Delv­ing into green earth

The se­ries of art­works ex­plore as­pects of na­ture and the hu­man con­di­tion

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - ARTS - Luke Folb

BLURRING the lines be­tween art and fash­ion en­cap­su­lates the lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion of art­work by Louis Jansen van Vu­uren as he seeks to ap­ply his unique style to the most am­bi­tious project of his ca­reer.

The terre verte (Green Earth) ex­hi­bi­tion will open at the Bax­ter Theatre this week with Jansen van Vu­uren de­scrib­ing the art style as “mag­i­cal re­al­ism”.

He ex­plains this as a theme that pur­sues fa­bles and myths when pro­duc­ing the art­works.

“The prin­ci­pal gist of the terre verte se­ries of art­works ex­plores as­pects of na­ture and the hu­man con­di­tion. There are seven ex­plo­rative works on paper and five mixed-medium works on can­vas,” he said.

The art­work spans mul­ti­ple me­dia with Jansen van Vu­uren highly con­scious of the need for sus­tain­able, high-qual­ity or­ganic ma­te­ri­als. “When se­lect­ing ma­te­ri­als, qual­ity is the prime con­cern and that the ma­te­ri­als are cer­ti­fied as or­ganic and eth­i­cal. Fab­ric is hand-spun and hand­wo­ven and print­ing and stain­ing will be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and UV-based.

“From tra­di­tional works of art, to creat­ing wear­able and ed­i­ble art, a silk tapestry to a dec­o­rated takkie made of re­cy­cled tyres,” he said.

Jansen van Vu­uren has gar­nered in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal recog­ni­tion for his art with his recog­nis­able oils and pas­tels on paper; he has also been in­volved in art ed­u­ca­tion for many years and has seen his work dis­played in more than 80 ex­hi­bi­tions around the world.

He has held lec­turer po­si­tions at the Natal Col­lege for Ad­vanced Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity and UCT where he lec­tured un­til 1999.

In 2000 he moved to France where he has been liv­ing and work­ing since and is the re­sid­ing host, along with Hardy Olivier, at the Château de la Creuzette es­tate, which also serves as lux­ury hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

As part of the 40th an­niver­sary, the Bax­ter Theatre will run a com­pe­ti­tion where the pub­lic will be able to do­nate R100 and stand a chance of win­ning a week-long trip to Château de la Creuzette. The funds raised will be used for the Bax­ter’s pro­duc­tion fund.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Bax­ter Theatre. Fur­ther­more, in a small way, to be able to con­trib­ute to a cam­paign that will go towards as­sist­ing young artists and the­atremak­ers to ex­press them­selves is im­por­tant to me,” said Jansen van Vu­uren.

The terre verte ex­hi­bi­tion can be seen daily in the Bax­ter’s main foyer from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 20.


Louis Jansen van Vu­uren’s lat­est art se­ries at the Bax­ter Theatre. He de­scribes his work as ‘mag­i­cal re­al­ism’.

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