The donkeys grew ears

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The donkeys grew ears, 2022, Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 87 x 122 cm framed

I love doing research on donkeys. Donkeys are so rich in symbolism for eg: In the fables of Aesop where donkeys are generally portrayed as stupid and stubborn, to Christianity where the donkey is a symbol of service, suffering, peace and humility. Shakespeare popularized the word Ass, and in Pinocchio there was a section where the coachman and his henchmen turned boys into donkeys.  In the great myth Midas was given the ears of a donkey.

But today I would like to share the proposed dilemma by the Philosopher Jean Buridan (1300-1358) in which a hypothetical donkey suffering from hunger and thirst finds itself halfway between a bucket of fresh water and enjoyable bales of hay.  This makes the donkey perplexed, as it does not know whether to quench its thirst or appease its hunger later or vice versa.  Its indecisiveness leads to its perish.  This allegory could be taken as the cost of human inaction or as the total lack of free will versus determination in human life.” (A Merrifield (2018. The wisdom of Donkeys.  Finding tranquillity in a chaotic world.)

I feel that the above dilemma is perfect for the times we live in. 

But what does having donkey ears mean?  It means an exceptionally long period of time – the phrase likely originated as rhyming slang ears vs years. But having big ears can also mean to be nosy and to listen to other people’s private conversations.

Also did you know that if a donkey does not feel like you’ve alleviated their discomfort, they may escalate their body language to include rapidly swiveling ears which is usually a sign of high anxiety or alertness.

With that said, this work is currently on view at The Gallery Grande Provence for the “True Fall” group exhibition.  I thought it might be fitting since donkeys have that ‘true fall palette” but it also reminded me of the Fall of man (the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to a state of guilty disobedience.

The end.

Thanks for visiting Dagdromer (studio exhibition)

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from left to right: Nadine Hansden, Nicole Hein, myself and Marelise Visser

Our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who came to our open studio exhibition on Friday and Yesterday.

Much appreciated!

‘Dagdromer’…a reminder

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Installation view of my work

Just a quick reminder that my studio will be open to the public for two days only when I will host a ‘group exhibition’ titled “Dagdromer”:

Invitation

This will most likely be the first and last time I will host an exhibition as part of the Hessequa Art Route. In the future I will only accommodate studio visits per appointment only. 😉

A Hessequa Art Route Initiative

Should you not be able to visit Riversdale in the flesh, please feel free to view the work by my fellow friends and artists, by clicking on the link below;-)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13bHwCkoahKWIqGLfxKIZFkKNSnsu9hEwW2IqlIR8JnE/edit?usp=sharing

We hope to see you soon!

Available work at RK Contemporary

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This is the final installment of available work before I let you know what is currently happening in the studio and news about an upcoming exhibition.

The following works are now showing at RK Contemporary gallery in Riebeek-Kasteel, South Africa, as part of their group exhibition: Phantasmagoria.

The Ogre’s wife, Vintage photograph, thread and rubber, 2021 Hannalie Taute 542 x 370 mm framed without glass
The Ogre, Vintage photograph, thread and rubber 2021 Hannalie Taute 542 x 370 mm framed without glass
Claire Voyant, Vintage photograph, thread and rubber 2021 Hannalie Taute 503 mm x 356 mm framed without glass
The bird was guarded by a terrible fire breathing dragon that never slept, 2021 Vintage photograph, Thread and rubber 402 x 337 mm Hannalie Taute
It was funny at first Vintage photograph, thread and rubber 2021 Hannalie Taute 402 x 337 mm framed with glass
The King and Queen. 2021 Vintage photograph, thread and rubber, Hannalie Taute 402 x 337 mm framed with glass SOLD
SOLD

for more info please visit the exhibition page on the gallery website here: https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/phantasmagoria

or send an email to Astrid Mcleod at art@rkcontemporary.com

or if you are in the area, you are welcome to visit the gallery: 32 Main St, Riebeeck Kasteel, 7307

gallery view

Phantasmagoria – some installation images

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Phantasmagoria – a group exhibition is now showing at RKContemporary gallery in Riebeek-Kasteel, South Africa. Herewith some installation images which I would like to share with you, courtesy of the gallery

This group exhibition will be running until the 27th of February 2022 or you can view the work on the gallery website here :https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/phantasmagoria