F.E.A.R.

September 21, 2021

Bamboo Yarn

Bamboo yarn has become increasingly popular among knitters in recent years due to its eco-friendly properties and luxuriously soft texture. It comes from the Asian bamboo tree and can be harvested without actually killing the plant, making it a sustainable option. 

Bamboo has plenty of other great qualities; not only is it renewable and biodegradable, it also has hypoallergenic and UV protection properties. It has the ability to evaporate moisture, making it suitable for cool, breezy garments like shawls. 

The durability and flexibility of this yarn make it a preferred material among many knitters. Its natural elasticity and softness mean it’s ideal for creating summer garments and items for babies and toddlers too

Art and Critics

August 23, 2021

Drug Raids

August 23, 2021

One memorable scene was when a chap that was ditching packets of cocaine refused to listen. Mr Harley told him to
stop it, twice, and when the chap did not listen, Mr Harley casually reached into the back of his pants, pulled out his
pistol, and shot the perpetrator through the knee. Pandemonium! Cops bursting in from everywhere, radios blaring:
‘Shots fired, shots fired!’ in various languages, and loads of yelling, some of it from the guy that had just been shot.
Some of the cops were yelling at Mr Harley, but he had a real attitude, although I think maybe he violated some civil or something, considering the drug dealer had no weapons visible. Personally, I think he should have shot the guy
through the head; save a fortune of taxpayers’ money on hospital fees and the plane ticket to get him back to his own
country, till the next time he gets caught and the whole thing starts again. Apparently, that would be considered a
gross infraction of human rights, or some shit. Don’t you love “democracy”?
We did two more buildings, the same modus oparandi, and by the time the sun was…..

Fate and the Warrior

August 23, 2021

On Intelligence.

August 22, 2021

History Repeats itself

August 22, 2021

Alcohol Abuse

August 22, 2021

The Hidden Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Authored by: Audra Franchini

Alcohol abuse and the brain: Some physical consequences of drinking alcohol are more well-known than others. For example, many are familiar with the fact that alcohol interferes with the brain, causing unusual and, at times, dangerous behavior. However, many don’t realize that alcohol abuse hinders brain development and health, a phenomenon that may lead to brain disorders. The continuous death of brain cells leads to an increasing impairment of mental activity.
The liver: Alcohol abuse hinders the liver from functioning properly. Alcohol abuse can cause cirrhosis, which in some cases requires a liver transplant to be treated successfully.
Cancer: Abusing alcohol may increase the risk of contracting cancer in certain areas of the body. These areas including the mouth, throat, breast, liver, and esophagus.
Alcohol abuse and the immune system: Abusing alcohol weakens the immune system, making the body more prone to contracting infections and diseases, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Binge drinking especially impairs the immune system, hindering its ability to ward off disease up to 24 hours after intoxication.
Knowing the hidden consequences of alcohol abuse is key to understanding substance-use disorder. At Recovery Centers of America, we can provide the insight and support that you or a loved one needs. Call our alcohol rehab centers at 1-800-RECOVERY to learn how you can fight alcohol abuse.
American Rehab Institute.

The RPGs

August 21, 2021

The driver and I drive the bakkies about 15km to the spot we must meet. It is
by a kraal that has a Shebeen attached to it. When we get there we buy a
couple of cokes and raid the cooler boxes for some food. I go on a walk about
and find almost immediately some scary shit. Just off the goat path are two
RPG’s (Rocket Propelled Grenade) they have been fired but did not detonate, the
nose cones tips, which is the trigger, are dented and the fins at the rear are
open. RPG’s self detonate at about 950m if they do not hit anything. These have
malfunctioned. I gently lift one and feel the weigh, yip, it is full of explosives.
They are lying neatly next to each other, so the goat herd boy must have found
them and brought them here. Bad, they could pop any time, theoretically. I take
a photo of them, for future reference. I wander off into the hills; catch 2 small
snakes and a scorpion. The snakes are a harmless burrowing type; the scorpion
has big pinchers and a small tail and sting. The rule of thumb is: big pinchers,
small tail, not so venomous. Small pinchers, big tail, watch out.
I walk a few kilometers deeper into the bush and find a tiny little goat that has………

The Stokvel Gallery Mission

August 20, 2021

25 years ago, I put forward the notion of an artist’s communal art space based on the African stokvel notion of collective bargaining, where the pooled resources of the many give greater power to the individual, which in turn strengthens the whole. After many years and lifetimes of interaction with art spaces, artists and students, I am ready to launch stokvel gallery @ gordart studios in the downtown Johannesburg CBD, 2 minutes from the Mooi Street Offramp.

