It doesn’t matter what he shoots, or when, if it is film or photograph, the work of NYC-born, Johannesburg, South Africa-based Roger Ballen is some of the most remarkable contemporary art being made today. Are the characters real? Are they actors of a some play that only Ballen could direct? Is this a fantastical version of contemporary South Africa, or the truth? Are they staged works meant to be paintings? And as he has progressed, is Ballen trying to create photographs that are the closest thing to a sculptural painting that could ever be conceived? All we can confirm is that Ballen represents one of the most unique visions in art. With a new music video for Die Antwoord, who will be showing a one-night installation in our FIFTY24SF Gallery this Wednesday, February 22, we look at Ballen’s most striking works. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report staff
This Wednesday, February 22 at 4PM, South African artists, Die Antwoord will be making a special appearance at Upper Playground’s San Francisco gallery, FIFTY24SF. The group will be presenting a special, one-night only installation to coincide with their tour stop in San Francisco in support of their newest LP, TEN$ION. In addition to the installation, Die Antwoord will be presenting and releasing a special collector’s vinyl sculpture of Evil Boy, made in collaboration with Good Smile Company. Select vinyl pieces will be hand-detailed on by Die Antwoord’s Ninja.
A little slice of San Francisco, and even though this song isn’t old enough to be a hidden gem or guilty pleasure, we just love the sound of jangle, dream pop on a Wednesday morning. Enjoy Brilliant Colors and “Round Your Way.”
Cruising around Los Angeles in a rented Kia Soul, with this track from the Beastie Boys’ “Make Some Noise” blasting on the stereo on Sirius radio, it really can’t get much better. This is the comeback that sounds just about right.