Spring! – Studio update

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Dear Friends,

Spring has knocked on our door, but good old Winter is still breathing down her neck.

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September promises to be an exciting month.

Our youngest is turning a saintly six soon

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I am participating in a group show: Self- I at Grande Provence Gallery in Franschoek. It opens on the 10th of September…feel free to contact the gallery for more information:

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Dear art enthusiast,

The Gallery at Grande Provence is proud to present a group
exhibition titled: Self-i

Although, in our digitally obsessed world it seems as if we invented the selfie. Our fascination with our own image must surely date to the first proto human recognising themselves in a reflecting puddle – an existential moment indeed. A sense of self is central to our consciousness and is profoundly important to our lives but it can become a problem – Narcissus is the perfect example.

Smartphones have made the selfie ubiquitous, shared on social media in their millions everyday but artists are still excited by the self-portrait, whose lineage runs, in the West, unbroken from Van Eyck through Rembrandt, Kauffman, Goya, van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Warhol and countless others.

This exhibition is a new look at the self-portrait in the age of the selfie.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Hanneke Benade, Arabella Caccia, Marinda Combrinck, Marinda du Toit, Sue Greeff, Charmaine Haines, Daya Heller, Greg Kerr, Marieke Kruger, Lucinda Mudge, Marieke Prinsloo, Johannes Scott, André Stead, Peter van Straten, Hannalie Taute and Shany van den Berg

Please join us for the opening on Saturday, 10 September at 11h00 in Franschhoek.

On the 21st of September, we are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary! Oh my how time flies when you are having fun!

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I wanted to wear the boots which I spray painted silver. My bouquet fell apart, so we just added some jasmine which we handpicked in the garden – the smell of jasmine still functions like a time-machine back to that day.

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Lets move on before I get too nostalgic…

I am flying up to Pretoria on the 22nd of September for the opening of my solo exhibition: The Grimm Needle at Fried Contemporary Gallery:

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Hannalie Taute: ‘The Grimm Needle’

Opening Thu 22 Sep @6-8pm | Concludes Sat 22 Oct 2016

Fried Contemporary is pleased to invite you to our forthcoming exhibition opening by Hannalie Taute.

“There is nothing sedate, subtle or comforting about Hannalie Taute’s artworks. Like the artist who created and nurtured them, they are bold, brutally revealing and ultimately unforgettable.The personas that emanate from Taute’s Medea-like “mother-creator-murdress” imagination – they jeer,  jostle and tear at the physical boundaries of the artwork. These “creations” defy simple stereotyping or glib intellectual rationality.

When viewing Taute’s artworks or performance pieces – one is struck by the almost unbearable gravitas of these creations. There is a tangible physical impact on the viewer when confronted with Taute’s visual metaphors. The reaction is instinctive – guttural. Artwork made flesh – to move the flesh. Monster-mothers truly dwell within the works that Taute’s hands conjure.

But as evocative as Taute’s imagery may be – she never panders to her own or our expectations. There is nothing obtuse,ambiguous or intellectually “sensible” (read – objective) to her visual, creative and conceptual intentions. She intends to cut into the very bones of her viewers, and she does so with reckless abandonment – laying bare the frail respectability of our sanity.

When I muse on the work of Hannalie Taute – I often suspect her of being her own “frightener”, her own private boogeyman. She creates and reflects her her own most vivid and visceral fears.Like a latter day Dorian Gray – she gazes on her multiple portraits with the gleeful and greedy intent – of documenting “the horror and the fright within”. It is this uncompromising and brutal gaze that is most admirable in Taute’s artworks.

The archetype is transformed by the subjective intent of the artist – yet it still stands timeless and true. Taute yields the “grimm” needle with as deft a hand on her own eyes,as much as those of the viewer. Taute seers her message onto the viewer’s eyes – only the “blind” could forget Hannalie Taute’s artworks.Once seen they dwell in the recesses of one’s mind always – as the artist intended.”

Sandra Hanekom, Artist and Independent Writer – 2016

and after that my work will be included in a group exhibition at the Museum of Stellenbosch! More about this a bit closer to the time.

I hope September will be a great month for you too.

Greetings from a cold and raining Stilbaai.

Oh and talking about Stilbaai…for those who are curious about where I live and work…here is a snippet: Thanks Mooiloop! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfr9FfPeRf0

Studio news…almost Winter…

Art portfolio- my work

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer…winter is in the air, and since I’ve just finished reading the book: The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, I thought I’ll share this quote with you:

“There was a world formed out of Nothing, and from the Nothing grew a tree, and in the tree sat a bird, and in the bird’s mouth was a worm, and the worm that had lain in the earth knew all the secrets of life and said, “There is a world, forming out of Nothing, and out of Nothing will come a tree, and in the tree will sit a bird, and under the tree there walks a man, and that man will learn the language of birds, and find that the buried treasure is really there.  And when he has dug it up, he will spend the jewels and the gold, and last of all he will find a bag of seeds and when he plants them they will grow into a forest whose leaves are a canopy of stars.  And one day he will climb the tree, and put his hand out to a star, and the star will be his home.”‘

‘Forever?’

‘Until the leaves fall.’

‘And then?’

“And then it will be winter.”

pg 109 The Stone Gods by Jeanette winterson

*Besides reading I am working on 4 different embroideries at the moment…3 Giant ones (can’t wait to share it with you) and a smaller one….but more info at a later stage.

*I’ve started reading “Wilt” by Tom Sharpe…and find myself laughing out loud, which is a good thing, because I’ve had the blues on and off….

* Cutting and cleaning some inner tubes… and I’ve started to experiment with a sewing machine to prepare my rubber canvasses…Initially I didnt want to use machine stitching anywhere in my work, but if it turns out well I’ll tell you more about the why I started to do this.  The embroidery part will only be done by hand!.

*I am in the process of preparing for two different Art Fairs…but again it’s too soon to tell you more.

*Trying to organize ADSL uncapped internet for our home/studio, and oh dear, what a process…I’m not even going to start trying to explain!

*Working on some ideas in notebook/sketchbook.

*I’ve tried yoga last week, next is pilates, karate, badminton, squash…I would like to try everything at least once and then decide…since I am mostly in front of needle and thread, or the computer, I realized I have to do some sort of activity besides jumping trampoline or riding bike with the kids….

On that note I’ll share this image with you….

 

from the ongoing "young wife' series

from the ongoing “young wife’ series

 

Today is bittersweet

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Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Bets Taute and the dinosaurs

Today the 16th of January would have been my mother’s birthday.  If she survived the car crash 19 years ago, she would have been 59.

I wish I could share the news with her that I have been nominated for a KykNet Fiesta 2015 award for my exhibition: Rubber ever after in the category for:” Best accomplishment in Visual Art”!!!!

This announcement was made last night: see here: http://kyknet.dstv.com/2015/01/15/vyfde-kyknet-fiestas-gaan-groot/

I am honoured to be nominated alongside fellow artists: Diek Grobler, Gerhard Marx and The Little Marionette Company!

So yes, today is kind of bittersweet …..but thanks for letting me share it with you.

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