Auntie Virus and Co. re: Art Auction

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Auntie Virus, 460 x 310 mm ink, pastel, board, cotton thread, rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

Greetings from this ‘stranger in a strange land’ and it seems to just get stranger by the minute!

As you’ve probably heard, a lot of events have been cancelled due to the pandemic we face. I am in the process of producing work for upcoming exhibitions in April, May, July and August, but with uncertainty breathing down our necks we don’t know if these exhibitions will be cancelled or not.

She always wanted to be a bad girl 92 x 64 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

With that said, Karen Zoid (South African rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, talk show host and patron of the arts) launched an online “Art Auction” on her Facebook page yesterday.

Some of my works (featured here- are included in this ‘online – experiment.)

While I’m not an active Facebook user myself, I am able to send you a link:

You can check out the auction here:

https://www.facebook.com/karenzoidofficial/

The bidding closes today 18 March 2020 at 20h00 – South African time)

The bids started at ZAR19 only! Yes, serious.! Now a lot of people might frown upon this because “what about ‘market price’ and unrealistic bids on the stature of the artist” but this train of thought reminded me about the ‘outsider’ artist Scottie Wilson who

  After receiving recognition for his work in Toronto, he abruptly went to London in 1945 and continued to exhibit his drawings for modest fees  Wilson’s rejection of commercialism was unabated, however, and he continued to sell his work on the street for a minute fraction of the prices the gallery owners were asking. He said of the working-class customers he attracted, “They’re the intellect, you know”

and

“Though conventional art galleries were taking interest in selling Wilson’s work, he wasn’t always fond of parting with his drawings. He would at times rent out vacant store fronts to display his pictures, or hang them in a bus, but not necessarily to sell. Instead, Wilson would charge admission for looking at his work, challenging anyone to find anything else like it in the world.”

Is it a good idea? Who knows. Nothing seems certain anymore.

In the meantime I baked my first bread from scratch yesterday, and that made me feel very happy. Also I will continue to create embroideries and I plan to spend more time in the garden to grow our own food. Should I be teaching my sons the art of survival instead of worrying about the schools that are closing for a longer period?  If push come to shove…should we be prepared to survive like Bear Grylls?

Just asking.

But there are still bills to be paid for now, so the show must go on somehow!

Remember to sleep with your eyes open 2016 (photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

You snooze you loose, but lets hope its not a sneeze 😉 because this might just be a favorable time to start your art collection. ❤

“Support for the arts — merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!”
― Robert A. Heinlein, from the book “Stranger in a strange land”

Here is some advice to the art sector from an art website (*):

To help you continue to sell art during this time, here is a list of things you can do to serve collectors as best you can:

    • If you cannot accept shipped artworks at this time, please let us know
  • manage collector expectations about shipping times.

Many artists, patrons and art institutions are personally affected by this crisis.

The world needs art more than ever, so in the meantime, collectors are encouraged to continue supporting the art sector.  It will keep artists going during these challenging times. We’re so grateful for each of you.

Stay safe and well!

*P.S one gallery that is still up and running is .MContemporary in Australia and they are open for viewing….see previous posts or contact them for a full catalogue!

 

 

Recent work available at…..

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I am delighted to inform you that I have some recent work available at MContemporary gallery!

She doesnt give a hoot, 450 x 280 x 80 mm cotton thread, batting and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

Untitled – Ophelia, 1620 x 700 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

Please contact the gallery director Louise Rush at louise@mcontemp.com for a full catalogue.

Untitled (Opehlia) detail

Untitled (Ophelia) detail 2

Shit happens, 920 x 690 mm cotton thread and rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

 

Four days in the Art World

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So as you know the Turbine Art Fair happened over the weekend from 11 – 14 July 2019…and I would like to share my adventures with you:

Oh my what big wings you have said mini-me

The adventure started on the 10th of July, flying to Johannesburg with my Mini-me companion. Why is she called Mini-Me you might ask, well…

Me and Mini-me

In preparation for the fair I started to re-read the book: Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thorton, and I quote:

“Poe believes that an art fair can be a tough environment for an artist. ‘ If they are any good, they make art because they have to. They don’t do it to please the market. So for some artists, hanging out here can mess with their heads.”

