August…an analysis

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Pink Freud 1 – 3

  1. Pink Freud III – a commission completed this month.

After Pink Freud II I thought there would be no more, but since it was commissioned by someone in that trade, I thought, hell why not. He would be loved.

“Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is” Sigmund Freud

2. August was though health wise for lots of friends and family.  In a way this was inspirational. I started to do research on folk medicine (boererate). This is a piece inspired by one of the recipes I found in a book called “Oupa en Ouma se boererate”. It’s for an upcoming group exhibition in November, but more on that later.

sneak peek: Boereraat (Dronkenskap)

I love working in this format later. Excited by the possibilities.

“Flowers are very restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” Sigmund Freud

3. Reminder: The group exhibition ‘Black Humour opens on the 30th of August at Fried Contemporary gallery in Pretoria

Under cover Cotton thread, batting and rubber 2017 (photo of my owerk taken by Kleinjan Groenewald)

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

4. August= also admin month. I am currently putting together a catalogue of work that will be shown at this year’s BaardskeerdersBos Art Route during the weekend of 21 September. I’ve been invited by Artist Liz v.d Berg to show my work alongside hers at their farm Tierfontein. If you would like to receive a copy of this catalogue, please send me a message with your email address. Looking forward.

Honeysuckle the killer bee (Foam, fabric, found objects, cotton thread and rubber)

5. August was emotional and also a very anti-social month for me. But at the same time friends came to visit. In the end I had a wonderful time and some great memories were made.

“Friendship is an art of keeping distance….” –Sigmund Freud

6. Last but not least…doing some finishing touches form my upcoming solo which will open on the 3rd of October at 99 Loop gallery in Cape Town. Hope to see you there. Invite to follow at a later stage.

Who needs courage 80 x 119 cm cotton thread, wool, oil paint and rubber (reworked) 2018

“The madman is a dreamer awake” Sigmund Freud

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Comfortably Numb – Invitation

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“There is someone in my head and it is not me” – Pink Floyd

“Pink Freud” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 22 x 17 cm

‘Pink Freud’ amongst others will be hanging out in a group exhibition curated by Johan Conradie titled: “Comfortably Numb”.

This exhibition will open on the 3rd of August 2017 at Gallery2 in Johannesburg, and you are invited!

Invitation

Comfortably numb – press release

Gallery 2 is pleased to present the group exhibition “Comfortably numb” from 3-24 August, 2017. Conceived by artist and curator Johan Conradie, the exhibition takes as a starting point the evocative lyrics of Pink Floyd’s 1979 song, “Comfortably numb”. The exhibition brings together the works by contemporary South African artists which combine visual tension and a strong conceptual vigour, whilst reverberating closely with the ideas and sentiments as expressed through this iconic song. Envisioned as a dialogue between the works of artists from different backgrounds, the exhibition explores notions of ‘alienation’, ‘disillusionment’, ‘delirium’, ‘disembodiment’, ’emotional detachment’, ‘in-between states’, ‘invisibility’ and ‘melancholy’.

The album “The Wall” is a concept album about Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. The song “Comfortably numb” compares Pink’s memories of being feverishly ill as a child with his later experience of feeling nothing at all in adulthood. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating the adult Pink and Pink’s inner dialogue. Roger Waters claimed that the song is about “detachment from reality” and “alienation”, while Dave Gilmour suggested that “the song could be divided into two sections: dark and light”.

Artistic practice emerges ‘in-between’, beyond geographic demarcations, and arbitrary boundaries. The exhibition emphasizes that this state of ‘in-between’ contains a wide range of assertive and rewarding potentialities. These artists engage the viewer in the often intimate movement and destruction of human life and, at the same time, the persistence of the delicate, humorous, lyrical, or divine. The sequences of narrative information and visual effect evoke the fragile endurance of the sacred and the spiritual.

This exhibition features artists AD-Reflex, Thonton Kabeya, Nathani Lüneburg, Chris Slabber, Zelda Stroud and Hannalie Taute.