as bottle tops and toothpicks. In 2018, he won the PPC Imaginarium prize and is included in local and international collections. Swain Hoogervorst’s first solo exhibition Inside Out took place at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town in 2014 to much acclaim. He has had residencies in The Netherlands (2013) and Finland (2015) and is exhibited nationally and overseas.

Paul Senyol has become renowned as a South African abstract painter who reflects the detail of everyday life through an empathy with colour, line and form using acrylics, pastels, ink, pencils and spray paint. The minutely detailed oil paintings of people interacting with nature by Kirsten Beets have graced group shows in South Africa, including Salon91 and Everard Read, and at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014 in London. Ruby Swinney (right) works primarily with oil on tracing paper where strange figures that inhabit timeless landscapes. Her work forms part of private and public collections, including Zeitz MOCAA.


VETERAN SATIRE: Brett Murray has once again delivered some acerbic iconography.

Lionel-SmitThe Platinum award for Photo Manipulation at the A’ Design Awards in Como, Italy (2014) counts as a key accolade for Chris Slabber, who grew up in the Little Karoo. Slabber likes to focus on the subconscious and has received awards for his work in photo manipulation and mixed media. Andrew Sutherland is another inspired by narratives that underpin human encounters with nature. He delights in landscape with painted planes that combine graphic and illustrative elements with traditional technique.

A regular at the Wavescape Artboard Project is Lionel Smit (right), best known for his contemporary portraiture through monumental canvases and sculptures. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2017, his artboard was auctioned for R120,000. The enigmatic “dark prince of South African pop (art)” Brett Murray works with steel, bronze and assorted media to critically entertain via skillful manipulation through satire and subversion.

The Wavescape Artboard Exhibition went live from yesterday 19 November at Jack Black’s Taproom (10 Brigid Road, Diep River) and runs until the auction from 6.30pm tomorrow Wednesday 28 November. The boards are asymmetrical shortboards.

For more details click here. To book your seat, call Jack Black Taproom on 021 205 1991. View the catalogue here. See a time lapse of Swain’s process here and link to the Wavescape Festival media kit here

About the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival

Takes place Cape Town between 12 November and 9 December 2018 with favourites the Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Film Festival and Filmmakers’ Master Class. The 2018 iteration includes world premiere of Satori Film, a Cape Town big wave surfing documentary; launch of The Sexy, Ugly, Beautifuls book with John McCarthy; the Spike Swell Course; Big Wave Night & Exhibition; and Beach Co-op Beach Clean-up. All proceeds from Artboard go to ocean beneficiaries NSRI, Waves for Change, Shark Spotters, 9Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op and South African Adaptive Surfing. Last year’s art auction raised R772,000. The highest priced board by Kirsten Sims fetched R130,000. The Festival headline partner is Jack Black Beer. Supporting partners are Wesgro, Vans, Marine Stewardship Council, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Gone, Mami Wata, York Surf, and Zigzag. Thanks also to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.


Programme 2018

Mon 12-19 Nov: Big Wave Surfboard Exhibition, Jack Black’s Taproom
Thu 15 Nov: 6.30pm, Big Wave Night w/ Cape big wave surfers, Jack Black's Taproom
Mon 19-28 Nov: Artboard Project Exhibition, Jack Black's Taproom (11 surfboards)
Wed 28 Nov: 7pm, Artboard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz, Jack Black's Taproom
Thu 22 Nov: 6.30pm, forecaster Spike Swell Course, Sports Science Institute
Sat 24 Nov: From 6pm, premiere Satori Film (documentary), Jack Black's Taproom
Fri 30 Nov: 7pm, book launch, Sexy Ugly Beautifuls, with John McCarthy, Rolling Wood
Sat 1 Dec: 3pm, Beach Co-op beach clean-up and beach activation, Queens Beach
Sat 1 Dec: 8pm, Outdoor Film Night, Clifton 4th Beach
Mon 3 Dec: 7pm, Slide Night, Centre for the Book
Wed 5 Dec: 6.30pm, Masterclass for developing filmmakers, InvestSA One Stop Shop
Thu 6-9 Dec: 6.15pm / 8.15pm, surfing and ocean films, Labia Cinema
Sat 1-2 Dec, Sat 8-9 Dec: Swim Free Confidence courses with John McCarthy

More details: www.wavescapefestival.com
Book tickets: http://qkt.io/s11QNE

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter @WavescapeSA

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