Actuality & Illusions

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

I am delighted to inform you about the following group exhibition….(see below the information via the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery)

Actuality & Illusions

A group exhibition that requires more Vision than Eyes

Work by Connor Cullinan, "Manifestation" Acrylic on canvas 101 x 128 cm (2010)

Work by Connor Cullinan, “Manifestation” Acrylic on canvas 101 x 128 cm (2010)

Opening Reception

5 February 2014 6-8 pm

Erdmann Contemporary & The Photographers Gallery za is proud to present their first exhibition of 2014: Actuality and Illusions- a group exhibition that requires more vision than eyes. The exhibition includes represented and non-represented artists and features work by Nomusa Makubu, Connor Cullinan, Bronwen Vaughan-Evans, Jeannette Unite, Clare Menck and Hannalie Taute.

Connor Cullinan’s work is a series of portraits that applies Op Art to figures that results in expressive and conceptual consequences. Through the use of closely packed, contrasting lines, there is an illusion of movement created. The work demands a prolonged gaze as is so often required with illusions of sight and the movement seems to increase the longer the viewer stares.

Bronwen Vaughan-Evans works predominantly with gesso on board. This style of working is one that results in a signature aesthetic quite different to any other media. Creating her work involves layering lighter gesso on top of darker gesso in order to create a controlled surface. She references objects and places from her immediate environment, which is now Australia, with a significantly strong similarity to that of her former home, South Africa.

Jeannette Unite has created a body of work over the past decade that centres on the public face of mining operations, which Unite has developed to be a highly personalised exploration of Africa’s industrial landscape. Her drawings and paintings make use of pigments ground from left-over minerals while her glass works include discarded materials from industrial mining processes. The result is a physical inclusion in her work of the very subject matter that she portrays.

Hannalie Taute uses the medium of embroidery on rubber inner tube to express her long standing themes of the emotional and psychological impact of toys and dolls, children, relationships and the power of play. Taute has always been interested in the found object and is attracted to the actuality of the delicate nature of embroidery in contrast to the tough nature of the rubber.

Clare Menck’s delicate paintings hint at the intimate moments that we all experience, at the same time they are closely related to the artist herself and become a documentation of her undisclosed life.

Nomusa Makhubu has established herself as one of the new generation of lens based artists to explore issues of identity, culture, land, rights, economy and religion.  Her work often looks at the history of South Africa and Africa. She uses her work as a means of critiquing the socio-political environment as well as an important means of reflection of the everyday lives of people.  Her latest series of work, The Flood, marks a departure from her previous work shifting from the private to the public.

I am looking so forward to be part of this.  I wish I could be at the opening and hope you can too….. for those who cant, stay tuned because I will hopefully post some installation shots later this week.

Road Trip

Studio news/blog

I have been on a road trip to Piketberg this weekend and it was super awesome!

It wouldn’t have been possible without my support system:

*My husband who looked after the kids while I was away for a whole weekend.

*And my wonderful friend, Nelia who made it all possible.

This is a picture of her in front of one of my pieces at the exhibition:

Nelia next to Me.Raai

Anyway, she emailed me a while ago and said that she is going to the opening of the ‘Flesh’ exhibition and that I can stay with her in Cape Town and she will organize for a place to stay in Piketberg on Saturday.

Now the only problem was how to get to Cape Town, and the universe, fate, chance, luck- whatever you want to call it- answered:

*My dad who gave me a lift to Cape Town since he was going for a short photography course.

So I drove over the mountain and got a lift with him.

After a lovely catching up session on Friday night, we started our adventure on Saturday morning.  We made a detour via Riebeeck –West and since I cannot resist old buildings- I visited this old sad building which used to be a school.  The town had quite a bit of rain not so long ago and everywhere in the building you could hear a drip drip drip which enhanced the eerie feeling.

After that we had a lovely lunch at Riebeeck Kasteel- I cant remember the name of the restaurant, but the food was great.

We browsed through the gift shops and then made our way to Piketberg.

We had coffee and got dressed at her cousins farm.  They farm with sheep and wheat.  I had the opportunity to take lots of photos and a couple of videos of the tractors there since my little boy Etienne loves tractors and that will light up his day if I bring some images home.

I learned a lot about farming with wheat and the buzzword: organic!, as well as tractors and cattle, which was informative.  A pity that their newborn Nguni calf didn’t make it.

The exhibition itself was great.  Quite a nice turnout.  I got to meet a lot of fellow artists:

(these images below are not the work on the Flesh exhibition currently showing in Piketberg, these are just examples of what they do)

Alex Hamilton:

A work by Alex Hamilton

read more about him here

Barbara Wildeboer:

An artwork by Barbara Wildenboer

read more about her here

Clare Menck

A painting by Clare Menck

read more about her here

Johann Louw:

A Painting by Johann Louw

read more about him here

Vanessa Berlein:

A painting by Vanessa Berlein

read more about her here

Aidon Westcott (the curator)

An artwork by Aidon Westcott

read more about him on his facebook page here

And to top everything off: it was the artist, and gallery owner- Sandra Hanekom’s

Sandra Hanekom artwork entitled Virginia Woolf

birthday as well- so the whole atmosphere was celebratory.  There was a lovely soup, sosaties, red wine, and to top it off a couple of tequilas.

I had some interesting feedback/food for thought as well.  I did submit this work, amongst others, for the show, but they decided not to show it:


Sandra said that sometimes my work is difficult for galleries and art dealers, even possible buyers.  I should find another way to present it.  I should consider to put it behind glass.

I wonder if that is how cabinets of curiosities started….as soon as something is behind glass it is more easily digested.

So currently I am digesting a lot of info and feedback.

After the exhibition Nelia drove us to Koringberg where we spent the night at the ‘white house of Koringberg:

O my word, what a lovely place inhabited by two lovely people.  Art and exquisite little interesting pieces everywhere in the house.  (eg in my room were 3 little pink pigs all made of different materials- I felt like I was sleeping in a fairytale.)  I wish I took a photo but after the tractor experience and all the movie clips I took my camera died.

We had some home made liqueur.  Great conversations and finally made it to bed.

The next morning Clare invited us for coffee before we left for Cape Town.  I had the privilege to see the studio of Murg:

work by Murg

(you can read more about them here)

but unfortunately by that time, my camera didn’t have any battery power left.  Clare was so kind as to photograph this toy:

Photo taken by Clare Menck of the doll in ‘Murg” house

which hangs in their house (since I have a fetish for dolls).

Afterwards we visited Johann Louw’s Studio.  He paints in a lovely barn tipe of building  with this awesome view- but since it is so big it doesn’t smell of turpentine, which is a pity since that is one of my favorite smells.  Anyway here is a picture which Clare took:

Nelia, myself and Johann in his studio

Now you can probably have an idea of the size of his paintings- there was even a bigger one on the other side.

I couldn’t resist playing with these:

Johann’s skulls and toy. photo taken by Clare Menck

Unfortunately Clare’s studio is in Moreesburg, so we couldnt visit it.  It is so much fun seeing how and where other artists work.  I would love it if they could make a television show of artist studios.

Today it was all back to reality with unpacking, laundry, cleaning,  working on orders for Lobotoy-me and spending  quality time with my family!

A family