Landi Raubenheimer Emerging Painter Turbine Art Fair 2017

Landi Raubenheimer

Landi Raubenheimer’s artwork may be considered paintings in paper pulp. The work refers to J. H. Pierneef’s landscape paintings, and the ideal, commodified genre of landscape painting in South Africa. “Benday” is a further abstraction on the theme. By beating shredded cotton rags and subtly pigmenting the pulp, the subject of historical South African painting is sent through an intense process of deconstruction and reconstruction. The European tradition of landscape painting, as bestowing an order and symmetry to nature, is provided with a lens: as Shashi Cullinan Cook has commented, ‘Raubenheimer’s frequent use of squares and circles emphasises the limited view offered by pixels, frames, scopes, grids, lenses and plates – drawing attention to the way western art shapes and mediates the gaze.’ On the other hand, the paintings bear the marks and traces of her laborious process of ‘painting’: depositing pulp into each little square of the plastic grid she works through. The pulp has to settle, and then be pressed and dried. The tendency to absorb pigment in uneven ways as they dry, illuminates the levels of indeterminacy and ambiguity surrounding the contemporary experience of the South African landscape. Landi Raubenheimer is an artist and academic working in Johannesburg. Her work has been exhibited in many group exhibitions, curated by Gordon Froud, Sandra Hanekom, and Ann-Marie Tully amongst others. She held a solo exhibition entitled “After Landscape” at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein in 2015, and In Toto gallery in Johannesburg in 2016. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Italy, France and is represented in various local collections such as those of Rand Merchant Bank, Sasol, Artist Proof Studios, the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Free State.