Gardens mural update.

Wind has delayed painting,
But here is what Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam’s wall is looking like on day 3 for the MyCiti bus station.
Just a few more days to go.


For the last 7 months together with ANDPEOPLE I have been planning,curating and organizing adidas Originals /I ART JOBURG.
Allot of hard work,good people and good times has now come to an end.
Check out my I ART blog post on my personal site here:
This was an amazing experience.
Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam./A WORD OF RAT

Cameron Platter (DBN) Work in progress.Photo by Martha Cooper.

Remed (Madrid) Giving some peace love and creativety to JHB.Photo by Martha Cooper.

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/A SPACE IN BETWEEN &UNION’ Exhibition photos.

A bit overdue but finally we have images from the opening night of /A SPACE IN BETWEEN and “UNION
Artists Include:

See the full set here:

Gardens mural

Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam has been commissioned by the city of Cape Town to paint the Gardens MyCiti Bus station.
Heres the start.
More pics to follow this week.

Hope this helps get the city more behind public mural art.

Bonnievale Painting Project

/AWOA founder Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam just spent the last week with artist and good friend of /A WORD OF ART , Christiaan Conraadie in Bonnievale painting 8 walls for a social uplift-ment project organized by the local community.
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The Tropic of Soda and Time, Time, Time

Last Thursday in a galaxy far far away, we had the exhibition launch of /A WORD OF ART’S first solo exhibition with Jean de Wet in /A SPACE and Cool de Suck (Black Koki and Ello) in /A PROJECT ROOM.
See some of the work and photos from the opening night here

Street art.A discussion with Cape Town.

Street Art Discussion Forum


As part of the process toward drafting a Public Art Regulatory Framework, the City of Cape Town’s

Arts and Culture Department, in partnership with the Lovell Gallery, will be hosting a public discussion

that addresses the politics and practices around contemporary street art, on Wednesday 17 October

2012, 16:00 – 18:00 at The Lovell Gallery, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock. This will be followed by a

film screening of a street art documentary.

The discussion will be chaired by Zayd Minty: Manager of the City’s Arts and Culture Department.

Panelists include:

Farzanah Badsha (Creative Cape Town) and Roger van Wyk (Educentric cc) Augustine Kofie (international street artist), Ricky-Lee Gordon (Word of Art)

The forum invites a discussion around cultural processes and practices of street art.

Grant Pascoe, the Mayoral Committee member for the Tourism, Events and Marketing Directorate

has the following to say : “The City of Cape Town is committed to enabling creativity in our city. The

World Design Capital 2014 accolade is evidence of our growing stature as a cultural capital. The

promotion of Public Art, including Street Art, is critical to a city with aspirations to foster creativity.

For this reason we are pleased to have brought this forum of artists, industry leaders and cultural

practitioners to discuss Public Art. This forum is part of the City’s ongoing attempts to nurture local art

and artists, to beautify and enliven city spaces and to create an enabling environment for public art”.

The following issues will also be tabled for public discussion: Street Art in the Social and Political

life of the City, Street Art as Fine Art – addressing street art as visual culture and Public / Street Art

Policies both nationally and internationally.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Nikita Campbell: /

021 417 4095.

Jean De Wet / Solo Show with /AWOA next week.

Jean De Wet is a super talented and cool artist who we haVE worked with over the years and and has become a true friend.
So its very meaningful for us that Jean is the first artist to have a solo show with /AWOA.
JOIN US NEXT WEEK THURSDAY AT 7 FOR THE OPENING.(The usual good music,bar,and super cool art.)
In the meantime check out his work featured here on JUXTAPOSE.

Ricky to speak at PLASCONS Trend Talk #3

On 8 August 2012, creative minds will gather at the Freeworld Auditorium in Cape Town for the third Trend Talk session of the year .
Ricky has been invited to talk about our /A WORD OF ART mural program.

Here’s the official press release:

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Past artist in residence Mike Makatron from Australia leaves us with a nice little recap of his time spent here:

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LX.ONE from France was one of our last residents for this year,as we take a break and redesign our ‘exchange” concept.
This man is brilliant,not only as an artist but as a friend and person.
I know we learned allot from him.
He produced works like a machine whilst here.
View all the work completed whilst in CT here:
And a nice post on Graffuturism

See you next year LX

For /A WORD OF ART project room.
Commissioned by The Woodstock Exchange.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

/AWOA Artist Talks + LX ONE “UNION

/A WORD OF ART would like to present the next in our series of artist talks featuring international artists in residence LX ONE (FR), Mike Maka (AUS), and Karo Akpokiere (NG).

