Cape Town Art Fair will ‘dazzle’ visitors
Spectacular contemporary African art installations, exhibits and creations will bring the Mother City to life when the third Cape Town Art Fair opens at the V&A Waterfront (Thursday 26 February – Sunday 01 March 2015).
From its grand vantage point at the V&A Waterfront, which boasts views of Table Mountain and the yacht basin, Cape Town Art Fair will illuminate the city along its newly established art route. The Art Fair’s Art Walk will transform the main venue, The Avenue, and other participating venues at the V&A Waterfront into a luminous wonderland filled with creative artistic expressions by some of Africa’s most esteemed artists.
One such art installation will literally dazzle visitors. The iconic naval ship, SAS Somerset, will undergo a visual transformation as the canvas for a Stephen Hobbs Dazzle Camouflage art installation. Hobbs’ work is created especially for the Art Fair and it will remain in situ as a permanent art piece.
Renowned for creating remarkable artwork and installations in urban spaces, Stephen Hobbs’ latest project is no exception and is bound to create a stir, particularly as the boat has languished, unused and unadmired, at the V&A Waterfront since the mid ‘80s. “I am creating a combination of day-time painted objects and night-time smoke and mirror installations,” Hobbs explains. “Projections onto the boat using lights, gobos, and a video edit of my own, will create a multi-faceted art installation. Weather permitting; smoke will billow from beneath the vessel.”
The style and technique of this installation art is recognised as ‘Dazzle Camouflage’, an art form which Hobbs is championing. The history of ‘Dazzle Art’ dates back to World War I when prominent artists were commissioned by the military to paint, or ‘dazzle’, battle ships to make them seemingly ‘disappear’ and to make it difficult for gunners and torpedo launchers to discern the vulnerable parts of the vessel.
Hobbs’ vision is to leave something behind. “My goal is that the painted boat becomes a catalyst for understanding how military design is integral to urban design and how we experience the Waterfront. There is a real heritage narrative here waiting to be played out.”
There are a few more layers to Hobbs’ project as it is a major collaboration between himself, the Cape Town Art Fair and Iziko Museum which owns the objects in their maritime museum inventory. Stephen Hobbs is represented by David Krut gallery and the ‘dazzle’ installation has been collaboration between David Krut, Stephen and the Cape Town Art Fair organisers, Fiera Milano Exhibitions.
More about the Cape Town Art Fair
Cape Town Art Fair has grown exponentially over the past two years. It has been extended to include a four-day Art Walk which will consist of the following core events: Cape Town Art Fair, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), and a spectacular Friday evening Gala Night. The Art Walk in turn forms part of an Art and Design Week which will include: Design Indaba, Kentridge at ARTSCAPE, Guild Design Fair and the South African National Gallery Programme.
The Cape Town Art Fair’s route will extend from the One & Only Hotel, past the SAS Somerset, through North Wharf up to the Bascule Bridge … allowing visitors to amble alongside the prestigious yacht basin while enjoying the finest art exhibits in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
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