Selected Works

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No compensation is possible (working diagram), 2018
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects
Variable Dimensions
Nolan Oswald Dennis
excerpt: constellations (Black Liberation Zodiac), 2017
Wall mural installation
Variable
Nolan Oswald Dennis
String Sequence (Black Liberation Zodiac), 2018
Annotated wallpaper - cotton fibre, ink on paper, archival notes, journal notes
Work: 360 x 360 cm Variable Dimensions
Nolan Oswald Dennis
xenolith I, 2018
Soil, steel armature, books
Work: 135 x 40 x 40 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
xenolith II, 2018
Soil, steel armature
Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
xenolith III, 2018
Soil, steel armature
Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
xenolith V:prepositions, 2018
Soil, steel armature, soil residue
sculpture: 100 x 40 x 40 cm text: 212 x 105 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
xenolith IV, 2018
Soil, steel armature, adapted globe
Work: 142 x 40 x 40 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Biko/Fanon, 2018
2 receipt printers, microcontroller, shelf
Variable Dimensions
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Nomzamo, 2018
Receipt printer, microcontroller, shelf
Variable Dimensions
Nolan Oswald Dennis
return (mayibuye), 2018
Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper
Work: 65 x 50 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
working through (nand gate) , 2018
Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper
Work: 65 x 50 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
prop. 8 [prou(k)n], 2018
Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board
Work (each): 61 x 45.7 cm Frame (each): 68.5 x 53.2 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
prop.5 [prou(k)n], 2018
Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board
Work (each): 61 x 45.7 cm Frame (each): 68.5 x 53.2 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Single event upset, 2018
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 46 x 61 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
after-land (broken string theory), 2018
Pencil and collage on paper
Work: 84.1 x 59.4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
after-world I (proof), 2018
Pencil and collage on paper
Work: 84.1 x 59.4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places III, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 71 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places II, 2016

Work: 70 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places I, 2015
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 69.5 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country VIII, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country VI, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country V, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country I, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country III, 2016
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Nolan Oswald Dennis
No Conciliation is Possible (compensation set), 2019
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects

Biography

Nolan Oswald Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. His practice explores what he calls ‘a black consciousness of space’ : the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization.

His work questions the politics of space and time through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach. He is concerned with the hidden structures that pre-determine the limits of our social and political imagination. Through a language of diagrams, drawings and models he explores a hidden landscape of systematic and structural conditions that organise our political sub-terrain. This sub-space is framed by systems which transverse multiple realms (technical, spiritual economic, psychological, etc) and therefore Dennis’ work can be seen as an attempt to stitch these, sometime opposed, sometimes complimentary, systems together. To read technological systems alongside spiritual systems, to combine political fictions with science fiction.

He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a Masters of Science in the Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).