We will also be launching our Project Room with UNION, an installation featuring new work by LX ONE. Come down for a beer, listen to some records and meet the current residents.

Facebook event here.

LX.ONE - Montreuil Wall May 2012

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CHANCE VISITOR Opening Reception Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening reception of CHANCE VISITOR, featuring new work by Andrzej Urbanski (GER) and Scott Sueme (CDN). For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a selection of photographs from the event. CHANCE VISITOR will be up until July 14th, 2012 - please be sure to come by /A SPACE to say hi and see the show! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm.

photo courtesy of /A WORD OF ART

We took some photos during opening night, please click here for the full selection. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the following photographers for capturing their experiences of the evening:

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It’s All About Art - Scott Sueme and Antonis Ensoe

One of our currently exhibiting artists, Scott Sueme in conversation with Antonis Ensoe and gallerist Ted Lederer of Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Sueme and Ensoe’s upcoming exhibit Positive Places, Negative Spaces: Graffiti to Deconstructivism opens at Elliott Louis on Thursday July 12th, 2012.

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/AWOA on The France24 Observers

/A WORD OF ART has been featured on The France 24 Observers in an article on street art in Woodstock and its’ positive effects on the local community. From the article:

The man behind all this is Ricky Lee Gordon, also known as Freddy Sam, a 28-year-old South African artist who lives in the neighbourhood. In 2011, he launched a project to bring some colour to Woodstock. His goal: to rid the neighbourhood of its bad reputation by highlighting its history and its community through art. Since then, over a dozen houses have been painted by local and international artists. In a country where the shadow of apartheid lingers, many of them chose to paint messages of peace and tolerance.”

Please click here to read the full article.

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/AWOA on BBC Africa

BBC Africa recently featured /A WORD OF ART in a photo story about street art in Cape Town. Please click here to see the full article.

Full artist credits for these photos are as follows (in order of photos): black koki (SA), Cern (USA), Elicser Elliott (CAN) and Andrzej Urbanski (GER), Freddy Sam (SA), Catherine J Howard (USA), Indigo (CAN) and Andrzej Urbanski (GER), Indigo (CAN), Binho (BRA) and Cern (USA), artists unknown, DALeast (CHI), Faith47 (SA), Mak1one (SA), artist unknown.

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Andrzej Urbanski for CHANCE VISITOR

Director’s note: Andrzej Urbanski is exhibiting with Scott Sueme in CHANCE VISITOR. The show opened last Thursday June 7th at /A WORD OF ART’s newly renovated exhibition space. We sat down with Andrzej recently to ask him a few questions about his process and his experiences creating the work for this exhibit.
For a full selection of images of Urbanski’s work for CHANCE VISITOR, please click here. The exhibition will be up until July 14th, 2012.

Can you please tell me a bit about your background, how you were introduced to graffiti and how it led you to where you are now?

photo by Pascal Paquette

I made my first connection with graffiti in the skateparks of Berlin around 1992/1993. While skating the obstacles every single part of them had tags or big graffiti letters. In the beginning I was tagging a lot of buses on the way to school and back. In this time West Berlin was very famous for tagging in buses (seats, windows, floors, doors. almost every part that was visible) and of course also inside trains. I started tagging because of my schoolmate Hüseyin. He introduced me to the guys in my neighborhood who had their tags in every bus and train.

A little while after I started tagging inside buses I dared to do my first letter-style at the hall of fame at the famous wildstyle shop in Berlin/Spandau. The graff-virus got me immediately after this experience. During the years of 1995/1996 the Berlin graffiti scene was very crazy. The police and the politicians had a big problem to keep the city clean from graffiti.

Berlin in the late 90´s was a paradise for everyone who wanted to become famous! We could paint everywhere. Around 2000 it became very difficult to paint in Berlin and the graff heads had to invent some new methods and tactics to paint their pieces on the walls and trains.

