The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 10 September 2014
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The latest exhibition at the Alex Hamilton Art Studio in Cape Town featured papercraft, vintage mashups, steel artworks, and a stencilled flock of birds.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio

It's been a while since I last wrote about an exhibition at artist Alex Hamilton's studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, although he usually runs a new one every four months or so under a loose theme that's really just an excuse to gather some great art in one place and have a bit of a party.

The most recent exhibition - The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition - included works by a selection of artists that, for the most part, featured cutouts or cutting or something similar as part of the art making technique or end effect (although even that wasn't a hard and fast rule).

Here's some of what was on display.



Alex Hamilton
Alex Hamilton's big piece this time around was a series of 123 blocks entitled Flock, which is for sale as a set or you can buy any of the individual blocks. As the title suggests, the theme is birds and once again Alex has used stencil art as well as mixed media such as sheets of music and old wrapping paper.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Various pieces from the series Flock


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio


Alex Hamilton also had various other works on show, including pieces from his Madiba series and large canvasses comprising stencil art made using with the help of his vast collection of stencils of celebrities that began with his Cast & Crew work in 2008.


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Three pieces from the Madiba series (hand-cut stencils, acrylic, spray paint on canvas)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Wordsmith (hand-cut stencils, acrylic, spray paint on canvas)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Detail of Wordsmith



Joshua Miles
Joshua Miles produces reduction woodcuts featuring iconic imagery of Cape Town and its suburbs. Unfortunately all the artworks were behind glass or plastic so they were very difficult to photograph.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Above the Smog (reduction woodcut, edition of 10) and Shady Parking (reduction woodcut, edition of 10)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Woodstock Mini (reduction woodcut, edition of 10)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: The Lions Back (reduction woodcut, edition of 10)

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Lions Shadow (reduction woodcut, edition of 10)



Barry Barichievy
Barry Barichievy's pieces have almost become a fixture in the Alex Hamilton Art Studio space and you're always sure to find a few busts on a shelf somewhere, such as these two. Each celebrity pop-art bust, which is 130mm high and made of polyurethane resin, is reproduced in an edition of 50, although the palette varies. The collection includes Frida Kahlo, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, and Albert Einstein.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio



Michael Tietz-Geldenhuys
Michael Tietz-Geldenhuys's mixed-media work incorporates retro art, vintage photographs, and found hand-written notes. These works were also mounted behind glass and were therefore difficult to photograph.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: A Very Rare Event 1 (mixed media) and A Very Rare Event 2 (mixed media)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Long Ago (mixed media)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Bloom (mixed media)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: The Visitors 1 (mixed media) and The Visitors 2 (mixed media)



Michele Rolstone
Untitled is a collection of 115 pieces, each a cast-cement letter, by Michele Rolstone. You can buy the entire set or order individual letters or characters should you wish to create your own artwork. There are no rules for this piece - it can be displayed however you wish to spill the letters out onto a surface, indoors or outdoors.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Untitled (cast cement)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio



Sarah Pratt
Sarah Pratt produces very delicate papercraft figures and puppets that feature cutouts and folding. Many of the pieces on display were on show under a glass cloche, which added to the sense of delicateness.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: House Puppet 6 (paper and gouache)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Hot Air Balloon (paper)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: House Puppet 7 (paper and gouache)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Hot Air Balloon (paper), House Puppet 4 (paper and gouache), House Puppet 7 (paper and gouache), and House Puppet 5 (paper and gouache)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: House Puppet 3 (paper and gouache) and House Puppet 2 (paper and gouache)



JP Meyer
Three oil-on-canvas works by JP Meyer were incorporated into the exhibition selection.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: static procession (oil on canvas) and the kiss (oil on canvas)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: sticks and stones (oil on canvas)



Terry Angelos
Another stalwart in the studio - there's usually a group on a wall somewhere - is the collection of repurposed vintage plates that feature new illustrated artwork by Terry Angelos on top of the old designs.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Bulldog (illustration and collage on vintage plate)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Flamingo Platter (illustration and collage on vintage plate)


Terry also produces collages featuring illustrations and cutouts, such as these two:

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Don't Look Down (illustration and collage in box frame) and Tough Act To Follow (illustration and collage in box frame)



Jaco Sieberhagen
One of the new artists to be featured in the studio was Jaco Sieberhagen, who creates a series of artworks comprising a teapot, milk jug, and sugar bowl that each features the same cut-out design - there were three different designs on display at the exhibition. You can buy the pieces separately or as a collection. He also produces standalone artworks, with a political subtext, out of mild steel.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Royal Finis (mild steel)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Detail of Royal Tekminus (mild steel)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Royal Tekminus (mild steel)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Good Morning Neighbour (mild steel, edition of five)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Detail of Royal Tekminus (mild steel)



Albert Coertse
I have saved my favourite for last - Fragile 3 by Albert Coertse. This mesmerising artwork on Valchromat (a type of wood fibre panel commonly used for flooring) grabbed my attention due to its geometric chaos but once you start looking at it there is so much to contemplate. First, of course, is the subject matter, a generic still life of glass and ceramic objects, which is amazingly reinvigorated by the geometry that gives it an almost matte stained-glass appearance and is presumably where "fragile" in the title comes from.

If you go closer (see below) and look at the detail rather than the whole you begin to see just the geometry and what appears to be blocks of fill colour but if you look from further away the colour gradients are very noticeable.

Finally, if you look very, very closely, you see nothing but the deep grooves of the geometric lines that have been etched into the Valchromat, as well as the texture of the Valchromat itself, which is almost like leather.

The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio
Above: Fragile 3 (oil on Valchromat)


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio


The Cut Out Mash-Up Exhibition At Alex Hamilton Art Studio


Alex Hamilton showcases and sells a lot of artworks to international buyers via his Facebook page so on the opening night a number of these pieces had already been sold. However, if you are interested in any, or in seeing other work by the artists, you can stop by the studio or contact Alex for more information.


Alex Hamilton: Official Site | Facebook | Twitter
Address: 9 Barron Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 447 2396


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town





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