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  1. 1. Behind every door lies... Absa L’Atelier 2007
  2. 2. Open upDoors open. Doors close. Behind every door, thereis a reality. For each of us, that reality is different.For the artist, the challenge is to find a uniqueway to express that unique reality.For 22 years now, the Absa L’Atelier Awards,incorporating the Gerard Sekoto Award, havebeen opening doors for young artists. Theseawards also afford us the privilege of a glimpseinto these talented young people’s realities.Open the door. Walk with Absa through anunparalleled experience, expressed in art. Door no 1
  3. 3. The Absa L’Atelier Award 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 competition 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, Pretoria and Thohoyandou by a local panel of selectors guided by Guy du Toit on behalf of the National President of SANAVA. The selected works of art have been sent to Johannesburg for final adjudication. National Selection Panel Guy du Toit, Coordinator David Andrews, Johannesburg Fritha Langerman, Cape Town Vulindlela Nyoni, Pietermaritzburg Kevin Roberts, Pretoria Air ticket to Paris, France sponsored by Absa This catalogue has been compiled by Cecile Loedolff, Manager: Art, Group Marketing, Absa. Published by Absa, member of the Barclays Group. 2007 Absa L’Atelier Awards Catalogue ISBN 978-0-620-38917-42
  4. 4. IntroductionGuy du Toit, CoordinatorThe Absa L’Atelier Awards is 22 years old and no longer a teenager. It isstill as always an important platform for artists and the prizes areimpressive research and networking opportunities for under thirty fives.I am reluctant to call them young or emerging artists as many haveestablished careers and are producing mature work. It is said that the most important decision an artist takes is the decisionwhether or not to release a work into the public domain, and in this case,subject one’s personal vision to a rather ironic selection and judicationprocess. The winning works are determined by all the other works on theexhibition; they are informed by and stand in relationship to this gestalt.Change some of the selected works and the potential that the winnerswould be different becomes real. So too, works that were not selectedhelped determine those that were and vice versa. Every artist whosubmitted art has contributed to the final exhibition and effectively tothe winners and they should all be applauded. The sponsors, selectorsand adjudicators should also be thanked as the Absa L’Atelier Awardswould be nil without them.The exhibition as a whole sets up a narrative that is specific to theparticular selection of artworks. Bring in the selectors and adjudicators,each with their peculiar readings of this whole and its parts, and weshould have exponentially divergent takes on the final laureates, but andthis always amazes me, consensus is arrived at with relative ease.However, what is even more interesting and important is you, the viewingpublic, for it is you who complete the whole process by giving the timeto interact and react with the individual works, the whole exhibition, andin effect judge the jurors’ judgements. Thank you all and enjoy the show. Door no 3
  5. 5. Foreword Changing the reality of young artists in South Africa has been the metier of the Absa L’Atelier, Africa’s longest-running art competition, for 22 years now. Over the years, many an upcoming artist has eagerly crossed the threshold into the light of recognition ignited by winning a L’Atelier or Gerard Sekoto Award. Most have gone on to make a significant impact on the world of the arts – through their body of work and through their inspired teaching. The opportunity to nurture the arts offered by a sponsorship incorporating these two awards is something we at Absa prize most highly. In our quest for pre-eminence in South Africa and on the African continent, it behoves us to open doors for the burgeoning talents of this richly diverse environment. We have always been careful to ensure that our involvement in the arts goes beyond bestowing stature and prestige in the form of a sought-after award. It is the two sponsored sabbaticals at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, that give these awards their undoubted power to influence the South African art scene. This international exposure – and the time and money young artists are granted to pursue their muse – differentiates the L’Atelier and Gerard Sekoto Awards from anything else South Africa has to offer its upcoming artists. It gives me a great pleasure to celebrate the latest crop of L’Atelier and Gerard Sekoto talent by means of this catalogue. – Steve Booysen Absa Group Chief Executive4
  6. 6. Gerard Sekoto AwardGerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993)Sekoto was born at Botshabelo near Middelburg in the former Transvaalon 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 voluntaryexile where he lived until his death in 1993. As an African Parisian healways yearned for his South African roots and identity, which he depictedwith much nostalgia in many of his works.In Paris and with the support of the French loving public, doors eventuallyopened for Sekoto to explore his own creativity. With this award wehonour Gerard Sekoto. The French Embassy, the French Institute and theAlliance Française, felt it appropriate to create such an award to supportthe most promising artist with an income of less than R60 000 perannum. This award will hopefully open yet another door for a youngSouth African artist in the city of love and art, namely Paris. Door no 5
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  8. 8. Gerard Sekoto Award: 2004An unparalleled portalThe realities of building a career as an artist were very different for Billie Zangewa after shestepped out as a Gerard Sekoto Award winner.Plucking up the courage to re-open the door to a career in art after ten successful years in theclothing industry, paid off for Billie Zangewa (34) when she won the first Gerard Sekoto Awardin 2004.“Without the exposure my solo exhibition as a winner afforded me and the kudos of havingreceived this well regarded award, it would have been much more of a struggle to gain recognitionas an artist,” Billie says.She knows. Fresh out of Rhodes University ten years before, she had pursued her dream butfound the going too hard.“In Gaborone, I worked and worked at it, but I just couldn’t make headway, having to do everything– and pay for everything – myself. The kind of support and exposure Absa’s prize has given memakes all the difference.”Once she had recovered from the surprise and ecstasy of winning, Billie took off for her sabbaticalin the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris determined to make the most of this wonderful prize.“Strangely enough, I had formed an interest in the French language right from my early daysin primary school in Botswana. Being able to talk to the Parisians in their own language – albeitbadly – certainly helped. I found they thawed to me quite quickly.”Billie says the location and ambience of the Cité could not have been better. She gained muchfrom her exposure to French and international art and artists, as well as from wandering thestreets, shops and galleries of Paris.“Much of what European artists do is so simple. Their art is about ordinary things. They take theordinary and make something extraordinary of it. That is what informs my work to this day. Itappeals to me.”Now that she has been living her dream for three years, Billie feels no trace of the boredom andrestlessness that plagued her in the days when she couldn’t give up her day job. And the portalto her happiness was the Gerard Sekoto Award. Door no 7
