The Regional Arts Officer

Foreword   Sake’s disdain for the abstract narrative in the mainstream arts indicates his devil-may-care contrarianism. He scorns the naive fascism and irrational vanity of the art establishment liberals and peers. Their oversensitivity, their sense of entitlement, their insistence they are always right despite sometimes overwhelming proof to the contrary,…...

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De-Spiritualisation

De-Spiritualisation   “Pieter, the de-spiritualisation of the world of art is incredibly successful,” said Sake in his atelier. “Karl Marx is a killjoy and his ideas sour the lives of great storytellers. There is no point in killing the upper class and the bourgeoisie social order to dumb down Western…...

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The Archangel

The Archangel   “You know the story about the Archangel Gabriel holding his flaming sword while directing traffic at the cross-roads?” Sake has something on his mind and he usually begins telling stories from the outer edges of our atelier’s reality. “Yes, I do because you told me.” I remember…...

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Perplexing Insights

Perplexing Insights   Conversations in the atelier were often perplexing insights about artists and their motivation. Our talks touched upon ideas involving artists of the Modernism epoch. To spice the mix we added a sprinkle of politics and religion. “You know, Pieter, I was at college learning how to be…...

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Comptrollers of Art

The Comptrollers of Art   “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” – George Orwell, ‘1984’     Sake is talking conversationally about controlling art: “Who controls the arts in Australia today? Is it the arts media? Maybe art academics…...

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Frisian Diaspora

Frisian Diaspora   “They got him,” said Sake. “At the cross roads to Drachten.” “Who?” I wonder. “The collaborator,” Sake replies. “Early in 1945 during the hunger winter.” “Oh.” I dare not speak more because Sake was pensive and close, rarely telling about events during his actual war years. “You…...

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Disdain

Disdain The conversation that follows is from 1993. I made notes in an enthrallment because defiance surfaced, highlighting a bunch of thoughts and behavioural patterns. Conversations with Sake frequently went down rabbit holes. Occasionally a thought flew along a well-worn path to suddenly deviate and end up in another place…...

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Prescient Talk

Prescient Talk – A Brief Conversation   Sake is in a mood. A prescient contemplative mood. “You cannot paint a feeling you do not truly feel,” he says. “You cannot represent a mood if the mood is not within you.” He puffs his pipe and blows out: “You cannot catch…...

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It is Academic

It is Academic   “Pieter, you have heard the term ‘Academic Art’? It is usually associated with the Paris Salons.” Sake is setting up a talk, a lecture of sorts. He has style and form, being an academically trained talker. “Paris Salons officially approved art styles to help mould public…...

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