Monday, November 18, 2013

Three-artist land Art session in Riebeeck Kasteel

Three artists - Stefanie Schoeman, Loni Dräger and Janet Botes - met up in Riebeeck Kasteel to respond to the landscape in a creative and respectful way. The site was chosen by Loni, a local resident artist, and overlooks the beautiful Cederberg Mountains to the North.

The dried seedpods from the vine-like plant that were used (which is not an indigenous species), produces a rattling sound when the wind shakes them against each other - this being the inspiration behind the strung vine rope between two singular trees that grow right next to the area where the plants grow. 

The location was chosen so the seeds of the plant are not spread even further onto the mountain side by the artists. This creative meeting is planned to be the first of similar meetups in the landscape of the Western Cape. 

An additional collaborative piece created in conversation between Stefanie Schoeman and Janet Botes:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project

2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project
“Fishing for a Better Environment”

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will celebrate the seafood producers and fishermen of Cheng Long area and raise awareness about environmental issues relating to seafood production, the main livelihood of Cheng Long residents.  The artworks will be created during a 25-day artist in residency in Cheng Long, a small rural village near the southwestern coast of Taiwan in Kouhu Township,Yunlin County.

Deadline for Entries: January 18, 2014
Artists will be selected and notified by February 17, 2014

Installation and Residency in Cheng Long, Kouhu Township, Taiwan:
April 10 (artists arrive) – May 5, 2014 (artists depart)

Dates of the Exhibition:
May 2, 2014 (opening ceremony), May 3 and 4 – Opening weekend activities with the artists.  The exhibition will stay on display through 2015, and we hope the artworks can continue to be enjoyed into the next year.

For more information, photos from previous residency projects, and application forms:

Friday, November 1, 2013

ClemenGold sponsoring Site_Specific is one of Site_Specific's official sponsors towards the 2015 International Land Art Biennale. Their support, along with the many other sponsors and partners, are instrumental in the existence of the project that relies entirely on generous donations and contributions.

Site_Specific held its first International Land Art Biennale in 2011 with very limited resources, and it has since seen enormous growth in participation and support. The project has attracted a lot of attention internationally, and is the first official land art focused organisation in Africa. Under the watchful guide of it's creative director and world-respected land artist, South Africa's own Strijdom van der Merwe, Site_Specific has excelled as a project not only on the visual arts front in terms of land art, but also in terms of community participation from the whole of the BITOU municipality region in 2011/13. Everyone has shown enthusiasm and eager involvement, and the project attracts highly respected artists locally and internationally.

ClemenGold's participation was officially launched at the Aardklop festival with Anni Snyman and the Site_Specific team creating a ClemenGold land art installation.