mash-up: type

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

I am super excited to announce a group exhibition I am participating in, since my work finds itself among great company!

Besides that it will also take place at the lovely studio of Alex Hamilton.

Mash-up:Type is an exciting new group exhibition at the
Alex Hamilton Gallery Studio

featuring diverse artworks by artist:
Olaf Bisschoff
Jurgen Schadeberg
Shany van den Berg
Hannalie Taute
Stephen Rosin
and
Alex Hamilton

Opening Thursday, 30 May 2013
5pm to 8:30pm
3rd floor, 9 Barron st
WOODSTOCK, Cape Town

Secure street parking.

Wine kindly sponsored by Glen Carlou

Margaritas and non alcoholic drinks also served.

Exhibition will run until 5 July 2013,
Open by appointment only: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

So if you are in the area, please pop in and say hi.

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kknk art festival 2013

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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 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)

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

Artwork by Gordon Froud

Detail of 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)

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

Work by Robert Hamblin

Artwork 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)

Theo Kleynhans “Bytjies en blommetjies’ (groen, rooi en blou)

Artwork by Theo Kleynhans

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 Koch “Daar sal bloed wees”. (mixed media)

Chris Brunette "Daar sal bloed wees" poem

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"

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)

“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)

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)

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

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

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)

“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

Daisy de Melcker by Alex Hamilton

And my all time favourite outsider artist: Miss Helen Martins:

Helen Martins by Alex Hamilton

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)

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

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"

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

“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

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

“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

Artwork by Jayne Crawshay-Hall

Dolls by Ray Goosen and Colleen Ross

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

Installation by Diane Victor

"Martyr, Minder, Mater 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)

part of the Tom Waits exhibition (photo by Alex Hamilton)

I thank my dearest husband for spending that time with me and my ‘lover’.

A day in the life of a mother….

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A while ago I told you about Lenka and Michael’s project: Mysterious letters, which I really enjoyed. Yesterday I found an interesting post about the art of letter writing on the Brainpickings website (see here)

I prefer the mysterious letters, but at the above website I loved to read about the ‘rules’ of good letter writing.……

But perhaps most fascinating of all is a section on the etiquette and subtleties of paper and ink selection, itself a special kind of art that can communicate an extraordinary range of sentiments — something entirely lost to us in the age of digital type on sterile screens.

Shortly before that I received this insect related parcel via snail mail

letter

Which contained a book: “Even with insects- a novel” by Barbara Erasmus, and six plastic insects. Delighted!

And then by the end of last year I read on the Littleyellowbirds blog about Lenka’s latest project: A residency in motherhood!(to find out more go here), which is so awesome.

So on Wednesday I had the privilege to record a day in the life of me. I chose Wednesday because it was my first borne son’s birthday. So in a way it was a form of celebration.  I remember when he was still a baby how I recorded his routine to see if there is a method to the madness.  This time around I found it difficult at times to record my every move, but also enlightening to see what happens to those precious minutes in my day.

As soon as she has it up on her site I will let you know, but for now you can read all the other mother’s days here.

PAart (Prince Albert Art Festival)- part1

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I realized that I cannot possibly write about this event in one post, so I decided to break it down into parts…

so here goes….

Thursday the 27th we departed to the small iconic town of Prince Albert to hang our exhibition “A New Chapter”, as part of their first art festival to be held over the weekend entitled ‘A vulnerable landscape”.

Upon our arrival we made our way to the venue, True Karoo, which would be ‘home’ to our exhibition during the festival.  It is owned by Trudy Brain, who is an artist who paints landscapes and makes angels from driftwood and other discarded materials.

It was the perfect venue for us since the room was just big enough for all our work and small enough to create a sense of intimacy.  When you enter the venue the smell of jasmine is everywhere, which reminded me of our wedding since I had jasmine in my bouquet.

In about an hour and a half all the work was patiently installed by my dear husband

Afterwards we made our way to the home of Henriette (better known as the dog and cat lady, since she provides a loving home for 9 dogs and 38 stray and unwanted cats).  She opened her heart and home and was our host for the weekend.  So if ever you have a surplus of dog or cat food you can always send some to Prince Albert and know that it will be put to good use.

After we settled we headed over to the Prince Albert Gallery to meet with the brain behind the festival as well as Gallery and Restaurant owner Brent Phillips-White. We talked about fracking, wind-farms, solar towns and midnight tennis.

I also had the privilege to meet the landscape artist Strydom van der Merwe , who was also exhibiting at the festival.

Strijdom van der Merwe

(I wish that I have taken photos of  all the  art during this weekend-  maybe a good thing  that I didn’t, since now I stumble upon other sites and info about these artists while looking for photos of their work to show you.- I will try and credit these sites as far as possible)

During the conversation with Strijdom the following site was mentioned: www.yatooi.com

For all of you interested in land art, it’s worth a visit.

What a great start to a lovely weekend.

Stay tuned for part two following shortly.