Selah

And so we look not at things seen, but to things unseen; for things seen are temporary, but things unseen are eternal.

My brother and I recently visited the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Whether it was prayer or a heavy quantum entanglement, Richard Rohr has agreed to mentor us for the next months in our endeavour to bring Parallel Bible to life. Our visit with him and our fellow travelers was luminous with doubt.

Posted November 20th, 2014

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My first monograph! Proud to present the last 5 years of work in Cape Town. 640 page, full colour, thread-sewn, exposed-binding, gold foil-stamped, cover-wrapped, limited edition, signed and numbered.

 

(First edition sold out.) Second edition copies still available. USA: $100 / $110 with shipping. Otherwise according to current Selah Exchange Rates, it costs R1000 / Kr1000 / €100 / £100 based on the price of currency in which you normally transact. The price includes shipping from the US to wherever in the world you may be. Email selahmade@gmail.com

 

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Posted July 14th, 2014

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Posted December 6th, 2013

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Here we present a collection of recent books and newspapers made at the Selah studios in Cape Town. Last year we were well advised by a student who travelled from Berlin to visit us: “Creative flow is all about ‘make it fast, make it good, und do it now.’” Well the great economic and creative thinkers of our day couldn’t have said it better. And so we built a small house for pushing beautiful content into the world – however great or small – to better look after our flow.

Posted February 25th, 2013

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my buddy frank pulling kiff dance moves at dumboshava national park; harare, zimbabwe. we used charred branches to write all over the park.

Posted February 15th, 2013

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Posted February 13th, 2013

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For the new year may you look toward things unseen, parallel economies and kindle visions of a world trading in generosity, dignity and peace.

Posted January 1st, 2013

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The Dead Famous in 2 Volumes.

 

108 pages. Printed on the Risograph at the Bijoux Observatory; bound with rubber band. Edition of 10.

 

Sold Out.

Posted December 29th, 2012

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I finished these sculptures just before the holiday. I don’t know if they are paperbowls or paper-becoming-trees. Newspaper, ink, tape. The originals do not exist. Prints (in editions of 5 per image) are for sale. Price upon request.

Posted December 27th, 2012

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Two prints from P!‘s collection of Karel Martens’ work.

Posted December 22nd, 2012

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I installed this piece on the wall behind my desk in the studio. God will breathe verdant life into the desert places.

Posted December 18th, 2012

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Lately for me it’s been circles. All circles. Strange and beautiful trisected overprinted multi-coloured ones. Nasa recently released a free book called Earth as Art. Merry Christmas!

Posted December 10th, 2012

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“What’s in a Word” is starting to take shape. If you want to register something you’ve found or kept in your Bible please download the PDF or the Word Doc.  Still trusting that the funds to print it will miraculously appear. Let me know asap if you’re that miracle (!).

 

Posted October 9th, 2012

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I am currently collecting photos and stories of the things that you keep or find in your Bible. Or whatever Bible you have in your house. Christian? Not a Christian? Doesn’t matter. Here’s the PDF or the Word Doc. Please take a few minutes to fill it out!

 

*post-it submitted by L Pedersen. “What you need to start a beaut workshop”

Posted September 30th, 2012

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Here is the first sketch from my piece in Soshanguve Township. More of the story will follow tomorrow… If you’d like to receive my regular field reports with more detailed explanations about my work and how these pieces come about in the townships please get in touch.

Posted July 31st, 2012

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Today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and in South Africa Madiba has asked us to volunteer our time doing something for the community. I went with some friends to Blikkiesdorp (“Tin Can Town”) which is a township, or slum about 30 minutes from Cape Town.

 

When I arrived I was immediately drawn towards a small wooden wall that ran along the length of a shack facing the central square. This turned out to be the home of Chevon and Lionel Kleansmith; Chevon was standing there with her infant daughter and invited me inside to sit in the shade and chat. Her limited English only emphasized the wisdom of her worldview as she answered my questions about her values. (“Listening is worth more”). She asked me why I made street art and when I mentioned hope and dignity she lit up immediately saying that this was the name of the 1-month old in her arms: Hope.

 

At that moment her sister-in-law and mother-in-law strode through the doorway, having driven up in their own car clad in designer handbags and sunglasses. We were introduced and then I continued the conversation asking Chevon why she had named her daughter Hope. Her sister-in-law Melody interrupted and stated that they were upset by Chevon’s pregnancy because the family lived in such poverty. “It’s a crime to bring another life into this place.” Her English was impeccable. Cybil, the mother-in-law silently nodded her agreement to all of this. Chevon was deeply humiliated by the disappointment in her that these two so forthrightly expressed to me – a guest in her home. Eventually these two left and I told Chevon that I felt God had given me a blessing for her. She agreed to let me paint the words.

 

Her older children and many others helped me complete the piece. One very small girl about 2 years old stroked my hair as I knelt, evidently doing her best to soothe me. Henry (pictured here) was the biggest help shaking cans and holding stencils and doing quite a bit of dancing. As we were finishing up, Melody returned and got out of the car. Chevon was inside and Melody just stood there staring at the piece with her mouth sort of scrunched up to the side. For about three full minutes she stared. With no small resolution in her step she approached me and said, “I know that you wrote this for Chevon, but you know – God has written it to me. I haven’t been completely honest with you or my family. Truthfully, when I see that my brother is blessed with children, I am shaken by envy. It is for this reason that I ignore Hope.” She turned around and went inside.

