Remember to sleep with your eyes open…a reminder

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Remember to sleep with your eyes open (detail)

Dear friends,

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be sending out a preview art-catalogue tomorrow the 13th of September (lucky number)!

This catalogue will feature available work for the upcoming BaardskeerdersBos Art-route on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018.

If you’d like to receive one, feel free to let me know and I’ll put you on the mailing list. A big thank you to those who have sent their e-mail addresses to me already. I appreciate the interest in my work.

Remember to sleep with your eyes open 2016

I’m looking forward to share it with you…there is a couple of surprises in there.

As they say: You snooze you loose 😉

p.s the photographer of my work : Kleinjan Groenewald

 

 

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Who is the ass anyway?

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“”Introspection is a devouring monster.  You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations and then it ceases feeding on you” -Anais Nin

who is the ass anyway detail

“Who is the ass anyway” will be hanging out with other monsters, misfits and mermaids in BaardskeerdersBos on the 22-23 of September 2018. I hope to see you there!

Who is the ass anyway 62 x 42 cm cotton thread batting and rubber (wood frame) 2016

If you cannot make it, don’t despair, for I am putting together a e-catalogue.  If you wish to receive one, send me a message with your email address to be added to my mailing list. …Looking forward!

April Fool

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“April Fool” (Haemanthus cuccineus) 770 x 520 mm 2017 Cotton thread and rubber

“Cinderella went incognito,

and it is said that she had a ball.

It is always midnight in Cognito

By the black clock against the wall…”

-Tom Robbins

Half-mens

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The common name for the plant Pachypodium namaquanum is “Half-mens” in Afrikaans, loosely translated it means: “Half-human”. I like that a lot.

Half-mens (Pachypodium namaquanum) 920 x 550 mm 2017 Cotton thread and rubber

My in-laws have one of these plants at their home in the Klein Karoo, but I must admit that I’ve never seen it blossom. I was very surprised to find images on the internet of “Half-mense” in bloom.

detail

and of course I cannot resist the urge to quote Mr Tom Robbins once again:

“We’re destined to be clandestine,

Incognito is our very last hope.

I’ll meet you where the sun don’t shine,

With a fake I.D and some dope”

my show Incognito runs until the 10th of October at MContemporary gallery.

 

Huisgenoot, Hartgenoot, Kultuurgenoot – 100jaar

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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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