A city, a canvas

Next time you’re in the Johannesburg CBD, keep an eye out for Hannelie Coetzee’s art works. They're not in your face though, so be wakker. Her works give a nod to graffiti, but not in the go-big-or-go-home, hey-look-at-me-now-NOW kind of way. I like that.

My faves are her monotone mosaic ‘photos’ of ladies in her family, done in discarded stone, and the image of her grandfather created with an angle-grinder (yay for power tools). He holds vigil in the Rissik Street Post Office; I wrote about it here. Other images and ‘shadow’ figures, created in the same ways, can be found all over Joburg. Having seen the wow-ness of them (and angle-grinder-wielding Hannelie at work), I can only say: respect!

Below are some of the photies that Robin (The Best-est Husband) took on one of her tours earlier this year. I loved hearing the stories behind her works, her creative techniques and her genuine approach to the city and public art. Plus, it’s a great way to see more of her canvas: Joburg town.

The good news is that the next tour is happening on the 14th! It involves some convoy driving, stopping at art works and a walkabout in Maboneng (lunch for your own account at the Maboneng market). There’s no charge for the tour, but you can make a donation on her site to contribute to future art works. But if you can’t make this tour, she’ll put you on her mailing list and keep you in the know. Check her site to also learn about her land art.

Hannelie has become one of my best Joburg public artists – and I think she’s just a pretty cool person too. Go meet her!

I got to hang out with her when she started her new ‘wall’ in Fox street in Maboneng and wrote about it for the By supplement in Beeld – it'll be out this coming Saturday (13 July 2013) if you want to check it out. I gooi-ed some Afrikaans for this one.


The image was done by Hannelie (the red bit was added by someone else - she didn't seem to mind too much)

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