 

When it came time to leave I went inside and said goodbye to everyone. Chevon and Melody both followed me to the door covered in small children, laughing and teasing me and saying farewell.

Posted July 18th, 2012

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One more letter from a famous hand. The same one that wrote In Search of Lost Time (or, Remembrance of Things Past). I’ve wanted to read this 7-volume classic by Marcel Proust ever since Murakami wrote about it in his insanely beautiful 3-volume 1Q84 (my favourite book this year).

Posted July 17th, 2012

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detail from a recent work (repurposed light damage, explore time but not too carefully)

Posted July 16th, 2012

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Claire commissioned a drawing when she visited from Amsterdam.

Posted July 16th, 2012

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J. W. Mauchly; chart of radio transmission disturbance over the North Atlantic, 1937-38

Posted July 12th, 2012

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Harmine sent this after seeing my post yesterday. I think Picasso says that he’ll be seeing Ms. Stein on the day of the drunken monk…

Posted July 12th, 2012

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How could Gertrude Stein open post without using a letter-opener? Did she know she was ripping it into my favourite Picasso?

Posted July 11th, 2012

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There’s a man named John that walks past the shop periodically. He carries a clear plastic bag full of very old drawings and prints. The streets of Africa are populated by many men selling a vast variety of goods from avocados to car phone chargers to dish towels. But John’s offering is unique. Today he sold me this original drawing for R20. He was very happy because it was his minbus taxi fare for at least 4 days. Though John is obviously destitute, he always tells me of the artworks worth hundreds of thousands that he keeps for himself.

 

Postscript: After I wrote that last bit I started to wonder and wouldn’t you know…it isn’t a hundred grand but I’ve just been told that the work I’ve purchased for €2 is an original drawing on his own stationary by the Iranian illustrator Ali Hajjadi potentially worth €300. If the right collector ever finds my find John will have taxi fare for a year…

Posted July 10th, 2012

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I’ve recently obtained a small collection of QSL cards – exchanged by amateur radio operators to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. I’ll put up a few more soon…

Posted July 9th, 2012

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(or: an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off)

original ink drawing on repurposed frame board; unframed

27 x 39 cm

$250

Posted July 2nd, 2012

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Untitled

Multimedia, framed

18 x 24 inches / 2012

$1200

Posted June 22nd, 2012

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My first major mural (“with you I am well pleased”) has officially been removed by the city. I had permissions from the owner of the wall, but apparently this was overruled. The buff paint is so mismatched that it reads (beautifully) as an anti-Selah statement: see but don’t perceive, listen but don’t hear.

Posted June 21st, 2012

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thanks Lorenzo Nassimbeni for taking such a great shot of this piece

Posted June 11th, 2012

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brought to light
damage-restored photograph. “brought to light by scraping away” 16×20.5cm
SOLD

Posted June 5th, 2012

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Gifts arrive from Opus upstairs. Thank you so much Marissa these pianola rolls are stunning…

Posted May 30th, 2012

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As poor, yet making many rich / As having nothing, yet possessing everything

Ink on repurposed board, Diptych, unframed.

15 x 35 inches / 2012

$800

Posted May 27th, 2012

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Posted May 19th, 2012

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zimbabwe take flight

repurposed map of Rhodesia; repurposed frame

15 x 19 inches / 2012

price upon request SOLD

Posted March 20th, 2012

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The owner of this wall has painstakingly painted it white, taking great care to preserve even the smallest details of my piece (done originally on the raw blocks). The negative space between the letters has been made so vivid.

 

And so the story is retold: gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and

Posted March 18th, 2012

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my 3 month old told me this secret over breakfast 

ink on 220g fabriano

30 x 21 cm / 2012

$900 SOLD

Posted March 15th, 2012

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The Woodstock Foundry launches tonight with a bang. Finished this piece over the last two evenings…thanks Otto for your encouragement with this one…

Posted March 11th, 2012

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thursday 09 feb 2012.

Posted January 31st, 2012

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Posted January 23rd, 2012

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6 December 2011, Masiphumelele

Posted December 6th, 2011

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Huge thanks to Jono Morgan for his tireless help with this piece today. Thanks to the residents of Masi who were so encouraging – sharing their comments and questions and rhetoric… Thanks Christine for your wall and thanks Sophia for these great shots of the work. Most thanks God for inspiring the work of my hands.

Main Road, Masiphumelele 6/12/11

Posted December 6th, 2011

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William Moses Matthew Breitenberg. Our son was born 25 November 2011 at 7 in the evening. 4.8 kilograms (10 pounds, 10 oz.) and he’s 57cm (22.5 in.) long. Happy and healthy everybody in the family truly excited for the birth of our first child.

