Month long micro-residency and project by Simnikiwe Buhlungu and Joe Turpin
July - August 2016
Junk Embellished is piece that serves as the product of Simnikwe Buhlungu and Joe Turpin’s month long micro-residency at BHEKA and stems from years of artistic partnership. Throughout 2011 to 2013, this process involved engagement with street art particularly through the use of stencils, stickers and playful imagery. This mural can be seen as a continuation of that working relationship, albeit with a more considered intention and artistic framework.
The collaborative mural produced in expressive and organic forms is inspired by found objects discovered in New Doornfontein .These objects discarded as “waste” or “junk” with seemingly unknown and ubiquitous functions allow for moments of re-imagination. By transforming these ambiguous objects into both artistic tools but also products of beautification they begin to take on another life and are inevitably ascribed new sets of values. The window as a median becomes a space to present “art” found in the public to the public within an area focused primarily on light industrial.An area where an art institution such as a gallery may often be perceived as exclusive.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Both Joe Turpin (b.1995) and Simnikiwe Buhlungu (b. 1995) are Johannesburg based artists, currently studying a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.
While Joe depicts untold allegories that celebrate and uphold African narratives through paint related mediums, with a focus on styles derived from neo-expressionism and street art.
Simnikwe straddles between photography, print-based mediums and collage, commenting on ideas of the black condition and subsequent black experiences within the current social climate.
With thanks to ROOM Gallery and Projects
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