Absa Atelier 2013 and Outsider 2012

The event OUTSIDER2012 takes place on Tuesday the 4th of September at in The Media Mill, 7 Quince Street, Millpark - behind 44 Stanley Ave - and will see with the launch of Klein Doolhof – a delightful white wine from the landlords' wine estate in Worcester. The exhibition opens at 18:30, and features a screening of Steven Cohen's Chandelier, 2001 - 2002 at 19:00, which will be followed by live performances from other visual artists to the beat of DJ Dexterity and Hurt Murphy.
As a 'fringe-to-the-fringe' event, OUTSIDER2012 is endorsed by Business and Arts South Africa and comprises of artworks by artists - both well-known outsiders and newcomers - that are not exhibiting on the FNB Art Fair or the Joburg Fringe. The group show will be curated by Life Unplugged in association with Breinstorm Brand Architects in keeping the general theme of 'Outsider'. Artwork will consist of photography, painting, sculpture, drawings, ceramics and site-specific installations. Commission on sales of artwork is kept to a minimum ensuring the promotion of the artists and affordability to buyers. After the event the exhibition will be open for viewing from 5-9 September between 12:00 and 15:00.

Artists on the show include
Alice Edy
Mandy Johnston
Belinda Blighnaut
Marchand van Tonder
Catherine Dickerson
MJ Turpin
Chris Saunders
Nicole Lindeque
Dirk Esprey
Ella Buter
Philippe Bousquet
Gina de Oliveira
Reney Warrington
Hannah Hughes
Ruan Hoffmann
Hannelie Coetzee
Shogan Naidoo
Jousef Mounser
Solly Radali
Lavendhri Arumugam
Steven Bosch
Marinda Du Toit
Steven Cohen

The Absa L’Atelier is South Africa’s most prestigious art competition. It rewards young artists between the ages of 21 and 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. A look through the list of previous winners will testify to this.

The Absa L’Atelier art competition is run in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

Statement about the work:

These two large pieces of 50% cotton paper hang side by side. With pin holes, each work represents the border line, contours and river systems of South Africa. The ‘view’ of the line is dependent on which side of the border ‘you’ are on. The deviations in the pattern of the border line refer to traditional Southern African estuary fishing traps.

For many theologians, traps exemplify the very thing that defines modern humans from our predecessors, the ability to imagine invisible goals and plan ahead in time. Setting a trap is acknowledged to be one of the first things modern humans used these skills for, a skill set that is very much in practice, on a much larger scale today, exemplified by borderlines today.

This topic is relevant due to current xenophobic violence our country is experiencing.

The tiny holes make reference to fabric. Holes like these occur the edge of fabric occur during manufacture. As it is often very difficult to tell the right from wrong side of fabric, these allow the user to determine which side of the fabric to use.   The titles ‘Fabricated I’ and ‘Fabricated II’ point ironically to the concept that border lines are similarly, man-made constructs.