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  2. 2. 1 Absa is a world-renowned patron of the arts and the proud sponsor of the 24th L’Atelier art competition. It is the oldest single national sponsored art competition in the Southern Hemisphere and remains the most prestigious award on any South African artist’s CV. This competition serves as a platform for young emerging artists to make their mark in the South African arena. Not only does Absa create a platform to showcase their work through this competition, but we have also been increasingly active in identifying, nurturing, pro- moting and sponsoring these artists through our gallery. Absa regularly purchases art from exhibitions hosted in the Absa Gallery, as well as from the L’Atelier exhibition.The purpose of buying new art is to develop human potential, sup- port South African arts and culture and also provide our business with a viable investment opportunity. Absa’s art collection is therefore a tangible and visual reflection of what we’re about as a South African organisation. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our co-sponsors for their continued support. Without SANAVA, the French Embassy, the French Institute and Alliance Françiase, this initiative would not be possible. I would also like to congratulate our winners. Make the most of this wonderful opportunity to further your careers.We will be watching with interest as many of you go on to become internationally recognised artists. To all the entrants, we wish you the very best and hope to see you again next year. Maria Ramos Absa Group Chief Executive
  3. 3. 2 National selection panel Gwen Miller/Melissa Mboweni Coordinators of National Selection Andrew Da Conceicao Cape Town Amos Letsoalo Polokwane Karel Nel Johannesburg Ingrid Stevens Pretoria Air ticket to Paris, France sponsored by Absa This catalogue has been compiled by Cecile Loedolff, Manager: Art, Absa Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs. Published by Absa, Member of the Barclays Group. 2009 Absa L’Atelier Awards Catalogue ISBN 978-0-620-44293-0 The Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is presented annually by Absa in conjunction with SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts). It is a compe- tition for young artists in the age group 21 to 35 years.Works of art were selected in Bellville, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg, East London, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Pretoria and Thohoyandou by a local panel of selectors guided by Melissa Mboweni and Gwen Miller on behalf of the National President of SANAVA. The selected works of art have been sent to Johannesburg for final adjudication. The Absa L’Atelier Award 2
  4. 4. 3 Retrospectively, the art of any society has been viewed as a significant measure of the diversity of its values.The Absa L’Atelier Award provides a platform for engagement with young artists whose work reflects the attitudes and concerns throughout contemporary South Africa. In this short introduction, I would like to draw attention to two important aspects of the structure of the L’Atelier Award, namely the process of judging and the post-selec- tion analyses of the artworks. The judging process has been refined over many years. Several panels of adjudicators function at regional and national level to encourage a broad, inclusive vision.They are presented with work that has been selected by annually appointed critics, educators and artists and a judging aesthetic is negotiated.The judges’ intention is to access the possible meanings and aims of the works, while at the same time considering the relationship between the artists’ concepts and technical choices and their craftsmanship. Rounds of systematic selection are built into the judging process to determine professionalism and representation.The judges must substantiate their choices in a final round of rigorous debate.This acceptance of their own accountability demonstrates their commitment and dedication to our cutting-edge young artists, whose work often falls outside the constraints of the market. Over the years, the Absa L’Atelier Award judges have used a vital gauge; that of relevance to our time and coun- try. Yet, attempts to define the terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘South African’ often raise significant issues around both visual and political aesthetics. In this exhibition, the post-judging process analysis has identified a the- matic disquiet; the realisation of a sombre tone and sense of discomfort inherent in many works.This parallels international trends reflecting societal anxiety and urban tension and the individual’s sense of insignificance or impotence. The artists’ voices of dissent are consistent yet reveal personal perspectives. Visual language is manipulated to convey the spirit of place with either energy or subtlety.The artists comment critically on many contemporary systems and structures, including bureaucracy and boardroom ethics, ecological irresponsibility and the socio- logical implications of race classification and stereotyping - although a certain irony sometimes emerges when dealing with issues around the role of race and diminishing cultures.There is fear and lament for the prevailing strain of violence, death and poverty, shown by the choice of metaphorical images, such as figures from mythol- ogy.The shape-shifting impact of technology on the way we experience life is evident in their formal use of grid structures and some art processes that allow mechanical ‘invasion’ of the artists’ individual styles.These thematic and technical choices show the artists’ complete awareness of a society under strain at multiple levels. It is essential to emphasise the strength of the works on exhibition: they are not mere illustrations of these con- cepts, but instead, as open-ended evocations of subliminal tension, have become barometers of conscience. Gwen Miller Coordinator
  5. 5. 44 The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) pays tribute to Absa for its consistent support over the past twenty-four years of organising the annual Absa L ’Atelier Competition.The event, hosted in collaboration with SANAVA, has become a major item on the agenda of young visual artists who are serious about developing their skills and in pursuing their interest or a career in the field of the visual arts.We thank Absa’s management and staff dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts and recognise their very important role in furthering the spiritual wealth of the South African nation. Congratulations to those artists who distinguished themselves by having been selected as most meritorious! To those individuals who were not successful this time, thank you for your participation. Please persevere, for eventually your efforts are bound to be richly rewarded. Many thanks to the judges, local panels and staff at the various collection points who sacrificed time in assisting with the adjudication process! Let’s continue to support Absa by echoing its slogan‘today, tomorrow, together, also in the visual arts!’ Many thanks Anton Loubser SANAVA National President
  6. 6. 5 Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993) Sekoto was born at Botshabelo near Middelburg in the former Transvaal on 9 December 1913. His early paintings depicted scenes from Sophiatown, District Six and Eastwood near Pretoria. He left South Africa in 1947 for Europe and settled in Paris in volun- tary exile where he lived until his death in 1993. As an African Parisian he always yearned for his South African roots and identity, which he depicted with much nostalgia in many of his works. In Paris and with the support of the loving French public, doors eventually opened for Sekoto to explore his own creativity. With this award we honour Gerard Sekoto. The French Embassy, the French Institute and the Alliance Française, felt it appropriate to create such an award to support the most promising artist with an income of less than R60 000 per annum. This award will hopefully open yet another door for a young South African artist in the city of love and art, namely Paris.
  7. 7. 6 Rosin, Stephen John Winner Bellville The devil makes his Christmas pie from politicians’ tongues and bankers’fingers (2008) Mixed media 58cm x 80cm
  8. 8. 7 Eksteen, Frederik Jacobus (Frikkie) Pretoria The ambassadors Mixed media 200cm x 199,5cm MeritAward
  9. 9. 8 Johannesburg Wailing wall Mixed media (Diptych) a) 104,5cm x 64,5cm b) 104,5cm x 64,5cm MeritAwardErasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan)
  10. 10. 9 Lotz, Hannah-Ada Pretoria No matter if you black or pitch black: I’m free to be black as I am I am super black Photography (Diptych) a) 108,5cm x 76cm b) 108,5cm x 76cm MeritAward
  11. 11. 10 Durban The scapegoat Mixed media 53cm x 31cm x 24cm Shabalala, Mbhekiseni VictorMeritAward an capegoat d media x 31cm x 24cm
  12. 12. 11 East London Tribute to Noria Mabasa Linocut 103cm x 134cm GerardSekotoAward Lindi, Nyaniso
  13. 13. 12 09 Top Ten Finalists 1MaaikeBakker 2PeterCampbell 3FionaCouldridge 6NyanisoLindi 7Hannah-AdaLotz
  14. 14. 13 4FrikkieEksteen 5StephanErasmus 10LucasThobejane 8StephenRosin 9VictorShabalala
  15. 15. 14 Bahmann, Dirk Johannesburg Life trace 10 Johannesburg Mixed media 61,5cm x 83cm61,5cm x 83cm Profile: Bahmann was born in 1974.He obtained a BAS degree at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a BArch at the University of theWitwatersrand.He has participated in several exhibitions and received several awards.He participated in the 2006 L’Atelier Exhibition. Description of artwork: Life trace 10 Johannesburg is an ongoing orbit of work that examines an inner experience of the urban landscape of Johannesburg. It plays with the duality of the inner and outer worlds, between the self and the collective and the particular and the universal.
