Artists Podcast

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A dear friend and fellow creative Hugo van Schalkwyk aka sa_maker recently started a new project where he will be interviewing South African artists for his podcast series.

He has uploaded 3 episodes already and I was lucky to be speaking to him in episode 2. (feels very strange to hear yourself speak, but a fun experience none the less 😉

You can visit/follow or listen to all the episodes here:

http://www.artistspodcast.co.za/

Hope you have a great week everyone.

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A(r)ttraction

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Dear friends,

While ones work is on display at an exhibition, hanging in a gallery, you are rarely aware of who gets a chance to see it. Who and how someone reacts to it. What they ‘get’ from it.

I am always curious what attracts a person to certain work/s of art.

ATTRACT: early 15c., “draw (objects or persons) to oneself,” also a medical term for the body’s tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment.

ATTRACTION: c. 1400, attraccioun, originally medical, “action or property of drawing (diseased matter) to the surface,” from Old French atraccion (13c.) and directly from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) “a drawing together,” noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere “to draw, pull” .

Extended by c. 1600 to magnetic forces; figurative sense “quality in a person which draws interest or imagination” is from c. 1600. Meaning “a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition” is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.

 

Sometimes, just sometimes, you hear from such a person.

Ernst Gypsy (Jan Ernst de Wet) saw my work at the “Well worn” exhibition currently showing at the Cavalli Estate….we started a conversation via social media…and then this is what happened (I quote):

 I have taken from Taute’s work a process that engages with familiarities, the abstract of products from other art forms such as music and literature and tried to make it applicable to my skills and understanding.

Read the full version here:

MELODY-MONTAGE-EMBROIDERED-HANNALIE-TAUTE

It’s a very different kind of feature/interview/article….I love his way of looking at the world, thinking about the work, generating ideas, and making it his own.

Embroidered rubber by myself and ‘digital embroidery’ by Jan Ernst de Wet

I quote:

Art acts as a mouthpiece to communicate the similarities between everyday life and the way we perceive, interpret or experience it. It’s not about capturing it accurately, but rather how we bring to life a part of it that someone can resonate or identify with and therefore face a reality about themselves.

I invite you to click on the link: https://ernstgypsy.wixsite.com/ernstgypsy/single-post/2018/03/27/MELODY-MONTAGE-EMBROIDERED-HANNALIE-TAUTE to see the results of his investigation….his interpretations!

P.S and of course I also love the links he published of the music that inspired him. 😉

P.P.S I’d like to leave you with this quote:

“He asked…’Did art get us?” The question for me wasn’t if art got us. The question was “Do we regret that? I know art got us, because if art gets you, you can never be normal. You can’t go anywhere without trying to transform it, you know?”

Patti Smith with Robert Mapplethorpe

Mad as a March Hare…You are invited!

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Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”

Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….

“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.

I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!

Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?

I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.

Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.

Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then

YOU ARE INVITED!

and 

Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.

Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.

On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.

I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx

Kitsch or Retro…you decide

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Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised when I received a notification that my work has been featured on a French blog: Le Blog du Kitsch.

In their own words…about their blog:

The Kitsch Blog is originally a webzine dedicated to the culture of kitsch , retro and vintage . This translates into the dissemination of articles on these areas and the forms they can take in, among others, the arts, music, film, video games, graphics, illustration and the web. The blog has been around since 2009, so the editorial line of departure has necessarily evolved somewhat. We will therefore be interested in talking, but especially in seeing, everything that comes close to distance from the original themes

Usually, where I come from, Kitsch is a bad word…retro a bit better…but this made me think about the writings of Marlene Dumas…http://www.marlenedumas.nl/and-god-said-i-told-you-so/

I quote (my favourite parts, but you can read the full piece in the link above):

God saw that art was all alone,
so he put him to sleep and gave him kitsch…..

Or maybe, kitsch started with the fall from grace…

Kitsch started as a German word, they say.
Although I could have sworn it was an American invention
or something that they used to make in China.
But we shouldn’t blame the Germans for kitsch….

Kitsch is not pink,
if you want to give it a color, make it white….

Kitsch happened when we discovered that we
could imitate and reproduce, whatever we want
,
without having to believe in it; without having
to cry or die for it; we can represent
anything without paying for it, emotionally
Intellectually or spiritually, because others
have, or will, pay for it.

Being featured on a blog about Kitsch, retro and vintage…mmm, I’ll take it as a compliment. Thank you…

and I’ve learned the French word for Rubber! BONUS!

Link to the article down below

http://www.leblogdukitsch.com/art/broderie/broderie-sur-caoutchouc-par-hannalie-taute/

Have a great weekend everybody