The art of the eco-mindshift – TED talk by Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting “fish,” planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Artwork of the week: ‘Conservation Coast’ beach calligraphy by Andrew van der Merwe

Using only specially designed tools and sand as materials, Andrew van der Merwe sculpts transient artworks on beaches across South Africa… I’ve had the privilege to attend one of his workshops during Stories of Rain – the South African leg … Continued

Artwork of the week: Mobility by Emma Willemse

Mobility Emma Willemse Installation view at Hoofstraat Conceptual, Riebeek Kasteel. Eucalyptus bark, wooden shelf, mutton cloth Part of the Eucalyptus dislocation series of Site specific installations in an ongoing investigation of the meanings generated by the Eucalyptus tree in South … Continued

Artwork of the week: Inopportune – Stage Two by Cai Guo-Qiang

Inopportune: Stage Two (detail) Cai Guo-Qiang, 2004, nine life-sized tiger replicas, arrows, and mountain stage prop. Tigers: papier-mâché, plaster,fiberglass, resin, and painted hide; arrows: brass, threaded bamboo shaft, and feathers; and stage prop: Styrofoam, wood, canvas, and acrylic paint, dimensions … Continued

Artwork of the week: Bilele by Maurice Mbikayi

  “My work is related to identity and history, and seeks to interrogate people’s origins and boundaries – how these can be renegotiated and recontextualised in different socio-political environments. I also investigate the impacts of contemporary technology on humanity, especially … Continued

Artwork of the week: at from the garden by Lesley Kendall

This artwork is not necessarily chosen as the artwork of the week on its own as a single work, but rather because it forms part of an inspiring and important approach to art. Lesley Kendall paints from life, making art … Continued

Artwork of the week: Dandelion drying by Greg Patch

3 stages of drying Dandelion leaf and root photo-sketched. At three separate drying stages Patch moved the plant material to air the process, preventing mold and to prevent the plant material from sticking to the wood surface. Each reset becomes … Continued

Bleeding Roots – Danelle Janse van Rensburg

Danelle Janse van Rensburg’s bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life Danelle Janse van Rensburg’s latest solo exhibition – Bleeding Roots – explores the ‘interconnectedness’ as well as the symbiotic role of the ‘Mother Tree’ with other younger surrounding … Continued