Comfortably Numb – group exhibition

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Installation view at Gallery 2 – Comfortably Numb – Group exhibition (image courtesy of the curator: Johan Conradie

 

“Comfortable” cotton thread and rubber 2017

“Deep thought” 2017 Cotton thread, rubber and altered page 41 x 34 cm

“School of thought” 2017 Cotton thread, rubber and altered page 41 x 33 cm

Shades of numb – 2017

“Pink Freud” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 22 x 17 cm

Open minded 20017 – cotton thread, batting and rubber

Large Member 2017 Cotton thread, batting and rubber

Young wife, black hole 2017 (altered page, cotton thread and rubber)

Death is no escape (altered page, cotton thread and rubber)

Vlerrie het muisneste 2016 Cotton thread, vintage photograph and rubber 58 x 42 cm

“Nosferatu” Cotton thread, altered vintage photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter

“Suigeling” Cotton thread, vintage altered photograph and rubber 45 cm diameter

This exhibition runs until the 24th of August 2017…

 

Comfortably Numb – artist profile

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Artist profile: The embroidery of Hannalie Taute shows that humour can be one of the smartest ways to communicate darkness and all its intoxicating wonders to our most hidden desires. Victims and perpetrators switch roles, characters exploit and are exploited. Ruminating on fear, dreamtime and memory, the artist dramatize our most primal urges—jealousy, revenge, greed, submission, and gluttony. By using traditional embroidery techniques unto the unconventional canvas of rubber, the artist aim to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar. Her works will be on show on the group exhibition “Comfortably numb” at Gallery 2 from 3-26 August. – Johan Conradie

 

Comfortably Numb – Invitation

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“There is someone in my head and it is not me” – Pink Floyd

“Pink Freud” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 22 x 17 cm

‘Pink Freud’ amongst others will be hanging out in a group exhibition curated by Johan Conradie titled: “Comfortably Numb”.

This exhibition will open on the 3rd of August 2017 at Gallery2 in Johannesburg, and you are invited!

Invitation

Comfortably numb – press release

Gallery 2 is pleased to present the group exhibition “Comfortably numb” from 3-24 August, 2017. Conceived by artist and curator Johan Conradie, the exhibition takes as a starting point the evocative lyrics of Pink Floyd’s 1979 song, “Comfortably numb”. The exhibition brings together the works by contemporary South African artists which combine visual tension and a strong conceptual vigour, whilst reverberating closely with the ideas and sentiments as expressed through this iconic song. Envisioned as a dialogue between the works of artists from different backgrounds, the exhibition explores notions of ‘alienation’, ‘disillusionment’, ‘delirium’, ‘disembodiment’, ’emotional detachment’, ‘in-between states’, ‘invisibility’ and ‘melancholy’.

The album “The Wall” is a concept album about Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. The song “Comfortably numb” compares Pink’s memories of being feverishly ill as a child with his later experience of feeling nothing at all in adulthood. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating the adult Pink and Pink’s inner dialogue. Roger Waters claimed that the song is about “detachment from reality” and “alienation”, while Dave Gilmour suggested that “the song could be divided into two sections: dark and light”.

Artistic practice emerges ‘in-between’, beyond geographic demarcations, and arbitrary boundaries. The exhibition emphasizes that this state of ‘in-between’ contains a wide range of assertive and rewarding potentialities. These artists engage the viewer in the often intimate movement and destruction of human life and, at the same time, the persistence of the delicate, humorous, lyrical, or divine. The sequences of narrative information and visual effect evoke the fragile endurance of the sacred and the spiritual.

This exhibition features artists AD-Reflex, Thonton Kabeya, Nathani Lüneburg, Chris Slabber, Zelda Stroud and Hannalie Taute.

Incognito

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“Meet me in Cognito baby,

We’ll soon leave our pasts behind us.

The present is always a mystery,

As the future never fails to remind us.

 

Once we’re alone in Cognito,

We’ll remove all of our clothes very fast,

But though we be naked as jaybirds,

At no time will we take off our masks.

 

Cinderella went incognito,

And it’s said that she had a ball.

It’s always midnight in Cognito

By the black clock at the end of the hall.

 

We’re destined to be clandestine,

Incognito is our very last hope.

I’ll meet you where the sun don’t shine,

With a fake I.D and some dope.

 

So do join me in Cognito,

You know that I’ll never tell.

We’ll sneak in the back door of Heaven

And stroll unnoticed through Hell.

 

Incognito

Incognito

There, every day’s a surprise.

Incognito

Incognito

Where truth tells all the best lies.”

-Tom Robbins-