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Maria Marie

Every now and then we stumble upon work we admire. Food stylist and photographer, Maria Marie from Mexico has such a light and bright way of looking at the world, we just had to share. It’s rather pretty no?

maria marie

maria marie 2

Hop on over to her website for more

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Origami art in The Garden Room

We love nothing more than celebrating local artists – and Ross Symons the ’Paper Shaper’ has a unique perspective: he uses origami, the art of paper folding to create fantastical works, that feel alive and oh-so contemporary.

 butterfly origami

He crafted this piece for us hanging in The Garden Room; and each origami butterfly was folded by hand (like all of his work). Come have a look over breakfast, and head to @calvinrockstar on Instagram to see more of his work.

Psst. This is super neat - a chicken folded from a napkin

Psst. This is super neat - a chicken folded from a napkin

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Vii Chen – fruit and vegetable peel inspired tableware

We discovered the work of Taiwanese designer Vii Chen and loved the look of it. And the meaning behind the concept is even more to love.

“…tangible and intangible explanations between tactility are explored through production techniques in natural materials. ’peels’, includes a series of six geometric patterned ceramic cups that retain certain memories of a palpable interactions with certain fruits and vegetable skins. Literature reviews inform the idea of ‘ceremonial and memorial touch’ to generate a symbiotic emotion between users…”

vi chen

tangible and intangible
explanations between tactility are explored through production techniques in natural materials. ’peels’, includes a series
of six geometric patterned ceramic cups that retain certain memories of a palpable interactions with certain fruits and
vegetable skins. literature reviews inform the idea of ‘ceremonial and memorial touch’ to generate a symbiotic emotion
between use
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Is Art: An exhibition of painting and sculpture by Rina Stutzer and Sarel Petrus

“VASPEN” (oor tent penne, ink penne en als wat die vlietende probeer vaspen) also loosely translated as… “PEG DOWN” (about tent pegs, ink pens and everything that attempts to pin down the transitory)

VASPEN will run from 3 November – 3 December 2013 at is art in Franschhoek, adjacent to Le Quartier Français

This two person exhibition by Sarel Petrus and Rina Stutzer, presents metaphor and material that visually questions the permanence of “things”.

Both artists’ work with the “nomadic” as an approach to art-making, as well as a theme. The “nomadic” way allows for the search of meaning and truth. These motifs imply a sense of curiosity, adventure, exploration and research – which is integral to our being, as South Africans.

Exhibition - Nov 2013 - Peg Down

For Petrus’s bronze sculptures he harvests naturally found organic material – such as bone, wood and stone, imprinted by recordings – as a means of capturing fleeting poetic thoughts… in the same way that love letters capture a longing for that which is unattainable. Petrus’s sculptural vocabulary and poetic muse is significantly informed by field excursions in the ‘veld’.

Stutzer investigates both sculptural form and painting. In her recent works, she explores painting with acid on cast bronze canvas and copper plate, as an ever-changing image. These images are presented alongside digital prints of the painting at the time of “official completion” (from when they are no longer actively worked on, but after which time the patina and oxidization continues to alter the image). The motifs of nomadic dwellings within a natural milieu – for example the tent, caravan and pumpkin hut – are also inherent of the idea of temporal settlement and resettlement. Additionally, works on paper and oil on canvas will form part of her focus on the “nomadic”.

Event: PEG DOWN | VASPEN – An exhibition of Painting & Sculpture
Venue: is art at Le Quartier Français
Address: 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Date: 3 November – 3 December 2013
Gallery Hours: Weekdays 09h00-17h00 & Weekends 10h00-17h00
www.lqf.co.za
www.is-art.co.za
Enquiries: Ilse or Alisha – gallery@lqf.co.za / 021 876 8443

Enquiries: Ilse or Alisha – gallery@lqf.co.za / 021 876 8443

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Big Appetites

Tiny people in a world of big food. We love this surreal take on the world of food photography.  Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by Christopher Boffoli that have been exhibited all over the globe; as well as a coffee table book by the same name.
“The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.”
Playful yet political, the works are visual parables that warn against excess and mindless consumption of the American diet.

Tiny people in a world of big food. We love this surreal take on the world of food photography.  Big Appetites is a series of fine art photographs by Christopher Boffoli that have been exhibited all over the globe; as well as a coffee table book by the same name.

big appetites

“The series presents tiny, meticulously detailed figures posed in real food environments, referencing both a cultural fascination with tiny things as well as an American enthusiasm for excess, especially in the realm of food.”

Playful yet political, the works are visual parables that warn against excess and mindless consumption of the American diet.

