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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SHELFIFE PREMIUM VANDAL ATTIRE

This is the first Dr.Z design for the brand new ltd. ed. SHELFLIFE clothing range, featuring an exploded technical diagram of a Nike Air Max dripping with paint! Available exclusively from Shelflife store 119 Loop St. CT.




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"SHELFLIFE STRETCH"

"As part of Nike Sportswear’s Icon Project with Shelflife Store in Loop Street, Cape Town, Nike asked Dr.Zulu and Nick Herbert to come up with a new take on the AF1 Supreme, stretching the concept as far as it would go."

Full video clip and interview with Dr.Zulu and Nick Herbert now showing over at the Nike Sportswear website: >click here<

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

SNEAKER PIMPS NEW ERAS 09

The 2009 Sneaker Pimps New Eras designed by DR.Z are dropping soon worldwide. Available in SA next year from Shelflife Store. here's a preview:





Monday, November 17, 2008

LEGO "GRAFFITI" LETTER EXHIBITION

LEGO "GRAFFITI" LETTER EXHIBITION: SYNOPSIS "Experimental South-African artist/ designer "DR.ZULU" has turned his attention to LEGO® as an art medium. The premise of the mini-exhibition held at SHELFLIFE STORE is to explore how the universal iconic product and it's pre-packed recreational building blocks can be assimilated into an advanced communication.

Commercial techniques of communication such as design, packaging, branding & merchandising run parallel to the more subversive techniques of graffiti lettering & typography. In addition, quantum mechanics & mathematics are systemically formulated into each artwork to produce a prototype visual equation which is both futuristic & timeless. So drop by SHELFLIFE and support your favorite mad scientist!"

Documented highlights of the 'Dr.Zulu Lego Letter Series' 2008 Exhibition:

ZULU LEGO GRAFFITI LOGO

THE LETTER D LEGO GRAFFITI

THE LETTER R LEGO GRAFFITI

THE LETTER Z LEGO GRAFFITI

ZULU BURNER


© 2008 DR.ZULU. All trademarks, servicemarks, and copyrights are property of their respective owners. LEGO® and the brick configuration are property of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, own, or endorse this site or DR.ZULU.

Monday, November 10, 2008

SHELFLIFE MINI-EXHIBITION PREVIEW

With my "ZULU LEGO LETTERS" graffiti letter exhibition recently opened, here are a few "teaser" pics for you to preview. Drop in at SHELFLIFE STORE, 119 LOOP ST. CAPE TOWN to take a closer examination. If you cant make it down to the store, keep watching this space for updates. Also to remind you that the show will be evolving through out the month with new works.

INVENTORY/ CURRENTLY EXHIBITING:

1) DR.Z LEGO LETTER "D" TAGS (x1) PRICE/UNIT R700.00
2) DR.Z LEGO LETTER "R" TAGS (x1) PRICE/UNIT R700.00
3) DR.Z LEGO LETTER "R" TAGS (x1) PRICE/UNIT R700.00
4) DR.Z BOX TAGS (x9) PRICE/UNIT R200.00
5) DR.Z LEGO BURNER(MINI) (x1) PRICE/UNIT R300.00
6) DR.Z LEGO BURNER(U-GUNNER) (x1) PRICE/UNIT R300.00

LEGO GRAFFITI

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

ZULU LEGO™ LETTER EXHIBITION AT SHELFLIFE

I have begun to set up my "ZULU LEGO™ LETTER" exhibition on the rotating artist wall at Shelflife Store. It is a work in progress which will be evolving and changing throughout the month of November. I will try to document the entire process here as it happens...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

SHELFLIFE NSW INSTALLATION

Shelflife Store was asked to create an artist installation for the new Nike Sportswear campaign which would creatively represents the "Air Force One" sneaker as one of the style icons within the Sportswear Division. In addition, to communicate the values and culture of the Shelflife Store as "AF1" focused retail outlet.

We (Dr.Zulu and Nick Herbert) conceptualized a mind bending display in which to showcase the artwork. The theme of "rubber-bands" carried through the display onto a customized AF1, a sculpture, a graffiti piece, ltd. edition T-shirts, and a billboard sized painting on the Shelflife building. The main inspiration being the Air Force One itself as an iconic symbol of sport, design and urban culture in general. Secondly the centerpiece of the Nike Sportswear footwear, an AF1 Supreme Max with inspired by the "Birds Nest" Olympic Stadium in Beijing. In addition themes such as basketball, graffiti art and consumerism are intertwined withing the same installation to reflect the bigger picture that is our culture.










DR.ZULU INTERVIEW FOR NIKE NSW

Describe the Nike brief your were presented?

Shelflife Store was asked to create or facilitate an artist installation for the new Nike Sportswear campaign which would creatively represent the "Air Force One" sneaker as one of the style icons within the Sportswear Division. In addition, to communicate the values and culture of the Shelflife Store as "AF1" focused retail outlet.

What was your inspiration for your creative interpretation?


The main inspiration is the Air Force One itself as an iconic symbol of sport, design and urban culture in general. Secondly the centerpiece of the Nike Sportswear footwear, an AF1 Supreme Max with inspired by the "Birds Nest" Olympic Stadium in
Beijing. It is the shoe that the designers have dubbed "The Black Widow."

What have been your biggest challenges?

Aside from the actual production side of physically building all the various pieces of the installation, visualizing the the concept was a challenge as we didn't want the concept to have any obvious or direct reference points but to rather accentuate or highlight the inspiration in an artistic, original way. With the main feature of the concept being actual "rubber bands" that collectively echo various themes and
common factors between Nike Sportswear, Shelflife, and us as artists. Themes such as basketball and graffiti art, and consumerism are intertwined withing the same installation to reflect the bigger picture that is our culture.

What have you enjoyed most about working on this project?


The most fulfilling part aside from actualizing the initial vision is always to see how various people react to the artwork or which questions might arise because of it. It is very rewarding to when people begin to understand or aspire to be a part of whatever it is that artwork is trying to communicate.

What do you want people to see and take away from your work on this project?


We would like the artwork to correctly highlight the rich heritage and the future potential of the iconic Air Force One. It is our hope that people will begin to understand how a sneaker can be such an integral part of urban culture and how Shelflife Store (and us as artists) are equally apart of the same cultural fabric.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MAD TEA PARTY

I was approached to collaborate with Donna from "Original Tea Bag Designs", a craft artist who makes recycled products from used tea bags, for a TV show on SABC 1 called HEADWRAP:

"An arts and culture show with a twist, SABC1’s Headwrap is based on a fresh, well thought-out concept. In an attempt to fuse artistic genres and bridge the looming chasm in South Africans’ cultural landscape, the programme brings together two artists who are disparate in more than just style and character.Headwrap is doing more than merely showcasing local talent; it’s exploiting an artistic platform to indirectly tackle SA’s social schisms — gulfs that transcend gender, race and class. " Kate Stegeman THE WEEKENDER - BUSINESS DAY













Friday, June 13, 2008

ZULU LEGO™ LETTER BURNER

This is the first prototype for a series of LEGO™ graffiti letter burner sculptures I have started constructing, this one made from the EXO-FORCE™ 8112 Battle Arachnoid.

Friday, March 07, 2008

GRIME PAYS

Sometimes a simple well placed tag can make any dank piss hole a gallery exhibition.



Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

STOCKED UP!


SHELFLIFE is now an official stockist of the SNEAKER PIMPS brand! Designed exclusively X Dr.Z

Thursday, January 24, 2008

GI JOE



Seattle mission complete. Refer to other known locations for additional images. Recovery ops of utility foot soldiers successful. Toys 'r not' us.