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Situated at the gateway to the vibrant area of De Waterkant, Ground Art Caffe offers a combination of the artistic endeavours of Barista, Chef and Art Curator. The Coffee, Food and Art are each treated with equal respect and attention to detail, as we believe each is an art in itself.
Ground’s own unique African Arabica coffee is sourced and roasted by our dedicated artisan roaster, using only top scoring beans and micro-roasting methods to create healthy, low caffeine, naturally sweet and most significantly, fresh coffee. Poured with skill, ground coffee is fast becoming one of Cape Town’s appreciated favourite.
‘Late Night Sketch Tales ii’ is a follow up to the extremely successful exhibition, ‘Late Night Sketch Tales I’ in October 2018.
The first collection comprised of a 22 piece architectural hand styled drawing series, capturing some of Christopher’s favourite buildings and landmarks located in Cape Town.The second collection, Late Night Sketch Tales ii, is a series building on that style. This series however differs somewhat by intensity of hatch and style. Here, Christopher captures the subjects (buildings and public space) in a more ethereal light where the boundaries between the tangible nature of architecture and public space are blurred by the intangible realms of the imagination and mind.
“Each image is almost an ode to the imaginative nature with which I conjure and envision architecture to be – almost a dream state construct put onto paper and hopefully one day built”
The sketches in essence are a play on abstract realities. The striking contrast between light and dark is also meant to evoke a sense of these realities – that of conscious and unconscious. As Christopher perceives it, they play heavily on the ephemeral nature of the mind.
As these are more abstract than exact architectural representation, they rely heavily on the hand to move freely without using rulers. So, once the basic geometries have been referenced from the subject, he lets his imagination go to work. Layer after layer after layer. As a collection, each piece never completes itself without beginning the next. The works therefore never develop in isolation from one another. They must be viewed as a collective whole with each piece as one metaphorical piece of a puzzle.
“At any given time, I may bounce between 2-5 drawings – to keep the conceptual nature of the works as true to “ephemeral” as possible. They in essence may appear to the eye to be rather manic, but this is deliberate. Like my own thoughts they need to be stimulated by the next adventure, the next drawing, the next goal or image”
The series, aptly titled "Late Night Sketch Tales", was built over the course of the year during the late hours of each evening spent sketching. A culmination of a body of work more aligned with the practice of something you believe in and allowing that process to be your solace.
“This is the time I am the most honest, most at home, immersed in my music”
Join for the opening on Thursday the 3rd of October from 6-9 pm. Complimentary wine and canapés will be served