Huisgenoot, Hartgenoot, Kultuurgenoot – 100jaar

Art portfolio- my work

The annual KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) came to an end yesterday. I was fortunate to be included in a group exhibition during this years festival.

The exhibition was called: “Huisgenoot, Hargenoot, Kultuurgenoot – 100 jaar” curated by Sandra Hanekom. With this exhibition the “Huisgenoot” was celebrated for bringing stories to South Africans for the past 100 years and artists were invited to re-interpret the art of South African Masters that used to feature in the Huisgenoot in the past.

I was given the artist Maggie Laubser to revisit. I chose this iconic Self-portrait by her:

Self-Portrait by Maggie Laubser 1928

Self-Portrait by Maggie Laubser 1928

Met Rubber en gare herbesoek Hannalie Taute die ou Suid-Afrikaanse meester, Maggie Laubser se werk. Sy put inspirasie uit Maggie Laubser se selfportret van 1928. Nou, 88 jaar later probeer Taute om haar eie self-portret te borduur met kleur gare wat min of meer ooreenstem met die kleure wat Maggie Laubser in haar eie skildery gebruik het.  Hiermee probeer sy nie net om die meester na te boots nie, maar ook om haarself te vervorm tot die eksotiese blik van die ‘ander’- om na haarself te kyk deur die oë van Maggie Laubser, en om ʼn “gevoel” te kry oor hoe die meester haarself met kleur gesien het en te vra….”wat het ek en Maggie in gemeen?”

work in progress

work in progress

So the biggest challenge was to try and re-create my Self-portrait with the same colours that Maggie used in hers, but instead of oils, I used thread. Sitting in the same position. Wondering what do we really have in common? I did realise that it is much harder to try and “be” someone else than I thought.

Self-portrait after Maggie Laubser 2016 (cotton thread and rubber)

Self-portrait after Maggie Laubser 2016 (cotton thread and rubber)

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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)