Monique Pelser

the johannesburg station panels: revisited

Swartberg Pass, 2009
 
Lion's Head
 

Premier Mine

 
 
Drakensberg 2010

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Drakensberg 2010
Hermanus 2009
Okahanja 2009
Table Mountain 2010
Klipriviersberg, Alberton 2010
Heidelburg, Gauteng 2010
Bosveld Transvaal 2010
Mont-aux-sources 2010
Swartberg Pass 2009
Premier Mine 2009
Knysna Heads 2010
Karabib 2009
Louis Trichardt 2010
Tweelingskoppe 2010
Apies River 2010
Meiringspoort, Cape Province 2010
Amajuba 2010
hartebeespoortdam 2010
Lions Head 2009
Rustenburg Kloof
 
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about the work

In the early 1930's J.H Pierneef - the most influential and prominent historical South African landscape painter - was commissioned by the railway services to travel South Africa and paint select sites reached by the capillary railways. Famously known as the Johannesburg Station Panels, these paintings depict scenes of mining, industry, seaside villages and sprawling uninhibited landscapes. The panels, which were exhibited in the concourse of the Johannesburg Railway Station until the abolishment of the apartheid government in the 1990's, were intended to create the effect that the station was the gateway to a glorious and unknown landscape.

Pierneef spent days in the various sites making watercolour sketches and gathering visual data. He would then go back into his studio and construct an ideally composed painting. These photographic studies form part of a larger process of tracing, pinpointing the perspectives and photographing the iconic landscapes.

In addition to the photographic prints there are digital screens documenting studies of how the camera responds to the shifting light. These works are new photographic studies made in response to the process Pierneef went through making observational sketches of the site and the surrounding environment.

exhibitions and exposure

This work toured around South Africa opening at the University of Stellebosch Gallery in 2012 and then moved to the Oliwenhuis in 2013 and the Durban Art Gallery 2014.

These images won the Tierney Fellowship award for 2009 and were on exhibition at the Wits University Sub Station Gallery in Johannesburg as work-in-progress as part of the Tierney Fellowship annual exhibition.

The work was then shown as part of the Tierney Fellowship group exhibition at the New York Photo Festival at the Tobacco Warehouse Dumbo Brooklyn New York.

publicity

http://issuu.com/carlbecker/docs/becker-pelser2012

 
Apies River 2010
 
Bosveld Transvaal 2010
 
Hermanus 2009
 
Lions Head 2009
 
Louis Trichardt 2010
 
Okahanja 2009
 
Premier Mine 2009
 
Swartberg Pass 2009
 
Table Mountain 2010
 
Tweelingskoppe 2010
Mont-aux-sources 2010
 
Meiringspoort, Cape Province 2010
 
Knysna Heads 2010
Karabib 2009
 
Heidelburg, Gauteng 2010
 
Hartebeespoortdam 2010
 
Drakensberg 2010
 
Amajuba 2010
 
Klipriviersberg, Alberton 2010
 
Rustenberg Kloof