Minutes to Midnight….You are invited!

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Invitation

I, Hannalie Taute, cordially invite you, and your friends, and friends of your friends, to the opening of my solo exhibition: Minutes to Midnight.

When: 3 October 2018

Time: 6 pm

Where: 99 Loop Gallery, 99 Loop street, Cape Town

Telephone: 021 422 3766 or email: gallery@99loop.co.za for more info.

I look forward to see you.

Drinks will be served.

Black Humour…you are invited

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(detail) Waiting for Van Hunks

Invitation

Fried Contemporary is proud to present a group exhibition curated by Dr. Johan Thom opening Thursday 30 August from 6pm-8pm.

Black Humour is meant to refer to idea of ‘Black Humour’ both formally and conceptually. In our contemporary South African context the term ‘Black Humour’ may be read politically too – even as the concept continues to make reference to the darker side of humour generally. In this way notions of humour and blackness may simultaneously be explored as a formal property of things, paint on a canvas, a traumatic situation, and conceptually as a signifier of race, sex, death, the unknown, the macabre and the laughable.

The resulting tension serves for a highly charged situation where politics, the (inter)personal and the practice of art-making all stand precariously balanced on edge. It is here where humour may cheekily intervene, deflating pretensions and momentarily leveling the playing field by introducing the unexpected, the as yet unthought possibility.

The entire exhibition is conceived as an installation in which artworks exploring different aspects of the concept of ‘black humour’ will be placed together in order to generate a dynamic spatial and conceptual dialogue. Artists forming part of the exhibition include:
Bumba & Andre . Cazlynne Peffer . Conrad Botes . Cow Mash
Dylan Graham . Hannalie Taute . Johan Thom . Raimi Gbadamosi
Ricky Burnett . Shenaz Mahomed . Vusi Beauchamp

Minutes to Midnight and World Embroidery Day

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Minutes to midnight 215 x 106 cm cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2018

Minutes to Midnight is the title of the work above as well as the title for my upcoming solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town.

minutes to midnight detail

For a long time my thoughts centered around the words “Minutes to midnight” as a title for a possible solo show, and after many attempts, planning, and  discussions the works of the past few years (some new, some reworked) all fit together and finally I am looking forward to present the body of work soon (October 2018).

“Minutes to Midnight” is basically a continuation of my investigation of fear, which in turn lead me to the notion of time and eventually to the meaning behind the words: “Minutes to midnight” which actually refers to the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This symbolic clock represents the countdown to a potential global catastrophe, and refers to this catastrophe as “Midnight”. It is currently standing on 2 minutes to Midnight.

Midnight in turn also reminded me about all the fairytales in which when the clock strikes 12 the magic disappears.

Minutes to midnight detail

But before you think it is all gloom and doom in this post, I have something uplifting to share with you as well:

I found out this morning, that it is World Embroidery Day today!  I saw it on a fellow embroiderer’s Instagram account*, and decided to google it to find out more.

The origins of the World Embroidery Day date back to 30 June 2011 and was an initiative of the Swedish Embroidery Guild, to celebrate embroidery (what a wonderful idea). I even found their Embroidery Manifesto which I would like to share with you:

embroidery_manifesto_-english (1)

Or you can visit this website to Download in 5 other languages:

http://www.broderiakademin.nu/worldembroideryday/

minutes to midnight detail

So I would like to celebrate and wish you a wonderful “World Embroidery Day”. Until we speak again – happy stitching!

Footnotes and links:

*The fellow embroiderer I mentioned is: Nicole O’ Loughlin and there is a lovely interview with her on the Fiber Studio’s blog. click here

*Early this year the “Doomsday Clock” reach 2 Minutes to Midnight…the closest ever…you can read more about it here

or visit the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website… here

*You may download the Embroidery Manifesto here

*For more details about my upcoming solo you can watch this space or contact the gallery 99 Loop, see here

*The photographer of my artwork is Kleinjan Groenewald, you can visit his website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfortably Numb – Invitation

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“There is someone in my head and it is not me” – Pink Floyd

“Pink Freud” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 22 x 17 cm

‘Pink Freud’ amongst others will be hanging out in a group exhibition curated by Johan Conradie titled: “Comfortably Numb”.

This exhibition will open on the 3rd of August 2017 at Gallery2 in Johannesburg, and you are invited!

Invitation

Comfortably numb – press release

Gallery 2 is pleased to present the group exhibition “Comfortably numb” from 3-24 August, 2017. Conceived by artist and curator Johan Conradie, the exhibition takes as a starting point the evocative lyrics of Pink Floyd’s 1979 song, “Comfortably numb”. The exhibition brings together the works by contemporary South African artists which combine visual tension and a strong conceptual vigour, whilst reverberating closely with the ideas and sentiments as expressed through this iconic song. Envisioned as a dialogue between the works of artists from different backgrounds, the exhibition explores notions of ‘alienation’, ‘disillusionment’, ‘delirium’, ‘disembodiment’, ’emotional detachment’, ‘in-between states’, ‘invisibility’ and ‘melancholy’.

The album “The Wall” is a concept album about Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. The song “Comfortably numb” compares Pink’s memories of being feverishly ill as a child with his later experience of feeling nothing at all in adulthood. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating the adult Pink and Pink’s inner dialogue. Roger Waters claimed that the song is about “detachment from reality” and “alienation”, while Dave Gilmour suggested that “the song could be divided into two sections: dark and light”.

Artistic practice emerges ‘in-between’, beyond geographic demarcations, and arbitrary boundaries. The exhibition emphasizes that this state of ‘in-between’ contains a wide range of assertive and rewarding potentialities. These artists engage the viewer in the often intimate movement and destruction of human life and, at the same time, the persistence of the delicate, humorous, lyrical, or divine. The sequences of narrative information and visual effect evoke the fragile endurance of the sacred and the spiritual.

This exhibition features artists AD-Reflex, Thonton Kabeya, Nathani Lüneburg, Chris Slabber, Zelda Stroud and Hannalie Taute.

creation myth…

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He sees monsters everywhere

Dear friends,

“…a time before the beginning of time, when this universe was nothing but “the Self”. That Self looked around and saw that there was nothing but itself, whereupon its first shout was. “It is I!” And when that Self had thus become aware of itself as an I, an ego, it was afraid.  But it reasoned, thinking, “Since there is no one here but myself, what is there to fear?”  Whereupon the fear departed.”

I absolutely adore creation myths, especially this Indian creation myth as quoted in the book written by Joseph Campbell titled: “Myths to live by”

Image: “He sees monsters everywhere” embroidery on rubber. This work is one of 7 pieces included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennale, which opens on the 16th of May 2017.