Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Reed River Float

Dried reed structure floating, and dis-tangling on the Orange River
Louisvale, Upington, Northern Cape
Janet Botes
December 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fractured Reality - Simon Max Bannister

The process is always more rewarding than the result. Engaging with the art of creation on a constant basis gives one a very different view of the world, "paint" and "canvas" are open for interpretation, the boundaries of these elements need to be constantly redefined. With my experience I have learnt the benefit of limitation. Time and materials available create the "rules"which I must work with to realize a vision of the finished result. Too many options can be overwhelming and dilute the message inherent in the works emotion.

With the work demonstrated below, I have extended the concept of natural materials and used broken shards of tile from a pile of building rubble to represent the eternal tension of creation and destruction. The skull icon brings us closer to realizing our own mortality and the lifespan of that which we create. The degeneration of our environment a mirror of our compulsive need for development.

Simon Max Bannister, Fractured Reality, 3m x 3m, 
Earth and broken Tiles, 2011

More info and works to see here: http://simontothemax.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blouberstrand Sand Curves

Sand Curves, Bloubergstrand, Western Cape, South Africa, November 2011

Carved Curves, Bloubergstrand, Western Cape, South Africa, November 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Don't miss Richard Long in Cape Town

Richard Long is exhibiting at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town from 9 November 2011, and giving a public presentation on his work on the 10th of November at 6pm. Read more about his Karoo Highveld exhibition on Artslink or on the IZIKO website.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Deer Park: 17 Julie 2011

Janet Botes, "Focus".

Janet Botes, "Structure of thoughts"

A creation by Eden Mcleod

Pattern with pine needles on granite rock, by Helga Mcleod

A collaborative creation by Janet Botes, Eden Mcleod and Helga Mcleod.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Koekenaap Bloekoms

These Eucaplyptus trees are in Koekenaap, close to Vredendal in the Northern Cape, about 30km from the West Coast of South Africa. The trees are not indigenous and are thus chopped down in South Africa to preserve and make way for indigenous plant life. While these trees are still alive and well I created a clear space around each - wishing that they could be sucked into a hole and transported into a place where they can grow and prosper.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Deer Park, Cape Town - Autumn 2011

Four dry leaves in a row on a rugged rock. Janet Botes

Above & below: Twig ladders in the tree, by Janet Botes.

Finally had my camera films developed, and here's some of the results - some of our autumn works, posted here on the blog in winter.

Land Art piece with pebbles in the water, by Di Smith

Di Smith, Leli Hoch & Andree Bonthuys after an exhilarating land art session in The Glen, Cape Town. Winter 2011.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

On Signal Hill

Drawing symbols on a rock found on Signal Hill, Cape Town. After taking photographs, the rock was left where it was found.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mother City/Table Mountain

I am relishing reconnecting with my beloved Table Mountain.
After my years in pristine peace on my tiny remote farm, squatting in the city does not sit comfortably. She stinks, she can be too hot, polluted and windswept, but this 'Mother City' is very definitely powered by the energies of The Mountain in its midst.
Somehow wandering on her flanks really grounds me and I'm loving juxtaposing city and nature.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Balancing act at Franskraal Beach

On a winter's day at Stanfordsbaai near Gansbaai

The Observer

( and yes, I admit I saw some Angus Taylor sculptures recently)

Deer Park, Cape Town, Western Cape

Some works by Di Smith, AndreƩ Bonthuys, Leli Hoch and Janet Botes during summer 2011 in Deer Park, at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The artists:

Left: AndreƩ Bonthuys. Right: Janet Botes

Left: Leli Hoch. Right: Di Smith

Sunset Beach, Western Cape


Rock Circles on Sunset Beach, Milnerton, Western Cape, South Africa.
By Janet Botes. 2010-2011.