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Official Festival Blurb

February 28, 2011

All artists who took the awesome decision to join Co/Mix 2011 have now signed up and the group taking part in the exhibition has been finalised. Welcome on board to all. The blurb and image below will be the official entry in the festival ‘booking kit’ which is basically the guide-book to the festival that is printed by the festival office.

CO/MIX 2011 is an innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art and sculpture. CO/MIX is concerned with comic art as an aesthetic form and a narrative platform. It leapfrogs over the barricades that once defended fine art from pop culture, bringing cartoon images onto canvas and fine art works onto usable, wearable surfaces. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, Indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects.
CO/MIX features works by South African artists Anton Kannemeyer, Colleen Brand, Elaine Woodbridge, Jason Bronkhorst, Jeff Rankin, Jesca Marisa, Jesse Breytenbach, Joanne Bloch, Kelly Gough, Masha Du Toit, Mogorosi Motshumi, ND Mazin, Pete Woo, Rayaan Cassiem, Rico, Roberto Millan, Stephanie van Vuuren, Su Opperman, the Trantraal Brothers, Wesley van Eden, Willem Samuel and Zapiro, and international artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium), Erik Kriek (Netherlands) and JP Kalonji (Switzerland).
The exhibition is curated by Andy Mason (CCIBA) and Pete and Elaine Woodbridge (Woo-men Plush Toys) and coordinated by Lieve Vanleeuw (Words & Images). Part of the main festival programme at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, CO/MIX 2011 includes a number of related events, including workshops, seminars and an outdoor visual art performance event. A gallery shop selling merchandise such as prints, t-shirts and toys by the artists will be part of the exhibition.

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