Thursday, October 2, 2008

katherine bull - data capture: a muse

Photo Jean Brundrit

Photo: Melissa Van Zyl

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Warren Lewis- Telling Fibs, an exhibition of lies

The opening night

Warren in front of " The digital splits consciousness into discrete units and breeds robot- like behavior; though less functional, the analog is seamless."
Clock frame, disgarded digital watches.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Architects of the Absurd

Invite. Mental Pictures. de Wet, Gimberg & Nerf. 2008

View in. Mental Pictures. de Wet, Gimberg & Nerf.

View out. Mental Pictures. de Wet, Gimberg & Nerf.

Detail. Mental Pictures. de Wet, Gimberg & Nerf.

Portrait (Press). Mental Pictures. de Wet, Gimberg & Nerf. 2008
"I'm not sure what the occasion was but Christian, Barend and I were braaing wors at the studio. It's the woolies lamb sausage we were owed by Renee Holleman from Carpentry 101. it seems fine despite having sat in the fridge at the AVA for a couple of weeks. Christian decides we should get a picture while the three of us are together, we try to set up the shot to look like the one taken by the suicidal guy on Blouberg beach before our escape. The order is wrong though, Barend is on the right, then me and finally Christian, who has to rush into shot before the timer goes off. I gaze "out to sea" while Barend watches the camera. Christian doesn't quite make it, he's still getting into character when the flash goes off. It's still better than the previous attempt though: the camera (resting on the top of the wall between our building and the next) had fallen over in the breeze." Gimberg

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Still Raining in CT

The opening night last Wednesday was attended by a hundred Capetonians that braved the weather to view some "fine art". It might almost be snowing, but it's always spring at blank projects:
Norman O'Flynn's Butterfly Project

Gabrielle Alberts curated a coherent museum-quality show with fleamarket art by Sunday painters...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Opening on the 2nd of July 2008 at 18h00:
The Butterfly project by Norman O'Flynn
and Fine Art - an installation by Gabrielle Alberts

Monday, June 30, 2008


Visiting Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda is the first artist to use both the blank projects spaces for one show. He presented two bodies of work, Expired Trading Products and The Nuclear Barbeque of Mr Young, which he produced during a two-month residency in Cape Town.

Local and Angolan friends at the opening.

The Nuclear Barbeque of Mr Young.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


"The genesis of creating this work lies embedded in searching for what it means to be white and African. By requesting that my skin be smeared in with black shoe-polish by a fellow African artist (Assane Sar (Senegal)), I hope to raise issues regarding identity within a diverse African cultural environment. Being a soundless video I attempt to force occular engagement of the work, thereby accentuating the visual surface of skin, and by it being looped I am addressing identity as an ongoing and (as yet), unresolved issue."

Sonya Rademeyer was one of five South African artists selected to participate in Dakart 2008. This is the first screening of ‘I am an African’ in South Africa.

(4 screenings only)
4 June: Wednesday 18h00 - 20h00
6 June: Friday 10h00 - 16h00 ARTIST TALK at 10h00
11 June: Wednesday 18h00 - 20h00
13 June: Friday 10h00 - 16h00

Accreditation to Omar Dia (Senegalese film maker) for the filming of this work in Senegal, December 2006.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

WARREN EDITIONS opening night

Tom Cullberg, his son and Zhané Warren (Warren Editions)

Angolan artist-in-Residence, Kiluanji, inspecting Hentie's work

Friday Night by Tom Cullberg

Tom Cullberg’s etchings are an extension of his paintings (which explore aspects such as narrative, intimacy and the transient). The artist worked at the Warren Editions studio during March this year, and created three etchings made with soft ground and various aquatint applications. As starting points for his etchings Cullberg used references to his paintings as well as found images. Unsurprisingly, colour was vital in the production of these etchings - to the point that Cullberg mixed his own colours as he would when painting.

Messenger I and Messenger II (below) by Hentie van der Merwe

Zhané Warren approached Hentie van der Merwe June 2007 with the idea of creating a series of etchings, conceptually based on his music theatre project. For this project, the artist developed a series of masks to be worn by the main character namely ‘The Messenger’. These masks refer to various animals from the world of Nama (Khoi) folklore - such as the hare, lion, and eagle.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Warren Editions, established by Zhané Warren, publishes and prints original fine art prints. The aim of the studio is to introduce contemporary artists who are not primarily printmakers to the time honoured medium of etching. Warren Editions works in etching and other intaglio processes as well as monotype and takes a collaborative approach to develop the artist’s images to their fullest – if need be over an extended period of time.

The Drawing Machine is making (sound)waves

Behind the scenes...

Brendon installing the machine.

Drawing shapes with sound...

For the month of May the machine will be drawing sounds in thin air.
  • Sessions every Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Studio 2666 Catalogue launch...

This Friday evening (9 May) @ 6 @ blank projects
If the cover is anything to go by...say no more.


A sound installation and performance space by Brendon Bussy.
Opening and performance: 18h00 Wednesday 7 May (ends Friday 30 May).
Performances and Workshops every Wednesday 18h00Viewing: Tuesday and Friday 2.30 – 5pmFor other viewing times, contact the artist (082 4068140)

Brendon Bussy is a Cape Town based writer, electro – acoustic performer and visual artist. In 2003 he released Diesel Geiger (Open Records). He also runs workshops in spontaneous sound techniques and idea development.

Drawing Machine and Brendon would like to thank Jacques van Zyl ( for designing the KnapKas instrument and for inspiring acoustic guidance.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

KUNZ & GLASER video sculpture

On invitation by Pro Helvetia (the Swiss Arts Council) and blank projects, the Swiss artists Daniel Glaser and Magdalena Kunz are spending some months as Artists-in-Residence in Cape Town.

Voices, the new project by Swiss artists Daniel Glaser and Magdalena Kunz , is a verbal geography that gives a voice to people to talk about their hopes and fears. At blank Glaser/Kunz will show a Talking Head, a video sculpture. From here the work will travel to Zimbabwe.

“A strength of the work by Daniel Glaser and Magdalena Kunz is related to the way in which viewers get confused about their own body perception; in fact, the movement of the images is invisible at first and then just barely perceptible so that we end up doubting our own bodily presence. In a way their images and sculptures are played out within this tension between reality and representation and between presence and absence.
When the viewer makes an effort to get synchronized with the work, it acquires an almost performative quality, giving life to a strange form of art in which the spectator becomes a discursive element in the transformation of meaning.” (Illaria Bonacossa, Curator at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo di Torino /contributor: Label Magazine, Turin and Contemporary, London).

Opening 18h00 Wednesday 16 April (closes 19 April)

  • Glaser/Kunz are exhibiting internationally and have recently shown some of their videosculptures, the Talking Heads, at various exhibitions in Europe .

PUREN's road trip: the MOVIE

The car radio played Das Spiegel from Chemical Brothers all the way from Cape Town to Johannesburg. (From the album 'We Art The Night' case you'd like to try this on your next road trip.)

Jeremy Purén and Daniël Naudé recorded their journey and targeted various objects with watermelons.

The movie will be screened (one night only) at blank on Friday 11 April, 18h00.


ONS SKRIK VIR NIKS - Studio 2666 (group exhibition)
The first group show by the 12 artists from Studio 2666.
Studio 2666 is a group of artists working in Commercial Street, Cape Town.
Opens Wednesday 9 April(18h00) - Friday 9 May. be afraid.

Visit their blog for more info: