The KKNK (Klein Karoo National Art Festival) started on the 29th (today was the last day). At the beginning I felt very moody since my ‘lover’ named Art was in town and I was too busy being a mommy to spend time with ‘it’. Having said that, I must admit that being in mommy-mode wasn’t so bad since we had some fun exploring the kiddies’ corner and enjoying ourselves at the merry-go-rounds. Next year I hope to take them to see some kid orientated theatre productions.
On Thursday evening my husband made a very romantic gesture. He was working for the KKNK as Assistant Logistic Visual Art coordinator, and so he was able to take me on a personalized art tour after hours, while kids were sleeping and mother in law looking after them. I have been to the opening of the Visual Art, but spend the time talking to the artists, so tonight I got a chance to really take my time and engage with the work, which was absolutely amazing.
Here follows a sneak peak from each exhibition. This is not a review, neither an entry of my own insights to the work. It’s more like a show and tell. Please keep in mind that my photos don’t do justice to the work and that I took these photos with low batteries and strange lightning, so I added links to the artists where possible (so that you can explore further if the need/want arise):
First up was the work by Ian Grose. His exhibition was curated by Dr Paul Bayliss from ABSA and the exhibition was titled: Aantekeninge/Notes.
Ian Grose – Flowers seen from four corners of a table 2pm – 7pm (oil on linen)
Ian was an ABSA l Atelier winner, and this was his first solo after he won the award.
Ian Grose – Self portrait (laptop) (oil on linen)
After that we saw the ABSA Corporate exhibition also curated by Dr Bayliss – The seven deadly virtues.
I took this picture because as you know I love fairytales and this piece features the seven dwarves.
Artwork by Gordon Froud
Detail of artwork by Gordon Froud
Up next was the show: Velvet – Curated by Christiaan Diedericks. With this group exhibition artists were required to investigate more subtle imagery to interpret erotica. According to the statement ‘Velvet” has more to do with the heart and soul’s longing than with the flesh.
Perseus by Christiaan Diedericks (colour pencil, watercolour, metal leaf and stitching on 300 gsm Fabriano Artistico paper)
The solo exhibition “When your feeling like a lady” by Robert Hamblin are photographic and video work dealing with the themes of masculinity and trans-identities.
Work by Robert Hamblin
Artwork by Robert Hamblin
Theo Kleynhans collected objects on his way to Oudtshoorn and painted on these items, and exhibited them in his solo exhibition entitled: Spoor. He also made a video documentation of this journey. Spoor is a lovely word in Afrikaans to play with, since it has such a wide variety of meaning. Spoor = trace track trail, footprint, etc… He explores not only the physical traces but also the emotional ones.
Theo Kleynhans “Bytjies en blommetjies’ (groen, rooi en blou)
Artwork by Theo Kleynhans
Chris Koch in his solo exhibition Mans-Mens explore issues of being gay with digital manipulated images, accompanied by poetry by Chris Brunette.
Chris Koch “Daar sal bloed wees”. (mixed media)
Chris Brunette “Daar sal bloed wees” poem
Next up is a two-women exhibition = Quintessence: 12 people I know and objects of enlightenment by Vanessa Berlein and Michele Davidson.
Each portrait in Vanessa’s work is framed with double glass. The bottom one is engraved with prose she found relevant to the person painted, but this also makes viewing the portrait difficult. The first layer of glass makes the viewer see his/her own reflection while looking at the portrait and so the viewer and viewed becomes one.
Artwork by Vanessa Berlein “Tess”
Michele aims to transform ordinary objects to something more ethereal.
“Marschmallows in a bowl” by Michelle Davidson (oil on canvas board)
The group show Vanitas 2013, curated by Clare Menck aimed to explore the old-worldly theme of Vanitas in contemporary South African painting.
I cannot resist an image with a doll:
Annelie Venter “Omwenteling” (oil on canvas)
Befoxycated, etc – a solo show by Annelie van der Vyver celebrated the relationship with a variety of generations and their foxterriers, as well as her own. She works as a painter and illustrator; I personally adore her works on paper especially this one (can you guess why?):
Annelie van der Vyfer “Connected mother’ (Gouache on paper)
We also saw the group exhibition : Moleskine SA Art + Design project curated by Johann du Plessis. Here we had the opportunity to experience the intimate process between artists and visual journals.
Artworks by Colijn Strydom and JP Meyer
The Gallery Brundyn and Gonsalves bought the work of artist Tom Cullberg to the KKNK.
Art by Tom Cullberg
Next up was the work of Alex Hamilton (which I mentioned in an earlier post) called : Amper Almal.
“Amper almal” by Alex Hamilton (photo also by Alex Hamilton)
In the earlier post (what a lot I got) I wondered if he would depict Oscar Pistorius, (by the way he didn’t) but he did make one of my favourite murderers (not that I think it might be considered sane to have a favourite murderer) the notorious Daisy de Melcker:
Daisy de Melcker by Alex Hamilton
And my all time favourite outsider artist: Miss Helen Martins:
Helen Martins by Alex Hamilton
With the solo show : The last of us by Pauline Gutter, the artist doesn’t want to scare the viewer but want ‘us’ to be active and imaginative and get involved with the work.
Pauline Gutter “Doods-uur series” (Charcoal on paper)
She is probably better known as a painter, but I couldn’t resist taking photos of her sketches.
Doods-uur (series) by Pauline Gutter (Charcoal on paper
The artist Stephen Rosin tries to expose the ‘lies’ behind the ‘truth’ with his solo exhibition: Silence is golden: Political language, euphemism and bullsh#t. With this show he pokes fun at the deceptive nature of authority.
The work “The fallacy of inappropriate authority” — I quote:
Is a visual pun that makes reference to the logical fallacy of ARGUMETUM AD VERUCUNDIAM whereby a person in a position of authority uses this position to make incorrect and fallacious assertions based solely on their position rather than actually being an expert in the field being discussed. A hypothetical example of this would be a high-ranking politician making the ridiculous assertion that the moon is made of cheese, and because of their position we are expected to believe them.
Unfortunately I couldn’t take a good photo of the work, but here is the description:
Medium: Adjusted wooden knobkerrie (it looks like a phallus) painted gold, it rested on satin/pinstripe suit cloth base, Perspex display case and an antique banking desk.
But I did get a picture of this piece:
Stephen Rosin “Hierarchy/Oligarchy 2012/2013”
Streeksbiblioteek a solo exhibition by Olaf Bisschoff resembles a private library whereby the artist deconstructs books and uses as well as changes them into artworks.
“Pre-face” by Olaf Bisschoff
I enjoyed his work a lot since I am a bibliophile by heart, but unfortunately I only have two photos- if you want to see more visit his website here.
Olaf Bisschoff “Daar sal gras groei” Oil on found book, glass, wood and paper
Up next is the solo: Vergete verledes by Cobus van Bosch.
“Vergete Verledes” Cobus van Bosch
Me.Ek : a group exhibition curated by Prof. Elfriede Dryer reflects the search and understanding of identity in a variety of mediums.
Artwork by Jayne Crawshay-Hall
Dolls by Ray Goosen and Colleen Ross
And so the tour was over. It was overwhelming and a lot to absorb. Luckily I saw the festival artist: Diane Victor’s exhibition: “No Country for Old Women” earlier in the week
Installation by Diane Victor
“Martyr, Minder, Mater by Diane Victor
As well as the Tom Waits for no man exhibition curated by Gordon Froud (which I mentioned in a previous post)
part of the Tom Waits exhibition (photo by Alex Hamilton)
I thank my dearest husband for spending that time with me and my ‘lover’.