  9. 9. Gerard Sekoto Award: 2005 A firm step into the future An enticing reality awaits Lawrence Lemaoana on the other side of the door that the Gerard Sekoto Award opened up for him in 2005. Spending from June through August last year in the Cité Internationale des Arts cast a whole new light on his art career for Lawrence Lemaoana (25). “It was an incredible time for me. I got to explore many other works of art and my time in Paris made me take a different look at my own work,” says Lawrence. “The people I met seemed very interested in how my identity as a South African informed my work. I was more used to striving to be as international as possible in my expression.” So, for Lawrence, infusing his French experience into his work came down to feeling more free, to be unashamedly local. “Another thing I realised from the conversations I had with other artists and from examining their concepts, was that we South Africans have more of a sense of humour than most. I enjoy adding an element of surprise to my work. You lose nothing when you laugh,” Lawrence points out. A realisation of the wealth that we have as South Africans also came out strongly for Lawrence during his time overseas. For one, he realised that it was relatively easy for him to adapt to a foreign culture because of his varied experience growing up in this country. “My parents are black and hard working, but none too wealthy. They value a good education and saw to it that I went first to an Indian primary school and then to a former Model C school in a largely Jewish community. Multi-culturalism comes naturally to me.” So, although winning the Gerard Sekoto Award and going to Paris took Lawrence out of his comfort zone, he had the right mindset to gain as much as possible from it right from the start.8
  10. 10. “Being away from home and part ofsuch a vibrant art community put meon the right footing to delve into mybeing as an artist. Having steppedthrough that door, I am seeing myfuture in a new light. I know art isgoing to be my life.”Having that certainty, as well as theopportunity to exhibit his work andthe recognition of his potential worthas an artist, is important to Lawrence.“Art was never part of my familybackground. It took a leap of faith formy parents to accept my choice whenI started studying fine art at theUniversity of Johannesburg,” he says.“I think they feel more secure aboutmy prospects after I gained my BTechdegree and when I received theGerard Sekoto Award.” Door no 9
  11. 11. Gerard Sekoto Award: 2006 Opportunity opened up When Sasa Makhubu stepped through the door that winning last year’s Gerard Sekoto Award opened for her, she met a plethora of opportunities that changed her reality. Not only did winning the Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 gain Sasa Makhubu (23) her first residency, it also opened up a world of opportunity and a whole new reality. “I was bowled over to win. I hadn’t even expected to make it past the provincial selections for the award,” says Sasa. “And then, before I even left for Paris, I was also awarded Amnesty International’s Woman of the Year Award in the arts category.” During her three months in the Cité Internationale des Arts, Sasa mixed with gallery owners and plenty of artists with whom she could exchange ideas. “I met people who knew Sekoto and I saw places where he lived and worked. It was breathtaking. I absolutely appreciate everything.” She was also exposed to a diverse selection of art and artists, both visual and performing, during her time in Paris. “This made me look beyond boundaries,” she says. Even after Sasa’s return, her time in the Cité has yielded a sustained interest in her work. Just last month, she heard that her work has been selected for an exhibition in this year’s Jeune Creation in November. “I also met people who informed me about other programmes, such as the Bamako African Photography Biennial, which I am hoping to participate in later this year, and I managed to put up an exhibition at the Cité, called face to face, which gave me a bit of exposure and a variety of opinions about my work,” she says. “During the exhibition I was invited to participate in the Kunsthorten Exhibition, which was unfortunately discontinued because of a lack of funding. Nonetheless, that was quite an achievement.” 10
  12. 12. This year, Sasa has also beennominated for the Shoprite/CheckersWoman of the Year Award.She certainly never dreamed that herinterest in art, which started whileshe was at school and was fuelled byseeing her elder brother working onhis collages and paintings, wouldtake her so far.“My brother’s work is still a majorinfluence on my art,” Sasa points out,“and my family has always been areal blessing to me.”The context of the Vaal Triangle,where Sasa grew up, has also led herto question issues of identity and herlink to Grahamstown as a historicalspace. That is where she has spentthe past four years studying, first forher Bachelor of Fine Arts and now forher Masters in Art History.In future, Sasa hopes to indulge herlove of drama, music and writing, aswell as pursuing her artistic career.Her dream is to have a studio whereother young artists will also be ableto work. Door no 11
  13. 13. Pierre Fouché Winner Bellville The distance between us III Mixed media 106,5cm x 105cm12
  14. 14. Nina Ruth Barnett Johannesburg Voda voda Animation 2 min 24 secMerit Award Door no 13
  15. 15. Wayne Matthews Port Elizabeth Europa’s libation Mixed media 46cm x 58cm x 37cm Merit Award14
  16. 16. Lynda Dorothy (Lyndi) Sales Bellville How long can you hold your breath Found objects 82cm x 72,5cmMerit Award Door no 15
  17. 17. Theodorus Ignatius Jacobus (Jaco) Spies Bloemfontein Palimpsest koppie Animation Infinite time Merit Award16
  18. 18. Nina Ruth Barnett Johannesburg Voda vodaGerard Sekoto Award Animation 2 min 24 sec Door no 17
  19. 19. 18 ‘07 top ten finalists
  20. 20. SCENE DO NOT CRO SS CRIME SCE NE DO NOT CROSS CRIM ERIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCEN E DO NOT CROSS CRIME OSS CRIME NOT CR ENE DO IME SC OSS CR NOT CR ENE DORIME SC CENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS CRIMEENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS CRIME SCENE Door no 19
  21. 21. 20 ‘07 top ten finalists
  22. 22. 6 Sarel Jansen van Rensburg 1 Nina Barnett 7 Marlise Keith 2 Lynette Bester 8 Wayne Matthews 3 Lothar Böttcher 9 Lyndi Sales 4 Rikus Ferreira 10 Jaco Spies 5 Pierre FouchéDoor no 21
  23. 23. Armstrong, Beth Diane East London Hybrid vigour Mixed media (Triptych) a) 175cm x 31cm x 53cm b) 175cm x 31cm x 53cm c) 175cm x 31cm x 53cm Profile: Armstrong was born in 1985. She is currently The power of imagination and the power of change. studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. These sculptures stand taller than the artist herself, which creates a metaphor for power that art critics Description of artwork: These three dog- have over the artists. Ironically without the artists they men busts on three light grey plinths, represent power. would not exist.22
  24. 24. Barnett, Nina Ruth Johannesburg Voda voda Animation 2 min 24 secProfile: Barnett was born in Johannesburg in 1983. She Description of artwork: This animation consistsstudied BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. of a series of red cups filled with water making a journey through the city of Belgrade from a public fountain to a gallery. Door no 23
  25. 25. Bester, Lynette Bellville Le Marteau sans Maitre Salvaged stand up piano 190cm x 120cm x 110cm Profile: Bester was born in 1978. She studied BA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch, which she obtained cum laude. Description of artwork: Le Marteau sans Maitre – The hammer without a master, is a kinetic sculpture created from salvaged parts of a piano. The parts were reassembled in order to make a new object that moves and makes sound. It challenges the perception of a found object and its place in society. The art- work’s title comes from a poem written by Rene Char in 1933 and Pierre Boulez’s music score of 1955. This is the artist’s interpretation of a hammer without a master with direct reference to the process of producers.24
  26. 26. Boshoga, Aubrey Thabang Johannesburg I’m a junkie Mixed media (Four-part) a) 50cm x 30cm b) 50cm x 30cm c) 50cm x 30cm d) 50cm x 30cmProfile: Boshoga was born in Mamelodi, Pretoria in see how it destroys people’s lives. ‘I’m a junkie’ consists1972. He studied BA(FA) at the University of Durban- of four works, trying to warn the people not to getWestville. addicted to it and to those who are to stop using drugs. Hessian material is used to create texture in hisDescription of artwork: Many people in South paintings but it also has a special meaning for him asAfrica are using drugs and because of this they are it is not only a potato bag but it was also utilised forlosing their jobs, cars and loved ones. It is painful to cleaning, scrubbing and bathing like the orange sack. Door no 25
  27. 27. Botes, Sybrandt Lourens (Brandt) Bellville Stick figures in peril Digital print 76cm x 59cm Profile: Botes was born in 1975 and studied BA(FA) Applied Graphics at the University of Stellenbosch. Description of artwork: A warning sign composed entirely of warning signs. The immediate association with danger is undermined by the playful nature of the iconography and the situations the stick figures find themselves in.26
