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Helge Olle Janssen - "Performance Memorabilia - Red Bull Mask"

"Performance Memorabilia - Red Bull Mask"

Performance Memorabilia - Red Bull Mask
Mixed Media, US$ 552

Performance Memorabilia - Red Bull Mask

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Mixed Media

W: 370mm x H: 300mm x D: 270mm
W: 15" x H: 12" x D: 11"

Approx. Weight: 1kg

This work is unframed


US$ 552


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About "Performance Memorabilia - Red Bull Mask"

I read a children's story called 'The Last Unicorn' in which a blind Red Bull terrorises Unicorns and chases them into the sea. The Red Bull has a heightened sense of smell, particularly the smell of fear. This causes it to grow in stature. Lack of fear causes it to diminish. This became one of my anti apartheid performance images. In 1995 I discovered an energy drink called 'red bull'. I was totally astounded! I wrote to the organisers for funding to take my production called "The Come-uppance of Punch" (another of my anti fascist plays) to the Grhmstwn Festival (1999 - which proved to be a disaster anyway!) including with this plea images of the RED BULL in performance, together with a brief history of its 'creation'. They were NOT IMPRESSED and turned down my request (R5,000 - nothing to them, a fortune to me) for sponsorship. With this rebuttal they included three (or was it four?) cans of the stuff! I NEVER drink 'Red Bull' - it's a bit like drinking my own blood!

The Red Bull (performed by me) appeard in fashion shows, night clubs, the streets of Durban, two my self penned avant-garde plays 'Masters of Ceremony' (1985), and 'BLOOD' (1987-90), and at school performance functions (Ridge Park College - 2005)(!).

This mask therefore has significant import as part of my anti-apartheid dissent and abhorrence of the regime.

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About Helge Olle

Helge Olle Janssen

Photographer: Gerald Botha of Stella Nova Studios, Kloof, KZN 2016

Costume design and construction, make-up, concept: Helge Janssen.

My art is formed through a combination of myth, psyche, archetype and innovation drawn from life's many many influences...and has even amazed me with its portent...drawn from a deeply intuitive cognitive consciousness. We have so much more information as our source of inspiration amid a myriad of vying energies.

There was a time 1995 when I approached every single gallery in Gauteng searching for an exhibition space. All of them had a two year plus waiting list. But it was not until I approached a Gallery in the vicinity of the Market Square when the curator took out a book from New York and said to me: look at this....this is the type of art that will get you an exhibition.

With the current madness and orchestrated insanity busy bombing our minds daily, with full intention to DISORIENTATE, OBFUSCATE and DEMORALISE our lives, we have to stand strong and focused.

It is more important than ever that these moronic forces that are hell bent on subjugating the world to its morass of dubious and despicable control mechanisms by robbing us of our sovereignty are defeated. It is a GIVEN that their plans are so DELUDED that they will never succeed. The mere fact that they even THINK that their plan will succeed is alarming enough. It has FAILURE built into it. What it boils down to is that they are hence trying to take as many people as they can with them. It is THEIR end game. It is THEIR fear. It is THEIR stupidity.

And of course being shadow banned as an artist is shameful. But the more I am ignored, hidden, the more powerful my work becomes. It is a given. Thank you in advance.

Price Range

US$ 57-14,249



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