  16. 16. 15 Bakker, Maaike Pretoria Air suburb #219 Multimedia installation 27 sec Profile: Bakker was born in 1986 and is currently studying BA(VA) at Unisa. Description of artwork: This artwork investigates the old Roman law principle ‘cuius est solum, eius est usque ad caelum et ad inferos’, which when roughly translated states,‘To those who belong to the earth... (shall belong to the sky up to the heavens)’, and it applies to our postmodern context. Air suburb #219 consists of numerous layers of suspended laser cut cardboard grid struc- tures or air boxes, serving as a future air blueprint, which designates the areas in the sky that have been modified into architec- tural airspace.
  17. 17. 16 Bezuidenhout,Vincent Bellville Tower block diptych Photography 115,5cm x 184cm Profile: Bezuidenhout was born in 1978. He studied for the National Diploma in Photography as well as for the BTech degree in Photography at the Central Univer- sity of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein. Description of artwork: The photograph entitled Tower block diptych relates to the concept of heterotopia elaborated on by philosopher Michael Foucault to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions. These are spaces of otherness, which are neither here nor there, that are simultaneously physical and mental such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror. The term heterotopia describes spaces that have layers of meaning or relationships to other places than immediately meets the eye.
  18. 18. 17 Profile: Botes was born in Bellville in 1975. He studied BA(FA) Applied Graphics at the University of Stellenbosch. He has participated in several exhibi- tions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2007. Description of artwork: This installation focuses on the hu- man being as parasite by raising questions regarding how much we consume. At first glance the viewer is presented by a rigid portrait made of smaller pieces – the self depicted as robotic. Each individual piece carries a fact about the consumption and waste production of a single human being over their average lifetime of 77 years and 9 months. The installation delivers information through nu- merical figures and raises questions or evokes response from the viewer regarding their lifestyle and how mechanised and unthinking we have become in our consumption. Botes, Sybrandt Lourens Bellville Parasite Mixed media 200cm x 200cm
  19. 19. 18 Profile: Bull was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA), which she obtained with distinction from the University of Cape Town. She is currently a lecturer in the Visual Art Department of the University of Stellenbosch. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier ex- hibitions in 2000 and 2001 as well as in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2005. She was selected as a Merit Award Winner in 2005. Description of artwork: Data capture: a muse consists of a series of live portrait drawing performances playing on the tradition of life drawing and the artist’s search for a muse. Bull, Katherine Gay Bellville Data capture: a muse Mixed media 2 min
  20. 20. 19 Profile: Campbell was born in 1982 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. He is currently studying for his BTech(FA) degree at the same university. Description of artwork: Ancient Celtic custom required that the sin of the recently deceased be re- moved so that the soul would be free to transcend, unhindered, into the heav- enly realm. For this to happen, the aid of a Sin-eater was required. By means of specific ritual the Sin-eater would consume the transgressions of the dead. Tom Peep raises the question: have we become our own sin-eaters through the relaxing ritual of mass media? With every floppy newspaper, every horrid daily seven o’clock summation, films and literature reminding us of the acidic corners of the mind, we consume our collective dark underbelly. Are we a fly- on-the-wall-culture mistaking disaster for entertainment, always watching but never helping, always judging but never loving? Have we come to expect the worst of those around us and instead of reconciling, have built higher walls? Are we the products of cultural decay, of a failing ritual incomplete? Campbell, Peter Mikael Port Elizabeth Tom Peep Mixed media 200cm x 200cm
  21. 21. 20 Port Elizabeth Old sins cast long shadows (from:The dark mirror series) Mixed media 72cm x 57cm Campbell, Peter Mikael Description of artwork: Cement is the physical backbone of urbanisation, while exerting great pressure on the environment through the process of its manufacture. It is cold, hard and has immense strength but is rigid, reflective of the cold logic of The Age of Reason. Like the cement, the frame also has a heritage that is indicative of Western civilisation, expressing hierarchy, wealth and classicism and the valorisation of that, which lies within its frontiers. The use of gold leaf may express to a certain extent the health of our times, the flaking veneer of the pinnacle of civilisation.
  22. 22. 21 Profile: Chauke was born in 1979 and completed grade 10 at the Malenga High School. Description of artwork: It is election time and all the leaders are talking. Here the artist depicts Jacob Zuma, Mr Lekota as well as two former Presidents namely Mr Mandela and Mr De Klerk. Polokwane The elections manifesto Wood and paint 18cm x 62cm x 31cm Chauke, Phula Richard Profile:Profile:Profile
  23. 23. 22 East London An unstable identity Mixed media installation 186cm x 200cm x 200cm Chorn, Genevieve Sarah Profile: Chorn was born in 1987 and is currently studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: This artwork consists of two sculptures; a chair and a hat stand, which have human feet, reminiscent of the ball and claw furniture of the 1940s and 1950s.
  24. 24. 23 Profile: Coetzee was born in 1983 and studied for the National Diploma in Photogra- phy at the Nelson Mandela Metropoli- tan University, Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth Empty Space 2 Photography 60,5cm x 84,5cm Coetzee, Gerhardt Description of artworks: It was the profound emptiness of the spaces shown in these photographs that first attracted Coetzee. While the atmosphere in most of them can be de- scribed as unsettling, there is a sense of familiarity in these voids where life used to be lived so abundantly. In the ruins of Central Port Elizabeth, the contrast to the madness of being and how human society destroys and sucks the life out of what was once beautiful, seemed to jump at the artist. The absent human figure, suggested by evidence left be- hind, shadowed him from site to site. To him the spaces became spaces of possi- bility where he could delve into his own experiences, imagination and memories. Port Elizabeth Empty Space 1 Photography 60,5cm x 84,5cm
  25. 25. 24 Johannesburg Haunting Oil on board (Twenty-four-part) 33cm x 24cm each Couldridge, Fiona Sharon Kemsley Profile: Couldridge was born in 1975. She studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of the Witwa- tersrand. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibitions in 2000 and 2001 as well as in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. Description of artwork: Couldridge’s artworks exist between life and death; they are apparitions – figures which may at any point awaken.The main themes concern psychological identity of ideas and of often sinister, childhood play. The starkness of the black and white colouring suggest medical x-rays, print media, photographic negatives as well as various binary oppositions: dark and light, negative and positive, death and life, absence and presence. Pressing the dolls on cotton sheets create imprints, suggestive of both presence and absence.
  26. 26. 25 Durban Kids for year 2000 Acrylic on canvas 45,5cm x 60,5cm Danca,Welcome S’phiwe Profile: Danca was born in 1978 and obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design at the Durban Institute of Technology. He has participated in several exhibitions, includ- ing the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008. Description of artwork: The children who were born after 1994 are spoilt because they received cell phones and certain rights. If you as a parent reprimand them they argue with you and threaten that they will call Childline.
  27. 27. 26 Pretoria Xenomorphic disposition Bronze 32,5cm x 34,5cm x 14,5cm Profile: Delport was born in 1978. He studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2002. Description of artwork: This piece is about human relations and interaction, different mindsets and deliberations. It is about how individu- als can have complete diverse ideas and emotional reactions. On the one side you have soft, rounded shapes that seem nimble and benevolent. On the opposing side there is the sharp angu- lar shape that seems almost aggres- sive, awkward and unyielding but also defensive. The shape of the heads along with the body language makes con- frontation between the circle and the square, the liberal and the conservative, clear. It is basically action and reaction. Delport, Steven ng the Absa LAtelier f artwork: human relations fferent mindsets and about how individu- ete diverse ideas ctions. On the one rounded shapes that benevolent. On the e is the sharp angu- ms almost aggres- unyielding but also pe of the heads along guage makes con- n the circle and the and the conservative, action and reaction.