  28. 28. Botes, Sybrandt Lourens (Brandt) Bellville Love Digital print 76cm x 59cm Description of artwork: Pastiche of Robert Indiana’s best known image. The sperm and egg cells making up the word LOVE, questions its meaning and purpose. It adds an additional layer of information and meaning that works both and against it – on the one hand a possible visual analogy of the word and on the other hand a Trojan Horse. Door no 27
  29. 29. Botes, Sybrandt Lourens (Brandt) Bellville Green peace Digital print 76,5cm x 59cm Description of artwork: The work portrays an image of a bomb made of natural elements – the duality of this image can be interpreted as nature fighting back or nature becoming a weapon (natural disasters); or alternatively, nature being erased by the fragility of our environment and the state of natural resources. The answer is not supplied and the viewer is left to make this decision.28
  30. 30. Böttcher, Lothar Otto Pretoria 3 Roamers #1 Glass and steel 183cm x 50cm x 47cm Profile: Böttcher was born in 1973 and studied Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2005. Description of artwork: In his sculptures glass becomes the focal point. The viewer is drawn to the anomaly in space and becomes aware of the surroundings within the glass. These lenses show a point of view (abstractly), changing perspective and observation of the contiguous space. These works can be manipulated (moved around) to change their locality. In this way the viewer can observe the space around him or her. This is not a static work and needs the interaction of the viewer, changing their perspectives on their environment. Door no 29
  31. 31. Böttcher, Lothar Otto Pretoria 3 Roamers #2 Glass and steel 183cm x 50cm x 47cm30
  32. 32. Böttcher, Lothar Otto Pretoria 3 Roamers #3 Glass and steel 183cm x 50cm x 47cm Door no 31
  33. 33. Card, Jayde Port Elizabeth Can you hear us? Series I Mixed media (Triptych) a) 60cm x 50cm b) 60cm x 50cm c ) 60cm x 50cm Profile: Card was born in East London in 1985. She namely child abuse. Card wanted to expose and explore is currently studying for the BTech(FA) degree at the the social conditions within our society through her art- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. work, hopefully encouraging a process of healing within our communities and at the same time creating conscious Description of artwork: This artwork consists awareness. She has chosen to be a voice for the young of a series of drawings where repeated or similar imagery and helpless, those that have fallen victim to child abuse. of dolls were used and changed to convey a specific topic,32
  34. 34. Clüver, Frances Rose Mannix East London Do you know Him from a bar of soap? Mixed media 89,5cm x 160cm x 11cmProfile: Clüver was born in 1985. She is currently Description of artwork: Mass consumerstudying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. culture has led to apathy and desensitisation especially when it comes to the topic of religion. This work hopes to interrogate the effects of mass production on our thoughts and feelings towards Christ and spirituality. Door no 33
  35. 35. Cronjé, Karen Bellville Flesh Ink on paper (Twenty-part) 36cm x 30cm each Profile: Cronjé was born in 1975. She studied BA(FA) and order things to enable them to make sense, and at the University of Stellenbosch, which she received somehow she was drawn to an image of coloured cum laude. She also obtained an MA(FA) at the University ceramic tiles. She found it impossible to reconcile this of Stellenbosch. She has participated in several variety of colour with the odd variety of colours in her exhibitions, including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001. crayon box. Another childhood fascination was the colour samples at hardware shops – specifically the Description of artwork: Cronjé’s mother names given to the different colours. introduced her to the idea of evolution by showing her an illustrated book on this theme. This book illustrates With this work entitled ‘Flesh’, she tried to find a Felix von Luschan’s chromatic scale of flesh colour connection between these childhood perceptions and variations of the human race. Cronjé has always been her love for colour. Living in South Africa, connotations fascinated by the way in which humans need to classify with race in terms of skin colour is unavoidable.34
  36. 36. De Jager, Maureen Susan East London Held still #1, #2, #3 Mixed media (Triptych) a) 38cm x 66cm x 10cm b) 45cm x 64cm x 12cm c) 44cm x 66cm x 14cmProfile: De Jager was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA) for which the teddy bear acts as a metaphor. The titleat the University of the Witwatersrand, which she suggests that some childhood experiences remain withobtained with distinction. She also studied MA(FA) at us in adult life – they are ‘held still’ or still held onto as athe University of the Witwatersrand, which was also source of comfort. But another meaning of ‘held still’obtained with distinction. She has participated in would suggest that something is held in an unmovingseveral exhibitions. position, frozen and immobilised, much like the bears in the sculpture. In this sense the desire to hold onto theDescription of artwork: ‘Held still’ alludes to past paradoxically transforms that past into a rigid andthe difficulties we sometimes have in distancing ourselves unresponsive shell, which provides little comfort.from the past and from certain childhood experiences, Door no 35
  37. 37. De Villiers, Christelle Pretoria Untitled Mixed media 77,5cm x 104cm x 32cm Profile: De Villiers was born in 1984 and studied for the consist of her drawings and texts which she collected BTech(FA) degree at the Tshwane University of Technology. and rendered. The books are in different formats, for example pop-up and pull-outs, which explore issues Description of artwork: De Villiers explores regarding the Anglo Boer War. the notion of the book as an art form. These books36
  38. 38. De Wet, Bevan Jordan East London Old goal series Mixed media (Triptych) a) 56,5cm x 68cm b) 56,5cm x 68cm c) 56,5cm x 68cm Profile: De Wet was born in 1985 and is currently studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Description of artwork: This series was inspired by the drawings on the cell walls in the old goal at Grahamstown. While the images are simple, the complexity of emotion conveyed in each image can be attributed to each prisoner’s sense of confinement and struggle for freedom. In this series De Wet used private and hidden experiences to reveal haunted and solitary existence. Door no 37
  39. 39. Du Preez, Michelle Port Elizabeth Museum of memories Mixed media (Five-part installation) 56cm x 200cm x 200cm Profile: Du Preez was born in Port Elizabeth in 1985 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. Description of artwork: ’Museum of memories’ is the title of a series of works in glass that explore the notion of memory. In some sense this is a quest for happiness, a reflection of a state of mind, a new beginning and the striving for reconnections. According to the artist glass, as medium, provokes intuitive feelings of vividness and the sensation of being visible yet untouchable.38
  40. 40. Engelbrecht, Barend Jacobus (BJ)Profile: Engelbrecht was born in1983 and studied BA(FA) at the JohannesburgUniversity of the Witwatersrand. He Goodbye Afrikaansis currently reading for an MA(FA) Digital printat the University of the 119cm x 84cmWitwatersrand.Description of artwork:This work has multiple meaningsand is open to interpretation. Itbegan quite spontaneously. Whilewatching Noot vir Noot one evening,as he has done a thousand timesbefore, it brought back memories ofhis mother shouting out song namesand lyrics before most of thecontestants could do the same. Nootvir Noot, then in its twenty secondseason but although he does notwatch it with his mother anymore,he wanted to capture this feeling ofloss, a lost moment, tradition, cultureand ritual.As an Absa client he was assisted inEnglish by an Afrikaans-speakingwoman who struggled with Englishbut persevered. He ascertained thenthat Absa employees are restrictedto the use of English in theworkplace. This is understandableto some degree but also problematicand in this work he wants to stressthat BJ Engelbrecht or GoodbyeAfrikaans is in no way offering asolution. Door no 39
