Studio update- Winter 2021

Art portfolio- my work

Whew, July was a strange month: from billionaires in space, to looting in South Africa and more close to home = a broken appliances as well as a traffic fine. Let’s hope August will be peaceful, calm, and things working out without rushing;-)

work in progress

August is my birthday month and I am happy to say that some of my older work will be included in an upcoming exhibition which opens on the same day as my birthday! In celebration I will be giving away this ‘Chocolate bunny” from this exhibition to one lucky person.

This group exhibition is called: Thread(ed): Interlacing womxn in the 21st century, to be held at the Association of Arts, Pretoria from 13 August – 4 September 2021

More details to follow later

But here is a sneak peek:

She does not hold water 63 x 48 cm Cotton thread, batting and rubber, wood- framed (Photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

I watched a beautiful movie on Netflix called: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, which was inspired by an article featured in Esquire about Mr Rogers. After I watched the movie, I read the article, and I would like to share the following quote which really moved me with you:

Anyway, back to studio news:

The KKNK festival virtual exhibition Amplifica is still showing until the end of August. Here is a short video featuring the curator Dineke van der Walt talking about it:

and here is a video we made in my studio with the works in question:

That’s a wrap for now. Keep calm and keep warm until next time….

The threads that bind us – you are invited!

Invitations, Studio news/blog

The words: “Blah Blah Blah” embroidered onto the vase was initially inspired by the title of a song performed by Dutch DJ and record producer Armin van Buuren. For Taute music in particular is not just a muse but also a thread that binds humanity together. With that said: the word Blah also refers to that feeling of an expression of mild frustration; and also when you are having the “blahs”, refers to a feeling of physical uneasiness, general discomfort, or mild depression. So please don’t let the threads that bind us give you the “blahs” (from my artist statement)

Blah blah blah Cotton thread and rubber 67 x 55 cm 2020 Hannalie Taute

For more information about this piece or the group exhibition please contact the gallery.

In conversation with Colour Symphony – you are invited!

Invitations, Studio news/blog

I am happy to announce that my work “Change of plans” have been selected to be part of this exciting group exhibition at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet!

“Change of Plans” 2020 Cotton thread and rubber Hannalie Taute

CHANGE OF PLANS

In response to the work by Michele Nigrini, I present to you a floral bouquet which consists out of individual flowers and objects (raging from a self-portrait as baby, to a portrait of my mother on her wedding day as well as a skull and the cosmos in the bust of a pregnant figure) embroidered in cotton and acrylic thread onto discarded inner tubes (rubber). These embroideries are then arranged and assembled into a bouquet.

Like Nigrini I was first and foremost inspired by toys and incorporated that for a long time in my art making, it is only much later that I turned my focus to botanicals.  That is why I really responded to this quote found on your website:

Remember that a picture – before being a warhorse, a nude woman, or some anecdote – is essentially a plane surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order – Maurice Denis

And that is exactly what happened, the re-arrangement of embroidered to resemble order.

You will also notice that I often incorporate skulls or bones in my work, since they often have a moral purpose, and symbolize mortality and ephemerality and reminds us of the fleeting pleasures of life. Skulls also represent inner contemplation, eternity and life.

Flowers have not been a favourite subject matter for me until I realized the possibility of their meaning and because they reflect my interest in science and the natural world especially during this time of the pandemic. The title of the work refers to us being able to adapt to sudden changes and that it is okay to have a ‘Change of plan(s)”

The work depicts moments in time – capturing instances in which a non-traditional medium (in this case rubber) undergo a violent process of change.  The juxtaposition of delicate cotton thread with industrial discarded inner tubes are highlighted by embroidering items that can decay, such as flowers and flesh, with moments of violent disruption.  The resulting organized chaos resembles our daily lives and external influences. 

detail of Colour Sympony by Michele Nigrini

“A change of plans” along with others will be in conversation with “Colour Sympony by Michele Nigrini: You can read more about it here:

Love in the time of….an invitation

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

This little alien would like to invite all Capetonians to a group exhibition:

Third time lucky and Aim higher

Love is like letting two balloons up into the air: The most interesting thing isn’t watching which one climbs fastest, but which one has the longest string. ❤

I will unfortunately not be able to attend the opening, but for those of you who can make it….ENJOY!

ANTHROPOMORPHIC – you are invited!

Invitations, Studio news/blog

Hoping that you will be able to the “opening at 11h30 on Sunday 7th, masks n all. Sadly no wine can be served, but a fruit punch with a kick may be the order of the day” Alternatively you can view all the works by all the artists included in this show on the gallery website: https://rkcontemporary.com/exhibitions/anthropomorphic/

The 12th monkey 40 x 33.5 cm (framed) cotton thread, found photograph and rubber 2021 Hannalie Taute
  • The 12th Monkey:
  • 1)  Hear no evil
  • 2)  See no evil
  • 3)  Speak no evil
  • 4)  Touch no evil
  • 5)  Be no evil
  • 6)  Cry no evil
  • 7)  Feel no evil
  • 8)  Scratch no evil
  • 9)  Create no evil
  • 10) Catch no evil
  • 11)  Smell no evil
  • 12) Fear no evil
The 12th monkey (framed)

Also: A key message of 12 Monkeys (The movie) is that the past is fixed and can’t actually be changed. We can only prevent for the future.

AND the study of ‘great apes’ in their own environment and in captivity has changed attitudes to anthropomorphism.

A boy named Jack and his tailor. 40 x 33.5 cm Cotton thread, found photograph and rubber 2021

For more info please contact Astrid at info@rkcontemporary.com