A moment in May

Studio news

“What on earth is a moment?

A moment is a very small particle of time. It is so small that one day is made of 6,400,099,980 moments.

(Six billion, four hundred million, ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and eighty)

1 fingersnap = 65 moments and 6,400,099,980 moments = one day, so 6,400,099,980 divided by 65 = 98,463,077 fingersnaps per day.

Everything in the universe is constantly changing, and nothing stays the same, and we must understand how quickly time flows by if we are to wake up and truly live our lives…

That’s what it means to be a time being…

and just like that you die.”

From the book: A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki

WordPress notified me that its been 5 years since my first post. Wow how time flies! Thank you dear friends and followers for taking the time to read my blog…

I actually thought to stop blogging for a while because I could relate with the following quote from the author Ruth Ozeki:

“It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit.  and when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.”.

and this one…

“Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.” -Milan Kundera, Book of Laugter and forgetting, 1980.

But alas, here I am again, writing to those who do read this…

So today I would like to take a moment to tell you about the two group shows which I am pleased to be included in:

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

 

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Humpty Dumpty and Puss in Boots will be included in the following exhibition:

Event name: Manuscript -Group exhibition
Venue: Art in the Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Date and Time: 13th May 2016 (Opening: Friday night: 18h30pm)
Exhibition: the exhibitions runs till 6th June 2016.
Website: www.artintheyard.co.za

Manuscript
The overall idea behind the exhibition ‘Manuscript’ originated with the idea of working with the Dewey Decimal System experienced as a scholar in school libraries.
A fun feature for this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival is to link the gallery price tags to represent the Dewey Decimal Systems antique lined card with type writer text that one would have traditionally found in the library.
Artists will take their inspiration from text or from the book titles of their favourite novel, biography, poet or famous author. A writer that changed their perception of life or inspired them. A philosopher’s words or inspirational quote by one of history’s greatest minds.

Artist Participating:

Brahm van Zyl
Henk Serfontein
Chris Denovan
Greta McMahon
Cedric Vanderlinden
Michele Davidson
Annelie van der Vyver
Jan Schutte
Judy Woodborne
Marinda Combrinck
Hannalie Taute
JP Meyer
Juria le Roux
Kathy Botha
Aidon Westcott
Andrew Mogridge
Adriaan Diedericks
Rudolf Rosochaki

And then early June I will present two works at the following exhibition:

Hoepelpoep (Hoopfart): An exhibition about self importance and the cult of thinking oneself famous!
Opening Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery at 5pm to 8:30pm.
This exhibition will run until 22 June and will be open on Saturdays 4 and 11 June from 10 am to 2pm and also weekdays from 10am to 4pm. (excluding June 16th)
2nd Floor
9 Barron Street
Woodstock
Cape Town

Participating artists include:
JP Meyer
Sarah Pratt
Hannalie Taute
Hennie Meyer
Mark Chapman
Marinda Du Toit
Ilse Nieman
Evette Lombard
Marike Kleynscheldt
Joubert Stander
and
Alex Hamilton

Here is a sneak peek:

Image via Alex Hamilton

Image via Alex Hamilton

Other news….

While hard at work preparing for my upcoming solo exhibition in September 2016, and two sculpture commissions; I listen to the Reith lectures on YouTube featuring the artist Grayson Perry. While familiar with his ceramics, I recently discovered that he did tapestries! It is also very entertaining hearing him talk about the ‘art world’.

I also watched the movie: The Hunger games. I loved the outfits, especially the fake eyelashes of the character Effie Trinket in this movie. The ‘games’ itself in the movie reminded me very much of social media and to a certain extend the ‘art world’.

Unfortunately I cannot read while I stitch, but somehow sneak moments in-between to finish reading “Even cowgirls get the blues” by Tom Robbins

and so I will leave you with this quote from the above book:

“Don’t be outraged, be outrageous!”

April: Group exhibitions

Studio news

TRANSMUTATION’ (The Alchemy of Art)’ is a group show and opens at 6 pm on Friday 15th April 2016 at Knysna Fine Art. That is today!  I should have invited you earlier, but for those who can’t make it here is an e-catalogue:
View the e-catalogue: https://www.yumpu.com/en/embed/view/VKdjmuv2ho1GtCaO

I will have 3 works on exhibition at this groups how…1. Father I killed my monkey, 2. Mother is the name of God and 3. SnapScan (Self-portrait:

 

Snap n Scan (Self-Portrait) Ribbon and Rubber 170 x 165 cm

Snap n Scan (Self-Portrait) Ribbon and Rubber 170 x 165 cm

For the Transmutation group exhibition, I have decided to focus on a specific field namely:

HUMAN TRANSMUTATION

According to the Online Urban Dictionary, “Human transmutation is the ultimate taboo, playing god with someone’s soul.