  28. 28. 27 Bloemfontein Tax - C Mixed media 98cm x 149,5cm x 64,5cm De Waal, Helena Profile: De Waal was born in 1979 and obtained the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon Free State, Bloemfontein in 2003. She obtained a postgraduate certif- icate in Education in 2008 at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein. Description of artwork: This artwork portrays four issues that all citizens are confronted with, namely water, electricity, food and money. A lamp, meat grinder, a tap and money slot are all reminders of these issues.The rear mirrors are there to remind you of things that can happen.The amount of money you put into the slot determines how far the Tax-C can go. izens are confronted with, namelyll cit wate meat ll rem mirro hat c ou p he Ta ti r, t m o c pu Ta izens are confronted with, namely r, electricity, food and money. A lamp, grinder, a tap and money slot are minders of these issues.The rear rs are there to remind you of things an happen.The amount of money ut into the slot determines how far ax-C can go.C
  29. 29. 28 Du Preez, Suzanne Johannesburg Series #4: Parktown I Mixed media 200cm x 107cm Profile: Du Preez was born in Worcester in 1975 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She also studied for the MTech degree in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001. Description of artwork: This work is a representation of a section of a wall from the Johannesburg suburb, Parktown.The artwork is an interpreta- tion of the walls outside our houses that we erect as protection against violation. Recreated here from soft materials, such as foam in which the wall loses its function to protect and becomes an exploration of the artist’s positioning and interpretation of her lived context, Johannesburg.This is achieved through the use of and manipu- lation of diverse materials, techniques and references related to the artist herself in an attempt to explore her own identity.
  30. 30. 29 Description of artwork: This representation of a suburban boundary wall in Parktown West, Johannesburg, was created by using needlepoint techniques to outline the boundary wall, juxtaposed against an idyllic/utopian landscape. This juxta- positioning forms a grafting of time and space i.e. here and there, present and past, reality and imagination. Du Preez, Suzanne Johannesburg Series #3: Parktown West I Mixed media 200cm x 84,5cm
  31. 31. 30 Description of artwork: This artwork forms part of a series, which was done while Du Preez attended a residency in Switzerland.This site - specific installation investigates social, cultural and per- sonal boundaries in a European context as apposed to her living context, Johannesburg, South Africa. She focused on boundary walls as it is so distinct in Johannesburg. Du Preez, Suzanne Johannesburg Boundaries I, Sierre, Switzerland Digital print 82,5cm x 101,5cm
  32. 32. 31 Profile: Duncan was born in 1981 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008 where she was chosen as one of the top ten finalists. Description of artwork: Illness prevented her mother from having long, thick hair for most of her adult life. Only now in menopause with the help of hormone replacement therapy her hair is thick and long.Through this work she attempts to question constructs concerning female beauty. She used her mother’s hair to create an object referencing a fan that she gave her.The work is also intended as a portrait of her mother. Duncan, Suzanne Elizabeth Beavan Bellville Fan: For hot flushes Human hair 62cm x 86cm
  33. 33. 32 Profile: East was born in 1980 and is currently studying BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: This work deals with themes of com- plimentary form, structure replication, disease, duality containment, loss, play, material antagonisms, strength and vulnerability. East, Anthony David Bellville Placeto (Still life; four years and three months) Mixed media 200cm x 200cm
  34. 34. 33 Eksteen, Frederik Jacobus (Frikkie) Pretoria The ambassadors Mixed media 200cm x 199,5cm Profile: Eksteen was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001 where he was selected as one of the top ten finalists. He also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibi- tion in 2003. Description of artwork: The ambassadors (2009) is part of an ongoing project based on the University of Pretoria’s portrait collection of former principals.This painting forms part of a body of work, which questions this series’ status as both timeline and a knowledge archive. If each personage in the original sequence is intended as a marker in an ongoing narrative, can it stand up to what it claims to represent? What exactly does it signify and how? What happened in the spaces between these portraits? Are these gaps completely faceless? Can a few painted faces be a valid record of the complex events and decisions that shape nearly a century’s worth of history? The artwork was also inspired by and takes its title from Hans Holbein’s paint- ing The ambassadors from 1533. As in Holbein’s image, he used anamorphic perspective to create eleven unexpected viewpoints.The painting demands of the viewer to take part in an unconventional viewing contract, where things only come into perspective by adopting several unfamiliar vantage points.
  35. 35. 34 Erasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan) Johannesburg Untitled 104 Mixed media 21cm x 20,8cm x 1,7cm Profile: Erasmus was born in 1976. He studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at theWitwatersrand Technikon as well as for the BTech (FA) degree at theWitwa- tersrand Technikon. He also completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of theWitwatersrand. He has participated in several exhibitions,includ- ing the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2000 as well as the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004,2006 and 2008. He was selected as one of the top ten finalists in 2008. Description of artwork: In this particular book the artist sampled texts from five selected love song lyrics and then randomly placed these letters on each section of the book.These letters were connected with‘paths’between the letters to spell out the selected text.The text was then encrypted by placing mis- leading pathways between the letters. The use of the book format aims to gener- ate a more tactile involvement with the artwork by the reader,not only through the physical handling of the artwork as one would with a normal book,but also through the decryption/discovery of the selected texts and the rezones for the artist’s selection of these texts.
  36. 36. 35 Erasmus, Marthinus Stephanus (Stephan) Johannesburg Wailing wall Mixed media (Diptych) a) 104,5cm x 64,5cm b) 104,5cm x 64,5cm Description of artwork: The work entitled Wailing wall calls on a historically important architectural construction known as the Western Wall, an impor- tant religious site of all three the Abriamic faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The wall is historically known to be the last remaining construction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, an important place for prayer and in Islam the wall has a strong as- sociation with the Isra and Mi’raj story. Some sources identify the Western Wall as the place where Muhammad tethered his winged steed, Buraq. However, this artwork focuses on the tradition of placing pieces of paper containing Talismans and prayers into the cracks of the Wall. By using this tradition to re- construct a place where wishes, hopes and dreams are contained in selected lyrics from love songs, these pieces of paper are used to construct a wall where the maker can give in to the longing and sorrow that establish this memo- rial place of remembrance.
  37. 37. 36 Evans, Judith Marian Johannesburg There is always a point Mixed media 55,5cm x 68cm Profile: Evans was born in 1986 and is currently studying BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Description of artwork: In 1917 Marcel Duchamp rotated a porcelain urinal by 90 degrees, signed it and placed it in a gallery – almost instantly transforming the manner in which the world conceived of what art truly is. Almost a century later this ground-breaking work continues to stand as a beacon in conceptual art making. Along a similar line the object which she has chosen to frame is an ordinary clutch pencil, which has been mass produced.What makes it unique, however, is the fact that the artist Jeremy Wafer coincidently chose to sign another artist’s submission to the competition.
  38. 38. 37 Ferreira, Rikus Bellville Varkkop formasie Mixed media 45cm x 128cm x 69,5cm Profile: Ferreira was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Volkskas Bank Atelier Exhibition in 1999 and the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003, 2004 and 2007. He was selected as a top ten finalist in 2003 and 2007. Description of artwork: Pigs are likened to the human race on various levels and are often used to com- ment on the human condition.Winston Churchill once said:“Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us like equals.”They are a frequent source of reference in many aspects of culture at large, with many idiomatic uses of the word pig. Origami pigs, folded by using pages from an old book on British impe- rialism and Queen Victoria, were placed inside a coffee table and specifically in this case, one in the ball and claw design. This type of coffee table is a well-known item in the Afrikaans family and a very familiar furniture piece in most western households in South Africa. The folded origami pigs were placed in an ox head formation.This well-known and successful military strategy was used by Shaka Zulu and his Impis,where faster-run- ning fighters (the horns) would encircle the enemy,while soldiers with short spears (the head) would face the enemy head on. This work tries to deal with the idea of greed and power in a South African context. It tries to focus the attention on the irony of imperialism and therefore also the thirst for power/control over people and the ef- fect on the different groups involved.
