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Lehlogonolo Mashaba
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Lehlogonolo Mashaba

Lehlogonolo Mashaba is a South African artist with an extensive background in printmaking. After obtaining a certificate in design and printmaking in 2004 from the Artist Proof Studio, South Africa, he went on to work collaboratively there. Specialising in intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen he has assisted in print making for top established artists in South Africa. Mashaba won the Standard Bank Grahamstown Festival's Picasso in Africa mural competition in 2006. Other public artwork includes a painting completed for Pick n Pay at Maponya Mall which was later enlarged and placed on a billboard in Soweto. Lehlogonolo Mashaba’s work is centered on text. One of the running motifs in Mashaba’s work is his continuous use of cell phone texts. He uses texts from people’s text (sms) messages. "I have always felt learning has been laboursome and slow process to grasp on hence I use text to construct/deconstruct my figures(myself). In that case I combine different information and words from different texts source most especially the Bible as it is to me the ultimate source of knowledge yet the most ambiguous. I swop around the body and text, having text on the body and using text to create bodiesfigures". Mashaba not only draws from his personal archive, he also draws influence from the media by extracting texts from newspaper articles. "My artwork plays on the tools of communication merging imagery and text. The interest in theology, technology, books/reading, and Biology set a base for my art making process. We as human beings are a product of what we eat (food/words)"
Sifiso Temba
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Sifiso Temba

Sifiso Temba was born in 1989 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was rebellious yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created images with a cinematic quality that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger secured influential status in the artistic community. In Japan, a trend began to emerge in response to the boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the 1980s. The comic book culture of manga arose as an art form, and was related to trends in advertising and graphic design. One of the leading contemporary Japanese artists was Takashi Murakami, who coined the term ‘Superflat’, a theory inspired by the visual characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Having been inspired by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential collective of artists called Kaikai Kiki, which became internationally recognised in a number of countries.
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