Implanted memories (opening night)

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A BIG thank you to everyone who came to the opening night of my solo exhibition: Implanted Memories at Knysna Fine Art gallery on the 8th of December!

My excitement for that evening started in November already when me and my friend Anli bombarded Santa at the Pre-Primary school Christmas concert. We pretended to ask Mr Clause for a  mom’s-day-off aka roadtrip while the dad’s hold the fort for awhile – and guess what: wish granted!

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So on our way we stopped in George at my favourite bookshop: The Blue Forest Bookshop

I always love their window displays, its just a pity I suck at taking a good photo of it ;-)

I always love their window displays, its just a pity I suck at taking a good photo of it 😉

and I also visited one of my favourite companies to pick up some extra ‘art’ supplies (read inner tubes).

A couple of hours we finally made it to Knysna!

Anli and Myself all dressed up and ready for the evening.

Anli and Myself all dressed up and ready for the evening.

I decided that I wanted to wear a ‘hat’ for the occasion and made it from the inner of an army helmet, which I drilled holes into and put pieces of tule into it.

photographer: Philip Heinen

photographer: Philip Heijnen

Philip (staff member of the gallery) also organised a smoke machine for the evening. Smoke machines remind me of my student years, and I like the idea of a smokescreen as a ‘implanted memory’ and always dreamt of having one at an exhibition.  Since the gallery is really big, and a couple of solo shows opened on that same night AND the smoke didn’t really behave like we wanted to so we removed it later, but at least he took a photograph to capture the memory.

Talking about ‘student years’…it was amazing to see one of my lecturers at the gallery: Charmaine Haines:

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Charmaine and her husband Martin Haines were having their exhibition titled: the Owl and the Pussy cat on that same evening. How awesome is that!

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During the evening I planted a memory (read attach a rubber flower shaped brooch) on everyone I interacted with

During the evening I planted a memory (read attach a rubber flower shaped brooch) on everyone I interacted with

What a memorable evening indeed. It’s just a pity that we didn’t get a group photo with all the exhibiting artists and all the staff members including the owner Trent Read, but here are some more memorable moments:

from left to right: Paula Louw (artist), Philip Heijnen (staff member) Mylene Ife (Gallery Manager), Yours truly and Alta Grobler (Staff member)

from left to right: Paula Louw (artist), Philip Heijnen (staff member) Mylene Ife (Gallery Manager), Yours truly and Alta Grobler (Staff member)

It was also Artist Paula Louw’s birthday that evening!

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Jaycene (staff member at Knysna Fine Art)

Jaycene (staff member at Knysna Fine Art)

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And in a flash it all came to an end, but remember if you are in the area, the exhibition will be up for approximately a month! Or you can visit their website for more info on all the exhibitions currently on show – click here

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And so our road trip came to an end at the Knysna Heads, and we headed back – Home sweet home xxx

 

 

 

 

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