  39. 39. 38 Fossey, Natalie Durban We are addressing the problem Silkscreen 57,5cm x 67cm Profile: Fossey was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the same university. Description of artwork: This work was the first of a series of prints working in and around notions of feminin- ity, sex, beauty and representation thereof. The artist worked from her own photo- graphs to develop a piece that functions as an open-ended question. The image is made up of only one subject.
  40. 40. 39 Fossey, Natalie Durban We will return to popular viewing shortly Linocut 38cm x 32cm Description of artwork: The artist uses her own photographs and the linocut was the last in the series in which she worked with representations of femininity, beauty and sex. She finds the voyeuristic very interesting. By using a figure where it is not clear whether she is aware that she is being viewed, gave the artist an opportunity to consider her voyeuristic intentions as an artist work- ing with the partially nude female form. 38cm x 32cm
  41. 41. 40 Fuller, St John James Zair Pretoria Wabenza Pinhole photography 105cm x 153cm Profile: Fuller was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA). He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007 and 2008. Description of artwork: Wabenza is a photograph of a Mercedes Benz taken with a multi aperture camera. The car is an icon of a dream. A symbol of status and goals achieved. A sure sign that you have managed to place yourself comfortably within society and well beyond the reaches of poverty. While the image clearly reveals recognisable features of a car, these do not form a whole. Instead, much as we repeat to ourselves those parts of a dream that we do remember in order to try and recall the whole, the fragments are represented over and over again without ever completing the car.
  42. 42. 41 Gillougley, Cara Val Bellville From withdrawal and emergence Mixed media (Triptych) a) 47,5cm x 36,5cm b) 47,5cm x 36,5cm c) 47,5cm x 36,5cm Profile: Gillougley was born in 1983 and studied for a Diploma in Photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. Description of artwork: The surreal photographic body of work deals with themes of underlying emotional and psychological torment and obsession. The images are both metaphor and catharsis. The images are derived from studio shoots and substan- tive digital post production. The scale is intimate to force a degree of voyeurism from the viewer.
  43. 43. 42 Greyvenstein, Lisa Pretoria Pretty in pink Mixed media (Triptych) a) 23,5cm x 44,5cm x 45cm b) 23,5cm x 44,5cm x 45cm c) 23,5cm x 44,5cm x 45cm Profile: Greyvenstein was born in 1983 and is cur- rently studying BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. Description of artwork: Pretty pink is a comment on gender rela- tions and cultural expectations on men and women.The softness of the fabric juxta- poses the sharp dangerous qualities of the gloss alluding to hidden friction and ten- sion between genders. Dominant discourse dooms women to artifice causing inequali- ties and conflicts.
  44. 44. 43 Description of artwork: This series of digital photographs are so overtly constructed that one begins to question what is real and what is merely illusion, alluding to the ideological con- structs in our everyday society by which we live our lives. Greyvenstein, Lisa Pretoria Corrupted illusion I Digital print 37,5cm x 186,5cm
  45. 45. 44 Grobler, Liza Bellville A work of art (also) has a life of its own (self-portrait) Mixed media 124cm x 73cm x 92cm Profile: Grobler was born in 1974. She studied BA(FA) as well as MA(FA), which she ob- tained with distinction from the Univer- sity of Stellenbosch. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Description of artwork: This work is constructed out of various objects representing a self-portrait of the artist in a pregnant state. b- er- ted bsa s the
  46. 46. 45 Gurney, Kim Janette Johannesburg A bee, dreaming Mixed media 50,5cm x 144cm x 12cm Profile: Gurney was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: This work engages with climate change – specifi- cally the habitat loss for bees as a result of human development, which play a vital pollinator role in food production. The square format of each window and composite panels represents the mosaic vision of bees. The floral spectres are, however, stitched in red – a colour that bees cannot perceive. The contorted honeycomb panel, lit from behind with simulated daylight, represents disrupted natural order.
  47. 47. 46 Gutter, Pauline Gertruida Bloemfontein Memorial of memories Oil on wood 170cm x 122cm Profile: Gutter was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Description of artwork: This work depicts Alfred George Jenkinson.
  48. 48. 47 Hlatshwayo, Similo Wiseman Johannesburg Night cityscape 1, 2 and 3 Mixed media (Triptych) a) 50cm x 50cm b) 29cm x 70cm c) 28,5cm x 70,5cm Profile: Hlatshwayo was born in 1984 and ob- tained a Diploma in Visual Arts. Description of artwork: With these works the artist tried to move away from depicting nightscapes in the traditional manner by drawing from circuit board images and electronic devices such as music studio recording equipment. He also minimalised the actual buildings that are only suggested by lighting. He attempted to create a cityscape that leaves the viewer to be drawn into the fast-paced lighting visions of the city. 2 ,5 a) b)b)b) c) 28,
  49. 49. 48 Hlungwani, Staurose Phillemon Johannesburg Kuhavankariwaku wisa I Mixed media 115,5cm x 147,5cm Profile: Hlungwani was born in Giyani in 1975. He studied Fine Arts at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. He also completed a Teach- ers Training Course at the Wits School of Art and then he studied Printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.
  50. 50. 49 Johannesburg Kuhavankariwaku wisa II Mixed media 115,5cm x 147,5cm Hlungwani, Staurose Phillemon Description of artworks: There is no time to rest after retirement. Although these men still need to work as subsistence farmers they enjoy their new lifestyle.
  51. 51. 50 Hugo, Helena Pretoria End of my shift, end of my shift, end of my shift Pastel on board 59cm x 127,5cm Profile: Hugo was born in 1975 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2006. Description of artwork: In this drawing of three mineworkers, Hugo explores the different identities of South African labourers. She aims to break with the traditional idea of portrait painting mostly being reserved for the wealthy. In treating the portraits of people who are often being overlooked or taken for granted (but who play a vital role in society and economy), with equal virtuous formality and exhibiting them in a gallery, she aims to present them to the viewer as individuals with reconsidered significance, status and importance.
  52. 52. 51 Joubert, Ladiné Pretoria Ars Mariendi collection: Decadence of death Mixed media 170cm x 40cm x 40cm Profile: Joubert was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA). Description of artwork: The focus in this work is the dialectic between aesthetic and anti-aesthetic as symbolic of most binaries such as self/other, young/old and life/death. She thought of beauty (life) as constructive but at the same time destructive within western society. On the other hand she finds death as destructive but also constructive as in nature’s continuous rebirth.The work was created to attract and repulse simultaneously.
  53. 53. 52 Joubert,Tarien Pretoria Tadarida Mixed media 32cm x 160cm x 160cm Profile: Joubert was born in 1986 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria.
  54. 54. 53 Joubert,Tarien Pretoria Microtus longicaudus Mixed media 91cm x 136cm x 70cm Description of artworks: We live in a world where cloning and ge- netic engineering form part of biotechno- logical manipulation.This manipulation is visually manifested in these creatures that instil a sense of compassion in the viewer. Beauty can be found in utter banality.
  55. 55. 54 Keevy, Amy Port Elizabeth Bleed her white Mixed media (Five-part) 35cm x 43,5cm x 13cm each Profile: Keevy was born in 1987 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: Keevy explores the concepts of the fe- male body and identity, as well as issues relating to the female gender.The word ‘white’in the title is used symbolically to represent an innocence and virtue, which in some societies can be forced unrealisti- cally upon women. The series consist of five different images of a female body.The wounds resemble lesions on skin and represent the body being de-sexualised.These‘wounds’are being inflicted, but one can also see them as wounds‘oozing’from the skin.There is a tension between the inner and outer body. From one point we see the wounds being inflicted and from a different point it is the body itself, which leaks and bleeds. In an attempt to repress female sexuality, the opposite is occurring – it is now prominent and unconcealed.
