The Dead Bunny Society (DBS) comprises four practicing artists with a wide variety of artistic and curatorial experience. DBS aims to create a community of artists that work towards common goals to support each other.
‘As DBS we propose to create an independent and fringe platform for various artists from varying disciplines, both established and emerging, finely curated for the TAF 2015, with the longterm aim of creating various other exhibitions in pop-up locations in JHB, nationwide and abroad.’
The Dead Bunny Society consists of artists Dirk Bahmann, Stephan Erasmus, Peter Mammes, Neil Niewoudt.
Dirk Bahmann is an architect and artist who was born and lives in Johannesburg. He studied Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained his qualifications, a BAS in 1997 and B.Arch in 2000, with distinction. His work spans and combines a number of diverse disciplines ranging from photography, physical computing, sculpture, and architecture. Central to his work is the exploration of the existential dimensions of the nature of place of Johannesburg.
Stephan Erasmus has been a practicing artist for more than 20 years and has gained experience in the gallery industry by working in a wide variety of galleries that
includes municipal, commercial and corporate galleries. Through his experience in the art world, he has honed his skill as an educator, curator, sales person and as an artist. In his artistic career he has established himself as a recognised artist represented in corporate, university, museum and private collections locally and internationally.
Peter Mammes has always had an interest in the macabre and absurd. He has worked as a puppeteer’ s apprentice and a prop maker specialising in making hangman’s nooses for a few theatre productions. He has exhibited extensively and has had several solo exhibitions. Mammes went into hiding for a long period to develop a new technique and style, only exhibiting in a group show or two during that period but emerged reinvented with a completely new style of drawing. He travels extensively to find the imagery and patterns he uses in his work. He collects medical instruments, specialising in birth instruments. Mammes has worked for months in different locations so as to assimilate the culture and surroundings of that particular society; first in Moscow, Russia and more recently in Varanasi, India, where one can see open air cremations. Mammes is inf luenced by Kathe Kolwitz, Helnwein, Van Gogh and Klimt.
Neil Niewoudt is a visual artist and has been curating professionally since 2008 (Cape Town) until present (NIROXprojects, Johannesburg) where he functions as gallerist and has been project manager/curator for numerous independent projects. His work has been included in exhibitions around the world in Berlin, San Francisco and Luxembourg, and locally in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg. His artwork primarily explores notions of subjectivism/ objectivism, the creation of symbols and sigils, asemic writing, using found books and collage to reinterpret the meaning that these objects and symbols hold for us. Nieuwoudt’s work is held in prominent private collections both locally and abroad.
Confirmed artists exhibiting with Dead Bunny Society for TAF15 are: Jonathan Freemantle, Barbara Wildenboer, Craig Mcclenaghan, Ree Treweek, Laetitia Lups, Suzanne Erasmus, Wayne Matthews, Julius van der Wat, Jaco van Schalkwyk and Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, among many more.
The anchor sponsor of Dead Bunny Society TAF15 is Priest.