Growing up…

20 05 2015

Many years ago I wrote a long novel about growing up in the 50s and 60s. The novel has since disappeared. (I should look for it.) I created a series of collages that were meant to be a photo album to accompany the novel.

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6 04 2015

BONA TIBERTELLI DE PISIS. 1926 – 2000. (Bona de Mandiargues) I hope I’m not talking about 2 artists. (Chalk it up to stupidity.) I was in Paris in the early 1970s which would have been this artist’s prime. Perhaps she walked by me in a book store. Or slapped my face in a cafe. Who knows how close we come to meeting each other in this world.

Anton Kannemeyer

21 03 2015

I’m not sure how comfortable I was with these pics. Satire is never comfortable. What Nannemeyer is pointing out so well is hypocrisy.

Anton Kannemeyer (born 30 October 1967 in Cape Town) is a South African comics artist, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym Joe Dog. Kannemeyer was also a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch.

He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch, and did a Master of Arts degree in illustration after graduating.[2] Together with Conrad Botes, he co-founded the magazine Bitterkomix in 1992 and has become revered for its subversive stance and dark humour.[3] He has been criticised for making use of “offensive, racist imagery”.[4] Kannemeyer himself said that he gets “lots of hate mail from white Afrikaners”.[1]

His works challenge the rigid image of Afrikaners promoted under Apartheid, and depict Afrikaners having nasty sex and mangling their Afrikaans.[5] “X is for Xenophobia”, part of his “Alphabet of Democracy”, depicts Ernesto Nhamwavane, a Mozambican immigrant who was burnt alive in Ramaphosa in 2008.[6] Some of Kannemeyer’s works deal with the issues of race relations and colonialism, by appropriating the style of Hergé’s comics, namely from Tintin in the Congo.[7][8] In “Pappa in Afrika”, Tintin becomes a white African, depicted either as a white liberal or as a racist white imperialist in Africa. In this stereotyped satire, the whites are superior, literate and civilised, and the blacks are savage and dumb.[9] In “Peekaboo”, a large acrylic work, the white African is jumping up in alarm as a black man figure pokes his head out of the jungle shouting an innocuous ‘peekaboo!’[10] A cartoon called “The Liberals” has been interpreted as an attack on white fear, bigotry and political correctness: a group of anonymous black people (who look like golliwogs) are about to rape a white lady, who calls her attackers “historically disadvantaged men”.

Catherine Abel

22 01 2015

The paintings of Catherine Abel are seductive. But is it the women?  Or the age they reflect? Many are what my mother used to call ‘big boned’. They seem real. At the same time they appeal to a nostalgic vein in all of us. Which leaves me in a quandary. (Is that where they find marble?) What am I looking at?

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the model who stayed for dinner

9 01 2015

the model who stayed for dinnerby David Halliday

R. Kenton Nelson

8 01 2015

These paintings give me the creeps. Its as if you’d been thrust into a planet that existed in the 1950s. Not the real 1950s but some kind of 2 dimensional version. There is nothing behind the images. No foreboding. No sense of social injustice or ecological disaster. Exactly the way the 50s operated. People had just gotten out of a world war and they did not want to face any more issues. Especially in the suburbs. Which became iconic for looking forward. As if there was no past.

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Earle Bergey

13 12 2014

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rudy nappi

27 11 2014

The dramas and cliches grown out of teenage boy fantasies. Tough guys and loose women. The ones that didn’t graduate from high school and hung around the local gas station.

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the living room

18 11 2014

the living roomby David Halliday

a month by the sea

7 11 2014

a month by the sea