  56. 56. 55 Kraft, Gina Johannesburg God bless you Video 1 min 12 sec Profile: Kraft was born in 1977 and studied BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Description of artwork: This piece came about as a response to George W Bush’s somewhat unintelligent speeches regarding the reasons for the war with Iraq. It issues a challenge to the thoughtless followers not only of a leader going down a dangerous path, but of the school of thought that encour- ages the mindless disregard for the use of‘God’s’name in making decisions.This in a country that is largely Christian and cannot (or will not) argue with the decla- ration that said decisions are the will of God. It references the over-hyped boxing matches in the USA, where scantily clad girls walk around the ring announcing the next round with a big signboard.
  57. 57. 56 Lila, Philiswa Pretoria Untitled Mixed media 115cm x 88cm Profile: Lila was born in 1988. Description of artwork: The artist is concerned with the appear- ance of a person’s skin and she focuses mainly on old people. It is believed that when you grow older you lose your beauty but for her it is not the case. Beauty can be imperfect. Each line/wrin- kle on a person’s face tells a story of how you lived your life.
  58. 58. 57 Description of artwork: The artist gives recognition to one of South Africa’s living pioneer artists namely Noria Mabasa.The work is based on one of her earlier works. Profile: Lindi was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, which he did not complete. He has par- ticipated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2007. Lindi, Nyaniso East London Tribute to Noria Mabasa Linocut 103cm x 134cm
  59. 59. 58 Profile: Liversage was born in 1973. She studied for the National Higher Diploma in Fine Arts at the Orange Free State, Bloem- fontein. She also studied for the BTech (FA) degree at the Technikon Free State, Bloemfontein. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Volkskas Atelier Exhibitions in 1995 and 1996. She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 and 2008. Description of artwork: This work is inspired by an illustration done in August 1910 by black heavy- weight boxing champion, Jack Johnson. It depicts the highs and lows of John- son’s fight against white man James Jefferies. The black and white ribbon in this composition conveys a message of protest against crime and abuse, which are a constant threat to our society. These epidemics affect the youth and woman primarily in South Africa. Her subject matter visually portrays the connotation linked to ribbons. The repetitive element of the ribbon rep- resents the manner in which we wear it as well as the generation of aware- ness it creates. An awareness ribbon is understood and worn by anyone. Liversage, Kilmany-Jo (Née Hunt) Bellville The fight in black and white Mixed media (Twelve-part) 29,5cm x 29,5cm each
  60. 60. 59 Lotz, Hannah-Ada (Paton) Pretoria No matter if you black or pitch black: I’m free to be black as I am I am super black Photography (Diptych) a) 108,5cm x 76cm b) 108,5cm x 76cm Description of artwork: Throughout her day the artist ob- serves and venerates all the beauti- ful coatings of people around her. She is fascinated by the visual feast of different tonalities of skin colour. Her lens has zoomed spontaneous- ly into the finer details and shades of people with pitch-black skin, an avenue unexplored. In these avenues she noticed an astonishing amount of ice cream being eaten. This ‘sweet tip’ went straight into studio and has become a most enjoyable way to create portraits. The shoot lasts as long as the ice cream lasts. True happiness is captured - ice cream on skin. Profile: Lotz was born in 1974 and studied BA(BPK) Business Communication at the University of Potchefstroom. She also obtained a Diploma in Commercial Photography at the National College of Photography. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’ Atelier Exhibition in 2005, where she was selected as one of the top ten finalists. She also participated in the Absa L’ Atelier Exhibition in 2007.
  61. 61. 60 Lüneburg, Nathani Pretoria Dreaming of home Video/DVD 2 min 30 sec Profile: Lüneburg was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria.She also studied MA(FA) at the University of Pretoria.She has participated in several exhibi- tions,including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2004 where she was selected as one of the top ten finalists.She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 and 2006.She was selected as a Merit AwardWinner in 2006. She also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2007. Description of artwork: This work is based on dreams the artist experienced during her three- month stay in Melbourne (October 2008 – December 2008).Being away from her familiar surround- ings,the artist often found herself lost in her own bizarre dreams. These dreams consisted of strange ever-changing images,referring to her greatest fears and fantasies of her past and present life.Intrigued by how the brain can capture im- ages and produce them during a state of sleep – a state where she does not have control over what she sees or feels,she decided to create a mind-map of her dreams,docu- menting them based on what she could remember.
  62. 62. 61 Mailula, Sepolwana Jonas Polokwane The calling Acrylic on board 48 cm x 98 cm Profile: Mailula was born in 1981 and studied for the N6 National Certificate in Art and Design at the Northern Province Commu- nity College. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008. Description of artwork: Back in the olden days our parents used to call the people for a meeting with the kudu horns. Today we use the vuvuzelas to support our teams. Through this paint- ing the artist wants to call the people to come to our country to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  63. 63. 62 Makoatsa,Teboho Justice Johannesurg Jo’burg my Jo’burg Oil on canvas 50,5cm x 101,5cm Profile: Makoatsa was born in 1984 and is a self- taught artist. Description of artwork: Here the artist depicts Johannesburg with the Marble Tower, the city of dreams.
  64. 64. 63 Makoatsa,Teboho Justice Johannesurg 2010 Battleground Oil on canvas 50,5cm x 102cm Description of artwork: In this painting the artist depicts Coca Cola Park in celebration of South Africa hosting Africa’s first 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  65. 65. 64 Makoatsa,Teboho Justice Johannesurg Keep working …Jozi Oil on canvas 50,5cm x 101,5cm Description of artwork: This work depicts the expansion of the Johannesburg cityscape.
  66. 66. 65 Maxiniva,Wongalethu East London Black diamonds Oil on canvas 87,5cm x 63cm Profile: Maxiniva was born in 1983 and obtained a National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Walter Sisulu University. Description of artwork: In this work the artist portrays a couple at a social gathering.
  67. 67. 66 Mbedzi, Rudzani Thohoyandou Musangwe (Traditional boxing) Wood 28cm x 35cm x 27cm Profile: Mbedzi was born in 1980. Description of artwork: In this wooden sculpture the artist depicts the traditional art of boxing. 28cm x 35cm x 27cm35 7
  68. 68. 67 Mbedzi, Rudzani Thohoyandou Mine boy Wood 32cm x 14cm x 19,5cm Description of artwork: In this wooden sculpture, Mbedzi portrays a mineworker. oh m ,, Tho 32cm x 14cm
  69. 69. 68 McLachlan, Alastair James Johannesburg While you walk back and forth Mixed media 98cm x 123cm x 10cm Profile: McLachlan was born in 1974 and obtained a BA degree from the University of Natal, majoring in Art and Drama. He has participated in several exhibi- tions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001, the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also received an Absa L’Atelier Merit Award in 2002. Description of artwork: ‘First there is a drive-in.Then there is no drive-in. Then there is’.This holographic illusion or suspension of time is a poetic summary of the stages of enlight- enment; before, during and after. McLachlan uses this illusionary method as a metaphor for the proc- ess of change... a proud monument and a tombstone. A birth, death and resurrection rolled into one… essentially an endeavour to save this moment, while time and meaning move inexorably onward. P fil D i ti f t
  70. 70. 69 Meistre, Brent Arthur East London The stranger who licked salt back into our eyes DVD installation 5 min Description of artwork: The stranger who licked salt back into ours eyes loosely narrates the history of the arrival of a stranger in a land where he has come to find himself and his love. The stranger from foreign lands brings with him knowledge,which is on one level enlightening but also burdening,a dis- ability.With him he carries all his tools and crafts, the prosthesis he needs to survive and to carry on his melancholic search. Bound to the earth through his disability, he cannot escape his serpentine exist- ence. He burrows through the landscape archaeologically,unearthing historical evi- dence with hints of apocalyptic revelations of what has brought about his fate. The soundtrack is a traditional Swahili love song Malaika (Angel/love),as sung on the east coast of Africa.The song has long been described as an unofficial Pan African anthem. It has been adapted and reworked as sung by Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba.The song is sung from the perspective of a young lover who marries due to financial woes. Profile: Meistre was born in 1975 and studied for the BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Graham- stown. He also studied for the MA(FA) degree at the same university, which he received with distinction. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Educa- tion with distinction at Rhodes Univer- sity, Grahamstown. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001 where he was chosen as Merit Award Winner. He also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibi- tion in 2005.
