Twin Peaks before Lynch
People will do anything to get close(r) to a Pierneef. In an effort to authentically experience, trace and capture the spirit of a Pierneef painting, the artist Monique Pelser was harnessed to a tree overlooking the Cullinan mine for 16 hours.
She was waiting for just the right light to take a photograph of the subterranean crater.
The atmosphere, shadows and character she was searching for in this 2009 project, which she recently put on sale during First Thursdays in Cape Town as part of the 1K Project, was determined by a work in a famous series of landscapes Pierneef produced for the Johannesburg railway station.
Pelser wasn't alone in her quest to retrace Pierneef's gaze; Carl Becker joined her, producing oil paintings for their Ons Land/Our Land collaborative project.
No doubt they are not the only people moved by this South African master's extraordinary series, on display at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch.
It would be tempting to say Pierneef is an artist's artist, if he weren't so popular with the public too. He's a staple feature of almost every auction by Strauss & Co.