With the run up to an “Eucatastrophe”

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Dear Family Friends and Patrons,

I have the pleasure to announce that the date for my upcoming solo at Deepest Darkest gallery is set for: 17 April 2021

And the title is: Eucatastrophe!

/ˌjuːkəˈtastrəfi/

NOUN

rare

A sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

‘Tolkien called the gospel account the ‘eucatastrophe’, the happiest of all tragedies, because it satisfies the human heart’s deepest yearnings, including the desire for an epic mythology.’

We will send out proper invitations and the catalogue closer to the time. Fingers crossed that we can open to celebrate.

Studio view with ‘kinders by dosyne’

I received some sad news earlier this month.

A dear friend, patron of the arts and one of the first people that collected my work back in 2002 Klaus Stadtmuller has passed away on the 9th of March 2021.

Below is the piece titled “Maria”, which Klaus and Edith acquired for their collection back in 2002. Maria has since then traveled the world with them.

Over the years I have kept contact with Klaus and his partner Edith. They attended my exhibitions whenever they could and it was always a delight to receive word from them, either via email or snail mail for example this letter I received back in 2005 which shows his love interest in the arts from Wopko Jensma to Kurt Schwitters.

In December 2020 I received an email from Klaus after I send him a birthday collage.

He wrote: For some days now I have been working on a little text – yes, about you, a text that I just finished yesterday wanting to send it to you these days. Now the text that, I promise, has not undergone any alterations whatsoever appears to come in return for your generous gift – which it was not meant to be at the outset. In any case, it is now enclosed here for your disposal, also if you want to make use of it for whatever purpose you chose. And feel free to correct any faults that you might find.

Here is the text that Klaus wrote:

Hannalie, Maria &

In old images a decent young lady sits embroidering what might be one of the eye candies to be taken into her imminent marriage. “Yes, I did it myself,” she would tell her admiring lady friends blushing, “yes, it took many hours and quite a few bleeding fingertips, I can assure you.” Nothing substantially has changed since then, you might claim, pointing your finger at Hannalie Taute, who is hell-bent on stitching. But then Hannalie is far from being decent and the embodiment of a primly and modest young lady of times gone by. And, really, she has got a pretty good excuse: she is an artist.  That, probably, is the reason why her embroidery is not – as one would expect – on fabric or a similar soft material, but on rubber, yes, that black resistant stuff that normally in an inflated state provides inner automobile tires with high strength and elasticity. A delicate person perforating with a targeted artistic approach a thousand times that ductile, tough material? Quite right.

All of a sudden with incredulous amazement you will realise that there must be a considerable hidden strength with this tender artist. And if that were not enough, against the deceiving appearance this goes along with an underlying hint of horror that you only detect on second sight. Indeed, one wonders where in all of this apparently innocent colourful flowerage such a vicious shrewishness might have its origin. This should be for the artist herself to answer, in actual fact. However, to spot her is not very easy as she regularly hides behind different disguises, none of them corresponding to our conception of a decent young lady with a virtuously lowered gaze.  A red-haired vamp, ready to engulf you? A lascivious biker´s chick, a clownish monster, a stern gaping Cinderella or a dangerously overdressed grande dame? A personality as remarkably extravagant as her artistic production. All bets are off, the less anticipated the better. She is constantly reinventing herself and her human repertoire. Humans to the fore – though completely different from all those well-intentioned Sunday painters. With Hannalie, the true everyday artist, the look of the ancestors in the gallery has changed considerably, not to their advantage, but to an alienation that makes them cognizable. Compared to hers the task of Francis Bacon or, in South Africa, Robert Hodgins, Lunga Ntila and Neo Matloga to distort faces to the point of recognizability seems easier, as those artists can effectuate the change with a stroke of a brush or pen respectively by a few cuts with a pair of scissors. Not so if you laboriously try to thread variegated yarns through a refractory piece of rubber.  That is exactly what Hannalie Taute does, not in order to build up muscles or to set some sort of a record, but to create remarkable unique pieces of art as her trade mark, literally sticking out of every conventional frame.