  41. 41. Ferreira, Rikus Bellville Ou storie rou storie Pen and ink on paper 84cm x 102,5cm Profile: Ferreira was born in 1976 and obtained a Description of artwork: This is a narrative BA(FA) as well as an MA(FA) from the University of dealing mainly with the idea of invasion – whether on Stellenbosch. He has participated in several exhibitions, a personal, cultural, religious or political level. including the Volkskas Bank Atelier Exhibition in 1999 and the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003 and 2004.40
  42. 42. Ferguson, Sophia Margaretha (Retha) Pretoria The slippery finch Photography 122,5cm x 104,5cmProfile: Ferguson was born in1984 and is currently studying BA(FA)at the University of Pretoria.Description of artwork:This work explores the continuousyearning for a specificallyunattainable and idealistic moment.The concept applies specifically tophotography where people alwayswant to capture the ‘perfect’ momentand make it last for ever. Thismoment, however, always seems toescape us and results in a constantunfulfilled longing for somethingjust out of reach. The result is thatwe never experience the actualpresent moment for what it shouldbe and often miss the beauty of theseemingly insignificant.With the cage, the work plays a punon the double meaning of capturein the photographic sense (capturean image) and in the sense ofcatching or seizing a bird. The birdin this context stands as a metaphorfor the ideal moment. Door no 41
  43. 43. Ferguson, Sophia Margaretha (Retha) Pretoria Shadow matinée Photography 64,5cm x 85,5cm Description of artwork: With ‘Shadow matinée’ the way in which light and shadows play at that time of the artist pays tribute to the beauty of light in the late the day, as a beautiful theatrical performance. afternoon. In her title she refers to the theatre as she sees42
  44. 44. Fouché, Pierre Bellville The distance between us III Mixed media 106,5cm x 105cmProfile: Fouché was born in 1977 and studied BA(FA) Description of artwork: The work is anat the University of Stellenbosch, which he obtained ‘unfinished’ tapestry depicting two young men posingcum laude. He also studied MA(FA) at the University of for a photograph on the beach. The one figureStellenbosch, which he also obtained with distinction. represents the artist’s father who is shying, ever soHe has participated in several exhibitions, including slightly, away from the touch of the muscular armthe Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. resting on his shoulder. A touch is seldom removed from the possibility of its disavowal. Door no 43
  45. 45. Fuller, St John James Zair Pretoria I forget why Photography 156cm x 107,5cm Profile: Fuller was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA). witnessed by the independent apertures to bleed into one another. This opens up the possibility of creating Description of artwork: This photograph was a new compound of what reality represents. Where taken by a camera with specially designed multiple there are no absolutes but instead faint suggestions, lenses. It was created to allow each of the views a probability of what might have been was created.44
  46. 46. Gee, Edna Pretoria Edna magazine (Celebrity) Mixed media 151,5cm x 30cm x 68cmProfile: Gee was born in 1984and studied BA(FA) at theUniversity of Pretoria.Description of artwork:This installation consists of aperspex magazine stand and fourdigitally printed magazines. Theseimages explore the concepts ofglamour and celebrity culture. Door no 45
  47. 47. Gutter, Pauline Gertruida Bloemfontein Bullet proof DVD installation 4 min 15 sec Profile: Gutter was born in 1980 and obtained a BA(FA) degree at the University of the Free State. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Description of artwork: At first glance it is quite clear that the bullet-proof window adds extra emotion. It gives the impression that the message on the DVD does not only demonstrate a collage of ‘propaganda’ orientated phenomenon, concerning the annihilation of common farmers, but expose real live events. Once flawless and unbreakable, the defeated bullet- proof window now confronts the onlooker. This installation gives us a multidimensional feeling adding to the realism of being put into the shoes of one who survived a farm attack.46
  48. 48. Hefer, Marleon Pretoria Oorsig/Oorskot Mixed media 87cm x 200cm x 200cmProfile: Hefer was born in 1983 and studied BA(FA) book contains figures that are all to an extent immersedat the University of Pretoria. in a sea of suspicion due to either a certain lifestyle, standard, a specific event or maybe a mere hairstyle.Description of artwork: This work deals with Each nation has its heroes and its mobs; a group ofa non-comprehensive view on the history of semi-South sensitive characters that play a defining role in aAfrican icons which are depicted in a photo album. The country’s identity. This book is dedicated to them. Door no 47
  49. 49. Hendrikz, Roan Pretoria Transfor’motion Mixed media 200cm x 200cm x 200cm Profile: Hendrikz was born in 1980 and studied for the is that of unchanged motionlessness. The structure of BTech(FA) degree at the Tshwane University of Technology. the artwork is of such a nature that it portrays motion or movement as well as notions of origin in nature, Description of artwork: There are different leaving traces of its source in fossilised earthly imagery. aspects to the symbolism of rocks, but the most obvious48
  50. 50. Hlongwa, Bongumusa Durban My hero Mixed media 76,5cm x 52cm Profile: Hlongwa was born in 1984. He is currently studying for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Durban Institute of Technology. Description of artwork: Brett Kebble is the artist’s hero because of his support and encouragement of artists. He associated his hero, Kebble, with its king of the jungle ‘lion’ and the ‘leopard’, which is associated with the Zulu Kingdom because of its skin the Zulus wear. By using these elements he tries to portray Kebble’s power, inspiration and gift of taking care of other people. Door no 49
  51. 51. Jansen van Rensburg, Martli Pretoria Conversations with history Mixed media 200cm x 200cm x 200cm Profile: Jansen van Rensburg was born in 1977 and studied for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon Pretoria. She also studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Technikon Pretoria. She is currently reading for an MTech(FA) degree at the Tshwane University of Technology. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. Description of artwork: This artwork is all about people who make their mark in many different ways. They capture a moment in time as well as in memory. They rewrite and redefine history, ideas, concepts, images, forms, patterns, art and design. Jansen van Rensburg took a picture of an historical moment.50
  52. 52. Jansen van Rensburg, Martli Pretoria Circle on line Mixed media 195,5cm x 18cm x 36,5cm Description of artwork: The artist interactively combines through installation and fusion, ‘pure form’ objects and symbols in space. She explores the dynamics of ‘non-functional’ objects left in space. The wall becomes the straight line and the glass and felt the circle. Door no 51
  53. 53. Jansen van Rensburg, Sarel Petrus Pretoria Overstand Mixed media 39cm x 21,5cm x 30cm Profile: Jansen van Rensburg was born in 1970 and studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Technikon Pretoria. Description of artwork: This work embodies a small voodoo type doll that portrays the absurdity of the mixed cultures and at the same time appropriates each other’s customs wrongly.52
  54. 54. Jooste, Liebet Marie Pretoria White room Video 2 min 24 secProfile: Jooste was born in 1983 and studied BA(FA) peaceful confrontation and reflection of her journeyat the University of Pretoria. with anxiety disorder: Introspection, sadness, bewilderment, tenseness, distraction, insecureness,Description of artwork: The application of looking in the wrong places and drunkenness.white paint in this video is a symbol of the artist’s Door no 53
