We Get Brainwashed in Cape Town

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Mr. Brainwash comes to Woodstock and brings street art to the gallery scene.

The art world is a strange place. Full of egos, sharks suspended in liquid, and, sometimes, even truly talented people. As After Hours Athletes, we’re always on the lookout for something new to do after the sun sets, and gallery openings are generally good fun with all their free drinks and hipsters waxing lyrical in front of blank canvasses.

The other night we decided to check out a small exhibition of Mr. Brainwash’s work. Mr. Brainwash is a former street artist who has risen to art-world fame through his own exhibitions, and through Banksy’s film Exit Through The Gift Shop. 

Without going into detail, Mr. Brainwash stretches the very limits of the definition of artist. He has a team of designers on hand to actually create his work. It is art without the mess. Big exhibitions, big money, big canvass. No one knows what the artist is trying to say, but everybody loves the show.

The show was in Woodstock, an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Cape Town. Woodstock is part wrong side of the tracks, part gentrified apartments, part the best place to buy organic sandwiches. It’s a bit of a mix, and a great place to go out.

After we had our fill of cheap red wine at the gallery, we took to the streets to look for beer, greasy food, and loud music. This is easy to find in Woodstock, and the best antidote for gallery openings.

If you want to check out the show, it’s running at 34FineArt until 16 February.

Photos courtesy of Genevieve Akal.