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 artist-in-residence 2009-2010

HANRIE VAN HEERDEN - SOUTH AFRICA


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  • PRESS RELEASE - HANRIE VAN HEERDEN - 14.3.2010 - 16.00



     

    ek is - I am

    As practice based researcher I attempt to create situations where the viewer can make certain realisations through the experience of my work. My practice is mostly concerned with alternative ways of living and thinking through ideas where the constructed nature of the Self plays an evident role.

    When I arrived at Saksala ArtRadius I became aware of the absence of the immediate audience that so often forms part of my methodology. I started to investigate the continuous dialogue I had with myself and attempted to make a project that deals with this personal aspect of the Self in a more open and honest way. The landscape itself seemed to be ideal to use as a platform for creating a sense of presence through altering the space in subtle ways by only using the snow that already forms part of the space.nce of the work, visually, physically or conceptually.

    Through the work I am (translated from Afrikaans to English) I admit the vulnerability of the Self through using the scale of the work and the specific choice of words. The work can be experienced on a physical and visual level because of the specific location and the chosen scale of the work. The words suggests a presence of a person, who ever may be interpellated by the work, but it also signifies an open ended concept as it acts as an incomplete sentence. The viewer can either admit to the existence of the Self through only reading the words, or can engage in the work by making up new meanings as the sentence can be completed through adding any word next to it.

    I finally see this work as a gesture to that enables the viewer to come to realisation through the experience of the work, visually, physically or conceptually.

    in the fields of Saksalantie between Harjunhelmi and Saksala ArtRadius

       

    all images © HANRIE VAN HEERDEN

    Visit also the website of Hanrie van Heerden.

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