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The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios will be presenting NO RULES APPLY! as part of Art Week Joburg .
ART WEEK JOBURG provides the platform to promote as well as reinforce the existing strengths of the Joburg Art scene. Modelled on ART WEEK Cape Town, which has run successfully for 2 years, ART WEEK is an initiative aimed at increasing the visibility of, and strengthening, the visual arts industry in cities throughout South Africa. For one week each year, galleries, museums, arts organisations and artists, collaborate to create a strong public focus on the vibrant art scene of your city.
From 19 to 24 August 2014, the first edition of ART WEEK comes to Joburg.
NO RULES APPLY! is an opportunity for artists/creatives and general public to take over/ attack the Bag Factory gallery with any available medium; paint, ink, spray paint, chalk… there are no rules!
Enjoy an ice cold Grolsch while tapping your feet to the sounds of local DJ’s.
NO RULES APPLY aims to redefine and re-imagine the roles of the artist and consumer. Who gets to be an artist and why? What is a consumer and how is their role defined? How is art consumed? Where can it be consumed?
Be a part of the process of making art.
Everyone and anyone is welcome
Our studios will also be open so be sure to visit the artists!
We invite you to BRIDGED an exhibition by visiting artists Carlo Galli and Carolyn Massey.
Carlo Galli has joined us from Italy. For his exhibition he will be presenting public murals and prints. Below are some of his works:
Violent Violet (above left) is ‘an invasion of tanks that broke through into my work. They are symbolic objects made of hot melt glue (the glue from a glue-gun). The tanks stand in decided contrast to the belligerent power of the subject. Strong colors are selected for the “littletanks”, in this case Violent Violet. The unusual color choices are positioned to define forms, almost to define a role-playing game, a corporate strategy or a silent but ruthless tactics to conquer the territory.
Another aspect of Galli’s oeuvre is the use of safety tape. Surface Boundaries was an installation inspired by huts of bamboo and wood driftwood created spontaneously by bathers on the beach in Viareggio Lecciona. The simple demarcations of plastic tape had the potential to keep people away. The tape, a volatile material, has value in the collective imagination of impassable limit, the presence of something dangerous from which to steer clear.
For the first installation Galli worked on a public beach. The demarcated squares brought about a mix of intrigue and consternation by bathers who reacted to them with curiosity. Amongst ideas were that the squares were for Penguin eggs or for the layout of formal housing on the beach.
The second installation was an exploration of the aesthetic experience of safety tape. The tape, wound around the legs of a flyover became a kinetic artwork. The fluttering of the wind through the tape and the consecutive lines created by the red and white stripes changed the perspective of the ‘usual’ material and transformed the material into art.
Johannesburg based artist Carolyn Massey works largely with charcoal and paper. Her passion for the visual arts shows in her ongoing and persistent mission to develop her technique. She is keen to make the most of her short time at the Bag Factory.
Carolyn completed her honors in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. She has travelled to the USA, the UK, Europe and Israel. Her career has been linked to arts and academia, from being a gallery assistant to being chairman of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Postgraduate Association. Her past two years have been focused on teaching Yoga.
Carolyn will be focusing on portraits for her part of the exhibition.
The Bag Factory was privileged to be a provided a stand at the 2012 Joburg Art Fair with supported from the Gauteng Province. This year artists at the Bag Factory produced a series of 50cm x 50cm works on high quality canvas.We still have a number of works available for sale.
These works are viewable on the slide show on the top right of this page.The commission for the sale of these works will contribute towards our efforts to purchase and renovate our building.
Reproduction prints and original Artworks available from our shop