ARTISTS FEATURED ABOVE (CLOCKWISE): STEPHANIE VAN VUUREN, WESLEY VAN EDEN, TRANTRAAL BROS, SU OPPERMAN, JASON BRONKHORST, MASHA DU TOIT. LOGO AND LAYOUT BY PETE WOODBRIDGE.
THOMAS PRINGLE HALL, NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, GRAHAMSTOWN, 30 JUNE – 14 JULY 2011
CO/MIX 2011 is an innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art, whether 2D or 3D. CO/MIX is concerned with comic art as an aesthetic form and a narrative platform. It leapfrogs over the barricades that once defended fine art from pop culture, bringing cartoon images onto canvas and fine art works onto usable, wearble surfaces. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art and sculpture with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects.
CO/MIX features works by South African artists Anton Kannemeyer, Colleen Brand, Elaine Woodbridge, Jason Bronkhorst, Jeff Rankin, Jesca Marisa, Jesse Breytenbach, Joanne Bloch, Joe Daly, Kelly Gough, Masha Du Toit, Mogorosi Motshumi, ND Mazin, Pete Woo, Rayaan Cassiem, Rico, Roberto Millan, Stephanie van Vuuren, Su Opperman, the Trantraal Brothers, Wesley van Eden, Willem Samuel and Zapiro, and international artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium), Erik Kriek (Netherlands) and JP Kalonji (Switzerland).
The exhibition is curated by Andy Mason (CCIBA) and Pete and Elaine Woodbridge (Woomen Plush Toys) and co-ordinated by Lieve Vanleeuw (Words & Images). Part of the main festival programme at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, CO/MIX 2011 includes a number of related events, including workshops, seminars and an outdoor visual art performance event.
A gallery shop selling accessibly priced merchandise by the participating artists, such as books and comics, prints, t-shirts and toys, will be part of the exhibition.
- Opening of Exhibitions | 30 June | by invitation | Monument Gallery | 16:30 onwards |
- Exhibition Walkabout | Free | Book @ Booking Office | 1 July | 11:30-12:30 |
- Co/mix Seminar | “Comics Across the Oceans” | Free | Book @ Booking Office | 1 July | 15:00-16:30 |
- Co/mix Seminar | “Cannibal Ogres, Mock Europeans, Faux Tintins and the Hovering Showerhead” | Free | Book @ Booking Office | 8 July | 14:00-15:00 |
- ToonLab Cartoon Laboratories | Cost R40 | Book @ Booking Office | 3 July | or 9 July | 10:30-13:00 |
- Masterclass on Cartooning and the Graphic Novel | Follows Toonlab | Cost R50 | Book @ Booking Office | 3 July | or 9 July | 14:00-17:00 |
- Visual Art Performance Event (VAPE) | Free | Saturday 2 July 10:00 until completed later in the week | location to be announced |
- ‘Velocity’ Launch | Free | 2 July | 16:00-17:00 |
- Blank Toy Workshops | Cost R75 | Book @ Booking Office | 2 July by invitation | 5 July open to all | or 7 July open to all | 9:30-12:30 |
Note: Everything takes place at the exhibition venue, in the Thomas Pringle Hall, 1820 Settlers Monument, unless another venue is specified.
More details about each event can be found below:
1 July – Co/Mix Walkabout
Take a stroll around this stimulating and unusual exhibition with Jaques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium), JP Kalonji (Switserland) and Erik kriek (Netherlands) and SA Co/Mix artists. All welcome. Free of charge. (11:30-12:30)
- 1 July – ‘Comics Across The Oceans’, a panel discussion between renowned international comic artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium) and South African comic artists, facilitated by Andy Mason. Loustal is famous for his richly illustrated travel journals, while Ephameron has created a series of drawings which construct a comparative visual iconography of everyday life in Belgium and South Africa. (15:00-16:30)
- 8 July – ‘Cannibal Ogres, Mock Europeans, Faux Tintins and the Hovering Showerhead’, an illustrated lecture by Andy Mason, author of ‘What’s So Funny? Under the Skin of South African Cartooning’. The lecture looks at the visual stereotypes, symbols and icons that populate the history of South African cartooning and satirical art, from the colonial period to the present, culminating in the epic confrontation between Zapiro and Jacob Zuma. (14:00-15:00)
ToonLab Cartoon Laboratories
If you love to draw, come along and create your own cartoons at this interactive immersion into the world of comic art, facilitated by local and international artists. The best participants will be selected to proceed to the more advanced Co/Mix Masterclasses (see below). Ages 13 and up. Drawing materials provided. Cost: R40 per person.