  55. 55. Keith, Marlise Bellville The inkling wars: Saints and cavities Mixed media 120cm x 200cm Profile: Keith was born in 1972 and studied BA(FA) at Description of artwork: The artist is the University of Pretoria. She also studied MA(FA) at the questioning potential hero-ness such as lily-livered Pac- University of Stellenbosch. She has participated in several men or shiny knights. According to her it turns out that exhibitions, including the Volkskas Bank Atelier Exhibition they are equally burlesque and creepy. in 1996 and the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2006.54
  56. 56. Le Roux, Angeline-Ann Johanna Bellville Night shelter Newspaper and metal 110cm x 154cm x 15cmProfile:Le Roux was born in 1973 and studied BVA at all requiring the same basic necessities for survival.WeavingUnisa. represents the complex interwoven qualities of social structure. The work focuses on shelter as the most basicDescription of artwork: ‘Night shelter’ is a requirement of human survival and the bed (place to sleep)three dimensional work executed mainly from newspapers embodies the intrinsic private place, so essential to the(the paper of the people), the bedding of the homeless. The concept of home. The frayed edges serve to emphasize thewoven newspaper squares are linked by a chain which lack of stability experienced when people are uprooted andforms an integral part of the bed and symbolises the without protection or shelter. The bed rests on springs, amanner in which all humans are linked by biological factors reference to comfort. Door no 55
  57. 57. Liesching, Carla Elizabeth East London Untitled Photography (Six-part) 64cm x 54cm each Profile: Liesching was born in 1985 and is currently are also explored. The aim was to explore the dynamics studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. at play in the construction of the artist’s own national identity, namely that of a white South African with a Description of artwork: The focus of this German/Dutch heritage. She used herself, her boyfriend, particular series centres on personal identity related her sister and a close friend as models at play posing to history. The view of identity as representation and as a family unit. artifice as well identity as fiction or a series of narratives56
  58. 58. Lindi, Nyaniso East London Assimilation Video 1 min 3 secProfile: Lindi was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA) Many questions came to the fore regarding Nongqawuseat Rhodes University, Grahamstown, which he did not and her visionary abilities.complete. Nongqawuse was used as a reference to create thisDescription of artwork: As a young South animation entitled ‘Assimilation’ because of theAfrican Xhosa, who grew up in the Eastern Cape, the assimilation of people into the western way of doingartist finds it difficult to erase the imbedded idea that things, i.e. talking, dressing, etc. The objective of thethe previous generation could not think independently. work was not to force the idea but to enable people to fill the missing clues and create their own meanings. Door no 57
  59. 59. Lossgott, Kai Johannesburg Alpha Video 3 min 3 sec Profile: Lossgott was born in Germany in 1980 and woman seemed the only person the owner of the book studied B(Journ) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. had ever really known. Description of artwork: ‘Alpha’ is a video If you repeatedly forgot every person you knew, and searched exploring unspeakable embodied languages of recurrent for ciphers that might remain, you might in your surrender loss and gain, such as memory or intuition, and the discover the approach of some imaginary person, half- vulnerability and violence whereby any identity is formed. sensed, half-glimpsed by intuition. Not a ghost, not an Lossgott found an address book in a demolished apartment archetype exactly, but an empty form waiting to be filled, in Cape Town. The page for A had been torn out. The rest something like an unspoken, unremembered word. was blank, except for one address, under B for Beatrice. This58
  60. 60. Lotz, Hannah-Ada (Paton) Pretoria Year of the pig Photography (Four-part) a) 54,5cm x 48,5cm b) 54,5cm x 48,5cm c) 46,5cm x 48,5cm d) 46,5cm x 48,5cmProfile: Lotz was born in 1974 and studied Business The year of the pig always brings completion, endingCommunication at the University of Potchefstroom. in grandeur and perfection.She also studied BA Journalism at Unisa. She has Lotz’s Chinese sign is the tiger. She thought itparticipated in several exhibitions, including the Absa appropriate to make a close and personal connectionL’Atelier Exhibition in 2005 where she was selected as with the pig. The three little pigs were first to come toone of the top ten finalists. mind. Not only did she find it humorous but also aDescription of artwork: The year of the pig good example of how eastern and western culturesgreeted us on 18 February 2007 and stays with us until have different connections and expectations regarding6 February 2008. This year ends the 12-year cycle of the same subject matter.Chinese astrology that started with the year of the rat. Door no 59
  61. 61. Lüneburg, Nathani Pretoria If I did(n’t) Video 3 min 46 sec Profile: Lüneburg was born in 1982 and studied BA(FA) artist has chosen to illustrate the corporeal as well as at the University of Pretoria. She also studied MA(FA) at the the psychosomatic struggles evident in the complicated University of Pretoria. She has participated in several choice-making process involving termination of exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2004, pregnancy. It focuses on the emotional theatre of war where she was selected as one of the top ten finalists. She present in the mind of an awaiting mother-to-be. The also participated in the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 images of the black and white figure performing an act and 2006, where she was selected as a merit award winner. of unity and then a mutual disappearing act, suggest the relationship between the opposites in the female Description of artwork: ‘If I did(n’t)’ is a visual character’s mind. It explores the collapse of boundaries metaphor for the sorrow, confusion and bareness between moralities and immoralities; wrong and right lingering in a woman’s heart after and during the process and just and unjust during the female character’s of an abortion. Through this stop-frame animation, the decision-making.60
  62. 62. Mabasa, Patrice Mashangu Thohoyandou The listener Ceramic 47cm x 29cm x 35cmProfile: Mabasa was born in 1973 and studied for Description of artwork: This artwork depictsthe BTech(FA) degree at the Technikon of the a man who likes to listen to the news over the radio.Witwatersrand. He has participated in the Absa L’AtelierExhibitions in 2005 and 2006 He also received an AbsaL’Atelier Merit Award in 2005. Door no 61
  63. 63. Mabasa, Patrice Mashangu Thohoyandou Mr Mafenya Ceramic 47,5cm x 31,5cm x 36cm Description of artwork: Mafenya means to laugh in Tsonga. Mr Mafenya is thus a person who likes to laugh.62
  64. 64. Mabindla, Bayanda East London Anguish of poverty Paint and clay 65cm x 20cm x 19,5cm Profile: Mabindla was born in 1984 and obtained a National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Walter Sisulu University, East London. Description of artwork: Poverty is a phenomenon that affects every person directly or indirectly. The stove with its flames that keeps burning is a symbol of poverty. The anguished face screams daily for relief from poverty. Door no 63
  65. 65. Maphangwa, Shonisani Johannesburg Viewing Toledo Acrylic on canvas (Triptych) a) 60,5cm x 25cm b) 60,5cm x 50cm c ) 60,5cm x 25cm Profile: Maphangwa was born in 1985 and obtained Description of artwork: The work of art a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of investigates the connections between Europe and Africa Johannesburg. She is currently studying for the in terms of their spirituality and notions regarding their BTech(FA) degree at the University of Johannesburg. belief systems. The work endeavours to draw the line between the familiar and unfamiliar subject matter.64
  66. 66. Maswanganyi, Collen Johannesburg The politicians Wood and paint 48,5cm x 28cm x 14,5cmProfile: Maswanganyi was born in the village of selected as one of the top ten finalists of the AbsaNoblehook, Giyani, in 1977. He obtained the National Atelier Exhibition in 2001.Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon of the Description of artwork: Four wooden figuresWitwatersrand. His father, the well-known sculptor, are carved and placed on a wooden base with the DA, ANCJohannes Maswanganyi, taught him woodcarving. He and ID logos carved onto the base. The artwork portrayshas participated in several exhibitions nationally and the many identities of politicians and how unpredictableinternationally, and received several awards. He was they are. It is left to the viewer to identify them. Door no 65