25 years ago, I put forward the notion of an artist’s communal art space based on the African stokvel notion of collective bargaining, where the pooled resources of the many give greater power to the individual, which in turn strengthens the whole. After many years and lifetimes of interaction with art spaces, artists and students, I am ready to launch stokvel gallery @ gordart studios in the downtown Johannesburg CBD, 2 minutes from the Mooi Street Offramp.

What and where is the stokvel gallery?
A small gallery space housed on the ground floor of my studio at Nugget Square is the venue. This has its own entrance and access to the kitchen and bathroom areas. The clean, white gallery has some glass brick natural lighting plus LED lighting. There are sculpture bases available. There is a large outside area for openings (allowing for social distancing) and plenty of off-street guarded parking within the square behind locked gates. The gallery has furniture, glasses and infrastructure for the use of artists/curators and invitations will be sent out to a very extensive gordart gallery mailing list of around 5000 national addresses. In addition, Facebook and Instagram pages will advertise the shows.

How does the stokvel gallery work?
This is an artists’ run space for artists, by artists/curators. Members sign up and pay a small monthly fee of R250 to participate in the stokvel. (This covers the rental and infrastructure costs). This has to be a commitment for the full 12 – month period even if your show is in the earlier part of the year, you need to pay your dues for the duration. For this the artist has a two – weekend (plus the weeks inbetween) period once a year to use the space as they wish. (artists may sign up for more than one slot in a year if available). They manage the space for the duration of their time and can choose to open everyday (not really encouraged) or by appointment or Thursday to Sunday (better option) or just weekends. Artists / curators may choose to run shows like a pop up for a weekend and change the next week or to host a select dinner event every night for the duration of the show. They may choose to curate a group show, one person, two person or themed exhibition or use the space in any way that suites them and their marketing strategy. And the Best part is that NO COMMISSION is payable to the stokvel. So, 100% of the profits go to the artist. This means you could offer lower prices or discounts to clients in place of the commission (between 30 and 50%) that would normally go to the gallery. For artists wanting to try new approaches or experimentations, installations, happenings or events, the gallery is the ideal space. For emerging artists, this is a perfect way to break into the gallery scene and start developing a cv and profile. For seasoned artists, the space allows for focused small exhibitions backed by the professional reputation of Gordon Froud – Artist, Curator and HOD Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg, and the muscle of an artist’s collective. Curators can negotiate their own terms, conditions and commissions independently of the stokvel. All slot-holders are responsible for hanging and clearing, labelling and documenting of their own shows. As there is no commission, there is no conflict of interest with artist’s representatives or galleries, and these are welcome to be involved with your shows.

Who May apply and how?
Emergent, established or experimental artists may submit email applications to stokvelgallery@gmail.com (for the attention of Gordon Froud) for any one of the 20 to 25 slots in the year. (Two slots a year are reserved for a group show of all or as many that want to artists from the stokvel which will be managed by Gordon Froud and his team). Questions may similarly be directed to this address.

Potential benefits or Add ons:
• Braai facilities, glasses, crockery and furniture available for after parties or focused events. (Clean up fees will apply)
• Soda Studios often have live music events that may coincide with or be arranged during your event or slot, which provides entertainment and foot traffic.
• Phillip the framer is currently at Nugget Square and will keep his association with the stokvel gallery even if he relocates – negotiated discounts for stokvel members for their shows and throughout the year.
• Workshop facilities at gordart studios may be available for hire or invitations to workshops may be made available for you to attend.
• Inclusion on cultural calendar events such as art fairs, open days and numerous studio visits to gordart Studios and even links to other downtown studios like August House, Ellis House, The Bag Factory or Artist Proof studios etc.
Gordon Froud
(Owner/ Artist / Curator)
0844238635
Slots from April /May 2021 to May 2022

