Charcoal drawings that were part of an exhibition on the topic of Olive Schreiner at the Breytenbach Gallery in Wellington, South Africa in April 2018. Participating artists were Susan Bloemhof, Catherine Brennon and Andries Bezuidenhout.
Title: “Wolmaransstad begraafplaas”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 40×60cm, 2016
The cemetery at Wolmaransstad. Thoughts of the poet Elisabeth Eybers, who wrote a poem depicting the landscape – “Wes-Transvaal”.
Title: “Draai, Jakkals!”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 35×46cm, 2016
A “draaijakkals”, literally translated a “turn fox”, in Afrikaans is a person you can’t trust. The title plays with this expression, but implores the jackal to turn.
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Title: “Bok-bok staan styf”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 53×42cm, 2016
The title of the drawing comes from an obscure Afrikaans children’s game. “Bok-bok staan styf, hoeveel vingers het jy op jou lyf?” An attempt at an English translation does not seem to shed any light on its meaning: “Buck-buck stand up straight (or tight), how many fingers on your body?”
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Title: “Nanny I” and “Nanny II”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 20 x 14 cm on A3 and 23 x 14 on A3
These two drawings are dedicated to the South African academic Ena Jansen, who writes on childcare and domestic labour in Afrikaans literature.
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Title: “‘n Mot, mos” and “‘n Mot, laatmiddag mos”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 20 x 15 cm on A3 and 25 x 18 cm on A3
Two charcoal drawings of a moth.
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Series of 12 titled: “Huishoudelike patente”, ink, charcoal and acrylic on reproductions of sketches made to register patents, size A4, by Andries Bezuidenhout
Artist’s statement: “Working on my second book of poetry, titled ‘Veelvuldige gebruike vir huishoudelike toestelle’ [Tr: Multiple uses for domestic appliances], got me interested in sketches drawn for patent registrations. I downloaded a range of these sketches from the web – from very old patents for refrigerators and washing machines to more recent ones for computers and cellular phone applications. Since they were public record and therefore in the public domain, I wanted to use these as graphics for the poetry book. However, often the reproductions were of such poor quality that they pixelated terribly. I decided to work on them, mostly with ink and charcoal, and in one case (number XII), acrylic paint. I couldn’t help but chuckle at myself for manipulating sketches made by other people in order to protect their intellectual property. Patent sketches are not drawn as art, but I think the best ones lend themselves to the creation of art. The Afrikaans title for the series is ‘Huishoudelike patente’. I guess one could translate this as ‘Patently domestic’. The English translation actually works better than the original, I think. Maybe these sketches capture in some unintended way how I feel about the forthcoming book of poetry.”
Price: R10 000 for the series For sales contact admin[at]andriesbezuidenhout.co.za
More on the book of poetry Veelvuldige gebruike vir huishoudelike toestelle (in Afrikaans).
“I don’t think I can face June”, 2013, series of sketches, ink and acrylic on paper, 14.5 x 10.4 cm each, by Andries Bezuidenhout
Price: R2500 for the series For sales contact admin[at]andriesbezuidenhout.co.za
“Dink aan”, 2012, ink on paper, by Andries Bezuidenhout. The title, translated from Afrikaans: “Think of”, or “Thinking of”.