  67. 67. Matthews, Wayne Port Elizabeth Sheath your sorrows Mixed media (Triptych) a) 92,5cm x 44,5cm x 49cm b) 110cm x 54cm x 56cm c ) 98cm x 53,5cm x 53cm Profile: Matthews was born in 1982 and studied for Conversely, it is structurally dependant on the most rigid the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Nelson and ordered of human ideas, namely, the right angle. One Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. He of the most elementary expressions of the right angle obtained the BTech(FA) degree cum laude from the being the cross, the Christian myth of a ‘man-god’ is Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. unavoidably implicated, his death a consummation of the He has participated in several exhibitions, including concord with materiality. And so the chair becomes the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2006. representative of concepts dealing not only with religion and mortality or materiality but with broader notions of Description of artwork: A chair is an extension humanity’s philosophical interactions with itself. of the organic human form, an after-image of its anatomy.66
  68. 68. Matthews, Wayne Port Elizabeth Europa’s libation Mixed media 46cm x 58cm x 37cm Description of artwork: ’Europa’s libation’ is a metaphoric application of salt to the wound. An archaic ‘waterbankie’ or ‘washer- woman’s bench’ is symbolically preserved in a crystallised layer of salt, suspending the work in an ephemeral process. The work extracts moisture from the air and transports it, along with some salt, to the tray below. Accompanying the material movement of the salt is, more importantly, conceptual movement; a flux of implicated meaning that is evoked by the material’s vast cultural, anthropological and symbolic significances. Door no 67
  69. 69. McLachlan, Alastair James Johannesburg Bath house I, 2006 Photography 98cm x 123cm Profile: McLachlan was born in 1974 and obtained a Johannesburg for 4 years, the artist became accustomed BA degree from the University of Natal, majoring in Art to and yet continually amazed by the unique dichotomy and Drama. He has participated in several exhibitions, that is Johannesburg. The inspiration for this including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001, the Absa photograph came about while witnessing a rather L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005 and 2006. simple, everyday ritual namely that of someone bathing. He also received an Absa L’Atelier Merit Award in 2002. Simple yet distinctly unique, and vastly removed from the artist’s own experience. It gave him the feeling of Description of artwork: Having lived 19 floors realness, which was significant. above ground in the middle of downtown68
  70. 70. Mdluli, Same Sizakele Johannesburg Coffee stains Mixed media (Triptych) a) 26cm x 34,5cm b) 26cm x 34,5cm c) 26cm x 34,5cmProfile: Mdluli was born in 1983 and studied for the homes, which are very often perceived as decorativeNational Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon of the and/or kitsch within the artistic discourse. The coffeeWitwatersrand. She also studied for the BTech(FA) degree spills were made by using a coffee mug to form patternsat the University of Johannesburg. She has participated in of doilies which are common in many South Africanseveral exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions homes. It also speaks about a sense of sameness in allin 2005 and 2006. She also received several awards. homes and refers to the reality of many women of colour who often do domestic work in many western homes.Description of artwork: ‘Coffee stains’ form As much as these works may seem to reflect, what mightpart of a larger body of work which deals with the notions be considered in the art world as sentimental or evenof categorisation of objects made specifically by black bad taste, their intention is to comment on the naturewomen. Through the use of western domestic subjects of patriarchal categorisation of work made by womenand modes of production, such as lace, doilies and plates, across all cultures.the works resemble objects often found in western Door no 69
  71. 71. Mudau, Rendani Ronald Thohoyandou Dzumbulukwane Wood 120cm x 140cm x 75cm Profile: Mudau was born in 1974 and studied for the Description of artwork: The artist attempts N2 and N3 Diploma in Arts and Design at the to portray through this work, the immediate attack Dobsonville College, Johannesburg. without warning and with the aim to kill, disasters bestowed on humankind, such as the tsunami.70
  72. 72. Ngilima, Farrell Johannesburg I join series II Mixed media 40,5cm x 51cm x 23,5cmProfile: Ngilima was born in 1973 and studied for Description of artwork: In this instance thethe National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Technikon of suitcase is used metaphorically as an object implyingthe Witwatersrand. travelling, journeying, etc. Here the title suggests belonging to a group, organisation, incarceration, etc. Door no 71
  73. 73. Ngwane, Andiswa Astrid Durban Untitled Mixed media 107cm x 65cm Profile: Ngwane was born in 1983 and is currently studying Fine Arts at the Durban University of Technology. Description of artwork: This artwork is an enlarged scanned photograph of the artist herself. She questions the notion of originality and also debates the issue of the role and relevance of the artist versus that of digital media. Furthermore she framed the image behind glass and used real fabric to create a heightened sense of suffocation which the image implies.72
  74. 74. Nkosinkulu, Zingisa East London Static bind and knot Mixed media 56,5cm x 117,5cmProfile: Nkosinkulu was born in 1984 and is currently Description of artwork: This artwork is astudying for the National Diploma in Fine Arts at the metaphoric representation of currency, which is usedNelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. to pay the electricity. These discs are used to pay for entry into the municipality system, otherwise you will be left in the dark. Door no 73
  75. 75. O’Flynn, Norman Arthur Bellville Sunseekers Mixed media (Diptych) a) 21cm x 10,5cm x 11cm b) 21,5cm x 12cm x 11cm Profile: O’Flynn was born in 1971 and studied BA(FA) Description of artwork: The sunseekers are at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape representatives of South African tourism. They negate Town. He has participated in several exhibitions, including the hole in the ozone, political upheaval or racial the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. inequality favouring a two week holiday on Clifton and an escape from their culturally loaded European history.74
  76. 76. Pelser, Monique Myren East London Roles Photography (Six-part) 67cm x 57cm eachProfile: Pelser was born in 1976 and studied BA(FA) are an interrogation of the dynamics between theat Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She also obtained photographer and sitter, involved in portraitan MA(FA) degree with distinction from Rhodes photography. The artist took on a process of role-reversalUniversity. where she consciously became an object of the gaze and the sitter took on the role of the photographer andDescription of artwork: The six photographs, photographed the artist. The artist literally placedwhich are details of a larger body of work of fifty images, herself in their role and into their environment. Door no 75
  77. 77. Pokroy, Anthea Tracy Johannesburg Untitled Photography (Four-part) a) 24,5cm x 30,5cm b) 30,5cm x 24,5cm c ) 24,5cm x 30,5cm d) 24,5cm x 30,5cm Profile: Pokroy was born in 1986 and is currently even personal, context of herself as an artist. For example, studying BA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. the universal image of the pietà was reworked by Edwards and in turn, reinterpreted by the artist. Each adaption Description of artwork: These four images are acknowledges the fundamental concerns of the original all interpretations of relatively well-known images, namely image (although, the question arises, what is the true Paul Delaroche’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, David original?). Yet, it is transformed into timeless issues Edwards’ Untitled (Aids Pietà) and Pierre et Gilles’ St Louis experienced even in contemporary life. Existential questions de Gonzague.The work deals with the process of reinventing of relationships, religion and identity are broached. recognisable images and applying them to the social, and76
