Art and rugby lovers alike are sure to be inspired by BrightRock’s Play the Bounce art exhibition, being held in Johannesburg and Cape Town in December. As an extension of its involvement with the recently-held BrightRock Players Choice Awards 2019, the needs-matched life insurer commissioned nine South African artists to express creativity, rugby and a love of change using rugby balls as their canvas.
“With the success of the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, we wanted to bring together the change-loving worlds of rugby, creativity and design – to showcase the diversity of our nation’s collective talents to an equally diverse audience of South Africans”, said Suzanne Stevens, Executive Director of Marketing at BrightRock.
“Our philosophy is #LoveChange – it’s a belief that every Change in life, even the most intimidating ones, comes with opportunities. And while BrightRock loves Change, we also love rugby. It’s a powerful illustration of what it means to be change fit – it’s about being able to play the bounce, to play the moment – a tangible metaphor what it means to ‘love change’.”
According to Stevens, this is the reason behind BrightRock’s proud association with the Western Province and the Stormers rugby teams, as well its partnership with MyPlayers to bring South Africa the BrightRock Players Choice Awards – the only awards for professional rugby players by professional rugby players. The works on exhibit in Johannesburg and Cape Town were also displayed at the awards event, which was held in Johannesburg on 19 November.
The Play the Bounce exhibition:
The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, drawing and mixed-media installations by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The works engage with meaning, representation, hope and change, offering a unique opportunity to bring art and sports lovers together.
Date: 5 to 10 December 2019
Place: Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Date: 13 to 16 December 2019
Place: AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.
Emile Dippenaar spends his waking hours drawing, building, inventing, hammering and blowing things up at his workshop called The Ideamongery. Emile says that his industrial design and illustration style is largely informed by his multi-disciplinary background and of course, his unruly curiosity.
Illustrator, designer and dinosaur theme-park enthusiast – Stephen Wallace – enjoys telling stories with pictures. His works include children’s books, educational material and marketing campaigns.
Themba “Dreda” Malaza
A pioneer of the aerosol art movement, Themba “Dreda” Malaza, has made a name for himself on the walls of many neighbourhoods. From the corporate world to community-based projects, Themba’s visionary graffiti-style works are renowned for being bold and making a statement.
Tactile with a punchy use of colour, Sonia Dearling’s illustrations are inspired by the translation of traditional mediums within a digital space. She draws influence from her layered and multi-cultural upbringing as well as her passion for dance, which contributes an emotive sense of energy and movement to all her work.
As soon as Daniel Carstens was old enough to hold a spanner, he was taking things apart. The industrial designer, self-confessed coffee lover, runner and Master of Make at The Ideamongery is constantly looking for innovative ways to meet the unique challenges of the work he undertakes.
Graeme Gauld is a multi-doer, a runner, a dog-scratcher, a never-ender until it’s right-er and the founder of Redbeerd, which provides excellent design service. It’s been five years since Redbeerd has been going and with many clients turned into partnerships, he may be onto something.
Visual artist, Nompumelelo Ngoma, shares her stories through varying fine art mediums. Printmaker, photographer, sculptor, art teacher, painter and drawer – Nompumelelo is making waves in the world of art.
Adrie le Roux
Adrie le Roux is an illustrator with the creative for several children’s books under her artistic belt. She lectures full-time at the University of Johannesburg and manages Collaborate Community Projects, a non-profit that creates community authored wordless picture books with the aim of cultivating a love of literature.
Mduduzi “Slenda” Mthembu
First generation aerosol artist, Mduduzi “Slenda” Mthembu, is involved in visual and outdoor advertising as well as working alongside “Dreda” in the colourful graffiti space. He’s audacious murals, exhibitions and community-based projects are testament to his ingenuity in the arts.
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