About The Artist
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.
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
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
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
2009 – Merit Award ABSA L’Atelier competition
2008 – Top 10 ABSA L’Atelier competition.
1997 - Technikon Witwatersrand Merit Award
2011 – Stiftung kunst:raum sylt quelle, Germany
2004 - Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, 2 month residency in New York, USA
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.
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
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Alexandria, Egypt (Artist Book Collection)
Oliewenhuis Art Museum
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Hollard Insurance Ltd (SA)
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 are diverse in nature they can be described as follows:
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