Selected Works

Scion: Mother and Child, 2012
Bronze
44 x 56 x 53 cm / 56 x 44 x 53 cm
Vehicle, 2018
Hybridised automotive parts, violins, cello and double bass. Conceived and created by Gerhard Marx, original performances by Shane Cooper and Kyle Shepherd. Installation version with multitrack projection.
Variable Dimensions
Ecstatic Map, 2017
Cut and reconstituted map fragments, acrylic ground on canvas and board
Work: 120 x 180 x 5 cm
Endless Column , 2019
Reconfigured Map fragments on Acrylic-Polyurethane Ground and Canvas
Work: 180 x 140 cm
Shelter Topography (to build a cave), 2019
Reconfigured Map fragments on Acrylic-Polyurethane Ground and Canvas
Work: 180 x 220 cm
Agglomerate, 2019
Reconfigured Map fragments on Acrylic-Polyurethane Ground and Canvas
Work: 77 x 100 cm
Antaeus In Mid-Air, 2019
Reconfigured Map fragments on Acrylic-Polyurethane Ground and Canvas
Work: 180 x 220 cm
Depths in Feet (Distance), 2015
Cut and reconstituted map fragments on board
55 x 55 cm
Depths in Feet (Triangulation), 2015
Cut and reconstituted map fragments on board
55 x 55 cm
Flourish I, 2015
Cut and reconstructed map fragments on cotton paper
55 x 55cm
Lands End, 2011
Digital Print on Cotton Paper
100 x 100 cm / 100 x 100cm
Scribble Map (A Scribble for Europe), 2016
Cut and reconstructed map fragments on cotton paper
90 x 120 cm
Distant (Spool), 2019
Digital print on cotton paper
Work: 100 x 75 cm
Survey (CT 1926), 2015
Stone inlay & steel
120 x 238 x 120cm
Vertical Aerial: Johannesburg , 2016
Stone, ceramic and Venetian glass; direct method mosaic on steel, produced in collaboration with Spier Architectural Arts

Ecstatic Archive, 2019
Publication

Biography

Gerhard Marx (b. South Africa, 1976) develops his projects through an engagement with pre-existent conventions and practices. This process entails careful acts of dissection and rearrangement, which allow Marx to engage the poetic potential and philosophical assumptions of his chosen material, developing original drawing, sculptural and performative languages. Marx completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT and received his MA (Fine Art) (Cum Laude) from Wits School of Art, Johannesburg.

Ecstatic Archive is Marx’s sixth solo project with the Goodman Gallery. Marx’s work is shown regularly at international art fairs, held in numerous public and private art collections and was included on the South African pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Marx has been involved in the making of numerous public sculptures, including The World On Its Hind Legs, a collaboration with William Kentridge (Beverley Hills, LA), Vertical Aerial: JHB, (the Old Ford, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg), The Fire Walker, in collaboration with William Kentridge (Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Johannesburg) and Paper Pigeon, in collaboration with Maja Marx (Pigeon Square, Johannesburg). In 2018 Marx participated in the third season at the Centre for the Less Good Idea with his project Vehicle, in collaboration with musicians Shane Cooper and Kyle Shepherd. Vehicle is scheduled to form part of the Holland Festival in June 2019.
He has extensive experience in theatre, as a scenographer, director, filmmaker and playmaker, including REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony (directed by Marx, interactive film by Gerhard Marx and Maja Marx, composed by Philip Miller), performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London (2010), the Market Theatre, Johannesburg (2008) and the 62’Centre, William College, Massachusetts (2007).

Marx is a fellow of the Sundance Film Institute, the Annenberg Fund and of the Ampersand Foundation.