Art collection part 3 : artist books

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I have a soft spot for books….even more when it’s artist books.

I am delighted to have started this collection:

1.  BISM by Belinda Blignaut

artist book: BISM by Belinda Blignaut

artist book: BISM by Belinda Blignaut

for more pictures visit her website here

2.  Alice Verloren by Gordon Froud and Co.

Alice Verloren by Gordon Froud and Co.

Alice Verloren by Gordon Froud and Co.

you can see more works by Gordon Froud here

3.  The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom:

The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom

The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom

Inside peek: The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom

Inside peek: The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom

To view more work by Sandra Hanekom visit here

4.  Untitled by Stephan Erasmus:

Untitled by Stephan Erasmus

Untitled by Stephan Erasmus

you can visit Stephan’s website here

 

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Behind the scenes of Rubber ever after

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They say something like : All work and no play makes one …(insert word)……, but at the KKNK we played as hard as we worked and vice a versa.

One of the reasons I love exhibiting at the arts festival is the interaction.  Meeting new people.  Discussions.  Conversations.  New friendships being formed.  Now I understand why my colleague  Robert Hamblin referred to the artists exhibiting at last years festival as family; because after 7 days it feels like being part of a family.   Thank you Robert for these snapshots!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

The princess and her tea.

The princess and her tea.

Luckily my venue was at such a good spot that I could enjoy some tea/coffee very often and be right there at my space.

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

From left to right:  Robert Hamblin (front), Hennie Meyer, me as Goldilocks was a mouse, and Marinda du Toit aka Johanna Brandt.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my 'rubber kingdom'.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my ‘rubber kingdom’.

I am a huge admirer of the work by Willem Boshoff, and it was an honour to finally meet him.  He was one of the main festival artists.  His show was called : Big druid in his cubicle.  See more here

At Willem's BUSH braai.  From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

At Willem’s BUSH braai. From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

 

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

Another artist I admire is Gordon Froud.  He was like Willem Boshoff  another one of the main festival artists….There were 3 this year! His show was called: a Retrospective of exhibitions I never had.  You can read more here.

and here is another festival selfie….

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

I had many interesting conversations with these two gentleman.  Check out Robert’s work here, and Roelof’s work here.

Last but not least: A picture taken by Ferdinand Bruwer of this years KKNK festival art curator Sandra Hanekom in my venue (Rubber Kingdom 😉 )

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

You can read an interview with Sandra Hanekom here.

Feeling so nostalgic looking at these…..great memories were created!! Thank you all xx

 

 

 

Alice in motherland…

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“This year is the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate this anniversary, Long Street Art Lovers 1932 and Gordon Froud (who has one of the biggest collections of Alice books and objects in South Africa) present an opportunity for artists to revisit their childhood. Remember your favourite chapter or characters from Alice in Wonderland or Alice’s adventures through the looking glass and let your imagination do the rest……” (from the call for participation)

and here is what i did….

Alice in motherland, embroidery on rubber/inner tube and found frame

Alice in motherland, embroidery on rubber/inner tube and found frame

my inspiration came from page 70 in my copy of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

“So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away quietly into the wood.  ‘If it had grown up,’ she said to herself, ‘it would have made a dreadfully ugly child’ but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.’  And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself, ‘If one only knew the right way to change them-‘”

Happy birthday to Alice and thank you for entertaining kids and pigs alike…..

This exhibition opens on the 3rd of October and run until the 16th of October if you are in the Pretoria area, or visit Long Street Art Lovers 1932’s facebook page for more info.

 

 

 

Wait, Waiting, Tom Waits….

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February was a month full of waiting.

Besides waiting for a lot of projects to realize, I am also waiting on tables at a local restaurant 3 times a week.  (I am perplexed by the amount of money being spent on meat and wine per night, and also amazed about the amount of food wasted.)  A lot of left-over food goes into a bin for pigs on a farm while more and more street children are wandering the streets at night (not that they are looking for food, but rather money to spend on drugs I presume) I wish the foreigners would be educated and encouraged not to give these street children money, because that worsen the problem.  Rather give them your leftovers from a meal at a restaurant.  I was surprised to find out that people from the UK and Canada don’t have problems with begging over there.  Why is that?

I also feel like a kind of hypocrite since now I have to try and sell meat because that pushes up the bill, which means more money for the restaurant and possibly more money for me.  It feels strange especially after reading the book: “Eating Animals”. But enough of that.

What I really wanted to write about is that in the mean time I heard that my work has been accepted for a group exhibition regarding Tom Waits!

I am super excited, since I admire Tom Waits and looking forward to see and be part of this show.

"Romeo is bleeding" Embroidery on rubber/inner tube

“Romeo is bleeding” Embroidery on rubber/inner tube

This show is curated by artist Gordon Froud and he had this to say about the planned exhibition:

Based on the success of the Leonard Cohen Altarpiece exhibition called Altered Pieces that I curated in 2011 and which is still on tour in 2012, I have decided to extend my curative activities in the direction of Tom Waits. Instead of the altarpiece format form last year, this show will be based on a roughly LP sized circular format. (30cm in diameter).

. There is no process in selection of songs and each artist is free to use whichever lyric or section of lyric that they choose (even if someone else has selected this too – artists seldom come up with the same solutions).

"Oily night" Embroidery on rubber/inner tube

“Oily night” Embroidery on rubber/inner tube

The works I submitted for the Tom Waits exhibition at the KKNK 2013 are pretty straight forward interpretations of 3 of his songs.  The difficult part was selecting 3 of my favourite songs out of his whole oeuvre, since most of his work is really amazing and inspiring.

I narrowed my choices down to:

Romeo is bleeding

Oily night – I embroidered the lyrics of this song, since it is the only lyrics contained in that song.

Chocolate Jesus.

These three represent my adolescent years to some extent.

Oily night is a symbol for my oily skin when I was sixteen covered with pimples like the craters of the moon at night.

I used to fall in love with a lot of musicians eg: Axl Rose, Kurt Cobain, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

Here I depicted him (Tom) as a Romeo bleeding.  The thread-like blood a symbol for his ‘feelings’ for me.

I found salvation in music in those turbulent years thus I wanted to do a Chocolate Jesus. Sweet memories. The chocolate colour thread falling down represents him as ‘melting’.

Why did I choose embroidery on rubber (inner tube as my medium)? You might ask.

Rubber reminds me of vinyl. I used to listen to LP’s and still do. Rubber  and music is sexy.

My mom made some of my clothes when I was young. I wanted to look sexy, but instead I looked pretty. These days I find sewing sexy.

"Chocolate Jesus" embroidery on rubber/inner tube

“Chocolate Jesus” embroidery on rubber/inner tube

“This show, which should be comprised of around 100 works, is scheduled to travel the country in the footsteps of the Cohen show. We are launching at ABSA KKNK in April 2013, move to Grande Provence Wine Estate for the Literary Festival in May, The University of Johannesburg Art Center in July and hopefully Oliewenhuis Gallery, Bloemfontein in August. Other venues may be explored in Natal and the Cape. “- Gordon Froud

"Chocolate Jesus is melting"

“Chocolate Jesus is melting”

The KKNK starts on the 29th of March and I will hopefully show you more about this exhibition by then.