  1. Sat 3 April – Sun 25 April (Group show of new signups)
  2. 26 April to Mon 10 May (Suggested opening Sat 1 May)
  3. Wed 12 May to Mon 24 (Suggested opening Sat 15 May)
  4. Wed 26 May to Mon 7 June (Suggested opening Sat 29 May)
  5. Wed 9 June to 21 June (Suggested opening Sat 12 June)
  6. Wed 23 June to Mon 5 July (Suggested opening Sat 26 June)
  7. Wed 7 July to Mon 19 July (Suggested opening Sat 10 July)
  8. Wed 21 July to Mon 2 August (Suggested opening Sat 24 July)
  9. Wed 4 Aug to Mon 16 Aug (Suggested opening Sat 7 Aug)
  10. Wed 18 Aug to Mon 30 Aug (Suggested opening Sat 21 Aug)
  11. Wed 1Sept to Mon 13 Sept (Suggested opening Sat 4 Sept)
  12. Wed 15 Sept to Mon 27 Sept (Suggested opening Sat 18 Sept)
  13. Wed 29 Sept to Mon 11 Oct (Suggested opening Sat 2 Oct)
  14. Wed 13 Oct to Mon 25 Oct (Suggested opening Sat 16 Oct)
  15. Wed 27 Oct to Mon 8 November (Suggested opening Sat 30 Oct)
  16. Wed 10 Nov to Mon 22 Nov (Suggested opening Sat 13 Nov)
  17. Wed 24 Nov to Mon 6 Dec (Suggested opening Sat 27 Nov)
  18. Sat 11 Dec – Mon 17 Jan 2022 Group show (OPENING 11 DEC)
  19. Wed 19 Jan 2022 to Mon 31 Jan (Suggested opening Sat 22 Jan)
  20. Wed 2 Feb to Mon 14 Feb (Suggested opening Sat 5 Feb)
  21. Wed 16 Feb to Mon 28 Feb (Suggested opening Sat 19 Feb)
  22. Wed 2 March to Mon 14 Mar (Suggested opening Sat 5 Mar)
  23. Wed 16 March to Mon 28 Mar (Suggested opening Sat 19 Mar)
  24. Wed 30 Mar to Mon 11 April (Suggested opening Sat 2 April)
  25. Sat 16 April – 2 May Group show (Easter) (OPENING 16 April)

May 2022 to 2023 to follow.Who May apply and how?
Emergent, established or experimental artists may submit email applications to stokvelgallery@gmail.com (for the attention of Gordon Froud) for any one of the 20 to 25 slots in the year. (Two slots a year are reserved for a group show of all or as many that want to artists from the stokvel which will be managed by Gordon Froud and his team). Questions may similarly be directed to this address.

Potential benefits or Add ons:
• Braai facilities, glasses, crockery and furniture available for after parties or focused events. (Clean up fees will apply)
• Soda Studios often have live music events that may coincide with or be arranged during your event or slot, which provides entertainment and foot traffic.
• Phillip the framer is currently at Nugget Square and will keep his association with the stokvel gallery even if he relocates – negotiated discounts for stokvel members for their shows and throughout the year.
• Workshop facilities at gordart studios may be available for hire or invitations to workshops may be made available for you to attend.
• Inclusion on cultural calendar events such as art fairs, open days and numerous studio visits to gordart Studios and even links to other downtown studios like August House, Ellis House, The Bag Factory or Artist Proof studios etc.
Gordon Froud
(Owner/ Artist / Curator)
0844238635
Slots from April /May 2021 to May 2022

  1. Sat 3 April – Sun 25 April (Group show of new signups)
  2. 26 April to Mon 10 May (Suggested opening Sat 1 May)
  3. Wed 12 May to Mon 24 (Suggested opening Sat 15 May)
  4. Wed 26 May to Mon 7 June (Suggested opening Sat 29 May)
  5. Wed 9 June to 21 June (Suggested opening Sat 12 June)
  6. Wed 23 June to Mon 5 July (Suggested opening Sat 26 June)
  7. Wed 7 July to Mon 19 July (Suggested opening Sat 10 July)
  8. Wed 21 July to Mon 2 August (Suggested opening Sat 24 July)
  9. Wed 4 Aug to Mon 16 Aug (Suggested opening Sat 7 Aug)
  10. Wed 18 Aug to Mon 30 Aug (Suggested opening Sat 21 Aug)
  11. Wed 1Sept to Mon 13 Sept (Suggested opening Sat 4 Sept)
  12. Wed 15 Sept to Mon 27 Sept (Suggested opening Sat 18 Sept)
  13. Wed 29 Sept to Mon 11 Oct (Suggested opening Sat 2 Oct)
  14. Wed 13 Oct to Mon 25 Oct (Suggested opening Sat 16 Oct)
  15. Wed 27 Oct to Mon 8 November (Suggested opening Sat 30 Oct)
  16. Wed 10 Nov to Mon 22 Nov (Suggested opening Sat 13 Nov)
  17. Wed 24 Nov to Mon 6 Dec (Suggested opening Sat 27 Nov)
  18. Sat 11 Dec – Mon 17 Jan 2022 Group show (OPENING 11 DEC)
  19. Wed 19 Jan 2022 to Mon 31 Jan (Suggested opening Sat 22 Jan)
  20. Wed 2 Feb to Mon 14 Feb (Suggested opening Sat 5 Feb)
  21. Wed 16 Feb to Mon 28 Feb (Suggested opening Sat 19 Feb)
  22. Wed 2 March to Mon 14 Mar (Suggested opening Sat 5 Mar)
  23. Wed 16 March to Mon 28 Mar (Suggested opening Sat 19 Mar)
  24. Wed 30 Mar to Mon 11 April (Suggested opening Sat 2 April)
  25. Sat 16 April – 2 May Group show (Easter) (OPENING 16 April)

May 2022 to 2023 to follow.

History

August 18, 2021

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