It is September already, and Spring is in the air!
I am happy to tell you that my work arrived safe and sound in Australia. “Incognito” my first solo exhibition at MContemporary gallery in Sydney opens on the 23rd of September 2017. I will not be able to attend the opening, but if you have friends or family in that area, please spread the word.
For this upcoming solo exhibition, Incognito, I am inspired by flowers with interesting common names. By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I wanted to create masks, concealing the true identity.
You are welcome to visit the gallery’s page (here) to get a preview of the work for this show, but I will also post images here during the course of this month…
In the meanwhile I am busy preparing for another solo exhibition titled : “Come hell or high water” which will open on the 5th of October 2017 at Lizamore and Associates gallery in Johannesburg.
but more about this at a later stage.
In early November the gallery Knysna Fine Art turns 20! They will be hosting an extraordinary group exhibition to celebrate this milestone. I am thrilled and honoured to take part in this exhibition since this gallery was the first to give me a show back in 2003!
And then the final news-snippet for today:
I am looking forward to participate in a group exhibition at Grande Provence in collaboration with the wine estate around their range of Angel Tears wine in December this year.
On that note, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the sunny days, and if you are more North, I hope you experience a lovely Autumn/Winter.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go blow up some balloons since my little boy is celebrating his 7th birthday today xxx
Spring has knocked on our door, but good old Winter is still breathing down her neck.
September promises to be an exciting month.
Our youngest is turning a saintly six soon
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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
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
I survived my birthday and conquered the blues! In the end we didn’t bake a cake, but instead opted for blue velvet cupcakes…and the kids helped me to decorate them.
I’ve been sort of absent for awhile, because I received marvellous books as gifts and so I spend my time divided between stitching, reading, dreaming, cooking, cleaning, catching up with friends and gardening with the kids. Bliss!
The books I mention above are the following:
At the moment I am busy with number 4 and 5 on the list above……
that is until a few hours ago, when a courier arrived with another one: “Seven days in the Art World” by Sarah Thorton….so I decided to pause reading the other two, because curiosity just got the better of me….
I’m still at the introduction of this book but got stunned by these words: “Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself…and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all”…..
oh boy…..anyway…talking about art….
I am pleased to announce that I have work up on exhibition alongside some awesome fellow artists in a group show called “Saints and Sinners” at Galerie Noko, in Port Elizabeth:
and on the 12th of September my work will form part of a group show called “Signature” at Gallery Grande Provence in Franschoek. For more information feel free to contact the gallery.
From the 11th until the 13th of September 2015, I will have 2 pieces at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair. I am very excited but I will share photos of these works in my next posts closer to the time.
I am also working towards two solo exhibitions in 2016! More information to follow in my summer studio update.
Here is a peek of a work in progress…
Oh and we started to plant some seeds yesterday! I hope it’s not too early since it’s not quite Spring yet, although there are days that makes one wonder. Our youngest son woke up this morning and asked me if the plants have started to come up during the night…mmm…wishful thinking 😉