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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ed Was Hairy


Sunday, July 22, 2007

By Means of an Introduction

In the beginning...

Sacks requested a wall for her work, we obliged.
This is the other wall.

Seipel sent us three portraits of Eugene de Kock. The two that had been installed in the toilets, he hoped people would vandalise them, were stolen.
The exhibition was well attended, with 665 people and one journalist.
Heavy weight Sue Williamson was at the show, she missed Ed’s performance but did point out a scuffmark on the wall that she liked.
Heated debate takes place in front of the work.


A Word From Our Sponsors

From the beginning Doug and I were straightforward, even when we lied. Naturally we were inclined to cheat as we were working on this particular show. Appropriating a Goodman Gallery press release off Artthrob and getting it republished in the same listing was most enjoyable. My personal favourite was “no image is neutral” Vs “no god is natural”- what utter crap. But it was “Undertones of sexually charged violence emerge in the work of Kathryn Smith and Tracey Moffat” Vs “Undertones of sexually charged violence emerge in the work of Ruth Sacks and Bianca Baldi” that took on a life of its own when the M&G wrote that one could expect “lust-driven moral innuendo from Ruth Sacks and Bianca Baldi”. This confirms that the telephone is indeed broken.

Looking forward…

Douglas Gimberg, on Signs:

“so, if man is five and the devil is six then that must make me seven”
Bloodhound Gang - Fire Water Burn

I went to the filling station around the corner from my house on 07/07/’07, the Saturday before our show, to put in some diesel and was very impressed to see it was 666c per litre.

On Wednesday I made a braai at the 2666 Commercial studios, Ronald Suresh Roberts kindly disposed of the meat and at eleven minutes and six seconds past ten the studio was flooded by torrential rain. Ed leaped into action and rescued Artheat, after a moment of paralysis I grabbed a Lizza painting and used it to shield Robert Sloon’s books and printer.

Naturally, being a believer, I took these as signs that Christian and I were on the correct path.

Six days after my petrol station revelation, on the day of Hell Yeah, gold was trading at $666 per ounce, and the price of diesel hadn’t changed.

Today I tried to take a picture of our copy of Anton La Vey’s business card, for Robert Sloon, but none of them would come out. The focus was perfect but the text just wouldn’t show.

Oh dear.

I am worse than Christian.

Love Douglas


Chris Maggs introduces the artists

Charles Maggs was our gatecrasher. He called the night before the show and said that he had a print for the show. We embraced his bad etiquette and gave him a prime spot at the entrance.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Barend De Wet

Fire Eating, 2007

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Avant Car Guard

Happiness Mood, 2007

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Ruth Sacks

What the Hell, 2007

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Robert Sloon

The Illuminati Must Be Destroyed, 2007. Detail

The Illuminati Must Be Destroyed, 2007

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Dawie van Vuuren

Excess, 2007

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Bianca Baldi

€250 (Münster 2007), 2007

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Henning Ludeke

Hate Speech, 2007

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Emil Papp

I Won't Owe Satan, 2007

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Dan Halter

Gabriel, 2007

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Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau

De Profundis, 2006

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Kathryn Smith

Fakeproof (How I Discovered Facebook), 2007

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Ed Young

Hell Yeah, 2007
Hell Yeah, 2007. Installation view, sound piece repeats every 30 minutes

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Andrew Lamprecht

A Bible, 2007

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Alexi Fotiadis

The Pulpit, 2007
The Pulpit, 2007. Installation view.

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Doreen Southwood

Smokescreen, 2007

Smokescreen, 2007. Installation view

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Spunk Seipel

Eugene de Kock, 2007

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Draad Trek vir Jesus

Recital, 2007

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Matthew Hindley

If Only God Was Still Alive To See This, 2003

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Charles Maggs

Beelzebubble, 2007

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When in Sodom...

A view of the bar, precariously situated on the tenth floor balcony.

Patron of the arts Baylon Sandri, because of his belief in the project, donated one hundred beers. Ug Imberg extends his heartfelt thanks.

Collector Ronan Coyle flew down to check on his investments. He was happy.

The Hell Yeah flier, featuring Anton La Vey's original business card.


Closing Speech

Ed Young delivers the closing address, kitted out in a little girl devil outfit. The audience is rapt.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Africa Biennale

AVANT CAR GUARD bury J.H.P. 'Kendell' Geers, 1967 - 1998
Dig to Europe
AVANT CAR GUARD dive into The South African art market
The Gay Black Jewish Artist
Ghosts in the Pretoria Art Museum


Africa Biennale

Triple AVANT CAR GUARD on the rocks
AVANT CAR GUARD wants to make contemporary art a professionally run business, and this means diverse tasks
AVANT CAR GUARD receives funding from the World Art World for the Africa Biennale 2008
Stupid White Men


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Images: Arrival

Barend de Wet's Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a residency swop with Studio Two Double Six Six. Situated on the banks of the scenic Bitou Rivier on the east coast- it's the blue house off the R340. Facilities include studio, beer, video cameras, DSTV (currently showing Anacondas), access to the internet and Tassies-Cathembas. Eddie Yang, his mentor Sebastian Charilaou, Ronan Coyle and Christian Nerf are in residency. Thus far, they've observed that other than unfrozen ice everything is OK. The Studio Two Double Six Six artists are dealing with phase 2 of the No Problem in Africa project . De Wet is currently working on his submission for the much-anticipated Hell Yeah show. Curator Doug Gimberg retorts: "Sometimes good people do bad things".


Images: Plant Harvesting


Images: Yo-Yo


Images: Honey


Images: Braai



May Day, celebrated in South Africa as Worker's Day, originates as a commemoration of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs who were arrested after the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century. Infest invited people to a momentary political movement, by taking a synchronised photograph outside parliament at 12 noon. Bizarrely, the Noon Day Gun was not fired.


Monday, May 14, 2007

POV Elgin


Monday, May 07, 2007

POV Bienco