working real hard….

Art portfolio- my work

“Before the year was over a great joy was announced.” Work in progress shot

“I was working real hard

To show the world what I could do

Oh I guessed I never dreamed

I’d have to

World spins some photographs

How I love to laugh when the crowd laughs

While love slips through

A theatre that is full

But oh baby when the crowd goes home

and I turn in and realize I’m alone

I can’t believe I had to sacrifice you”

from the book: Just Kids by Patti Smith which I’m currently re-reading and this quote really resonates with me at the moment, and made me want to share it with you.

On page 166 Patti writes that she wrote this for Janis Joplin.

book cover

While I am writing to you about it, I found this cool video too:

Can one work too hard when the work is a part of you?

I took a break for two weeks where I did not go to the studio, since other aspects of studio life needed some attention too, eg: daily and emotional life, admin and research.

The research part I’m starting to really enjoy right now.

Current interests include Family life – Family matters – Family ties – Family Businesses 😉 Family secrets and especially

Family Meetings:

Family meeting – work in progress (detail)

Also what does it mean to be a family in this day and age? I am also interested in how fairy tales can be adapted and serve as a tool in family therapy.

So yes, I am continuing further research into fairy tales (a lifelong passion). Fairy tales this time, is also leading me to woodcuts and witches, Hortis Sanitatis and the Dance of Death by Hans Holbein. Sounds random, but I hope to connect all the dots for my upcoming solo at MContemporary gallery next year.

In the meantime,- Let’s celebrate New Beginnings!

You are invited to the opening this coming Sunday:

Please feel free to

Contact the gallery for further information

T: +27 (0)21 876 8630 | E: gallery@grandeprovence.co.za | gpgallery.co.za

detail from #WTF at Gallery Grande Provence

And last but not least…my work “School of thought” is in good company for the sake of education at Paul Roos Gymnasium in their “See and be seen Art Exhibition and auction:

School of thought 41 x 33 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

BIDDING
The auction lots are split across two bidding platforms.
Strauss & Co live auction event
The live auction event will take place on 20 October at 17:30.
For telephone and absentee bids contact bina@straussart.co.za.
BidPro online auction
Online bidding now open until 13:00 on 30 October 2021.
Steps to follow
Go to: http://www.bidpro.co.za & http://www.bidpro.co.za/AuctionDetails/218
Click on Sign In, choose option “Signup” in Blue.
Fill all relevant details in as per the screen request.
You will receive an email, please confirm.
When user is confirmed please login .
Click on Auctions or choose Fundraising.
See and Be Seen Auction will display.
Click on Register to take part in the Paul Roos Gymnasium Auction.
You can now browse through all 127 lots and start bidding.

Here is a link to the catalogue:

Enjoy and best wishes.xxx

Persistence of vision…group exhibition-now showing

Art portfolio- my work
Installation view
Fee Fie Fum 2021 122 x 86.5cm
The dogs squeezed so hard that water came out of it 2021 122 x 86.5 cm
The gian’s wife was kind and quietly waited as the feast came to an end 2021 122 x 86.5 cm
gallery view

ICTAF- You’re invited

Studio news/blog

I am happy to announce that Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town will include one of my recent works in their lineup for this year’s ICTAF

detail

Running in parallel with their sister fair in Milan; miart international modern and contemporary art fair, this event provides a unique opportunity where VIPs, galleries, and visitors will have access to a much broader audience across two continents and two fairs.
 Deepest Darkest will be presenting work by AD-Reflex, Hannalie Taute,
Kevin Mackintosh, Krisjan Rossouw, Leila Fanner and Navel Seakamela.
17 – 19 September 2021

Preview: 15 – 17 September

Access:
www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za

Let’s play…

Studio news/blog

Play, to me, is very important. It is all about being clued in, and yet totally open to whatever happens. A surprise, a discovery. So I gave myself 1 week to sort, clean and play in my studio.

How do you nurture your creative self?

According to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies and editor of the American Journal of Play: “Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target. [It’s] a process, not a thing. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding – as skill and empathy – and strength of mind body and spirit.”