Condiment cleaners

Condiment cleaners

Pasta carwash

Pasta car wash

Caramel salt workers

Caramel salt workers

Peppercorn soccer

Peppercorn soccer

Rock candy ice fall

Rock candy ice fall

The book will be released in September 2013, and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York,  Boffoli’s series is also on display at the Winston Wächter Fine Art gallery through July 31, 2013

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Posted in: Art, Food, Inspiration,
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Food & art

Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera creates art so vibrant you want to take a bite out of it. His oil paintings depict the wealth of fruit, vegetables and flowers of his native Mexico, bursting from the canvas, ripe and full.
The artist is carrying on his grandfather’s legacy, who also painted the country’s edible abundance.
His still-lifes ‘conjure the limitless abundance of the Mexican natural world. Together with his sublime rural landscapes, Alvarado’s detailed, compassionate natural studies offer a compelling new examination of Mexican artistic awareness’.

Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera creates art so vibrant you want to take a bite out of it. His oil paintings depict the wealth of fruit, vegetables and flowers of his native Mexico, bursting from the canvas, ripe and full.

fruit

The artist is carrying on his grandfather’s legacy, who also painted the country’s edible abundance.

pom

His still-lifes ‘conjure the limitless abundance of the Mexican natural world. Together with his sublime rural landscapes, Alvarado’s detailed, compassionate natural studies offer a compelling new examination of Mexican artistic awareness’.

Head over to our Facebook page to see more of his work.

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All things Lionel Smit

Celebrated South African portrait painter, Lionel Smit was honoured earlier in the year with a Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for contribution to Visual Art in South Africa.

lionel portrait

Said Lionel of the achievement: “The award is a celebration of our common heritage. It is a reflection of the values of our vibrant democracy.”

lionel smit

And since then the boundary-breaking artist hasn’t slowed down. With a jam-packed schedule of exhibitions around the globe to look forward to!

EVENTS

This month the travelling artist is in Hong Kong, where his paintings will be featured at the Wonder Works exhibition at The Cat Street Gallery This is a group show featuring works by over 40 artists from all over the world, and will open on 24 May 2013.

Then he heads off in June for the BP National Portrait Award 2013 in London! This is a huge honour, as the process is extremely selective: displayed in the National Portrait Gallery it showcases ‘fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world’.  It opens on 20 June 2013.

Our wandering painter then returns home in September for Chefs who share – the ART of giving, where he’ll join Margot Janse! The event is an elegant black-tie charity dinner, which will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on the 5th of September 2013. The night will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development, with of course, Lionel Smit.

lionel 2

We have a some of his works on display at is art, come and see the master brush-strokes up close.

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Posted in: Art, Franschhoek, Is Art,
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Uwe Pfaff Solo Exhibition at Is Art

We’ve long been fans of artist Uwe Pfaff, and we host a number of his sculptures throughout  Le Quartier Français (take a peek at the ones in The Tasting Room below).

uwe pfaff

Is Art, South African contemporary art gallery, adjacent to us is hosting an Uwe Pfaff Solo Exhibition from 10 February to 15 March.

Uwe Pfaff boasts a long, illustrious career. He grew up in Germany and immigrated to South Africa in 1970 where he worked as a design draughtsman for an air-conditioning company. He soon went on to take art classes and thereby discovering his love for metal and sculpture work. It hasn’t always been an easy path for this determined artist, but he persevered and is now world famous for his innovative works.

This exhibition hosts all new work, and is not to be missed. The gallery opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. Make a day out of it and pop into The Common Room for breakfast or lunch beforehand.

uwe

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The latest beauties at Is Art

These are some of the newest stunners at our contemporary fine art gallery, is art: below is a bronze sculpture from Cornelia Stoop, then, also in bronze, are chairs by Guy du Toit. Check out the red sculpture by Uwe Pfaff (we also have one in The Tasting Room), and lastly a little bit of love from Hartedief. Come for a browse and then pop in at The Common Room for a glass of bubbly.

Cornelia Stoop, bronze

chairs

uwe Pfaff

harte

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Hop to it

We have some new friends in the sculpture garden, by artist Guy du Toit.

bunny sculpture2

bunny sculpture

GUY DU TOIT was born in 1958 in Rustenburg in the North West Province. He has been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists. He has been honoured with many awards and has in turn been invited to curate and adjudicate exhibitions.

The past few years have increasingly been spent on private and public commissions and in working closely with artists and businesses, especially those involved in design, communications, architecture, advertising and entertainment. Guy currently teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria and works full time from his new home and studio in Swavelpoort.

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