  71. 71. 70 Milovanovic, Masa Pretoria Affective, screaming headless torso and hybrid Mixed media installation 200cm x 200cm x 200cm Profile: Milovanovic was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. Description of artwork: In a sense we have all become cyborgs, hybrid organisms that fuse human, machine and animal into a new embodi- ment or disembodiment. Contemporary society’s way of life is being altered through our extensive use of technolo- gies, giving birth to new forms of pos- sibilities for the human body, lifestyle and consciousness.
  72. 72. 71 Minné, Linkha Port Elizabeth Oval vanity set Mixed media (Triptych) 37cm x 28cm x 13,5 each Profile: Minné was born in 1986 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. She also obtained the BTech(FA) degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: The work consists of three plaster‘vanity’ cases each with a glass dome lid. Inside each case are wax palms and the attach- able fingers.The cushions on which these rest are sanitary pads, tampons and face cotton pads. Beautification and/or meeting society’s standards in some cases de-feminises women, which are represented by the unused female hygienic products.unused female hygienic products.
  73. 73. 72 Mlangeni, Sabelo Wonderboy Johannesburg Safe, free, blood Photographic print 139cm x 97cm Profile: Mlangeni was born in 1980 and studied a photography course at the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg.
  74. 74. 73 Mlangeni, Sabelo Wonderboy Johannesburg Safe abortion Photographic print 139cm x 97cm Description of artworks: After an incident where a baby was discovered in a dustbin, the artist began to notice how many flyers were pasted randomly all over the city. It seemed as if ‘quick and easy’ abortions were readily available to all, even more so during holi- days. This aspect became the focus point of the artist’s work. His interest was also focussed on the HIV/Aids pandemic.
  75. 75. 74 Mokgotho, Hendrick Nare Johannesburg Stolen Mokgotho Mixed media 70cm x 70cm Profile: Mokgotho was born in 1986 and is cur- rently studying BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Description of artwork: Stolen Mokgoto implements the idea that the artist is a brand – a brand identified most notably through its distinctive name, with more intensity. Instead of intrusively including himself as a col- laborative partner in the creation of other artist’s works, he has chosen to include the signature of another artist on one of his works.
  76. 76. 75 Moloto, Itumeleng Benette Bloemfontein The disciple Acrylic on canvas 90cm x 60cm Profile: Moloto was born in 1979 and studied art at the Mmabana Cultural Centre. Description of artwork: This painting depicts the baptism of a disciple.
  77. 77. 76 Mosopa,Tshepo Gordon Pretoria Untitled Mixed media 27cm x 46cm x 24cm Profile: Mosopa was born in 1985 and studied Fine and Applied Art for two years at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. He is currently studying Print- making at the Artist Proof Studio. Description of artwork: The wheel is the metaphor to explore the concept of how fragile life is. Although the glass is covered by the tyre it can fall out and break at any time.The tar rep- resents the hardness of life – filled with potholes and pitfalls. Description of a The wheel is the metap l t m f The wheel is the metap concept of how fragile t m f concept of how fragile the glass is covered by t out and break at any tim resents the hardness of potholes and pitfalls.
  78. 78. 77 Ncaphayi, Mongezi Zanemvula Johannesburg Dialogue with the strayed Linocut 56cm x 74cm Profile: Ncaphayi was born in 1983 and studied for the Na- tional Diploma in Art and Design at the Ekurhuleni East College of Art and Design. Description of artwork: Through this work the artist portrays his fascination with collecting specific kinds of tools associated with hard labour. These discarded objects became meta- phors of our history,which is layered with emotion.
  79. 79. 78 Nekhavhambe, Mbavhalelo Immanuel Thohoyandou Fetish charms Video 1 min 50 sec Profile: Nekhavhambe was born in 1981 and stud- ied for the BTech(FA) degree. Description of artwork: The artist took Nkisi from its cultural place and treated it as something totally different than what it was originally cre- ated for.
  80. 80. 79 Pretorius, Alet Pretoria Rain II Digital print 49,5cm x 67,5cm Profile: Pretorius was born in 1980 and studied B(Journ) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: As a photo journalist, Pretorius is often placed in unfamiliar situations and by recording certain events, places her in a position of a better understanding of other people, cultures and events. Experi- encing the beauty and the ugliness in the world makes you appreciate your own life and makes you tolerant towards other people’s lives and way of living. Here she captured a person sheltering from the rain.
  81. 81. 80 Pretorius, Lorinda Samantha Port Elizabeth Rendering illusion Mixed Media 45,5cm x 34,5cm x 25cm Profile: Pretorius was born in 1987 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Uni- versity, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: Multiple sheets of glass are inserted into a stand and arranged in a linear manner to create an illusion of a three-dimen- sional image. o r
  82. 82. 81 Rautenbach, Janice Lyn Port Elizabeth See me Clay and cement 200cm x 200cm Profile: Rautenbach was born in 1977 and studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: The work consists of 32 small fragile white ceramic pots. Every pot rests on a block of cement.The blocks of cement are placed in a grid formation and deals with the personal and the cultural identity of the artist as a white person.
  83. 83. 82 Reen, Joanne Louise Port Elizabeth Nest Human hair and hairspray 10cm x 10cm x 10cm Profile: Reen was born in 1976 and studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: The nest-like form symbolising a nurtur- ing place of safety, was created from crocheted, female hair. Hair is a reference to the recollection of past traditional feminine roles. As Catherine de Zegher suggested“hair is the symbol of remem- brance; the timelessness of hair reflects the timelessness of memory.”The work is gender-motivated and questions post- feminist identity in contrast to pre-femi- nist desires to please and comfort.
  84. 84. 83 Rosin, Stephen John Bellville Rangefinder (2009) Mixed media 45cm x 97cm x 92cm Profile: Rosin was born in 1975 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon, Port Elizabeth. He also obtained his BTech(FA) degree cum laude. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2007 and 2008. He was chosen as a top ten finalist in 2008. Description of artwork: A range-finder is a device that measures the distance from the observer to a spe- cific target.The purpose of this is to accu- rately aim the weapon in order to exact a‘kill’.The rangefinder game is based on luck and chance and therefore contra- dicts this idea of accuracy.The piece is intended to mimic museum installation, showcasing a toy from a bygone era.This gives the work an archival identity, which genders a degree of authenticity and believability in the piece.
  85. 85. 84 Rosin, Stephen John Bellville The devil makes his Christmas pie from politicians’ tongues and bankers’ fingers (2008) Mixed media 58cm x 80cm Description of artwork: The work is a visual adaptation of the English proverb“The devil makes his Christmas pie from lawyers’tongues and clerks’fingers”.It speaks of the current propensity of concen- trating wealth and power in the hands of an elite few while disregarding the need of many. It shows a group portrait of what could possibly be a government, cabinet or board members of a bank or corporation.The form is purposefully garish and is intended to express and satirise the often flashy superfi- ciality of the overly wealthy and powerful.
