New art movement’s luminaries showcased at Odd Café

Superstroke art by Conrad Bo

Leading local artists who are forging a bold, expansive new art movement will showcase their work at Odd Café in Greenside Johannesburg on Saturday 06 November 2010 from 10h00. Created by Conrad Bo in 2008 the Superstroke Art Movement is gaining attention because of the distinctive, expressive and at times violent brushstrokes used in some of the artwork.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Superstroke founder Conrad Bo together with May Wentworth, Greg Simmonds, Liezel Botes, and Jaco Erwee. A core belief of The Superstroke Art Movement is that “Art feeds Art” and that exploration of the 20th and 21st century art movements are necessary to take art to a new level.

The Superstroke movement was conceived as a reaction to the significant impact the Superflat movement has had on contemporary art and popular culture. Created by Takashi Murakami Superflat’s Japanese post modernism took the world by storm with its strong Manga and Anime influences.

The key difference between Superflat and Superstroke is the subject matter and texture of the art. Superstroke is characterized by bold, expressive and even violent brushstrokes where as Superflat is predictably flat and smooth.

After founding the Superstroke movement, Conrad Bo created a manifesto for the art which in part states that paintings can be executed in both the abstract and figurative, that subject matters such as Africa, light, dark, life and death are encouraged and that collage, stencil and calligraphy may be used for impact. The manifesto encourages artists to always strive for paintings rich in texture with excessive brush or pencil strokes.

Superstroke art by Conrad Bo

The founder of Odd Café says that Greenside’s newest design, foodie and art café is promoting the exhibition to encourage the love of local culture and art. “The first thing we did when we moved into our premises on 116 Greenway Street, Greenside was to paint a massive mural on the street facing side of the building. We did this to debunk the myth that graffiti is vandalism. We wanted to show how graffiti can beautify urban life,” says Christina Patricios, owner of Odd Café.

“Promoting Superstroke is important to us because it is all about getting people to know about an African art movement that is evolving and expanding right on our doorstep,” says Patricios. “Odd Café is not just about coffee or comfort food – we want to play an important role in championing contemporary art and local pop culture. This country has an abundance of emerging talent and we feel part of our role in creating a thriving café is to showcase the artistic skill that should be shaking up our world.”

For photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46560930@N07/

For more information about this exhibition visit the Odd Café Blog or Odd Café’s Facebook page.  To read more about the artists and the Superstroke Art Movement go to:

Odd Café – life’s delicious

email/  Christina@oddcafe.co.za

call/  +27 11 486 3631

web/  www.oddcafe.co.za

address/ oDD Cafe, Shop 1, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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