Jozi Jols Issue #8 - Cultural City Guide: Interview

20 Nov 2017

VIVIEN KOHLER // multi-disciplinary artist [at ] NUGGET SQUARE

What role does art play in your life?

Vivien: Art is a huge part of who I am - it is something I was born for. I have found that my art gives to me before it gives to others. It starts in an introspective place and works its way through me. It helps me understand life and the daily negotiation of circumstances.

What do you usually look for in a studio, and how does that impact on your creative process?

V: My first consideration for any working space concerns my working process. My work tends to be rather noisy at times, and I don’t like to bombard or offend other artists with mechanical noise while they’re in their focused processes. And secondly, just the vibe of the place and the people is also very important to me. Art needs a quiet, tranquil space for your heart to breathe and feel the creativity. Also, it needs to be a safe place I can bring my family to.

What is the atmosphere like at Nugget Square Studios?

V: I fell in love with Nugget Square as soon as I got there. There seems to be a creative flow there which I am very happy to be a part of. Because I share the space with George Holloway I am afforded the opportunity for work and create freely as I wish without worrying about my noise offending anyone. He also has practical knowledge which helps me bring about these crazy ideas I’ve had for a long time now. It is such a joy to have been introduced to this beautiful treasure in the midst of the decay and tumult of the city.

What are you working on at the moment?

V: At the moment I am working on two sculptures for a Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery exhibition, curated by Andrew Lamprecht, titled ‘Trop Comprendre’. The resin cast cardboard sculptures are part of my Pareidolia series. The works deal with the layered history of Jozi and how that hierarchical heritage reflects in the varying aspects of contemporary Afro-urban life.

How does living in Jozi influence your work?

V: Living in Jozi has influenced my work slowly. I tend to be a rather subconscious person, and tend to ruminate on things for a while before I can fully understand them. Jozi definitely has a different reality to Cape Town, and that has opened my creativity to greater possibilities and expressions.

 

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Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 18:30

Venue: The AGOG Rooftop, 12 Lower Ross Street, Maboneng, Gauteng, South Africa

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Jozi Jols Issue #8 - Cultural City Guide: Interview

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