  86. 86. 85 Saayman,Wynand Philippus Bellville Kits-Kos Mixed media 164cm x 65cm x 33,5cm Profile: Saayman was born in 1984 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007 and 2008. Description of artwork: This is an ongoing project in which the artist investigates the (visual) identity of the Afrikaner male.
  87. 87. 86 Sales, Lynda Dorothy (Lyndi) Bellville Carbon cloud Mixed media 104,5cm x 155,5cm Profile: Sales was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA) (Printmaking) at the University of Cape Town,which she obtained with distinc- tion. She also studied for the MA(FA) at the University of Cape Town,which she also obtained with distinction. She has partici- pated in several exhibitions,including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001 and in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003, 2004, 2005,2006,2007 and 2008. She was also selected as a top ten finalist in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003 and 2005, whilst she received a Merit Award in 2007. Description of artwork: The artist was initially interested in using carbon paper from a printmaking perspec- tive as a medium of multiplication. But rather than using the paper as‘ink’she was more fascinated in the carbon paper as the final product. The recordable traces,in negative,of an image or text that are left behind in layers on the iridescent electric blue of the carbon paper are almost forensic.Carbon paper used to create sensitive documents can be subjected to forensic analysis and is thus a concern within information security. Therefore,it must be shredded or otherwise destroyed to maintain security.The artist gathered carbon paper waste from various institutions that were obliging and began cutting electric cloud formations into the paper.
  88. 88. 87 Shabalala, Mbhekiseni Victor Durban The scapegoat Mixed media 53cm x 31cm x 24cm Profile: Shabalala was born in 1975. He grew up on the Ardmore farm in the Natal Mid- lands and returned to the farm after he left his job at Shoprite Checkers. He has participated in several exhibitions. Description of artwork: The Zulu people slaughter goats to perform their rituals and it reminded the artist of Jesus Christ in one way or an- other.The knobs on the body depict the sins that the scapegoat carries on behalf of everybody.
  89. 89. 88 Shabalala, Mbhekiseni Victor Durban Mother of the nation Mixed media 50cm x 24cm x 21cm Description of artwork: Mother of the nation is portrayed in such a manner as to make us aware that she can feed the nation. uch e
  90. 90. 89 Shoul, Marc Gary Johannesburg Casbah roadhouse, King George Road, Brakpan, 2008 Photography 61,5cm x 59cm Profile: Shoul was born in 1975 and studied for the National Diploma in Photography at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. He also ob- tained his BTech degree in Photography at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. He has participated in several exhibitions. Description of artworks: This is a depiction of some of the day-to- day activities in the small mining town of Brakpan on the East Rand, Gauteng.
  91. 91. 90 Shoul, Marc Gary Johannesburg Down town sports bar, Elliot Road, Brakpan, 2008 Photography 61,5cm x 59cm
  92. 92. 91 Snyman,Wessel Shea Bellville On the mechanics of loss and melancholy Mixed media 56cm x 70cm x 26cm Profile: Snyman was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. He has participated in several exhibitions. Description of artwork: This is a mechanical piece that audibly copies the emotional journey through loss and the melancholy that follows.ancholy that follows.
  93. 93. 92 Strydom, Esti Bellville Cameleopardalus Photographic print 55,5cm x 83,5cm Profile: Strydom was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) (Photography) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has participated in several exhibitions and received several awards. Description of artwork: The illustration of the animal comes from the 16th century and was drawn by someone who has never seen a giraffe first-hand and who had to conjure up an image from the imagination and oral descriptions.This illustration is re-photo- graphed on slide film, projected onto and into a real specific site and documented to show some proof of the performance/ intervention.
  94. 94. 93 Stuart-Clark, Lucy Bena East London Domestic confrontation Mixed media (Sixteen-part) 30cm x 23cm each Profile: Stuart-Clark was born in 1987 and is currently studying BA(FA) at Rhodes Uni- versity, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: Inspired by Victorian silhouettes and cameos, Domestic confrontation was inspired by Victorian woman question- ing the notion of an idealised woman in the 21st century. Most often a woman is considered‘ideal’if she can maintain a good home while pursuing a successful career.The irony is that most South Afri- can career women are often only able to maintain their homes because they have hired help. In theory, this would make the South African domestic worker an‘ideal’ woman – she is able to make money from keeping the home together. It is, however, not her home. Domestic confrontation ex- plores this tension by contrasting certain South African consumer goods – brands, which are often targeted towards par- ticular races.
  95. 95. 94 Thobejane, Nkahloleng Lucas Polokwane Another shift Wood 47cm x 23,5cm x 12cm Profile: Thobejane was born in 1973. He trained as a carpenter and had no formal train- ing in art. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2006. Description of artwork: South Africa has many minerals and therefore different kinds of mines. Many people work in the mines to provide food for their families. nother shift Wood 7cm x 23 shiftshift 3,5cm x 12cm
  96. 96. 95 Thobejane, Nkahloleng Lucas Polokwane Sarie tea please Wood 40cm x 12,5cm x 10,5cm Description of artwork: There is a man called Tom who loves tea. Everyday he opens his window and win- dow curtains and calls Sarie his employee that it is tea time. T
  97. 97. 96 Tschudin, Carolyn Dominique Polokwane Roots Charcoal 95,5cm x 191,5cm Profile: Tschudin was born in 1984 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. Description of artwork: This artwork portrays the roots of all or- ganic life and who you are through your DNA, your heritage, the beginning of life and memory.
  98. 98. 97 Tshivhandakano, Ndwamato Thohoyandou Woman and child abuse Linocut 51,5cm x 42cm Profile: Tshivhandakano was born in 1982 and studied Art at Matongoni. He has partici- pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Description of artwork: The artwork depicts women and child abuse.
  99. 99. 98 Tully, Ann-Marie Patricia Johannesburg Anilogos: Space dog, Sputnik V Oil on canvas 28,5cm x 35cm Profile: Tully was born in 1976 and studied MA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has participated in several exhibitions, in- cluding the absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2007. Description of artwork: Domination of animals is encoded into the very structure of language.Try and follow the word‘cats’with‘whom’and your spell- check will quickly alert you to the more appropriate‘that’.This work is concerned with upstaging the animetaphor by assign- ing language and thoughts to creatures who have before and after Descartes been nothing more than automata supposedly functioning without sentence, thought and language.
  100. 100. 99 Van Zyl, Adelle Pretoria Nameless things #14 Mixed media 63,5cm x 63,5cm Profile: Van Zyl was born in 1981 and studied BA(VA) at Unisa. Description of artwork: The work portrays categories, labels, names, etc. and that we are caught up in definitions and in trying to fit in.
  101. 101. 100 Visser, Marguerite Elizabeth Bloemfontein Possession/walkway/intersection Oil on wood (Triptych) a) 60cm x 42cm b) 60cm x 42cm c) 60cm x 42cm Description of artwork: The triptych explores the enchantment that preserved natural settings hold for the city dweller.The paintings are based on photographs, which documented the artist’s walk on the otter trail in the Tsit- sikamma nature reserve near Knysna.The woods are an embodiment of myth and fairytale fear, notions that intersect with the rational and metaphorical experience of cultivated pleasure. Profile: Visser was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.
  102. 102. 101 Wargau, Fabian Oliver Pretoria Screen drip: 08 Enamel paint on canvas 152cm x 121,5cm Profile: Wargau was born in 1984 and studied BA(VA) at Unisa. Description of artwork: The artwork investigates new ways to equate with pixels from a television screen paint on canvas.This process has led the artist to create works that deny the televised experience as a whole – capturing only instances of a‘real’ visual – any minute part of the screen, or even screen-shots in their entirety. Drops of enamel paint are in essence‘interlaced’ as a television screen would when medi- ating a broadcast using colouration that is limited only to the RGB, the red, green and blue.The concept deals with media- tion as well as reality.
