The long hard voyage…studio news June 2021

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“The long hard voyage took many days. But finally the ship anchored in a river near the King’s palace” 2021 (detail)

I am happy to announce that these two in the detail of the work: “The long hard voyage took many days. But finally the ship anchored in a river near the King’s palace” finally arrived at MContemporary gallery in Australia today!

Instagram story courtesy of the gallery

some of the crew members had to wait patiently while: “Time passed and the hungry vulture ate the beanstalk and it broke. But the child grew to be a beautiful princess.” (see detail of the work below)

“Time passed and the hungry vulture ate the beanstalk and it broke. But the child grew up to be a beautiful princess.’ 2021 (Detail)
Instagram story courtesy of the gallery

Some of the works are destined for the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair later this year….more details to follow.

Instagram story courtesy of the gallery

On that note….wishing you a wonderful week. Keep safe and stay warm – until we speak againxxx

Hormonal Imbalance, snails and Summer holidays: Studio news….

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Hannalie Taute in her studio photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald

Hi dear friends. I’m a bit late with my monthly studio news update, because I’ve been on a emotional roller-coaster these past few weeks. I had to try and stay calm because the boys was writing exams, but I just felt uninspired, tired, drained, sad and anxious. Our garden at the moment is a true reflection of where I’m at emotionally….

what happened here!!?
the bloody snails are everywhere!

dare I even show you these! Yikes! BUT after I spent Monday afternoon in the garden, with my fingers in the soil and getting rid of some snails, I feel much much better. Gardening as therapy 😉

I also cleaned up the studio and found some old ink drawings I did in 2004 for a solo exhibition at the Joao Ferreira gallery in Cape Town. I allowed myself to feel destructive and playful and so I reworked those drawings:

drawing from 2004 reworked in 2020

I still feel kind of tired, but actually I am grateful, because there was lovely highlights this year too!!!

can you guess which one is the Beyond burger?

A dear collector send us a Spur voucher from abroad, and so we had a chance to finally get a taste of the Beyond Burger. (which according to the Youtube channel my boys watched, taste and look like a real burger, but it is completely plant based.) Just a pity its double the price of a normal burger.

Thanks for the feature RK Contemporary and SA Art Times

I received some lovely magazine exposure abroad and locally.

I had the opportunity to work on some amazing commissions and exhibitions this year too. A big thanks to each and everyone who commented, liked, shared, discussed and bought my work this year. It doesnt go unnoticed and I appreciate it. This was actually my best year in the studio sofar!

But then why….

All I can think is that it is due to a hormonal imbalance:

“Hormonal Imbalance” 2020 (Embroidered rubber. Altered vintage photograph)

But I will leave you with this quote from an amazing book I received as a gift and just finished reading”

“If you are pitched into misery, remember that your days on this earth are counted and you might as well make the best of those you have left.”

Yann Martel from the book: Beatrice and Virgil

“Stop the rot, keep moving”

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Its been a while since I wrote to you, but October was a wonderful, intense, creative, and thankfully productive month for me, and I hope for you too?!

I am pleased to announce that I finished the commission which occupied most of my time in the studio. I am really chuffed that I finished it on the time I set aside for it. My self-imposed ‘deadline’ was for the end of October. I allowed myself to focus on it for two months. I need deadlines (but is there not perhaps a better word for it, since deadline sounds so final) ;-P

“You are born, you die, and the rest is just marking time.” (James Joyce)

I had the pleasure of having Kleinjan Groenewald over for a photo shoot yesterday! I will share some photos from this shoot over the next couple of months!

I was also introduced to Ike in October. His owner says that he always smile for the camera:

he was the inspiration for a new “family member” – The Good Boy!

