“…the well-being of an art collection.”

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“Why is it a terrible battle scene like Picasso’s Guernica can be beautiful, while a painting of two unicorns kissing in a flower garden can look like crap. Does anybody really know why they like anything?” Quote of the day from the book: Diary – a Novel” I’m currently re-reading by Chuck Palahniuk.

And while I ponder this question, I know what I like and I know what some collectors like, but I don’t know why…maybe it is because of HOW it was documented? Should an artist worry about it, because our business is to create right?

Title: Self-portrait (bust) Medium: cement fondue, steel, wood, cotton thread and rubber 2014

What I do know and only realized later in my career is that one should take proper photographs of one’s work. (the above picture is a good example of how NOT to document your work circa 2014)- but at least I have some sort of documentation. I was always under the impression that a gallery does that for you, but since all the galleries I worked with in the past ask the artist for high res images of an artwork, I realized that I should up my game ūüėČ

“The best practice is when the paper trail of an artwork can be traced from its current home back to the artist’s studio.” as quoted form the article below:

You can read more here: https://www.familyofficemag.com/artmuseum

So I am grateful to be working with a professional photographer since 2018. I can highly recommend working with one if you are unable to take good photographs by yourself of your work.

I am very excited that Kleinjan will be visiting my studio this coming weekend to document my latest series for an upcoming exhibition. And in anticipation I have been rearranging my studio:

2021
2021

I can not wait to share with you the results….

in the meantime you can find me reading more about “Why it is more important than ever to document your artwork” here

Surreal Sunday Times

Art portfolio- my work

Dear Friends, patrons and fellow bloggers,

I returned home last night after an amazing experience during the annual Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, and hope to share a full update with you soon, but in the mean time I’m still recovering after seeing this article in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper:

The Sunday Times newspaper article 14/7/2019

Thank you to the following people for making the dream reality:

The Sunday Times, Craig Jacobs, John Liebenberg, The Forum Company, RMB Merchant Bank, The Turbine Art Fair,  and of course Millennium gallery

Last but not least, special thanks to everyone who came and said hi during the fair.

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‚Äôt 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‚Ä®,
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

Like a fish out of water…

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Like a fish out of water (detail) embroidered rubber

I stumbled on a very disturbing article on the internet a couple of days ago…

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/bleaching-sea-anemones-clownfish-nemo-global-warming-climate-change-hormones/

When anemones bleach, Nemo and pals get stressed out and simply stop laying eggs, according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. And scientists suspect that pattern may hold for untold numbers of other fish nurtured by either corals or anemones. -National geographic-

“She does not hold water” Cotton thread embroidery and rubber

and in this case she does not hold good news. But hopefully all is not lost, since the headline of the article in the National Geographic uses the word “MAY” which to me indicates that there is still hope. Nature has her way to adapt. #comehellorhighwater

xxx

Photographs courtesy of Lizamore gallery.

Photographer: JP Hanekom