MB Studio’s Poetoria Society, a movement rooted in poetry and jazz, hosted an event In association with Mmabontle’s Pad Drive a movement with the aim collect donations with a motive to keep a girl child in school. Pads and Poetry was a wonderful art affair which gave Poets and performers a chance to showcase their talent and local entrepreneurs to sell their art, while also running a pad donation drive to give back to the community.
It was a day filled with art, all for a great cause. Thank you for the wonderful day and we’re certainly looking forward to more of these.
We were invited to witness the best that the art world has to offer at the FNB Joburg Art Fair and were proud to see MB Studio Community take the art world by storm.
MB Studio Community Gallery presented a unique contemporary art style that many couldn’t help but stop and marvel at. On display were four art works, the first being Mbongeni Buthelezi’s portrait from the “Unseen series”, the portrait aims to show the moments of everyday life that go unseen, and the medium used – melted plastic – emphasizes the idea of making something from nothing. Along side that was Solomon Omogboyeo’s “Raw Hope” this striking portrait reflects on the artists journey capturing the people and situations that he has encountered along the way. This was followed by Dario Manjate’s dynamic portrait “Consumerism” which addresses the consumerist world we live in, this collage portrait shows a woman’s face made from luxury items, composed in a such a way that draws you in to take a closer look at the image and watch the identity of the woman strip away with the excess of consumerist world. Nkhensani Rihlampfu’s “Mi Nga Karhale Tirahani” (Don’t Get Tired Keep Working) sculpture summed up the collection. The sculpture explores the concept seen in his two man exhibition “Luggage” the idea of emotional and physical luggage that we all have and have had to carry through the journey of life.
Congratulations to MB Studio Community for selling all their art works on display. We’re looking forward to seeing more of what MB Studio Community has to offer.
After 22 years in the art world and being hosted in numerous National Art Galleries, the dynamic visual artist and sculptor Benjamin Tuge will open his first solo exhibition at MB Studio Community on the 3RD of September. We joined him in his work space in Johannesburg to get a glimpse of what his solo exhibition “Introducing Ben Tuge” will have to offer.
Viewing his outdoor work space, where his creations for the solo exhibition are displayed; is a beautiful sight to take in. What is the concept behind the exhibition, I ask? Ben explains; “for me, this exhibition is a form of rebirth. An opportunity to introduce the art world to my new creations and the journey and growth I have under gone to stand with this body of work today.” Ben Tuge found a home with the MB Studio Community, he’s found himself delving deeper into the art and challenging his previous techniques and style.
The upcoming exhibition marks the transition of Ben as an artist, “I’ve challenged myself in terms of the mediums I’m using, It’s my first time using collage paper on wood and many other fusions.” The sculptures on display are moulded with PH plastic creating a bright colour palette that ooze life. The sculptures that will be on exhibit speak to the whole concept of a transformation, they capture a sense of movement and metamorphosis. The figures of the sculpture invite us to imagine the story that is unfolding. His excellent craftsman ship and storytelling are inspiring.
We are excited and anticipating the opening to his exhibition that will surely take the contemporary art world by storm. Head out to the opening of the exhibition at MB Studio Community Gallery on the 3rd of September at 11am.
MB Studio Community – 385 Helen Jospeh Street . Pretoria City Centre . 012central.
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As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with large woven plastic bags that occupy the center of the gallery. You can’t help but feel their overwhelming presence, along with striking sketches placed on the walls of the MB Studio Community Gallery in Pretoria. We attended the two man exhibition, “Luggage” by Nkhensani Rihlampfu and Michael Selekane which was curated by Sarah McGee. On this particular opening we were given an overall art experience, as the Performing Arts Department lead by The O Zone Felaz, gave their performance interpretation of the exhibition’s concept.
Luggage sets out to unpack the emotional, mental and physical weight of our country’s, our community’s and our own personal luggage. The show was titled Luggage instead of Baggage, as the connotations associated with the word baggage are generally negative.
Michael Selekane took a different approach to his ideas behind luggage, as he drew from his personal connection to the concept. He reflects on the artist’s emotional state as an individual, and what they go through as they migrate across the country; while Nkhensani Rihlampfu takes a positive stand on the concept and gives us the weight of both our country’s and families’ Luggage, exploring how often those responsibilities are carried on the shoulders of a handful of individuals. These two approaches give us a full expression of the idea of luggage. The concept speaks to many of us and allows us to confront the luggage which we often face, as well as the luggage that we bring and carry as individuals.
The performing artists extended the concept with an outstanding physical theater performance artwork. The artists aimed to express ideas of the effects of this “luggage” on the everyday man, the fatigue from having to bear a heavy load and endure the weight placed on them. The piece consisted of harmonic melodies often sung to keep the spirits of the people up during such times.
Luggage is a well-produced exhibition and a new reflection of contemporary art. The exhibition is open until the 27th of August 2016, so head out to MB Studio Community and enjoy the living artwork.
Kea Mooka performing “Be One With My Femme” live at the Lefifi Tladi Exhibition at MB Studio Community.
Watch Video! -> Kea Mooka live at MB Studio Community
February birthed a perfect love story to the capital city, one that brought art to the ever-so-busy Church Street. MB Studio Community opened its doors to the capital city on the 2nd of February and the love between the space has been tight ever since.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founders, Sarah McGee, who was equally as overwhelmed by they welcome they received from Pretorians. The space quickly became an oasis for both art lovers and artists, their artwork; something out of the ordinary yet calming to the fast paced city.
The gallery offers itself as a home for up and coming artists to have their art exhibited to the masses, and their work impacting more than just wallets. In just two months, there has been an opening that gave local artists a platform to shine in their own light, and share a piece of their souls with the audience. One of the movements partnered with the gallery is Poetoria, an art showcase by Nsuku Gin Maguvhe, hosted once a month on a Friday night.
MB Studio Community hosts monthly exhibitions, their recent one was of their resident artist, Michael Tshepo Selekane, which was held during March. The artwork from the exhibition, themed Migration, told a fitting tale of the gallery and the artist, I believe, leading to the capital being their new home.
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Written by Mel Mooka