Autumn Studio update

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Ah, well into the month of March and since March was named after the Roman God of war, I thought this picture with a toy gun is appropriate, (not that I am a fan of war) but as Alice Walker wrote in the book: The Colour Purple: “A grown child is a dangerous thing”

In the studio I am “fighting” with unfinished pieces, admin and time.

I recently had an encounter with a beautiful animal (seal) when I went for my daily swim in the Goukou river and afterwards a friend told me that I should regard it as a sign to “go with the flow.” So while I concentrate on going with the flow…I’d like to tell you about some exciting things that’s coming up in the next 3 months:

1….

“Stitched”  (part 1) a group show is opening on the 24th of March at the Paradigm gallery in Philadelphia USA! Three of my works will be shown alongside some amazing artists using embroidery and stitching techniques in their work.  It’s the first time that my work will be seen in the USA and I am super excited to be included in this show.

*Please contact sara@paradigm-gallery.com if you would like to be on the digital collector preview list for this exhibition.*

2…

In April I will be participating in “A Visual Requiem for Judith Mason” a travelling group exhibition..

….a tribute to celebrate the art and life of Judith Mason who sadly passed away earlier this year.

3….

For the month of May: I am in the process of getting my work ready to ship it to the Netherlands for the Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2017!

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I will post some images of the work soon, but for now I’d like to leave you with this quote by Patti Smith from her book: Just Kids, which I finished reading over the weekend:

“In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art. For whom? Are we animating God? Are we talking to ourselves? And what was the ultimate goal? To have one’s work caged in art’s great zoo’s – The Modern, The Met, The Louvre?

I craved honesty, yet found dishonesty in myself.  Why commit to art? For self-realisation, or for itself? It seem indulgent to add to the glut unless one offered illumination…..

I wondered if anything I did mattered…..?

Robert (Mapplethorpe) had little patience with these introspective bouts of mine.  He never seemed to question his artistic drives, and by his example I understood that what matters is the work:  The string of words propelled by God becoming a poem, the weave of colour and graphite scrawled upon the sheet that magnifies His motion.  To achieve within the work perfect balance of faith and execution.  From this state of mind comes a light, life charged”

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring! – Studio update

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Dear Friends,

Spring has knocked on our door, but good old Winter is still breathing down her neck.

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September promises to be an exciting month.

Our youngest is turning a saintly six soon

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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:

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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.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

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!

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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.

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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:

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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

A moment in May

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“What on earth is a moment?

A moment is a very small particle of time. It is so small that one day is made of 6,400,099,980 moments.

(Six billion, four hundred million, ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and eighty)

1 fingersnap = 65 moments and 6,400,099,980 moments = one day, so 6,400,099,980 divided by 65 = 98,463,077 fingersnaps per day.

Everything in the universe is constantly changing, and nothing stays the same, and we must understand how quickly time flows by if we are to wake up and truly live our lives…

That’s what it means to be a time being…

and just like that you die.”

From the book: A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki

WordPress notified me that its been 5 years since my first post. Wow how time flies! Thank you dear friends and followers for taking the time to read my blog…

I actually thought to stop blogging for a while because I could relate with the following quote from the author Ruth Ozeki:

“It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit.  and when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.”.

and this one…

“Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.” -Milan Kundera, Book of Laugter and forgetting, 1980.

But alas, here I am again, writing to those who do read this…

So today I would like to take a moment to tell you about the two group shows which I am pleased to be included in:

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

 

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Humpty Dumpty and Puss in Boots will be included in the following exhibition:

Event name: Manuscript -Group exhibition
Venue: Art in the Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
Date and Time: 13th May 2016 (Opening: Friday night: 18h30pm)
Exhibition: the exhibitions runs till 6th June 2016.
Website: www.artintheyard.co.za

Manuscript
The overall idea behind the exhibition ‘Manuscript’ originated with the idea of working with the Dewey Decimal System experienced as a scholar in school libraries.
A fun feature for this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival is to link the gallery price tags to represent the Dewey Decimal Systems antique lined card with type writer text that one would have traditionally found in the library.
Artists will take their inspiration from text or from the book titles of their favourite novel, biography, poet or famous author. A writer that changed their perception of life or inspired them. A philosopher’s words or inspirational quote by one of history’s greatest minds.

Artist Participating:

Brahm van Zyl
Henk Serfontein
Chris Denovan
Greta McMahon
Cedric Vanderlinden
Michele Davidson
Annelie van der Vyver
Jan Schutte
Judy Woodborne
Marinda Combrinck
Hannalie Taute
JP Meyer
Juria le Roux
Kathy Botha
Aidon Westcott
Andrew Mogridge
Adriaan Diedericks
Rudolf Rosochaki

And then early June I will present two works at the following exhibition:

Hoepelpoep (Hoopfart): An exhibition about self importance and the cult of thinking oneself famous!
Opening Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery at 5pm to 8:30pm.
This exhibition will run until 22 June and will be open on Saturdays 4 and 11 June from 10 am to 2pm and also weekdays from 10am to 4pm. (excluding June 16th)
2nd Floor
9 Barron Street
Woodstock
Cape Town

Participating artists include:
JP Meyer
Sarah Pratt
Hannalie Taute
Hennie Meyer
Mark Chapman
Marinda Du Toit
Ilse Nieman
Evette Lombard
Marike Kleynscheldt
Joubert Stander
and
Alex Hamilton

Here is a sneak peek:

Image via Alex Hamilton

Image via Alex Hamilton

Other news….

While hard at work preparing for my upcoming solo exhibition in September 2016, and two sculpture commissions; I listen to the Reith lectures on YouTube featuring the artist Grayson Perry. While familiar with his ceramics, I recently discovered that he did tapestries! It is also very entertaining hearing him talk about the ‘art world’.

I also watched the movie: The Hunger games. I loved the outfits, especially the fake eyelashes of the character Effie Trinket in this movie. The ‘games’ itself in the movie reminded me very much of social media and to a certain extend the ‘art world’.

Unfortunately I cannot read while I stitch, but somehow sneak moments in-between to finish reading “Even cowgirls get the blues” by Tom Robbins

and so I will leave you with this quote from the above book:

“Don’t be outraged, be outrageous!”

Almost Spring…a studio update

Art portfolio- my work

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.

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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:

  1. The gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  2. The art of Edward and Reddin Kienholz
  3. Art Brut (I’ve read it years ago and finally have my own copy!)
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. Buys by Willem Anker (this is actually a library book…which the librarians kept aside for me because I was asking for it for such a long time)

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:

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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…

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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 😉