He who waits for a taxi in rural South Africa can wait a long, long time
Composite image of a hitchhiker across the street. Added are two sculptures of local artist Uhlrich Riek (right) and the ‘astronaut’ in the rocket is recycle artist Jan Vingerhoets. The rocket I assembled of different parts of scrap metal which Herman pictured in and around his workshop. Limited edition run of 50 prints each size only Prints are produced using GicléeFineArt process to retain tonality and hue on archival paper that ensures longevity on HahnemühlePhoto Rag 308 gsm paper.
Wolvengat is not on many maps but on Google Maps (apps) you can find this hamlet in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Bredasdorp and Die Dam in the Western Cape. Wolvengat is home to one of the most fore-standing artists of South Africa; Willem Roubaix and his wife Tina. They have their own gallery there plus a sculpture garden with a wide variety of sculptures including a flight simulator.
This annual event attracts art lovers from all over. Last weekend the 2015 edition was officially opened. One of the attractions is a number of sculptures along the Cliff Path which stay there for a period of 8 months. What irritates me (but I think it’s a global ‘issue’) is that the organisation is sponsored and subsidised but the artists are supposed to live of the air… There are also quite a few art galleries in Hermanus participating. Added to this gallery are a few sculptures standing outside the Abalone Gallery.
Today we ‘did’, as last year, the Baardskeersdersbos Art Route; an event organised by all residing artists of Baardskeerdersbos; a hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. There are 14 artists living is this place but they invited colleagues from elsewhere to co-participate so we lost count of the total number of artists. We did not intend to see them all anyway for that would have been too much. We were impressed by some of the works of photographer Kali van der Merwe (especially the insects) and surprised by work of ‘guest artist’ Leli Hoch. The sculptures of Niel Jonker (see one of the pictures) we knew already but work (paintings) of Amanda Jephson was new for us. Liz van de Berg we met before and this artist makes an art form of fresh fish, i.e. she inks them for an imprint on paper.
Baardskeerdersbos is out of the ordinary; even the landscape is different or is it me?