M Studio Community opened its doors on the 26th of March 2017 for the August House open studios and welcomed in many art lovers and enthusiasts. M Studio Community is the home of the talented artists and creatives such as Michael Selekane, Azael Langa, Neo Mahlangu, Victor Kuster, SNV and Artizens of Joburg.
The open studio exhibition featured a wide spectrum of artworks, tackling many genres and commenting on everything from socio-economic issues and politics. The open studios exhibition give the audience a chance to engage with the artists in their work environment and explore the artists intimate creation space. The open studios give insight to the audience to better understand the depths of perceiving art as a lifestyle as opposed to a commodity which the M Studio Community artists embody.
M Studio was well received by the art community, making sales of a whopping 22 artworks.
We’re absolutely looking forward to the next open studio to see what M Studio Community has to offer next.
M Studio Community is back in Joburg and already making a splash in the art scene once again. This community of dynamic visual arts, performing arts, music and poetry was from the 24th of February to the 26th at Ornico City Launch “Bridges that Connect US” auction and exhibition.
M Studio Community’s Dawn Sarah McGee curated the “Bridges that Connect Us” exhibition, with Nantu Phalatsi of Tshidzo Art under her mentorship. Tshidzo Art is an art company whose mission is to use their skills, resources and networks to help artist build long lasting careers in their area of gifting. The exhibition featured renowned fine artists, Mbongeni Buthelezi. Tshidzo Mangena, Solomon Omolayo Omogboye, Azael Langa, Ndabuko Jukulani Ntuli, Michael Selekane, Johnny Guavo, Dario Manjate, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, and Florian Willfort.
The Old Natal Bank Building, now home to Ornico Media was transformed into an art space for the auction and exhibition. The underground floor was a maze of artworks to explore, each room was filled with a fusion of contemporary artworks while M Studio performing artists and poets gave live performances as the audience walked through. Malvern Primary school learners graced the stage with a dance routine and a Jazz band performance lead by saxophone tenor, Lehlogonolo Ntsoko to close off the evening.
The opening evening was a success with M Studio auctioning off six artworks. M Studio Community is on the 2nd floor of August House on 76 End street. Be sure to pop in for more gripping visual arts.
On Saturday the 15th of October Johnny Guava opened his first solo photographic exhibition “CANdour” at MB Studio Community Gallery. The exhibtion told the captivating story of the artists journey of self discovery, seeking to identify the roles, labels and reponsiblities ascribed to him and that of the people in his life who are closest to him.
When you look at the beatuiful images on the wall you are mezmarised by the luminous image in front of you, and as you take a step closer you soon realize that are the images are constructed from discarded cans which he photographs, then follows through with deep etching process to shape the cans further and construct a totally new image from it.
We had the opportunity to follow up with the artist himself, and see what the journey to the exhibition was like. “It was about reflection, reflecing on where I come from and where I wanna go.” To up and coming photographers who wish to one day have an exhibition like him he says “Keep at your photography and experiment”.