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Scott Sueme for CHANCE VISITOR

Director’s note: Scott Sueme will be exhibiting with [Andrzej Urbanski]( in CHANCE VISITOR, opening this Thursday June 7th at /A WORD OF ART’s newly renovated exhibition space. We sat down with Scott recently to ask him a few questions about his process and his experiences creating the work for this exhibit.
To view preview images of Sueme’s work for CHANCE VISITOR, please click here.
For the Facebook event page, please click here.

1. Can you please tell me a bit about your background, how you were introduced to graffiti and how it led you to where you are now?

I grew up in Vancouver BC, and when I was a kid I was always drawn to typography, mostly in signage and branding, and design too. Later on I caught onto graffiti through skateboarding culture. Graffiti just kind of stuck for me and I really wanted to get good at it. It was only until I started doing it a lot where I realized I wanted to do art as well, and potentially as a living.

2. How does your role as a writer influence your fine art, and vice versa? What dialogue or conversation is created between these two aspects of your practice?

Every day the lines seemed to be more and more blurred. But they definitely influence each other on many different levels. The dialogue can be very subtle and or obvious at times. The materials and mediums I use take on different concepts going from canvas to graffiti and back again; it just depends on the situation and what’s applicable.

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/AWOA Artist talk June 2nd

/A WORD OF ART presents the June episode of our Artist in Residence Talk series, featuring contemporary dance artist Jennifer McLeish-Lewis (CDN), filmmaker Brian Johnson (CDN) and painter Andrzej Urbanski (GER).

Please join us from 6:30-8:00pm at the /AWOA Art House on 3 Garrick Road for short slideshow presentations about each artists’ practice and their experiences while in Cape Town. Residency studios will be open for viewing, and a cash bar will be available. Please click here for the Facebook event page.

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Jennifer McLeish-Lewis and Brian Johnson in Residence

Jennifer McLeish-Lewis and Brian Johnson have recently arrived from Vancouver, Canada for a one month residence with /A WORD OF ART. During their time here, they will be focusing on creating the first stage of a stop-motion dance film entitled Sidereal Time.

This project is an exploration of the subjective nature of time, and man’s need to control this in order to conquer space, through time lapsed photography of a dancer “animating” their body in expressing a choreographic work. The work consists of two films, one shot in Cape Town and one in Vancouver, two classic port towns of early colonialist expansion. These two films will eventually be presented in sync as a double stream video installation, and conflated into a single stream film for broadcast or traditional cinematic exhibition.

Rehearsal in progress at the residency studio

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Pascal Paquette in Residence

Director’s note: Pascal Paquette (Toronto, Canada) has been in residence with /A WORD OF ART for the past six weeks. Here is a selection of the work he has created while in Cape Town, as well as a recent mini-doc shot in Toronto, featuring an interview and footage of his previous work.

Quick roller door in Woodstock

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Freddy Sam in Baltimore

Here’s a nice video that /AWOA founder Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam features in from Open Walls Baltimore filmed by Caleb Rexford.

Scott Sueme in residence and in progress

There are a lot of exciting things happening right now at /A WORD OF ART, both in the residency and in the art space! We have many new residents this month, including Scott Sueme who has been busy in studio preparing for an upcoming show with previous resident Andrzej Urbanski, set to open in June. Rowan Pybus of Makhulu Productions came by the residency this week to shoot some work in progress video and photos with Scott - here are a few sneak peeks, with much more yet to come. A video documenting the full project will be released after the exhibit opening.

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Commune/Communicate/Comment: A review

Thanks again to all the folks who came out to the “Commune/Communicate/Comment” exhibition in spite of the rain! My website is fully updated with photos of my newest series, “I know ‘em so well I tell ‘em with my eyes closed” and the pop-up exhibition for “Commune/Communicate/Comment”!

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/AWOA Artist talk May 2nd

/A WORD OF ART is proud to present the next episode of our artist talk series, featuring six international creatives with a wide range of practices. Please note that the date has been changed

Pascal Paquette, Bikes, Scott Sueme, Elicser Elliott, Jalani Morgan and Catherine J Howard will talk about their work and experiences in Cape Town, accompanied by a slideshow presentation. Artist studios will be open for viewing, and there will be a cash bar available.

Talks will take place from 6-7:30 pm on Wednesday May 2nd at the /AWOA Art House at 3 Garrick Road, University Estate, Cape Town. Google map link here.

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