  78. 78. Pretorius, Gert Hendrik Bellville Study of a drawing studio study Mixed media 103cm x 200cm Profile: Pretorius was born in 1985 and is currently studying BA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. Description of artwork: Pretorius works with the concept of identity. In this work he uses his privileged background and education to satirise contemporary South African society. Door no 77
  79. 79. Prins, Elizabeth (Liezel) Durban Applause Mixed media 122cm x 68cm x 12,5cm Profile: Prins was born in 1981 and studied for the BTech(FA) degree at the Durban Institute of Technology. She has participated in several exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2005 and 2006. Description of artwork: The artist attempts to comment on contemporary society’s impulse to create and alternate the representation of reality in order to sell lifestyles to the indifferent. The work appears to be dirty and old with a missing portrait of an arbitrary person, yet an applause is visually demanded and the broader society surrenders to the intentionally created, exciting stimulation.78
  80. 80. Ramadi, Thikholwi Bethuel Thohoyandou Portrait of my brother Oil on canvas 85,5cm x 61cm Profile: Ramadi was born in 1984. Description of artwork: This artwork is a portrait of the artist’s brother. Door no 79
  81. 81. Rosin, Stephen John Bellville War toy Mixed media 26cm x 32cm x 45,5cm Profile: Rosin was born in 1975 and studied for the Description of artwork: ‘War toy’ is a simplified National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Port Elizabeth description of a system to assist calculations and Technikon. He also obtained his BTech(FA) degree cum possible predictions of the occurrence of war. laude.80
  82. 82. Saayman, Wynand Philippus Bellville Uit die mond van die Afrikaner Photography (Triptych) a) 100cm x 68,5cm b) 105cm x 75,5cm c) 100cm x 68,5cmProfile: Saayman was born in 1984 and studied Description of artwork: The artist is currentlyBA(FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. busy with a project where he is investigating his own identity and that of his family. His further interest lies in the visual image of the white Afrikaner male and the influence the media has on the portrayal of the subject. Door no 81
  83. 83. Sales, Lynda Dorothy (Lyndi) Bellville How long can I hold my breath Mixed media 82cm x 72,5cmProfile: Sales was born in 1973 and studied BA(FA)(Printmaking) at the University of Cape Town, where sheobtained the degree with distinction. She studied MA(FA)at the University of Cape Town, which she also obtainedwith distinction. She has participated in several exhibitions,including the Absa Atelier Exhibition in 2001 and the AbsaL’Atelier Exhibitions in 2003 and 2004. She was also selectedas one of the top ten finalists of the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitionsin 2003 and 2005.Description of artwork: The title of the piece isderived from the notion that as a child the artist believedthat the longer she held her breath the harder she waspraying and the stronger her message to God would be.The morning her farther died she held her breath andprayed that he would arrive home safely. This piece explores the paradox in the function of a physical life vest. IronicallyWhen she decided to explore the issues around the the fragile life vests signify life and death and simultaneously symboliseHelderberg plane crash, she set out to find a prototype safety and danger. A parallel is drawn between the physical body and thelife vest to work from. Her research led her to a safety material object. Deteriorating life vests are representative of lungs as acompany affiliated to SAA. Without revealing what her source of breath and life. The lung functions to inhale and exhale and theintentions were with the vest, she was given an old life vest to perform in much the same way as it inflates and deflates.damaged life vest, which was exactly the same one thatwould have been on the Helderberg passenger aircraft. It is believed that most of the passengers died of smoke inhalation due toEvery vest is stamped with a date of production. the toxic fire on board. The life vests imitate the fragility of life and act asCoincidently the one given to her was stamped December a metaphor for a delicate existence and the fact that life and death are1987. The accident occurred on 28 November 1987. separated by one breath. 82
  84. 84. Shadi, Lerato Mmathapelo Thato Johannesburg The clustered self Mixed media (Diptych) a) 50cm x 50cm b) 50cm x 50cmProfile: Shadi was born in 1979 and obtained a Decription of artwork: Shadi’s work examinesNational Diploma in Fine Arts at the University of the notion of sensuality and sexuality as a state ofJohannesburg. She also obtained a BTech(FA) degree at mind, while simultaneously exposing skin as an eroticthe University of Johannesburg. element. The images expose the viewer’s preconceived notions of intimacy and play into those ideals by providing a catalyst in the form of abstract flesh that merely suggests, but reveals very little. Door no 83
  85. 85. Spies, Theodorus, Ignatius Jacobus (Jaco) Bloemfontein Palimpsest koppie Animation Infinite time Profile: Spies was born in 1974 and studied BA(FA) at elements. The animation thus simultaneously reads as a the University of the Orange Free State. He has vertical map as well as a horizontal landscape. Before the participated in several exhibitions, including the Volkskas image of the koppie reaches completion, it starts breaking Bank Atelier Exhibition in 1998, the Absa Atelier Exhibition down. This is not, however, constant during the animation. in 1999 and the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2005. The animation actually consists of approximately forty different sections of animation, each on a different timeline Description of artwork: The subject matter of length, playing simultaneously on one screen to form a the animation consists of a typical South African ‘koppie’ whole. Superficially the work might read as an attempt to or small hill, although the one depicted in the animation highlight the issues of land reclamation and redistribution, is situated just outside Bloemfontein and is called Spitskop. which is a current issue within the contemporary South The image of the koppie is built up gradually by the African cultural and political landscape. proliferation of markings which resemble map-like84
  86. 86. Steyn, Ras Pretoria Demo kracy is coming Digital mono print 80cm x 160cmProfile: Steyn was born in 1978 and studied for the Description of artwork: This work consistsBTech(FA) degree at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. He of four distorted human bodies combined with insect-also obtained an MTech(FA) degree cum laude. He has like images. Metaphorically it forms a biological bodyparticipated in several exhibitions, including the Absa which serves as a metaphor for socio-politicalL’Atelier Exhibition in 2006. circumstances. Door no 85
  87. 87. Stretton, Pamela Jayne Bellville The ambivalence of eating #1 Mixed media 101,5cm x 101,5cmProfile: Stretton was born in 1980and obtained a BA(FA) at RhodesUniversity, Grahamstown withdistinction. She also obtained anMA(FA) at the University of CapeTown with distinction. She hasparticipated in several exhibitions,including the Absa L’AtelierExhibitions in 2003 and 2006. 86
  88. 88. Stretton, Pamela Jayne Bellville The ambivalence of eating #2 Mixed media 101,5cm x 101,5cm Door no 87
  89. 89. Stretton, Pamela Jayne Bellville The ambivalence of eating #3 Mixed media 101,5cm x 101,5cmDescription of artwork:Each of these images shows themouth in a specific pose: open, half-open with the tongue visible andclosed. These images could be readas some of the ambiguous responsiveactions many women feel towardsfood and eating. On closer inspectionthe works boast another elemententirely. The digital print is pixelatedinto a mosaic-type grid, with eachpixel containing a form oficonography (sourced from variousrealms such as food packaging, healthand beauty products or fashionimagery). The methods used to createthese works involve a controlled andprecise re-working of the prints in theform of cutting up the individualpixels and rebuilding the images toproduce a textured and tactile surfacequality. This serves to reflect on theobsessive control many women exerton their bodies in the name of beautyand which is often played out in theform of eating disorders, whether itbe overeating or undereating. 88