- 3 July – ToonLab 1 with Ephameron (Belgium) and SA Co/Mix artists (10:30-13:00)
- 9 July – ToonLab 2 with Erik Kriek (Netherlands), JP Kalonji (Switzerland) and SA Co/Mix artists (10:30-13:00)
Masterclass on Cartooning and the Graphic Novel
If you are mad about comics or have some experience in drawing cartoons, bring some examples of your own work for a crit and create your own comic under the watchful eyes of renowned local and international comic artists. Ages 13 and up. Drawing materials provided or bring your own favourite pens and brushes. Cost: R50 per person.
- 3 July – Masterclass 1 with Ephameron (Belgium) and SA Co/Mix artists. (14:00-17:00).
- 9 July – Masterclass 2 with Erik Kriek (Netherlands), JP Kalonji (Switzerland) and SA Co/Mix artists. (14:00-17:00).
2 July – Visual Art Performance Event (VAPE)
A legendary crew of young Durban graffiti bandits joins forces with top comic artists to create a legal graffiti wall at an outdoor venue in Grahamstown. Rethink your preconceptions about the aesthetic value of graffiti and discover the tools and techniques behind the artform that upstanding citizens love to hate. Outdoor venue to be announced. All welcome. Free of charge.
CO/MIX Graffiti Wall work begins on Saturday 2 July at 10:00 and continues daily until completion of the wall.
Location of the wall to be announced.
Blank Toy Workshops
Participants get to customise their own plush toys at these fun, hands-on workshops, facilitated by Pete and Elaine Woodbridge, designers of the funky Woo-men Plush Toys. Each participant will be given a blank plush toy to customise during the workshop, creating their own unique plush character. All materials and tools are provided, including fabric paint, glue, scissors, and an assortment of odd and found objects. Participants may also bring their own materials. The workshops are limited to 12 participants from age 13 upwards. These workshops will appeal to crafters, artists, designers, free thinkers, and anybody who loves to get their hands dirty. No prior experience required. Participants keep their toy afterwards. All welcome. Cost: R75
- 2 July -Workshop 1 Co/Mix Artists only (by invitation). Observers welcome. Toys created at this workshop will become part of the exhibition. 9:30-12:30
- 5 July – Workshop 2 Open to All: 9:30-12:30
- 7 July – Workshop 3 Open to All: 9:30-12:30
- 10 July – Workshop 3 Open to All: 9:30-12:30
2 July – Launch of Velocity Graphic Novel Anthology
Velocity Graphic Novel Anthology is a Fantasy & Sci-Fi themed collaboration between 25 South African and Australian artists to create not only a fantastic read, but to also be a showpiece of the talent from both countries.
The power of fantasy and sci-fi lies in its ability to enable the artist to export problems, ideas and concepts into alternate realities and explore these ideas free from emotive ties to the real world. Velocity exists to give the artists exactly that kind of leeway.
The first issue will be launched in June in Australia, with a South African launch to follow on 2 July 2011 at the National arts Festival in Grahamstown as part of the Co/Mix exhibition.
The Velocity Graphic Novel Anthology is organised by Moray Rhoda in SA and by Neville Howard in Australia.
Visit their website at www.gaining-velocity.com for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this ambitious project.
16:00 to 17:00 All welcome