just a note: #Cross my heart

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"Getting even" Embroidery on rubber and found doillie 2014

“Getting even” Embroidery on rubber and found doillie 2014

Cross my heart 

*My first solo exhibition at the Erdmann Contemporary gallery will open on the 10th of February 2015….Cross my heart

*With this exhibition I will continue to use my preferred medium: rubber from discarded tractor and car inner tubes…Cross my heart

*Although I’ve started to incorporate oil paint I aim to use the tread in a painterly way with these embroideries…Cross my heart

*I try not to make empty promises…Cross my heart

*These works are based on mental notes to myself….Cross my heart

*All the embroideries are done by hand by myself….Cross my heart

*I eventually – after some tears – received permission to use the toys belonging to my kids in some pieces…Cross my heart

*I am still interested in relationships…Cross my heart

*I am not a threat to this planet….I cannot cross my heart

but if I am I hope to die

stick a needle in my eye

Hannalie Taute 2014

“Here be dragons…”

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The group exhibition: “Here be dragons” opened tonight at Underculture Contemporary gallery.  I am happy to inform you that I am part of this exciting show.

This is what the gallery had to say about their last exhibition of 2014:

Medieval cartographers used the words “here be dragons” to warn seafarers away from uncharted and potentially dangerous corners of the globe, where sea monsters were believed to exist.

Meant to act as a deterrent, the warning instead ignited the imaginations of a few intrepid explorers, who set off in search of these terra incognita or unknown lands.

Much like these adventurers of old, contemporary artists are driven by an inner need to push back the boundaries, explore ideas, examine accepted myths and discover new territory.

For those who would share this modern quest, Underculture Contemporary invites you to join us as we launch our final group exhibition of 2014.

Exhibition: Here Be Dragons

While some may perceive the Eastern Cape as the uncharted corner of the South African visual arts industry, for those in the know it holds a wealth of talent and promise.

For this exhibition, some of the region’s best-known artists and rising stars come together to bring you the products of their artistic journeys.

This curated group showcase will feature a menagerie of fantastic creatures from the far corners of the province.

Come and support, enjoy and marvel at the arts and artists of the Eastern Cape. This is a show to celebrate the end of your voyage through 2014!

Please join us for the exhibition opening at 18:30 for 19:00 on Wednesday, December 10. The show closes on January 9, after which it will travel to Bloemfontein’s foremost contemporary space, Gallery on Leviseur.

"I'll kill a dragon for you" Embroidery on rubber/inner tubes and found object 2014

“I’ll kill a dragon for you” Embroidery on rubber/inner tubes and found object 2014

Dragons are a favourite subject in our household.  My 6 year old son is convinced that they still exist.  He desperately wants to visit a place called the “Drakensberg” because that’s where they reside in South Africa according to him.  Our 4 year old son constantly wanted me to remove his toy (featured on the work above)  whenever he saw it in my studio, but I convinced him that I need/want it for this work, since he doesn’t play with it any more.  Strange that as soon as my kids see their toys which they stopped playing with in another context then suddenly they want to play with it again.  Luckily we could reach an agreement without too much conflict.

The title of this work was inspired by the lyrics from one of my favourite Sinead O’ Connor songs: Troy: