about killing a monkey, like a virgin and like a prayer….

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Once upon a time I received a stuffed monkey from my brother in law. The monkey reminded me of a Tori Amos song called “Bliss”

and so: “Father I killed my monkey” (2015 version) was born :

….it was a piece where I experimented with stretching the rubber like a canvas and using oil paint straight onto the rubber as well….

but not feeling totally satisfied, I reworked it, covering the oil paint with thread yet again:

Now in 2019, I am invited to show work at the Hermanus Fine Arts Festival which starts on the 7th of June 2019.

33 South-African artists working with textile/fiber were invited with a brief to come up with work inspired by ‘music’ for the group exhibition titled: Shades and tones.

Not feeling satisfied with “Father I killed my monkey” I decided to ‘kill the monkey’ and rework it again. This time using Madonna as a starting point for this music-themed exhibition, not because I am a fan (I still prefer to listen to Tori)  but because I admire how Madonna has always pushed the boundaries.  I decided to focus on two songs from her early work, and use it as titles for these:

detail Like a Virgin

Like a virgin (2019) 106 x 70 cm Cotton thread and rubber

Like a prayer

Since on the subject of ‘music’….I would like to leave you with this quote from Patti Smith:

“That’s what artists do, that’s what poets do…we all do it.  We start with something, and sometimes we destroy everything that we’ve made in order to get to the core place where we started from.”

 

 

 

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The Blushful Hippocrene – group exhibition – you are invited!

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Invitation

wyn maak die bors oop 58 x 44 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

slangbyt 66 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

einde van dronkenskap 56 x 46 cm cotton thread, rubber and wood

Yarn…

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I am delighted to inform you that I am participating alongside some amazing artists in a group exhibition titled: “Yarn” which opened on Sunday the 21st at IS Art in Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa. If you missed the opening, don’t despair, the exhibition runs until the 11th of November 2018.

The sheep that ate her flower 33 x 40 cm paper, cotton thread and rubber

the sheep ate her flower detail

and for those who cannot make it to South Africa to see the show, here is some more images of my work for this exhibition:

Mary’s gold – embroidered rubber

Mary’s gold detail

and since I could not attend the opening as well…I hope to share some installation images as soon as I receive them from the gallery…but until then…

Sacred heart

Sacred heart detail

Feel free to contact the gallery directly for more information:

IS ART at 11 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, 7690

CONTACT

IS ART

021 876 2071

*photographs of my work courtesy of Kleinjan Groenewald

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