“Unfortunately, these experiments have given birth to dark and sinister side of alchemy. Whether out of despair, malice or inquisitive hubris, several alchemists have been known to attempt the application of transmutation to human bodies and souls, in essence, playing god with human lives.  But, just as the Law of Equivalent Exchange applies to the transmutation of non-living matter, devastating rebounds can occur in Human Transmutation because human lives and souls are priceless according to the flow of the world.”

AND

Tomorrow opens another group show:

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Grey Area Gallery presents ‘Private Logic’, an intimate exhibition of sculptural and photographic works by Hannalie Taute and Estelle van den Heever.

The works of these two artists investigate the composition of identity in a suspended state between reality and madness, establishing a relationship between the everyday and the bizarre, the public and the private.

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 16 April from 10:00 – 13:00.

‘Private Logic’ can be viewed by appointment in the Grey Area project space on the 1st floor of Cape Town Creative Academy until 13 May.

I have also 3 works at this exhibition…here is a sneak peek:

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Have a lovely weekend! x

Summer Studio Update

Art portfolio- my work

The first day of February…my oh my time flies! I think it’s a good day to tell you about what is happening in the studio so far….

First up is the Cape Town Art Fair. This event will take place from 19 to 21 February 2016.  Here is a sneak peek of my work that will be exhibited at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery Booth during the fair.

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After that I will head off to Stellenbosch for the US Woordfees from the 4th to the 13th of March 2016.  I am presenting a solo exhibition called “Stink Afrikaners”.  Hope to see you there!

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Later in March I will take part in a group exhibition at the KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts festival) from the 24 – 30 March in Oudtshoorn.  This group exhibition (curated by Sandra Hanekom) celebrates the 100th year of the Huisgenoot. (I’ve inserted a link for those of you that don’t know the Huisgenoot!)  For this exhibition each participating artist was asked to revisit an old South African Master.  Mine to consider is Maggie Laubser.  I have chosen to reinterpret this iconic Self-Portrait by Maggie Laubser :

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I’ll show you what I’ve done a bit closer to the time.

Currently I am working towards another solo much later in the year – scheduled for September in Pretoria…but more details in my next update….

I hope you have a wonderful month ahead…and since it is almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’ll send you some flowers:

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(photo credit of above image: Ryno Eksteen)

 

Almost Spring…a studio update

Art portfolio- my work

I survived my birthday and conquered the blues!  In the end we didn’t bake a cake, but instead opted for blue velvet cupcakes…and the kids helped me to decorate them.

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I’ve been sort of absent for awhile, because I received marvellous books as gifts and so I spend my time divided between stitching, reading, dreaming, cooking, cleaning, catching up with friends and gardening with the kids.  Bliss!

The books I mention above are the following:

  1. The gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  2. The art of Edward and Reddin Kienholz
  3. Art Brut (I’ve read it years ago and finally have my own copy!)
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. Buys by Willem Anker (this is actually a library book…which the librarians kept aside for me because I was asking for it for such a long time)

At the moment I am busy with number 4 and 5 on the list above……

that is until a few hours ago, when a courier arrived with another one: “Seven days in the Art World” by Sarah Thorton….so I decided to pause reading the other two, because curiosity just got the better of me….

I’m still at the introduction of this book but got stunned by these words: “Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself…and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all”…..

oh boy…..anyway…talking about art….

I am pleased to announce that I have work up on exhibition alongside some awesome fellow artists in a group show called  “Saints and Sinners” at Galerie Noko, in Port Elizabeth:

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and on the 12th of September my work will form part of a group show called “Signature” at Gallery Grande Provence in Franschoek. For more information feel free to contact the gallery.

From the 11th until the 13th of September 2015, I will have 2 pieces at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair. I am very excited but I will share photos of these works in my next posts closer to the time.

I am also working towards two solo exhibitions in 2016! More information to follow in my summer studio update.

Here is a peek of a work in progress…

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Oh and we started to plant some seeds yesterday! I hope it’s not too early since it’s not quite Spring yet, although there are days that makes one wonder.  Our youngest son woke up this morning and asked me if the plants have started to come up during the night…mmm…wishful thinking 😉

 

reminders…..

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I’ve got a couple of reminders for you:

For those close to Bloemfontein (South Africa): The second leg of the “Here Be Dragons” group exhibition opened at Gallery On Leviseur…

View of "Here be dragons" exhibition at Gallery On Leviseur (Bloemfontein)

View of “Here be dragons” exhibition at Gallery On Leviseur (Bloemfontein)

The B.Y.O.I.D group show is still up and running at Knysna Fine Art:

Installation view at Knysna Fine Art

Installation view at Knysna Fine Art

And I’ve heard the wonderful news that my solo exhibition “Cross my heart” have been extended until the 11th of April 2015 at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery!

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so stay tuned because up next are two group exhibitions at the KKNK (Klein Karoo National Art Festival) in April and then one group exhibition at the “Suidooster Fees in May…will keep you posted! x