Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More Infection.

An experiment with monotype.
























Infection IV (monotype with thread, paint and beeswax)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Infection.

Three dry point etching experiments:
Infection I (dry point etching with thread, paint and beeswax)



























Infection II (dry point etching with thread, paint and beeswax)

























Infection III (dry point etching with thread, paint, beeswax, debossing)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sea Point Art on the Promenade

More outdoors art. On a beautiful day. With Snous & L'Usband.



























Soft Walls - a photographic installation by Sydelle Willow Smith. Some of my favourites:







 Snous just had to say 'hi' to the dog at No 2983.


























Kom Oor die See (a reference to the Afrikaans song Daar kom die Ali(a)bama) by Haroon Gunn-Salie:

























Rhinosaur by Carl Andre van der Merwe. This comment on rhino poaching consists  of several separate steel plates set at a distance from one another. The image only makes sense when viewed from one angle (through the viewfinder).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outside Art.

On a recent trip to Hermanus I captured these outdoor sculptures.
Heritage (Jaco Sieberhagen)



































Awaiting your Return (Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe)

 Guardian Angel (Shany van den Berg)
































Trans-Figure XXIV (Dylan Lewis)























Sculpture I (Herman von Nazareth)































Sculpture II (Herman von Nazareth)
































Cone Virus (Gordon Froud)

































Circle of Sticks (Strijdom van der Merwe)































 Nest (Strijdom van der Merwe)


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Little Bookcase.

I started a (small) community project on our outside wall. I commissioned L'Usband to build the cabinet, I painted it with happy stripes and a sign to match, and then I proceeded to fill it with books with the help of two friends. The idea is that people can take books for free, read them, keep them or pass them on to a friend or charity. The only proviso is that I ask people not to sell books they take.

A week into the project - about 14 books have been taken, and 3 books have been added by persons unknown. Pretty cool, hey!




Monday, October 6, 2014

Masiphumelele Group Exhibition.

Michaelis (UCT) School of Fine Art 3rd year students are exhibiting work at the Masiphumelele Library from 6 - 18 October as part of a community outreach programme. We went to have a look today.
































The Mystical Bookworm (Emily Allen)

















































Unyawo Alunampumlo (Daniela Puccini) - to accompany the labyrinth in the courtyard, and my favourite piece of the show.


Cyclically feminine (Sue Greeff) - working with ten young local females, this collaboration resulted. Crystals are growing on each ovoid shape - unfortunately not clearly visible on my cellphone picture!




































Unfortunately I missed the name of the painter of the triptych below. The three paintings illustrate three traditional Masiphumelele stories. The second one is very poignant. Not all stories have a happy ending ...





Humble Beginnings (Amy Louise Spring) - working with four young local girls, the artist explored their dreams and hopes for the future with them.  It is great to see that young girls today see options for themselves that we (as 1960's kids) would never have dreamt could be achieved by a woman. After the more traditional choices of teacher and nurse, the last two girls dream of becoming a pilot and a soldier respectively!





































A Woven Strength (Pamela Mulock-Bentley)



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Walking Tour of the Studio.

No, not my studio. William Kentridge's.
We went to this lecture last week ...

where the artist spoke (most eloquently, as always) about his work and his process.

Phrases that stuck with me: "stalking the image ..."  "behind every certainty there is a violence ..." and strangely enough, "carrots, cumin and brisket", the last one being ingredients for a dish that he was going to cook, and which popped up in his mind, very unZenlike, while he was doing a 5-minute meditation on a tree in his garden.

At the event I got hold of this publication (L'Usband's early Christmas present to me, yippeeee):

which contains the text of his 6-part lecture series at Harvard University (videos can be found here)

























He very kindly signed my copy ...
but I thought it wise to obliterate his signature in the photo, for obvious reasons.