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Stephan Erasmus is a practicing artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Erasmus’s art production is evolving into an exploration of aspects of communication, specifically the strangely sublime communication that unfolds between a lover and his muse. Although the emotional strength captured in the writing of love letters are forgotten as time passes. This forgotten conviction and insignificance of the man’s power and strength in comparison with love and its partner, loss, that directs Erasmus’ traversing of this maze.

In his writing of these love letters, Erasmus ‘samples’ text from various sources such as poetry, plays, music lyrics and biblical text or uses these sources as a starting point. The use of existing text is significant in that it becomes emotional triggers that exist in the public domain and has links to specific emotional conditions or events. Thus giving Erasmus the opportunity to direct the work towards a receiver.

For Erasmus it is important that the selected text is transformed/translated into a visual format that breaks away from the act of reading or listening. Moving the reader into an experience of struggle and involvement in the detangelment of the text and the significance of the selected encryption method or construction.

The encryption/construction mimics a physical act of writing secret sorrowful love letters, sewing the letters together to become a web/net of words, in which the writer and reader can get entangled in. Leading both the writer and the reader into a self created prison of words and the power of their meanings.

Artist CV

EDUCATION

  • 2003 - Currently completing a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University Witwatersrand
  • 1998-1999 - B-Tech Degree in Fine Art at the University Witwatersrand
  • 1997 - Completed National Diploma in Fine Art course at the T.W.R. (Merit Award) Majors: Sculpture and Printmaking

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 – Reconstruct, Nirox Projects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg
  • 2011 – Bitter Fruit / Bittervrug, NWU Gallery, NWU, Potchefstroom, North West Province
  • 2010 – Bitter Fruit / Bittervrug, Jozi art:lab, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
  • 2010 – Hartland, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, Gauteng (Solo exhibition)
  • 2010 – The 4th International Biannale for the Artist Book, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
  • 2010 – Current Matters, Grand Provence Estate, Franschoek, Western Cape
  • 2010 – Transgressions and boundaries of the page-project, NWU-Gallery, Potchefstroom. Northern Provence
  • 2010 – The Land Revisited, KKnK, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
  • 2010 – Transgressions and boundaries of the page-project, Woordfees, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • 2009 – Obsession, KKnK, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.
  • 2009 – Sub-Text, Woord Fees, University of Stellenbosch Museum Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • 2008 – Intervention – UNISA Art Gallery, UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 2008 – Die Middernag Son, Woord Fees, University of Stellenbosch Museum Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • 2007 – Secrets and Love Letters, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 2007 – Cultivaria Festival, Paarl, Cape Town.
  • 2007 – Love Story, IArt Gallery Cape Town.
  • 2007 – Rendezvous Focus on Sculpture, Johannesburg.
  • 2007 – Die Middernag Son – Oliewenhuis Art Museum Bloemfontein
  • 2006 – 40 x 40 exhibition, KKNK and Aardklop, curated by Gordon Froud.
  • 2006 – 4th International Artist Book Exhibition, St King Stephan Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary
  • 2005 – Requiem for a Cipher, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, SA (solo exhibition)
  • 2005 – Imprints: Work on Paper, Axis Gallery. New York, USA
  • 2004 - The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival New York
  • 2003 - Student Exhibition for the launch of the With School of Arts, Gertrude Posel Gallery Johannesburg
  • 2003 - Took part in performance piece of the launch of the Wits School of Arts, Wits School of Arts Main Entrance Johannesburg
  • 2000 - weft and Warp, Civic Gallery Johannesburg
  • 2000 - Wasting Time, Civic Gallery Johannesburg
  • 2000 - New Blood, Spark Gallery Johannesburg
  • 2000 - Bottled at Source, Civic Gallery Johannesburg

    COMPETIONS SELECTED

  • 2004 - Ekurhuleni Art Competition Top 100
  • 2004 - Brett Kebble Art Awards
  • 2004 - ABSA L'Atelier
  • 2004 - SASOL New Signatures Art Competition, Judges Special Mention
  • 2003 - Ekurhuleni Art Competition Top 10
  • 2000 - ABSA L'Atelier competition

    AWARDS

  • 2009 – Merit Award ABSA L’Atelier competition
  • 2008 – Top 10 ABSA L’Atelier competition.
  • 1997 - Technikon Witwatersrand Merit Award

    FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2011 – Stiftung kunst:raum sylt quelle, Germany
  • 2004 - Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, 2 month residency in New York, USA

    STUDENT VISITS

  • 2004 - New York, USA
  • 1997 - Kassel, Germany

    TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

  • 2010 – Artist’s Bookbinding workshop, University, of Johannesburg, Design dept. Johannesburg, Gauteng.
  • 2010 – Bookbinding workshop, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
  • 2009 – Bookbinding workshop, Vaal University of Technology, Kempton Park.
  • 2009 – Bookbinding workshop, University of the North West, Potschefstroom.
  • 2009 – Artist Book talk, Pretoria University, Pretoria.
  • 2008 – Bookbinding workshop, Oeliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
  • 2007 – Bookbinding workshop, Oeliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
  • 2006 – Artist talk, Pretoria University, Pretoria.

    CATALOGUES

  • 2010 – The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Fouth international Biennale for the Artist’s Book
  • 2008 – interventions, UNISA gallery.
  • 2007 – Cultivaria Catalogue
  • 2007 – Rendezvous focus on Sculpture.
  • 2006 – The First Chapter, Gordart Gallery.
  • 2004 - ABSA Atelier awards
  • 2004 - Brett Kebble Art Awards
  • 1999 - Manuscript Exhibition 1
  • 2000 - ABSA Atelier awards
  • 1999 - Tower Babel
  • 1998 - Buttons

    COLLECTIONS

  • Telkom Foundation
  • ATKV
  • The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Alexandria, Egypt (Artist Book Collection)
  • Oliewenhuis Art Museum
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • Hollard Insurance Ltd (SA)
  • ABSA Collection
  • St King Stephan Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary (Artist Book Collection)
  • UNISA Artist Book Collection
  • Susan Wolff (SA)
  • Jack Ginsburg (SA) Artist Book collection
  • Claude van Linge (USA)
  • Milton Bodington (NZ)
  • Gordon Froud (SA)

    INTERESTS

  • Interests are diverse in nature they can be described as follows:
  • Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Spirituality
  • Book Art (including Book Art Objects) and its development in South Africa. Paper craft and its development in South Africa
  • Paper Craft and its development in South Africa
  • Paper Making and its development in South Africa


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