  103. 103. 102 Washkansky, Dale Bellville Cleave Mixed media 73,5cm x 89,5cm Profile: Washkansky was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA)at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He is currently read- ing for an MA(FA) at the same university. Description of artwork: The image grapples with the notion of a wil- ful return and an aching separation.The im- age was constructed by physically collaging negatives to make a composite and singular negative.The process remains the mark- ings of erasure and compilation.The figures thereby retain wounds, which separates them from the background.The masculine and feminine figures therefore remain dis- connected from each other, locked into their respective spaces in which the environment becomes bruised hinting at a vacuous emp- tiness beneath the photographic surface.
  104. 104. 103 Watermeyer, Robert William Bellville Onseepkans port of entry, 14th August 2008 Photography 75cm x 90cm Profile: Watermeyer was born in 1983 and studied BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He is currently reading for an MA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: Onseepkans port of entry, 14th August 2008 is a border control point between South Africa and Namibia.The artist is presently investigating the border posts of South Africa and this work forms part of a larger body of work.
  105. 105. 104 Watermeyer, Robert William Bellville Golela port of entry, 29 August 2008 Photography 74,5cm x 90cm Description of artwork: Golela port of entry, 29 August 2008 is a border control point between South Africa and Swaziland.The artist is inves- tigating the border posts of South Africa and this work also forms part of a larger body of work.
  106. 106. 105 White, Ernestine Bellville Who am I? Who are you? Mixed media 39cm x 52cm Profile: White was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) at the School of Art and Design, Purchase College, New York. She also studied MA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Description of artwork: While on a residency in Colombo, Sri Lanka the artist encountered the word Kaffir, which is used to describe a community of people who are of African descent within the Sirambiyadia region of the country.The artist’s interaction with the word has forced her to re-evaluate the symbolic content inherent in its meaning and its relation to her as an individual with a specific geographical and historical background. Like memories, words are not concrete things but rather symbols that contain a deeper set of meaning, that symbolically represent a particular context that is not always clear and changes over time.
  107. 107. 106 Whitehead, Johanna Jacoba (Hanje) Johannesburg Partouse de poisons (Orgy of fish) Mixed media 42cm x 12,5cm x 120,5cm Profile: Whitehead was born in 1985 and studied BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2007 and 2008. Description of artwork: The artwork consists of three leather kinetic fish on a stainless steel box.The artist works with fish for its unrivalled symbolism related to the lives of humans whose lives become as restricted as that of fish. Our daily lives become patterns of our existence. ,5 ,5
  108. 108. 107 Wildenboer, Barbara Bellville Birds of prey Mixed media (Five-part) 43,5cm x 43,5cm each Profile: Wildenboer was born in 1973 and studied BA(Ed) at the University of Pretoria. She also studied BA(VA) at Unisa and MA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Uni- versity of Cape Town. She has partici- pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003, 2005 and 2008. Description of artwork: Birds of prey consist of a series of five discarded natural history reference books, the pages having been manipu- lated into forms that are more sculp- tural. The artist’s working process entails sourcing from different reference books and transfering and juxtaposing images and text from different pages onto each other to create new visual hybrids. Reference is made to processes of cross- referencing and intertexts as it occurs in scientific study.
  109. 109. 108 Wright, Linda Kathryn Port Elizabeth Transcending prosperity Mixed media 153cm x 66cm x 66cm Profile: Wright was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: The chandelier epitomises material wealth and luxury and is usually found in the foyer or entrance to a building or home, looming powerfully and authoritatively over our heads and dominating our first impression as we enter the interior and gaze upward. The artist inverted the chandelier to reverse its position to the polar opposite to directly negate this intention. In doing so the artist is grounding it to the surface beneath our feet and in turn it grows upward like a tree to meet our gaze. In the current economic depression and prevailing global scarcity consciousness, she invites the viewer to transcend the material and rise above the value we place on luxurious commodities and the exhibi- tion of wealth to bringing it down from its high status to base level.
  110. 110. 109 Ziqubu, Sicelo Victor Sandile Johannesburg Unfinished story of 2010 FIFA World Cup Mixed media installation 180cm x 200cm x 200cm Profile: Ziqubu was born in 1974 and obtained a Public Relations Diploma. He has partici- pated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2008, where he was selected as a top ten finalist. Description of artwork: This is an incomplete story of the soccer tournament to be held in South Africa next year. It is hoped that this tournament will brighten the lives of our South African rain- bow nation as well as our guests who will be arriving in aeroplanes from elsewhere.
  111. 111. 110 Previous Absa L’Atelier Winners 1986 Winner Penny Siopis Merit Award Winners Deborah Bell Andrew Breebaart Dennis Purvis Simon Stone 1987 Winner Clive van den Berg Merit Award Winners Andries Botha Philippa Hobbs Tommy Motswai Karel Nel 1988 Winner Diane Victor Merit Award Winners Kay Cowley Guy du Toit Johann Louw Margaret Vorster 1989 Winner Hennie Stroebel Merit Award Winners Caroline Jones Walter Oltmann Giulio Tambellini Jeremy Wafer 1990 Winner Barend de Wet Merit Award Winners Andrew Breebaart Jean Bruwer Guy du Toit Judy Woodborne 1991 Winner Virginia MacKenny Merit Award Winners Nicole Donald Ruth Mileham Johann van der Schijff Pierre van der Westhuizen 1992 Winner Paul Edmunds Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker Marc Edwards Dominic Thorburn Minette Vári 1993 Winner Dominic Thorburn Merit Award Winners Siemon Allen Diek Grobler Adam Letch Russel Scott 1994 Winner Jonathan Comerford Merit Award Winners Andrew Putter Kevin Roberts Henk Serfontein Alastair Whitton 1995 Winner Kevin Roberts Merit Award Winners Moses Cetywayo Gordon Froud Diek Grobler Peet Pienaar 1996 Winner Isaac Khanyile Merit Award Winners Hanneke Benadé Wim Botha Samkelo Bunu Berco Wilsenach 1997 Winner Ilse Pahl Merit Award Winners Lucas Bambo Cecile Heystek Kim Lieberman Richardt Strydom (Known as Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition up to 1998 and from 1999 to 2001 known as Absa Atelier Competition)
  112. 112. 111 1998 Winner Karl Gietl Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker Hanneke Benadé Jean Brundrit Peter Rippon 1999 Winner Ryan Arenson Merit Award Winners Brad Hammond Fritha Langerman Albert Redelinghuys Vanessa van Wyk 2000 Winner Brad Hammond Merit Award Winners Joni Brenner Natasha Christopher Colbert Mashile Nigel Mullins 2001 Winner Stefanus Rademeyer Merit Award Winners Marco Cianfanelli Daniel Hirschmann Brent Meistre Merryn Singer 2002 Winner Marco Cianfanelli Merit Award Winners Natasha Christopher Alastair McLachlan Benninghoff Puren James Webb 2003 Winner Sanell Aggenbach Merit Award Winners Retha Bornmann Natasha Christopher Patricia Driscoll Berco Wilsenach 2004 Winner Conrad Botes Merit Award Winners Stephen Hobbs Pieter Hugo Lize Muller Robert Rich Gerard Sekoto Winner Belinda Zangewa 2005 Winner Berco Wilsenach Merit Award Winners Katherine Bull Lawrence Lemaoana Patrice Mabasa Mikhael Subotzky Gerard Sekoto Winner Lawrence Lemaoana 2006 Winner Ruth Sacks Merit Award Winners Nathani Lüneburg Riason Naidoo Anet Norval James Webb Gerard Sekoto Winner Nomusa Makhubu 2007 Winner Pierre Fouché Merit Award Winners Nina Barnett Wayne Matthews Lyndi Sales Jaco Spies Gerard Sekoto Winner Nina Barnett 2008 Winner James Webb Merit Award Winners Christiaan Hattingh Lunga Kama Alhyrian Laue Atonia Steyn Gerard Sekoto Winner Retha Ferguson

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