We came to know each other many years ago when Hannalie was the invited guest artist at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees. Since then “Maria” has been accompanying us on our travels through different continents. “Maria” is a lady statue app. one meter tall with a long skirt of small greenish perforated metal sheets, a naked plaster-white torso and a bird´s skull as head, a slender and delicate figure that always reminds us of our long standing friendship with the artist. Later on we have seen other pieces of art by Hannalie in a Cape Town gallery, small distorted doll-like figurines attached to the walls. That must have been the next-to-last stage of her unusual art production before she delved into rubber and embroidery from 2012 onward. “Rubber ever after”, citing a title of one of her many shows not only in South Africa (i.e. Knysna, Cape Town, Johannesburg among others) but also in Hobart/Tasmania, recently in Sydney/Australia and earlier at the Museum Rijkswijk in the Netherlands where she represented South Africa in the Textile Biennale.

Other than many of her artist colleagues this petite lady originating from Fochville/Gauteng with a Higher Diploma in Fine Art from the former Port Elizabeth Technikon is also a reader and someone who knows perfectly well to handle and play with words, which is best illustrated by the titles of her exhibitions: “Come Hell or High Water”, “Implanted memories”, “Forward. Forward? Forward”, “Comfortably Numb” or “eat your words” are some of them showing both the intellectual background and a good portion of “Black Humor”, which, by the way, is another title of one of her shows. And yes, her artwork truly appears to be a singular, startling and accomplished cocktail of subtlety and rubber reality, a transition between fairy tale and irony, a mixtum compositum of both philistine Victorian and at the same time a scornful laughter about it, a female fist through the medium of a tambour frame. Thus, really, Hannalie Taute, this up-and-coming artist, after all has nothing in common with the idyllic image of an embroidering bride-to-be. Other than the latter, however, Hannalie tempts us to make up our own stories by means of her wonderfully strange inventions.

Klaus Stadtmuller

What is very interesting to me is that at the time he did not know of this series featuring brides I’ve been working on. How strange the workings of the universe!

I dedicate this “EUCATASTROPHE’ to Klaus Stadtmuller. Rest in peace Klaus!

p.s “The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” Chuck Palahnuik Quoted from Diary-a novel 

Wishing you a prosperous new year!

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VOORSPOEDIGE NUWE JAAR!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Sjoe ons is nou al n paar dae in die nuwe jaar in, en ek hoop van harte dat dit goed gaan met jou?

Ons het pas teruggekeer nadat ons n paar dae weggebreek het na Nieu-Bethesda en voel weer fris en vars om die nuwe jaar aan te pak.

It was the first time in 20 years that I visited the Owl House again. This time was kind of weird since as soon as I entered the Camel Yard, I burst into tears, and then I couldn’t get out fast enough. I had goose bumps the whole time there. I still find it an amazing place.
We also visited these stone men and women at Ongeluksloot just outside Nieu-Bethesda.

We also went on a fossil tour which was very educational.

On our way back we saw this tree:

Maar voor dit het ons tydens Ou-kersdag die Slapende Skoonheid probeer ontwaak – We tried to hike up to the top of Sleeping Beauty, but only made it half way up. But still, the weather conditions were good, and we had a picnic near a cool stream.

It is great to be back and looking forward to return to the studio on Monday.

New work: “It’s a jungle out there”

In the meantime I send out my monthly newsletter, so if you would like to receive it, feel free to send your email address via my contact page. If you are on my mailing list already and have not received it yet, please look in your spam folder. Or if you have received it but cannot open the link to the catalogue with new available works, please let me know and I will forward the catalogue to you again.

Best wishes

Hannalie

Hormonal Imbalance, snails and Summer holidays: Studio news….

