Fok Vergangklikheid (Fuck Perishableness)

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Fok Vergangklikheid 2018 (Fuck Perishableness) 47 x 64 cm Cotton thread and rubber

I thought that this will be appropriate to share this image of a new work today, since I am ‘celebrating’ my birthday,…a prime number birthday, mixed with midlife-crises feelings….

Fok vergangklikheid detail

Anyway, another reason why I share this today is because this is a new work for an upcoming group exhibition: Black Humour, which opens at the end of this month at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria.

With all that said….it’s time to make another wish, like I do every year..

p.s (yep, it is a Humpty Dumpty cake 😉

P.S.S…did you know:

Humpty Dumpty dates back to the early 19th century. At its origins it was a riddle, and the egg was probably the riddle’s answer.

In 17th century “humpty dumpty” was the name of a kind of brandy (source: Oxford English Dictionary) and the term was also used as a slang to describe a dull person. Exactly like an egg, if such a clumsy person would fall down from a wall, this would be an irremediable thing.

P.S.S the boys surprised me with a cake this morning for breakfast 🙂

I will end this post with two quotes by John Berger from his book: About Looking, which i am currently reading:

“The ideal of photography, aesthetics apart, is to seize a ‘historic’ moment.”

and

“The omnipresence of cameras suggest that time consists of interesting events, events worth photographing”

 

 

 

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Minutes to Midnight and World Embroidery Day

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Minutes to midnight 215 x 106 cm cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2018

Minutes to Midnight is the title of the work above as well as the title for my upcoming solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town.

minutes to midnight detail

For a long time my thoughts centered around the words “Minutes to midnight” as a title for a possible solo show, and after many attempts, planning, and  discussions the works of the past few years (some new, some reworked) all fit together and finally I am looking forward to present the body of work soon (October 2018).

“Minutes to Midnight” is basically a continuation of my investigation of fear, which in turn lead me to the notion of time and eventually to the meaning behind the words: “Minutes to midnight” which actually refers to the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This symbolic clock represents the countdown to a potential global catastrophe, and refers to this catastrophe as “Midnight”. It is currently standing on 2 minutes to Midnight.

Midnight in turn also reminded me about all the fairytales in which when the clock strikes 12 the magic disappears.

Minutes to midnight detail

But before you think it is all gloom and doom in this post, I have something uplifting to share with you as well:

I found out this morning, that it is World Embroidery Day today!  I saw it on a fellow embroiderer’s Instagram account*, and decided to google it to find out more.

The origins of the World Embroidery Day date back to 30 June 2011 and was an initiative of the Swedish Embroidery Guild, to celebrate embroidery (what a wonderful idea). I even found their Embroidery Manifesto which I would like to share with you:

embroidery_manifesto_-english (1)

Or you can visit this website to Download in 5 other languages:

http://www.broderiakademin.nu/worldembroideryday/

minutes to midnight detail

So I would like to celebrate and wish you a wonderful “World Embroidery Day”. Until we speak again – happy stitching!

Footnotes and links:

*The fellow embroiderer I mentioned is: Nicole O’ Loughlin and there is a lovely interview with her on the Fiber Studio’s blog. click here

*Early this year the “Doomsday Clock” reach 2 Minutes to Midnight…the closest ever…you can read more about it here

or visit the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website… here

*You may download the Embroidery Manifesto here

*For more details about my upcoming solo you can watch this space or contact the gallery 99 Loop, see here

*The photographer of my artwork is Kleinjan Groenewald, you can visit his website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage and a “Hazmat Z” story…

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detail of my artwork photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says: I’ll try again tomorrow” – Mary Anne Radmacher

with that said, personally it takes courage to look at the news or at twitter and see what is happening in the real world.

It takes courage to raise children, to be the parent, an adult, a wife, a friend and it takes courage to make decisions.

I read somewhere that Ernest Hemingway said: “You must be prepared to work always without applause”. Well that takes courage too.

It takes courage to socialize, and to share your inner thoughts with others.

but, hell yeah, we’ll keep on trying…..tomorrow 😉

On another note…..My son Etienne gave me permission to share a story he wrote, (it is still a work in progress, and please ignore the spelling mistakes….at age 10 spelling is not a priority for him, but we’ll work on it ;-))

that’s a wrap for now….

wishing you all a courageous day and beware of the zombies!

 

another quote from “The Muse”….

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“Don’t let your ability drag you down like an albatross.”

When something is considered “good” it draws people in, often resulting with the eventual destruction of the creator.

So whether you think its good or not should be entirely irrelevant, if you want to carry on..”

Quote from: The Muse by Jessie Burton

Quote of the day from “The Muse”

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Detail: “Her dark side- fetish” embroidered rubber
Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald.

“Isaac had talked on occasion about about art, about famous painters and what made someone stand out from the rest.

‘Novelty’, he always said, ‘makes the difference’.

It was the fact that they were unlike the rest.

‘You can be a brilliant draughtsman’, he said, ‘but that means nothing if you’re not seeing the world differently.”

From the book “The muse” by Jessie Burton