[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010
10 June - 11 July 2010
Installation View
Willem Boshoff
Prayer Gamble, 2010
Wall Assemblage: Prayer rug, black cloth, 2304 dice, panel pins
122 x 209 x 7.5 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Pogonophobia, 2010
Chine colle/letterpress
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Cardioid, 2010
Interactive relief wall sculpture consisting of two toothed wheels, glass disk, bolted - on handle and magnet (multiple)
102 x 102 x 8 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Intercourse, 2010
Offset litho print
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Seven Pillars of Justice, 1997
Wooden sculpture in seven pieces with wooden base and metal braille printing
14 x 14 x 14
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars - Calculus Moon, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Cube, 1981/2009
Aluminium
15 x 20 cm
Willem Boshoff
Tshidumbumukwe, 2010
Imbuia sculpture (multiple)
57 x 50 x 31 cm
Willem Boshoff
Light Box III, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 cm
Willem Boshoff
Noli Turbare Circulos Meos, 2009
Polished Belfast Black Granite with sandblast text design
Panels: 100 x 140.5 x 3 cm
Willem Boshoff
Blind Fish No. 5, 2010
Jacaranda sculpture with braille pins
144 x 23 x 38 cm
Willem Boshoff
Compass Rose, 2010
32 Marble and granite blocks indicating 32 wind directions or compass points
Circle: 3 m Diameter, Blocks: 20 x 3 x variable length
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Oneiropomist, 2010
Offset litho print
Image: 29.7 x 42 cm Work: 50.5 x 63 cm
Willem Boshoff
Prime Numbers, 2010
Engraved aluminium
120 x 120 cm
Willem Boshoff
Wooden Shifts, 1985
Wooden sculpture consisting of three interlocking wooden pieces
8.3 x 12.5 x 16.5 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars- Clast Mar, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Dromomania, 2010
Chine colle/letterpress
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Amychesis, 2010
Offset litho print
Image: 29.7 x 42 cm Work: 50.5 x 63 cm
Willem Boshoff
Wall Shifts in Wood, 2010
Relief wall sculpture, wood, three interlocking pieces
Work: 57.5 x 75 x 6 cm
Willem Boshoff
Druidic Numbers, 2009
Pen, ink, pencil note paper
8400 x 600 mm
Willem Boshoff
Bifidity, 2008
Sculpture
Work: 35 x 25 x 7.5 cm
Willem Boshoff
PI, 2010
Engraved aluminium
120 x 120 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars- Big B, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Triskaidecaphobia, 2010
13 Wooden triangles

Willem Boshoff
Light Box I, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 cm
Willem Boshoff
Tipping the scales, 2009
Found objects: Laboratory scale, fool's gold and sheep dung
46 x 30 x 46 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Formication, 2010
Offset litho print
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Paratomy, 2010
Offset litho print
Image: 29.7 x 42 cm Work: 50.5 x 63 cm
Willem Boshoff
Light Box II, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Culmicolous, 2010
Offset litho print
Image size: 29.5 x 42 cm Paper Size: 62 x 50 cm

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

[In Context] Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle / 2010 - Installation View

10 June - 11 July 2010

Willem Boshoff

Prayer Gamble

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Pogonophobia

Willem Boshoff

Cardioid

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Intercourse

Willem Boshoff

Seven Pillars of Justice

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars - Calculus Moon

Willem Boshoff

Cube

Willem Boshoff

Tshidumbumukwe

Willem Boshoff

Light Box III

Willem Boshoff

Noli Turbare Circulos Meos

Willem Boshoff

Blind Fish No. 5

Willem Boshoff

Compass Rose

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Oneiropomist

Willem Boshoff

Prime Numbers

Willem Boshoff

Wooden Shifts

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars- Clast Mar

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Dromomania

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Amychesis

Willem Boshoff

Wall Shifts in Wood

Willem Boshoff

Druidic Numbers

Willem Boshoff

Bifidity

Willem Boshoff

PI

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars- Big B

Willem Boshoff

Triskaidecaphobia

Willem Boshoff

Light Box I

Willem Boshoff

Tipping the scales

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Formication

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Paratomy

Willem Boshoff

Light Box II

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Culmicolous

South African artist Willem Boshoff lived like a druid for much of his life and presents his experiences in person as BIG DRUID. BIG DRUID resides in a custom made cubicle where he battles with shadows, aesthetic constructs and words. He occupies the cubicle throughout the art fair. His irregular sleeping pattern dictates that he sleeps and meditates at unforeseen times of the day or night. He only leaves his cubicle for meals, ablutions and solitary druidic walks in the mornings or afternoons. BIG DRUID works on computer, writing druidic dictionaries, plotting philosophical strategies and documenting his experiences and large collection of diviners’ articles. The cubicle has an area of retreat and contains the divination collection. It is also fitted with exhibition shelves and a work area where BIG DRUID makes and shows artworks and thought processes that reflect on the outcome of his extravagant druidic insights and multivagant itinerary.

Willem Boshoff

Willem Boshoff was born in Vereeniging, South Africa, in 1951. His father was a carpenter who worked in and around Vanderbijlpark, very close to where the Sharpeville massacre occurred in 1960. Boshoff studied and taught at the Johannesburg College of Art and the Witwatersrand Technikon, and he lives in Johannesburg. He is both a wordsmith and a maker of images and objects.

A self-taught dendrologist, he ranges widely across the fields of botany, literature, and geography. He has made concrete poetry; he reads and makes dictionaries; he is a sculptor and makes installations; he is an inveterate seeker after words, names, plants, and objects both natural and synthetic, from which he constructs his sculptures and images. ‘One of his main aims,’ says the writer Ivan Vladislavic in the monograph TAXI-11 Willem Boshoff, ‘is recovery – of lost words, sated senses, family unities, broken maps.’ Boshoff’s encyclopaedic impulse is evidenced in his collecting and making practices: everything is material for making art, every detail in the natural world is imbued with meaning and can be appropriated or spoken of with fervour. Many of Boshoff’s works are incomplete, evolving, or in process as long as the world yields some form of knowledge that he can incorporate into what he is making.

Boshoff’s work has been shown at many major museums in the world and he has been included in biennales in Johannesburg, Havana, Venice, and Saõ Paolo. His solo shows and permanent installations include Blind Alphabet; Nonplussed; dictionaries; cryptic writings such as Bangboek; the ever-growing Garden of Words; and his massive sculptures in stone. He exhibited at the Nirox Foundation outside of Johannesburg, and Circa Gallery.