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Hannalie Taute in her studio photographed by Kleinjan Groenewald

Hi dear friends. I’m a bit late with my monthly studio news update, because I’ve been on a emotional roller-coaster these past few weeks. I had to try and stay calm because the boys was writing exams, but I just felt uninspired, tired, drained, sad and anxious. Our garden at the moment is a true reflection of where I’m at emotionally….

what happened here!!?
the bloody snails are everywhere!

dare I even show you these! Yikes! BUT after I spent Monday afternoon in the garden, with my fingers in the soil and getting rid of some snails, I feel much much better. Gardening as therapy 😉

I also cleaned up the studio and found some old ink drawings I did in 2004 for a solo exhibition at the Joao Ferreira gallery in Cape Town. I allowed myself to feel destructive and playful and so I reworked those drawings:

drawing from 2004 reworked in 2020

I still feel kind of tired, but actually I am grateful, because there was lovely highlights this year too!!!

can you guess which one is the Beyond burger?

A dear collector send us a Spur voucher from abroad, and so we had a chance to finally get a taste of the Beyond Burger. (which according to the Youtube channel my boys watched, taste and look like a real burger, but it is completely plant based.) Just a pity its double the price of a normal burger.

Thanks for the feature RK Contemporary and SA Art Times

I received some lovely magazine exposure abroad and locally.

I had the opportunity to work on some amazing commissions and exhibitions this year too. A big thanks to each and everyone who commented, liked, shared, discussed and bought my work this year. It doesnt go unnoticed and I appreciate it. This was actually my best year in the studio sofar!

But then why….

All I can think is that it is due to a hormonal imbalance:

“Hormonal Imbalance” 2020 (Embroidered rubber. Altered vintage photograph)

But I will leave you with this quote from an amazing book I received as a gift and just finished reading”

“If you are pitched into misery, remember that your days on this earth are counted and you might as well make the best of those you have left.”

Yann Martel from the book: Beatrice and Virgil

“Stop the rot, keep moving”

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news/blog

Its been a while since I wrote to you, but October was a wonderful, intense, creative, and thankfully productive month for me, and I hope for you too?!

I am pleased to announce that I finished the commission which occupied most of my time in the studio. I am really chuffed that I finished it on the time I set aside for it. My self-imposed ‘deadline’ was for the end of October. I allowed myself to focus on it for two months. I need deadlines (but is there not perhaps a better word for it, since deadline sounds so final) ;-P

“You are born, you die, and the rest is just marking time.” (James Joyce)

I had the pleasure of having Kleinjan Groenewald over for a photo shoot yesterday! I will share some photos from this shoot over the next couple of months!

I was also introduced to Ike in October. His owner says that he always smile for the camera:

he was the inspiration for a new “family member” – The Good Boy!

The Good Boy

And he is off to join the rest of the clan in this collectors home:

Other news is that I had to get reading glasses/goggles/spectacles! I was diagnosed with PRESBYOPIA which is just a fancy Greek word meaning: “Old and eye.” “Presbyopia is the name given to the condition of the sight which develops as a natural senile change” (quoted from an encyclopedia) I was so stressed out about my appointment with the Optometrist, but I am glad I went, since now I can enjoy reading again. I am just curious why most of the frames for glasses are made out of plastic! eek! Anyway I am celebrating by reading a book I found in the library: “The secret dairy of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years old”

“Biologically speaking you become superfluous on your fortieth birthday or thereabouts. Since the children are born by then, approaching self sufficiency. That is when slowly but surely the rot starts to set in with hair loss and reading glasses. On a cellular level too things start going wrong. You have more and more errors of division and multiplication. A slowing metabolism leads to a weaker nervous system which also makes the mind to weaken. One thing is clear: “Use it or lose it” from the book …..

I really enjoy spending time with Hendrik Groen. Like him I also “rarely say what i want to say. I tend to choose the path of least confrontation. My specialty: wanting to please everybody.”

In other news:

I painted the wall in my studio a dark grey, in preparation for my next ‘Studio exhibition: The Haunted Stitch” coming soon…watch this space. 😉

I will also be participating an a group show in November…more about this a bit later:

Other news: Feel free to visit the stockroom at MContemporary gallery for some available work, or feel free to send me a message:

Until we speak again….”Stop the rot, keep moving” Hendrik Groen