Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites
12 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
Frances Goodman
Bovega Tinetta, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
40 x 16 x 30cm
Frances Goodman
Lewis Vittone, 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread
85 x 56 x 32cm
Frances Goodman
Trigger Image I, 2009
Wood, Organza, Thread
46 x 71 x 2cm
Frances Goodman
Blueberry , 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread
78 x 48 x 29cm
Frances Goodman
Petit Smit, 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Briefcase, Cardboard Tube, Sequins, Material, Thread
88 x 48 x 32cm
Frances Goodman
Dear Ana, 2009
Sound Installation Fridge, lights, speakers, DVD player, amplifier
185 x 60 65cm
Frances Goodman
The Triumph of Painting, 2005
Sequins, thread
95.5 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm
Frances Goodman
Starve Me Sane, 2009
Wood, Organza, Thread, Hooks
47cm diameter x 2cm
Frances Goodman
Valium, 2008
Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene
50 x 78 x 42cm
Frances Goodman
Moscowni, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
25 x 10 x 30cm
Frances Goodman
Ritalin, 2008
Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene
69 x 52 x 70cm
Frances Goodman
SLY, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
38 x 12 x 29 cm
Frances Goodman
French Curve IV, 2009
Wood, organza, thread, hooks
42cm diameter x 2cm
Frances Goodman
Vicodin, 2008
Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene
62 x 39 x 26cm
Frances Goodman
Fandti , 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread
100 x 56 x 32cm
Frances Goodman
Guest, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
30 x 15 x 36 cm
Frances Goodman
French Curve I, 2009
Wood, organza, thread, hooks
47 cm diameter x 2 cm
Frances Goodman
Lorex, 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Briefcase, Cardboard Tube, Sequins, Material, Thread
88 x 48 x 32cm
Frances Goodman
Judgment is Jealousy, 2009
Wood, Organza, Thread, Hooks
49cm diameter x 2cm
Frances Goodman
Zoloft, 2008
Sculpture
70 x 60 x 48 cm
Frances Goodman
Chantal, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
40 x 16 x 30cm
Frances Goodman
Phentermine , 2008
Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene
67 x 35 x 30cm
Frances Goodman
Chimmie Choo, 2009
Carrier Bag, Handbag
42 x 17 x 30 cm
Frances Goodman
Chantal (III), 2009
Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread
50 x 105 x 28cm
Frances Goodman
French Curve V, 2009
Wood, organza, thread, hooks
36cm diameter x 2cm

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites - Installation View

12 November - 12 December 2009

Frances Goodman

Bovega Tinetta

Frances Goodman

Lewis Vittone

Frances Goodman

Trigger Image I

Frances Goodman

Blueberry

Frances Goodman

Petit Smit

Frances Goodman

Dear Ana

Frances Goodman

The Triumph of Painting

Frances Goodman

Starve Me Sane

Frances Goodman

Valium

Frances Goodman

Moscowni

Frances Goodman

Ritalin

Frances Goodman

SLY

Frances Goodman

French Curve IV

Frances Goodman

Vicodin

Frances Goodman

Fandti

Frances Goodman

Guest

Frances Goodman

French Curve I

Frances Goodman

Lorex

Frances Goodman

Judgment is Jealousy

Frances Goodman

Zoloft

Frances Goodman

Chantal

Frances Goodman

Phentermine

Frances Goodman

Chimmie Choo

Frances Goodman

Chantal (III)

Frances Goodman

French Curve V

Historically seen as criminal, or sinful, the idea of dependency as an illness is a recent one. Morbid Appetites is Frances Goodman’s upcoming exhibition at the Goodman Gallery Cape that takes its name from an antiquated term for addictions. In keeping with her long-running interest in obsessions, this exhibition is an objective study in sound, text and sculpture of what happens to the human condition when a psychological line is crossed. On their most basic level, Goodman’s pieces are a detailed examination of how contemporary society is able to transform harmless activities like eating, shopping and taking medicine into deadly vices. More critically, her works comment on the economic and cultural conditions that accelerate this perversion.

Mother’s Little Helper are a series of six sculptures that are, in fact, precise models of the molecular structures of the most over-prescribed prescription drugs on the market. The adornment of these unfamiliar forms in jewel-like pins and crystals is more than a matter of keeping up appearances. It’s a paradoxical reference to the absence of the packaging that would allow us to recognise these microscopic machines on our shelves. Viewers are invited to search for a correspondence between the forms within the shiny surfaces and their effects on the psyche.

The layered works of StealthWealth are the authentic shopping bags of fashion boutiques, which Goodman has upholstered, using and morphing the materials of the fake designer handbags of the same label. These grotesque hybrids are a study of the in transience of brand loyalty, in a recessionary context in which certain high-end outlets have actually stopped marking their carrier bags as a response to their customers reluctance to be seen consuming.

‘Nothing Tastes as Good as Being Thin,’ and ‘Starve Me Sane’ are just two of the slogans of the text pieces Goodman has crafted from the hook-and-eye fastenings typically used to make clothing tighter or looser. Entitled Bodycopy, the series is an investigation of eating disorders, and the subcultures they have produced. The slogans themselves come from websites that ‘Pro-Ana’, (pro anorexia) girls host online. Again, there exists within the work a reference to addiction, but in this instance the emphasis is on deprivation, rather than indulgence. At same time the pieces intimate that there is a certain amount of luxury implicit in choosing not to eat.

The exhibition will culminate in the sound installation MINDONTHEMONEY. Branded, sequined suitcases, with their notions of physical and social mobility, are static before the visitor as Goodman unfolds a soundscape composed of the calls of the hawkers who peddle ‘fake’ goods from suitcases because of their need to evade the authorities quickly when necessary. It is up to the listener to decide whether those who cannot, or will not part with the money for the authentic should be the objects of derision or praise, but more profoundly MINDONTHEMONEY illustrates the irony of the way in which the brand-dream, and the addiction to the label, unite humanity from sweatshop to boutique.