  90. 90. Swanepoel, Nicolene Pretoria Binne my A, B en C Digital print 147cm x 168cmProfile: Swanepoel was born in 1978 and obtained Description of artwork: This work focusesa BTech(FA) degree cum laude from the Central on images of a brain scan through which introspectionUniversity of Technology, Free State. is possible. Door no 89
  91. 91. Swarts,Talita Pretoria Kwere-kwere Mixed media installation 200cm x 200cm x 24,5cmProfile: Swarts was born in 1982and studied BA(FA) at the Universityof Pretoria, which she obtained withdistinction. She has participated inseveral exhibitions, including theAbsa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2004.Description of artwork:This work can be described as aradio installation which consists ofeleven radios mounted onto threeplywood panels connected to threecattle horns, which represents thespeakers. It can be described as acontemporary mural for a newSouth Africa and comments on thecurrent language dilemma we arefacing in South Africa. 90
  92. 92. Taljaard, Johannes Zacharias (Zach) Port Elizabeth All for glory Mixed media (four-part) 66cm x 42,5cm x 15cm eachProfile: Taljaard was born in 1978 and studied BA(FA) power, triumph and bravery is mockingly glorified withat the University of Pretoria. He has participated in the addition of a man-made golden light above eachseveral exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier portrait, creating a surrounding radiance or halo usuallyExhibitions in 2000 and 2003. associated with a sacred person. On closer inspection the portraits show signs of damage and is literally wornDescription of artwork: By photographing out by reproduction using the same mould. Their robesdifferent self-portrait busts and displaying them as become millstones around their necks. Centuries of lusttraditional portrait photographs, the artist refers to both for power, destruction and wealth, clearly burdeningthese traditions as immortalisation of individuals. Portrait their shoulders and at the same time, burdening thesculpture, associated with funerary contexts, was meant sons with inherited guilt. Do we want to aspire to thisto honour political officials or military commanders, as flawed tradition of ‘all for glory’?photographs later did. This instinctive need to praise Door no 91
  93. 93. Thompson, Wesley John Port Elizabeth An ointment Digital animation 4 min 45 sec Profile: Thompson was born in 1982 and studied for Description of artwork: This animation deals the BTech(FA) degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan with modern capitalist society and its effect on the University, Port Elizabeth. human mind. It looks specifically at our culture of prescription and social conventions.92
  94. 94. Truter, Carmen Estelle Pretoria Out of darkness I,II, III Digital photographic prints (Triptych) a) 60cm x 42cm b) 60cm x 42cm c) 60cm x 42cm Profile: Truter was born in 1975 and studied BVA at Unisa. She is currently reading for an MVA at Unisa. Description of artwork: The three panels have a mottled dark background with red/orange flesh revealed through the removed darkness. In appearance these flesh- like parts resemble fishing lures and cocoons. The organisms resemble transformation. Door no 93
  95. 95. Tully, Ann-Marie Patricia Johannesburg Jet Park roofscape: Low res/North and South view Oil on canvas (Diptych) a) 29,5cm x 37,5cm b) 29,5cm x 37,5cm Profile: Tully was born in 1976 and studied MA(FA) representation. An important aspect of this work is the at the University of the Witwatersrand. irony of rendering seemingly undeserving content with the long-standing and esteemed practice of oil painting. Description of artwork: These works belong This parody is amusing and also provocatively positions to a body of work that explores the camera (or optical this work within the discourse of reinventing painting, artefact) as a device and the notion of the mundane painterly virtuosity and the painted subject in the age or incidental subject, as a vehicle for sublime and of the anti-artist. sometimes meaningful interpretation and94
  96. 96. Van Eeden, Adrienne Bellville Wallflower (Set I) Mixed media (Diptych) a) 177cm x 62cm b) 193cm x 62cmProfile: Van Eeden was born in 1980 and studied BA(FA) Description of artwork: The work consistsat the University of Stellenbosch, which she obtained cum primarily of two pieces of wallpaper with intricate florallaude. She also obtained an MA(FA) with distinction at the patterns from which all the flowers and leaves havesame university. She has participated in several exhibitions, been removed. This process involves picking the surfaceincluding the Absa L’Atelier Exhibitions in 2002 and 2003. around the flowers with a needle and then tearing each object out by hand. The result is an imperfect, fragile and worked surface. The title references not only the literal art object, but also the colloquial use of the term. Door no 95
  97. 97. Walters, John Attwood Vereker East London Object/subject (Self-portraits) Oil on canvas (Diptych) a) 64cm x 85,5cm b) 64cm x 85,5cm Profile: Walters was born in 1983 and is currently use of colour (cool tones/warm tones) and facial studying BA(FA) at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. movement (eyes shut/open), it is intended for the viewer to read these paintings as an inversion of the life/death Description of artwork: This diptych uses the binary thereby opening up the possibility of a terms ‘object’ and ‘subject’ to refer to the human body metaphorical and literal resurrection. in the states of death and life. Through the restricted96
  98. 98. Western, Natalie Anne (Rat) Johannesburg New signature Inkjet print 25cm x 30cmProfile: Western was born in 1981 and studied BA(FA) submitted for judging, but also the current practiceas well as MA(FA) at the University of the Witwatersrand. and achievements of the artist concerned. The work submitted for this competition is a copy of the cheque,Description of artwork: A competition which which the artist received as a runner-up in an artaims to acknowledge and promote the career of an competition held in 2006.emerging artist needs to examine not only the artwork Door no 97
  99. 99. Whitehead, Johanna Jacoba (Hanje) Johannesburg Trike-o-print Mixed media 159cm x 102cm x 192cm Profile: Whitehead was born in 1985 and is currently of contemporary society. The patterns were designed to studying BA(FA) at the University of Pretoria. make up a print, which represents infinity, symbolising consumerism as a wheel turning, having no beginning Description of artwork: The concept of this and no end.With repetition of these elements of sensuality piece is based on the effects that modern life has on and sexuality in the media, we have become apathetic to sensuality and sexuality. The patterns the artist designed ourselves and the beauty of sensuality. represent femininity, which becomes a decorative aspect98
  100. 100. Previous Absa L’Atelier Winners(Known as Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition up to 1998 and from 1999 to 2001 known as Absa Atelier Competition) 1986 1989 1992 Winner Winner Winner Penny Siopis Hennie Stroebel Paul Edmunds Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Deborah Bell Caroline Jones Wayne Barker Andrew Breebaart Walter Oltmann Marc Edwards Dennis Purvis Giulio Tambellini Dominic Thorburn Simon Stone Jeremy Wafer Minnette Vári 1987 1990 1993 Winner Winner Winner Clive van den Berg Barend de Wet Dominic Thorburn Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Andries Botha Andrew Breebaart Siemon Allen Philippa Hobbs Jean Bruwer Diek Grobler Tommy Motswai Guy du Toit Adam Letch Karel Nel Judy Woodborne Russel Scott 1988 1991 1994 Winner Winner Winner Diane Victor Virginia MacKenny Jonathan Comerford Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Merit Award Winners Kay Cowley Nicole Donald Andrew Putter Guy du Toit Ruth Mileham Kevin Roberts Johann Louw Johann van der Schijff Henk Serfontein Margaret Vorster Pierre van der Westhuizen Alastair Whitton Door no 99

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