The Good Boy

And he is off to join the rest of the clan in this collectors home:

Other news is that I had to get reading glasses/goggles/spectacles! I was diagnosed with PRESBYOPIA which is just a fancy Greek word meaning: “Old and eye.” “Presbyopia is the name given to the condition of the sight which develops as a natural senile change” (quoted from an encyclopedia) I was so stressed out about my appointment with the Optometrist, but I am glad I went, since now I can enjoy reading again. I am just curious why most of the frames for glasses are made out of plastic! eek! Anyway I am celebrating by reading a book I found in the library: “The secret dairy of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years old”

“Biologically speaking you become superfluous on your fortieth birthday or thereabouts. Since the children are born by then, approaching self sufficiency. That is when slowly but surely the rot starts to set in with hair loss and reading glasses. On a cellular level too things start going wrong. You have more and more errors of division and multiplication. A slowing metabolism leads to a weaker nervous system which also makes the mind to weaken. One thing is clear: “Use it or lose it” from the book …..

I really enjoy spending time with Hendrik Groen. Like him I also “rarely say what i want to say. I tend to choose the path of least confrontation. My specialty: wanting to please everybody.”

In other news:

I painted the wall in my studio a dark grey, in preparation for my next ‘Studio exhibition: The Haunted Stitch” coming soon…watch this space. 😉

I will also be participating an a group show in November…more about this a bit later:

Other news: Feel free to visit the stockroom at MContemporary gallery for some available work, or feel free to send me a message:

Until we speak again….”Stop the rot, keep moving” Hendrik Groen

Studio news June 2020

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I find peace and solace in the studio when the world is in turmoil. It feels overwhelming just listening to the news, from a locust plague in India, to protests in America and strange “lockdown” regulations in South Africa.

Studio corner

As you know South Africa adjusted the “lockdown” regulations to level 3 from the 1st of June, but I’m still not sure when my solo “A walk in the park” which was meant to open at the end of May at the Arts Association in Pretoria will open, but as soon as I know something I will let you know. In the meantime here are some studio views….

studio installation view

In other studio news….. I would like to say it with flowers:

A dangerous bunch 75 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 at MContemporary gallery

Do(nt) 112 x 85 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2019 2020 at MContemporary gallery

Neighbourhood watch 85 x 75 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek

Shit “Could be” a lot worse 81 x 71 cm Cotton thread and rubber 2020 at Everard Read Franschoek.

On that note…

Keep safe, and healthy.

until pigs can fly

xxx

 

 

 

 

whew!!

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Whew…yep, that is a sigh of relief, because finally things are back to normal…but what is normal right?

artist at work 2020 (photographed by KleinJan Groenewald)

well, normal for me means that the festive season and back to school mayhem is done and dusted, and that my back to studio routine has commenced- and that dear friends is a relief, because a stitch a day keeps the blues away 😉 But with that said, sometimes not working can be work.  It is important to just be every once in awhile.

So what did I do from the 1st of January until now.

Well I fought the festive season blues…

but then I found this quote which I love:

“Depression is like a woman in black.  If she turns up, don’t shoo her away.  Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” -Carl Jung

“The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable”

Charles Bukowski

I am on a mission to catch up on writing letters (snail mail) to selected friends….slowly but surely getting there!

I made back up files since our computer gave us trouble (hence my absence here, since I only use a desktop for blog-posts.

I fought against hundreds of zombies with the boys in a PS4 game.

Went to the beach once in awhile,

played in my sketchbook.

Had a studio visit with MContemporary gallery from Australia- more about this at a later stage.

The photographer Kleinjan Groenewald also traveled to my studio to take photos of me and my recent works (as seen in this post), the rest I still need to upload on my website…all in due time.

I re-read books like the biography of the artist Joseph Cornell (which i highly recommend).

(If you have more must-read suggestions feel free to leave the titles of books in the comment section.)

So with all that happening, I did not make any new years resolutions, and I did not commit to much group shows in January because daily life was happening and consuming me….

“…we have to, out of necessity, construct ourselves every day out of all the different impulses, memories, dreams, pressures, that come to us.  In that sense the job of the artist is to demonstrate through the form of art what it is that everybody has to struggle through daily.” -William Kentridge

Oh, this is my Que for saying goodbye for now

and so I will end with this quote by Mark Mason:

“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”