I wanted to test this theory and check it out for myself.

Anyway, I had my first Gautrain experience where i almost got fined for chewing gum, because in all the excitement I did not notice this sign!

Gautrain station

OPENING NIGHT 11/07/2019 (Thursday)

Installation view at the Turbine art fair – opening night. Photo credit: Sherilea Gaspar

On the opening night I wore a rubber hooped skirt and rubber collar, (envisioned by me, but created with the help from the Tailor: William Mills in  Stilbaai.) The headdress I embroidered and made myself. (It used to be the wings of another sculpture that I took apart)

I really love the colour of the wall, which was the idea of the Millennium gallery who represented my work at the fair. I feel it really complimented the work installed.

The opening night was great, and I’ll admit that I felt like some sort of princess at a ball, having a ball 😉 …..(to have a ball. (Enjoy oneself enormously, as in It was a great trip—I had a ball. This idiom uses the noun ball in the sense of “a gala dance.” [ Slang; 1920s])

FRIDAY (open to the public) 12/07/2019

I enjoy dressing up since age 5, and for events like these, i like to wear the medium I make my art with…rubber. So on this day I decided to only wear the rubber crown, but with a rubber collar and some dramatic make-up:

Photographer: Alon Skuy

The photo below was taken in the Millennium gallery booth…who also exhibited the work of Norman Catherine (see the artworks behind me). It was an honor for me that my work was exhibited in the same space as his and also with the work by artist Colbert Mashile (whose work was on the opposite wall)

JULY 12, 2019. Hannalie Taute, , at The Millennium Gallery. RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) Its the 7th edition of the Fair. “RMB TAF, since its inception in 2013, has grown extensively year on year and 2019 will see the most substantial Fair yet in a new location – 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July.” PHOTOGRAPH: ALON SKUY

SATURDAY 13/07/2019

…its time to introduce you to the owner of the Millennium Gallery: Ronel van der Vyfer!

with Ronel van der Vyfer director of the Millennium gallery based in Pretoria

“A great dealer does a good job for the collector but a great job for the artist. A great adviser does a good job for the artist but a great job for the collector.” (another quote from the book: Seven days in the art world.)

SUNDAY 14/07/2019

So on Sunday I wore A blue dress, and fellow artist Zelda Stroud mentioned that outfit reminds her of the “Blourokkies” I was not familiar with this term and she explained it to me, but here is the shortened version found on the internet:

2. colloquial. [Named for the sky-blue uniform of the sect.] A name given to a woman belonging to the Pentecostal ‘Latter Rain’ or ‘Spade Reën’ sect.

[1972 The women..wear a uniform consisting of a sky-blue dress worn well below the knee, with headdress to match…This uniform ensures that they are modestly and neatly dressed, independently of changing fashions.]
In retrospect i find this fascinating, since I wasn’t familiar with this sect, and I’m not religious in this sense,  but funny enough I chose to wear this on a Sunday with a very different headdress than what I can imagine they wore back then 😉
another definition I found is this:

1. Prison slang. rare. [Probably by analogy with Afrikaans bloubaadjie the blue jacket worn in the past by long-term male prisoners (see bloubaadjie).] A female habitual criminal, sentenced to an indeterminate period in goal; this sentence. See also blue-coat sense 1.

1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 7 Oppas they don’t get you. Blourokkie next time they catch you stealing.
The latter definition fits with the helmet I wore (sondebok) 😉
anyway…..

Highlights of the fair include meeting fascinating people ranging from art students, fellow artists, friends, art lovers young and old and of course interesting art collectors:

“It’s not just about buying a piece. Its about buying into someone’s life and where they are going with it.  Its a mutual commitment, which is pretty intense.” – quote from the book: Seven days in the Art World.

One of the interesting art collectors with my work: wild thing. It makes me smile every time I see this image

“Collector should be and earned category. An artist doesn’t become an artist in a day, the same with a collector.  It’s a lifetime commitment and a life process.” quoted from the book: Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thornton.

So there you have it dear friends…I would like to thank each and everyone responsible for making this one helluva unforgettable experience!

I’ll leave you with this quote I found on the internet by Tennessee Williams:

“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”