Dear Mother City…(Minutes to Midnight)

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Dear Mother City, (aka Cape Town)

I visited you earlier in October, and I must say it was an experience I wouldn’t forget.

The energy in mid-city is quite contagious and at the same time exhausting, and the traffic intense. As a small-town girl, I think I could not handle it for more than a week, but I suppose one can get used to it.

She always wanted to be a bad girl 92 x 64 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

Your inhabitants were very supportive, kind, generous and made me feel welcome.

I even spotted this guy in one of your museums and he laughed his ass of at me for feeling so overwhelmed:

Taxidermy Hyena at the Iziko Museum – Cape Town

And I almost lost my head to a hippo…

Luckily my friend made me a concoction of some Bach-flower remedies for the nerves.

Bach remedies

and I channeled some horse-power with a Mary Sibande sculpture:

Moi with a Mary Sibande sculpture at the Iziko Art Museum

I did not see and experience half as much as I wanted to, but I did have a blast at the opening night of my solo exhibition Minutes to Midnight at 99 Loop gallery!

A big thank you to everyone who came to the opening night, and those who couldn’t make it to the opening, the exhibition runs until the 27th of October, so please feel free to pop in.

Her dark side 141 x 95 cm cotton thread, batting and rubber 2018 (private collection)

P.S ever wondered why Cape Town is known as the Mother City? Well, if you follow this link there’s 6 reasons why.

 

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Minutes to Midnight….You are invited!

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Invitation

I, Hannalie Taute, cordially invite you, and your friends, and friends of your friends, to the opening of my solo exhibition: Minutes to Midnight.

When: 3 October 2018

Time: 6 pm

Where: 99 Loop Gallery, 99 Loop street, Cape Town

Telephone: 021 422 3766 or email: gallery@99loop.co.za for more info.

I look forward to see you.

Drinks will be served.

Minutes to Midnight and World Embroidery Day

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Minutes to midnight 215 x 106 cm cotton thread, doillies and rubber 2018

Minutes to Midnight is the title of the work above as well as the title for my upcoming solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town.

minutes to midnight detail

For a long time my thoughts centered around the words “Minutes to midnight” as a title for a possible solo show, and after many attempts, planning, and  discussions the works of the past few years (some new, some reworked) all fit together and finally I am looking forward to present the body of work soon (October 2018).

“Minutes to Midnight” is basically a continuation of my investigation of fear, which in turn lead me to the notion of time and eventually to the meaning behind the words: “Minutes to midnight” which actually refers to the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This symbolic clock represents the countdown to a potential global catastrophe, and refers to this catastrophe as “Midnight”. It is currently standing on 2 minutes to Midnight.

Midnight in turn also reminded me about all the fairytales in which when the clock strikes 12 the magic disappears.

Minutes to midnight detail

But before you think it is all gloom and doom in this post, I have something uplifting to share with you as well:

I found out this morning, that it is World Embroidery Day today!  I saw it on a fellow embroiderer’s Instagram account*, and decided to google it to find out more.

The origins of the World Embroidery Day date back to 30 June 2011 and was an initiative of the Swedish Embroidery Guild, to celebrate embroidery (what a wonderful idea). I even found their Embroidery Manifesto which I would like to share with you:

embroidery_manifesto_-english (1)

Or you can visit this website to Download in 5 other languages:

http://www.broderiakademin.nu/worldembroideryday/

minutes to midnight detail

So I would like to celebrate and wish you a wonderful “World Embroidery Day”. Until we speak again – happy stitching!

Footnotes and links:

*The fellow embroiderer I mentioned is: Nicole O’ Loughlin and there is a lovely interview with her on the Fiber Studio’s blog. click here

*Early this year the “Doomsday Clock” reach 2 Minutes to Midnight…the closest ever…you can read more about it here

or visit the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website… here

*You may download the Embroidery Manifesto here

*For more details about my upcoming solo you can watch this space or contact the gallery 99 Loop, see here

*The photographer of my artwork is Kleinjan Groenewald, you can visit his website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Hell or High water…exhibition catalogue

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“Catch of the day” 2017 Cotton thread and rubber 112 x 76 cm

Hi everyone, Herewith a full catalog compiled by Lizamore & Associates gallery ….see link below:

Come hell or high water by Hannalie Taute (1)

if you’d like more information feel free to send them an email to:

info@lizamore.co.za

Come hell or high water….you are invited

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Dear friends,

This time next week my solo exhibition in conjunction with Marieke Krugers exhibition opens at Lizamore & Associates gallery….

TAUTE AND KRUGER INTERROGATES IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION, THE SUBLIME AND THE ‘OTHER’ AT LIZAMORE IN OCTOBER

Come Hell or High Water by Hannalie Taute unfolds around an exploration of the ocean as a metaphor for identity. Taute masterfully intertwines the notion of identity construction with other conceptual threads, often resulting in shrewd commentary on society and popular culture. This exhibition consists of Taute’s well-known work in rubber and thread. She uses recycled inner tubes with embroidery thread with the aim to make the medium of the piece interact with the subject matter in a way that forces the viewer to deeply engage and question the artwork. To enforce this interaction with the viewer, the titles of Taute’s works are ambiguous; they all refer to idioms about water (especially the ocean) that initiates a game with the viewer through a play of words, that hints to the social commentary each word interrogates. Taute’s Come Hell or High Water takes the viewer on a visual journey through the artist thoughts presented as metaphorical narratives about the ocean and water.

Marieke Kruger exhibition; Carceral Space II: Anticipating the sublime is centered around Kruger’s large-scale charcoal portraits that deals with experiences of the sublime. Through this body of work, the artist explores the transformative power of suggestion and the ways through which a certain presence can be contained and result in an experience of the sublime. The central focus of this body of work is the portrayal of the self and the other – in this case, prison inmates with whom Kruger interacts. Kruger explores the self and the other’s relationship to space – thereby creating a means through which the sublime in these drawings can be explored and subsequently have a transformative effect on the self and the other. “My suggestive portrait drawings, in essence, function as transformative psychological and spiritual self-objects which would, in certain areas, almost become abstract landscapes in which case the drawing trace itself would start functioning as an autonomous means of communication” Kruger explains.

 

Opening
Thursday, 05 October 2017 | 18:00
Join us for a glass of wine and to meet the artists.
Walkabout with the artists
Thursday, 05 October 2017 | 17:00

I hope to see you there!

P.S I am not on Facebook, but if you are, then you are welcome to check out the event here:

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