Dr.FOODZ aka MANNA FROM HEAVEN - JOHANNESBURG
My work takes a critical view on social, political and cultural issues.
In my project, I deconstruct the African dream, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture blended into one with the representation of color.
Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, lifestyle in politics, music and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.
Oftentimes, these themes are combined with earthly colors exposed in my portraits, that feature mundane public figures juxtaposed with colorful lines representing the liveliness of the portraits, and often embellished with a down to earth, calm ambiance.
The subject matter in each body of work determines the materials used and the forms of the work.
I am a qualified copywriter, having studied with AAA school of advertising from 2011, graduating in 2013.
I have been doing graffiti for 11 years now and still running.
Halaal Soft Foodz (cartoons and cereal) is an exhibition that delves into the journey of a re-interpretation of ‘modern funk decadence” as seen through the mind and eyes of artist Dr Foodz.
This exhibition is a showcase of a story about Dr Foodz’ journey through usual and unusual mediums and an intriguing array of paintings and illustrations “Soft Halaal Foodz” (cartoons and cereal) is the name given to this exhibition ‘with a difference ‘ which finds expression and influence from the consumption of Cartoons and Cereal as well as a spiritual journey into a kaleidoscope of food inspired/infused interpretations of art.
From colorful hues that come with extensive use of color and a sense of humor that matches infinity, this exhibition sees us unpack the characters that roam freely in Dr Foodz world.
Along with a special guest feature from his close friend and artist -2soft from Spotrushers collective, whoz work on show will be a view into his and Dr Foodz adventures in the art and street culture scene as experienced through their love of graffiti, politics, clothing, cartoons, food, colours and left field approach to expression through creativity.
This show is an exciting 1st of its kind, the exhibition is taking place at the new and improved Grayscale gallery as the space see’s itself embark on a joint venture with a printing house company called Curbside printing house.