For me play is not just the physical act (although I like to get my hands full of ink, glue and soil), but play is the joyful, happy, gleeful moments that can envelope your whole being: imagining new ideas, or reworking/destroying old ones. Drawing for no one but myself. Listening to music, spending time in the garden, dancing like no one is watching, that is play.

studio floor view

I love sitting on the floor and draw.

mixed media series in progress

While sorting my studio bookshelf, I found some inspiration from this preschool reading book:

So I decided to call this little reworked lady: “Sus”. After one of the main characters in the book above, but it is also another word for sister in Afrikaans:

but “Sus” in English can also mean: “giving the impression that something is questionable or suspicious.”

She is sus, because she looks so young while wearing fishnet stockings.

Sus

and here is Daan:

Daan

Sus en Daan – all grown up 😉

Sus en Daan

I had fun creating these imaginary friends/family. It felt necessary – I’m having a bit of a hard time hearing about my ‘real’ friends and family and how they cope (or not) with with loneliness, the distancing and things like that. My dear aunt (in her early eighties) said to me the other day that she felt quite disturbed by the emotional impact all these rules and regulations and isolation has on her. I wish I could give her a hug. 😩

Anyway the psychiatrist Stuart Brown called play a ‘state of being,” “purposeless, fun and pleasurable.” For the most part, the focus is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing a goal. And so playing is for its own sake – it doesn’t have to have a particular purpose. But what if I can give it purpose afterwards by hosting another playful studio exhibition later this year? Lets see how it turns out.

Other news is that our son turns 11 tomorrow!

My journey with rubber started shortly before his first birthday. I wanted to make him a toy (to see if boys like rubber Bambi’s ;-))ha ha # experiment,

but lately he prefers all things military and he suggested that he will teach me how to build ‘airships’ in the computer game called “Airships conquer the skies”. l am actually looking forward! He has a great sense of humour and he is also a very sincere art critic 😉

Up up and away!!!

Stay tuned and remember to play!

Herrie se portret

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

…maar wie was/is Herrie?

Die storie rondom Herrie se portret begin by hierdie foto.

maar die meisie skort n masker.

Intussen, na my laaste blogpost, vind ek uit dat CJ Langenhoven en ek op dieselfde dag gebore was (maar net met n skamele 104 jaar verskil tussen ons.) Die internet beskryf hom so:

Considered one of the most versatile writers in Afrikaans, he was a master of the short form of prose and is best remembered for his humorous and satirical works, illustrated by a nonsense-verse “love poem” he wrote for his dog. Langenhoven was well known for his sharp wit and gentle manner. He owned an imaginary elephant named Herrie (“Harry”) that appeared in many of his stories. He even carved its name onto a boulder next to the N12 highway near Meiringspoort (outside Oudtshoorn) in 1929. This boulder known as Herrie’s Stone (“Herrie se Klip”, in Afrikaans), has been declared a provincial heritage site.”

Ek dink ons sou dalk goed oor die weg gekom het;-)

Maar ek moet bieg. Wanneer ek die naam CJ Langenhoven hoor, dink ek nie dadelik aan hom as digter of as die een wat die Stem geskryf het nie, maar ek dink en wonder oor hoe sy ‘imaginary pet’ olifant Herrie sou gelyk het?

Dalk soos n Afrikaner nooi met n masker wat mens laat dink aan Ganesha (alhoewel Ganesha gewoonlik rooi uitgebeeld word), maar blou is mos ook vir meisies;-))

Ook maar goed dat Ganesha onder andere bekend staan as die ‘remover of obstacles

en dit was ook vir my interessant om uit te vind dat die feeste wat gewoonlik gepaart gaan met Ganesha, gewoonlik plaasvind in Augustus/September.

Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi or Vināyaka chaturthÄ« in the ƛuklapakáčŁa (the fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of Bhadrapada (August/September)

Gepraat van Feeste…..Herrie se portret gaan n debut maak by die Hessequa Harmonie fees vanaf 21-25 September 2021. Ek en mede kunstenaar Nadine Hansen is genooi deur die Hessequa Kuns roete om hierdie jaar n gesamentlike uitstalling aan te bied by die Heidelberg Hotel.

Ek stuur binnekort die uitnodiging.

Groete. Hannalie.