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Making art has always been a journey for me. Although sketches are made, plans scribbled on paper and maps drawn up with inklings of the destination, it is the problem solving and decisions taken on the way that give meaning to my endeavor.

Then the destination is reached…
This is the moment where the sculpture starts to converse on its own, the birth of an idea in a universal language.

Current sculptures and series’ such as Rock View, Silverstone, Grids, Guardians, etc. are all attempts at understanding and exploring the idea of “being human”.

I love imagination and finding the familiar in odd places. As a youngster I used to look up at the clouds and see all kinds of different things in them. What really amazed me was when your gaze left the clouds and returned a few seconds later how much of the previous illusion has changed, that the old man’s face now resembles a grinning crocodile…

Taking stock on my current trajectory I’m noticing myself still exploring these imaginative avenues. Is this not a truly human trait? The pure arrogance! To identify yourself in the detritus of the universe? Even on Mars we have found faces resembling our human identity and given nebulas names such as “Crab” and “Horse Head”. Are these not the places where we identify our gods, within the planets, the sun and the moon?

This must be a sign that we are conscious beings, that we have an imagination and are different to the “other animals” on this pale blue dot. Is this not the fertile ground which birthed our spiritual sensibilities?

Could this trait also be responsible for the basic narrative we call art? Seeing a likeliness of ourselves in a large rock or a tree must have given rise to spirituality, to religion. We are not separate but part of the larger picture. We are part of the universe!

Perception! The pinprick hole of our pupil sucks up all this electromagnetic radiation of the “visible” spectrum. These illusive particles and waves radiate from everything around us. How can this tiny hole in our eye reveal so much if only a tiny fragment of this radiated energy stimulates our perceptive nerves?

There is so much visual information and each individual has their own perspective. My sculptures are an attempt to discern this diversity of views. I am searching for a way to articulate through experience and immediacy that moment which gave rise to the origins of the inquisitive and conscious woman, child and man.

The lens metaphor has and still is the main prerogative to explore this notion of immediacy and individual perspectives of whom we are and our affinity to the world around us.

My sculptural exploits are reaching back to the dawn of man and how this narrative still affects us today, our human nature… with a glassy twist. 

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Blow Your Sculpture will open officially at the Pretoria Art Museum on the 12th of November 2016.

Please join us for refreshments, great sculptural lighting and to meet the artists.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 10:30 for 11:00 at the Pretoria Art Museum.

bys-invite-1-bParticipating Artists:
Dr. Ingram Anderson
Lothar Böttcher
Guy du Toit
Peter du Toit
Mike Hyam
Martli Jansen van Rensburg
Mignon Mayhew
Maxi Pretorius
Liesl Roos
Retief van Wyk

and special guest Emil Kováč

The exhibition will run till the end of 2016.

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How quick the mood and energy changes when the weather turns from jerseys and jeans to t-shirts and shorts. It might also be due to the certainty after elections. Who knows…? One thing is for certain, the world keeps on turning, irrespectively.

After many meetings, planning and discussions ideas are congealing into substance. Several shows are already done and dusted with several more lined up. Next week sees the opening of our collectively curated glass exhibition with Dr. Ingram Anderson and myself at the Pretoria Art Association.

We have been building this jigsaw puzzle since early last year and the final picture will emerge next Friday. The exhibition is titled “Out of the Fire, Into the Light” showcasing a wide range of current art made in glass throughout South Africa. Our specific aim is to bring the artistry of glass into the light, departing from purely functional glass work.

Twelve years ago we made similar waves, establishing the South African Glass Art Society. Unfortunately this was a venture ahead of its time and had to be shelved. Maybe, just maybe this new collective show will kindle conversation for future endeavours and collaboration to grow our small yet vibrant glass art community. (Nudge, nudge! Wink, wink!)

With almost 35 artists participating “Out of the Fire, Into the Light” promises to be a window on current trends here, the Southern tip of Africa. Established masters will exhibit along young flames guaranteeing a diverse oeuvre of inspiration, creativity, imagination and artistry.
We might not have the grandest furnaces, glass museums and history of glass but have passion, ingenuity and vision to open up a future for the material in new and unpredictable ways.

Here we come, ready or not!

Out of the Fire, Into the Light will open on the 23rd of September 2016. Please visit our FB page for more info and program of events.

Out of the Fire, Into the Light forms part of the Cool Capital 2016 Biennial.


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