Posted December 1st, 2011

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Posted November 30th, 2011

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new bookshelves installed into the shop. finally starting to take shape for the opening in the new year…

Posted November 30th, 2011

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On the westbound N2 at Jan Smts Ave.  Thanks Makensie Megan and Whitney for the massive help.

Posted November 21st, 2011

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Page Street in Lower Woodstock. Thanks to the residents and Boa Mistura for letting me have some time on their crane.

Posted November 20th, 2011

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Posted November 18th, 2011

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Ink on paper.

350g Fabriano. 290 x 390mm. Framed

 

Posted November 17th, 2011

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I recently met an Egyptian woman named Saraa who has been actively involved in the ongoing civil resistance that began in Tunisia and has flourished throughout the Arabian nations. Before she left Cape Town, she asked if she could have a stencil to put up in her temporary residence at Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the Egyptian revolution.

Posted November 17th, 2011

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A week ago fires raged through a township nearby called Masiphumelele. This catastrophe left over 5000 people displaced with little more than the clothes on their backs. The rebuilding started immediately; here the skeletons of new homes are seen being built the following day. Within 24 hours the government responded with truckload upon truckload of wood, zinc siding and tarps. Together with many of our friends, we have been sorting donations, helping to build new shacks, providing food and clothing, and painting of course – birds rising up from the ash. This structure was one of a few cinder block buildings to remain standing in the area. I asked the owner what he’d like written along with the birds and he said immediately, “uthixo luthando” which means “God is love.”

 

So often we go to bring hope, and instead find her smiling in welcome when we arrive.

Posted November 16th, 2011

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Recent public art piece entitled, These 3 Remain. Enkanini Township, Khayamundi, Stellenbosch. Thanks to the inSite / AICS crew from Amsterdam for all of your help and to the residents of Enkanini for your limitless enthusiasm and joy.

Posted November 15th, 2011

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As this site is going to become more of a “daily” from the shop, I’ll start including some more of the mundane-yet-perfect activities that go on around here on rainy afternoons.

Posted November 11th, 2011

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Ink on paper.

350g Fabriano; framed

Posted November 11th, 2011

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Inspired by my friend Wes to draw a tattoo of the dove returning to Noah with an olive branch.

Posted November 10th, 2011

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My favourite photography museum, FOAM, has recently published their first book A Book of Beds, and they’ve included my work… I took this photograph in an abandoned USSR military barracks in Latvia while travelling up the coast of the Baltic by motorcycle. 2008

Posted September 14th, 2011

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I joined a group of international street artists travelling to The Gambia to do a project called “Wide Open Walls”. It was an incredible experience full of meaningful conversations and prayers with people who exist in a radically different culture from myself. I learned so much from them – the bulk of my artwork consisted of listening, and writing from what I’d heard.

Posted June 1st, 2011

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Last week we went back to Masiphumelele to paint on some of the newly built shacks. You can see that many of these new homes are made from recycled pieces of burnt zinc that barely survived the fires. My good friend Craig Johns is making a short film of the project and has taken some of these photographs above as well. As we were finishing up for the day a woman passed and said to us, “These birds I see them. These birds they will bring us peace.”

Posted May 20th, 2011

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Making promises along the west coast of South Africa. Thank you to my fellow night writers…

Posted April 26th, 2011

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Enkanini township is struggling with the local government to get electricity out to their location. I have had long chats with the residents about this and we all hold out hope for change. Thanks heaps to my Mom and Dad for helping out – and Mariah for tackling all the kids…

Posted April 18th, 2011

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Jan’s Bridge, Franshoek Pass. I spent my today driving through the mountains and found this stream. Had a swim and left this small piece.

Posted March 8th, 2011

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details from a recent collaboration with Paul Senyol

Posted February 23rd, 2011

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First Terrence wanted R50 to let me write on his make-shift cinderblock house in Essex Street. Then R10. Then he asked me to come back when I started to walk away. By the end he was holding stencils for me and stopping everyone who passed to tell them “hey look here that joy is mine!” Lower Woodstock.

Posted January 26th, 2011

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It looks like I was about the 5th artist to join in on this piece. It’s been here on Dublin Street in Lower Woodstock for years.

Posted January 15th, 2011

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Thanks Josh for your help with this one. What a mission in the windy Woods.

Posted January 1st, 2011

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But never dismantle a 1st.

 

I met Karel Martens a few years ago and he reviewed my portfolio. His comment was essentially that he liked my rough drafts – my sketches and my thinking – but none of my final products. He was right.

 

This is his book. I took it apart to look for more clues.

Posted December 30th, 2010

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Posted December 28th, 2010

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White Location, Knysna. Psalm 12.

Posted December 28th, 2010

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Isaiah 9. Hermanus.

Posted December 27th, 2010

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Isaiah 43. Upper Woodstock

Posted December 24th, 2010

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Borrowdale, Harare.

Posted November 27th, 2010

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Domboshava, Harare. With Frank Mupindura.

Posted November 26th, 2010

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This is written on the home of Mashiah who lives in Epworth, Harare. In front of this wall she will plant her maize. Last year her crops were so bountiful that after using up all her storage room, there was enough left over to give kg bags out to the whole local community where she lives.

Posted November 26th, 2010

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