EXHIBITION: STREET POP FEATURING FRINGE AND ALPHA LONGBOARDS

The exhibition at WORLDART, Cape Town exhibits artists who recognize express themselves in pop art and street art styles. The artists are recognized as contemporary artwork designers.

Like the flashy and glitzy neon lights of a Monaco or Las Vegas, the artworks produced by Fringe immediately capture the eye. The light – box effects and acrylic glass finish would be the reason for that.

Fringe’s signature pop art – inspired style has proved quite popular with the masses who adore his own version of the highly popularized street – graffiti style.

The globe’s most recognizable figures and figureheads are given a playful makeover and Fringe almost – never fails to give an introspective take on the legacy and ideals they have provided to the world.

The incontrovertible images are meant to explore and evoke ideals of respect and love.

Stylistically Fringe’s subversive iconography and historic pop imagery is really what sets him apart. His juxtaposition of world figures is subtle – i.e politically correct – and playful but with implicit meanings implied, in his seemingly random journey of pop – culture innovators of the past 20th century, such as this latest artwork.

The artwork can be interpreted as a celebration of the propagation of the ideas and ideals of the figure portrayed, in this case the Star Wars clone trooper and the 21st fiction craze depicted by glitzy signs and symbols meant to salute the ever – expanding global culture.

It can also be interpreted as the mere superficiality of a culture and society obsessed with the things that do not matter, and too concerned with the world’s misdemeanors like the rebellious youth, portrayed by the clone trooper’s “middle finger”. It is as interpreted before as of a “world that seems to be obsessed with the wrong things than ever before.”

Also on exhibit is a collection of skateboards curated by artist and photographer Kent Lingeveldt from Alpha Longboards. Lingeveldt regularly engages with local artists and designers in and around the city, and on this project invited a group of eight artists all of those whose work fits into the urban contemporary genres to create the artwork.

Artists on show include renowned pioneer of the street art scene, ICE7, award – winning surface design specialist and artist Atang Tshikare, WORLDART artist Kilmany – Jo Liversage, Conform and  ELLO amongst others.

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Why are TVET colleges so underfunded?

“TVET colleges still remain severely crippled…even culminating in a name change from FET to TVET to change the perceptions people have of these institutions”

By Simamkele George

Asemahle Zenzile (18) has just graduated from Alberton high school, a prestige school situated just outside the East Rand, Gauteng. She was on holiday during the December festive season, away from home, and has been waiting patiently for her university application results. She says she wants to be at a place that has ‘good, quality education’ and will increase her chances of obtaining employment.

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Why is there a Literacy Crisis in South Africa’s schools and What’s Being Done to Combat it?

By Lucas Nowicki

In 2009, a 15 year-old girl from Khayelitsha sat riveted by the words in front of her. Time flew by and before she knew it, library time was over. Questions rushed through the teenage girl’s mind: What happened to Ntombi, the main character in her book? Did she sleep with the bad boy drug dealer? Did she manage to lift her family out of the small shack in Khayelitsha through her singing? Never before had she felt so captivated by words on a page. She approached her English teacher, who had been used her as a guinea pig for a project that had been forming in the teacher’s mind.
The girl shows the book to her teacher, points to an open page and says: “This is our life, miss.”

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The team from Fundza literacy
7 years later, Dorothy Dyer is one of the founders of Fundza, an organisation based in Cape Town. Fundza was founded in 2011 by a collective of women who were passionate about literacy and able to imagine the potential impact it could have in areas in which education can be a constant struggle. It aims at getting children in townships and rural areas to read for pleasure, developing their English literacy skills and thereby improving their comprehension of all subjects taught in English. Fundza publishes books written by South African authors which young people from rural areas and townships can identify with, and distributes these books to local schools and libraries. They also run workshops encouraging young people to write, about their lives and personal stories – to express themselves in whatever way they feel.

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I wake up, assessing the damages.

by Simamkele George

It is a usually chilly lazy afternoon in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, in the small breezy town of Simon’s Town, just beyond the outskirts of Cape Town. The locale is in its flagship higher education institution known as Simon’s Town School, a school that did not necessarily represent the demographics of the small town, with the black, coloured majority.

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Why doesn’t South Africa’s education system work?

by Benjamin de la Fontaine

 

South Africa is not reknowned for its world-class education.  According to a 2014 survey by Stats SA, 27% of grade six pupils in South Africa cannot read, and almost 50% of grade six pupils struggle with basic maths problems. The country is amost rock-bottom in the quality of its maths and science education and has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world – and it’s not improving. Evidently, something is going wrong at the very foundations of learning in South Africa. What is preventing our children from flourishing at school?

 

It might come as a surprise to some that the answer is not money.

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Full Plate of Pressure for University Students

By Nandipha Maliti

 

When you are not studying, everyone talks about you and make you feel like a loser. If you are studying most people wait impatiently to see what you will become, and cannot wait for you to complete your studies.” Said Nosipho Ntombela, a fine arts student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). This is an issue even I can relate to and I believe almost every university student.

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My Education

By Erin Alexander

Four walls, and yet my own body has become my prison. My mind wanders, while my fingers shake to the point I can no longer hold a glass. I am reduced to an infant unable to care for myself. This sickness is slowly stealing my life.
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The Bane of Schools: Home Schooling on the Rise

By Erin Alexander

Too many times, being told, “You don’t need to know that yet”, said Ashleigh Hellstrom, who is currently a Rhodes University first year; however she was previously one of a currently rising trend in South Africa, students who have abandoned main stream schooling for the home schooling alternative. She continued to describe her time with in main stream schooling, “I’d ask ‘why’ and they wouldn’t explain it to me properly. With homeschooling if I had a ‘why’ immediately I could go and I could research the ‘why’, where as in class if I tried to research the ‘why’ I’d get detention for being on my phone”. Through most of her high school education Ashleigh studied via correspondence using the Cambridge system as her family travelled extensively and where not in any one place long enough to go through main stream schooling. Due to a change in situation she was forced back into main stream education in her grade 11 year.

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The Distinction Between Urban and Township Schools.

By Somila Nesi

The main aim of this feature plan is to distinguish between urban and township schools based on their educational system, how apartheid has played a role in the way the schools operate and how the availability of learning resources can play a part in the performance of the learners especially when it comes to the pass rate of Matric results.

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