Willem Boshoff / SWAT

Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / SWAT
18 August - 24 September 2011
Installation View
Willem Boshoff
Burning Bush, 2011
Steel
Variable
Willem Boshoff
Light Box I, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 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
Acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonylserylprolylserylglutaminyl , 2010
Engraved aluminium
120 cm X 120 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars- Little B, 2010
Etching
32 x52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars- Clast Mar, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Bull, 2011
Paper collage (river reed and recycled paper), acacia thorns, perspex
128 x 250 cm
Willem Boshoff
The Druid's Table, 2011
Wood, sand, glass.
118 x 250 x 75 cm
Willem Boshoff
Circle, 2011
Etching
600 x 450mm
Willem Boshoff
Light Box IV, 2009

870 mmx 1220 mm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars- Big B, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Swat, 2011
Paper, wood, plastic
Work: 126 x 248 x 7 cm
Willem Boshoff
Highveld, 2010
Hardground etching
91.4 x 121cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Culmicolous, 2010
Offset litho print
Image size: 29.5 x 42 cm Paper Size: 62 x 50 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
Racist in South Africa, 2011
Etched Aluminium
120 x120x 0.32 cm
Willem Boshoff
Light Box II, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 cm
Willem Boshoff
Triskaidecaphobia, 2010
13 Wooden triangles

Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Pogonophobia, 2010
Chine colle/letterpress
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Self Portrait, 2011
Glass, wood, stone and plastic

Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Oneiropomist, 2010
Offset litho print
Image: 29.7 x 42 cm Work: 50.5 x 63 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Formication, 2010
Offset litho print
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Blind Fish No 9, 2011
Jacaranda and Imbuia wood
35 x 160 x 30 cm
Willem Boshoff
Dubul' ibhunu, 2011
Paper/text, inserts of wood.
126 x 250 x11 cm
Willem Boshoff
Tree Walk , 2010


Willem Boshoff
Vulture, 2011
126 x 24 8cm

Willem Boshoff
WEME, Love Poem, 2011
Wood
170 x 52 x 8.5 cm
Willem Boshoff
SAU AUS USA, 2011
Cut-out block letters in wood.
Variable
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars - Split B, 2010
Etching
35 x 52cm
Willem Boshoff
Tree Walk+ New York 09-11-2001, 2008


Willem Boshoff
Tshidumbumukwe, 2010
Imbuia sculpture (multiple)
57 x 50 x 31 cm
Willem Boshoff
Cube, 1981/2009
Aluminium
15 x 20 cm
Willem Boshoff
Crusade, 2011
A variety of smashed up wood pieces
Work: 128 x 250 cm
Willem Boshoff
Bifidity, 2008
Sculpture
Work: 35 x 25 x 7.5 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
PI, 2010
Engraved aluminium
120 x 120 cm
Willem Boshoff
Pig, 2011
Paper, human hair, wooden frame and base.
128x 250 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Intercourse, 2010
Offset litho print
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Light Box III, 2009
Street image 1
87 x 122 cm
Willem Boshoff
Prime Numbers, 2010
Engraved aluminium
120 x 120 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars - Calculus Moon, 2010
Etching
35 x 52 cm
Willem Boshoff
Oh No! Words - Dromomania, 2010
Chine colle/letterpress
29.5 x 42 cm
Willem Boshoff
Children of the Stars - Split Gro, 2010
Etching
35 x 52cm

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff / SWAT - Installation View

18 August - 24 September 2011

Willem Boshoff

Burning Bush

Willem Boshoff

Light Box I

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Paratomy

Willem Boshoff

Acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonylserylprolylserylglutaminyl

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars- Little B

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars- Clast Mar

Willem Boshoff

Bull

Willem Boshoff

The Druid's Table

Willem Boshoff

Circle

Willem Boshoff

Light Box IV

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars- Big B

Willem Boshoff

Swat

Willem Boshoff

Highveld

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Culmicolous

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Amychesis

Willem Boshoff

Racist in South Africa

Willem Boshoff

Light Box II

Willem Boshoff

Triskaidecaphobia

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Pogonophobia

Willem Boshoff

Self Portrait

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Oneiropomist

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Formication

Willem Boshoff

Blind Fish No 9

Willem Boshoff

Dubul' ibhunu

Willem Boshoff

Tree Walk

Willem Boshoff

Vulture

Willem Boshoff

WEME, Love Poem

Willem Boshoff

SAU AUS USA

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars - Split B

Willem Boshoff

Tree Walk+ New York 09-11-2001

Willem Boshoff

Tshidumbumukwe

Willem Boshoff

Cube

Willem Boshoff

Crusade

Willem Boshoff

Bifidity

Willem Boshoff

Wall Shifts in Wood

Willem Boshoff

PI

Willem Boshoff

Pig

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Intercourse

Willem Boshoff

Light Box III

Willem Boshoff

Prime Numbers

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars - Calculus Moon

Willem Boshoff

Oh No! Words - Dromomania

Willem Boshoff

Children of the Stars - Split Gro

The ambiguities of words, playful provocation and grave disquiet are ubiquitous elements in the work of Willem Boshoff. In SWAT, a new exhibition at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Boshoff reignites these components in a series of unique works that confront capitalism, religious text, exploitation, globalisation and imperialism, amongst other interrelated concerns. Characteristically, Boshoff does not present a straightforward stance, but rather goads us into asserting our own.

Many of Boshoff’s new works have a simple word or statement that has universal associations as their central focus. In

PIG Boshoff considers the negative associations that have been forced onto the word pig through definitive texts. Here he references Leonard Shlain’s book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, which proposes that “the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture”. In the book, Shlain explores how in pre-alphabetic times, unclean animals were the noble ones. With the advent of the Abrahamic religions, these animals were condemned to be ‘dirty’, and their degraded status was enshrined in scriputure. On a massive sheet of milkweed paper, Boshoff interweaves fragments of texts from the Jewish Torah, the Quran and the Bible. Such definitive texts, Boshoff explains, “are dangerous things … Text makes knowledge permanent”. With this in mind, Boshoff uses text in a way that is deliberately open to interpretation, even if he himself is partial to a particular sentiment.
In new works Boshoff also explores a growing antagonism towards one of the world’s most controversial superpowers – the United States of America. The work SWAT brings together fragments of maps reformatted to form a distorted map of the world. Wooden swatters bearing a cut up US map are superimposed over the larger map. As a whole the work brings to mind SWAT teams, while the plastic insects spelling out the word, prompt the viewer to think of swatting flies. In what he refers to as a philosophical piece, Boshoff reflects on the way in which people are treated in the same unforgiving manner as insects. The work also recalls writer Ivan Vladislavic’s observation that one of Boshoff’s “main aims is recovery – of lost words, sated senses, family unities, broken maps.” In Crusade, Boshoff takes another stab at the United States. Within the work, wooden crosses form the background, while blocks of brown wood spell out the word crusade. Within the word, the central letters USA stand out, as they are made out of dark wooden spikes. Just as PIG refers to subjecting a word to a definitive association, Crusade refers to the imperial process of subjecting the world to a forced notion of what is right.
Boshoff will also take his manipulation of words to a performative level with the piece Burning Bush, the outcome of which will be revealed at the exhibition opening.
Willem Boshoff was born in Vereeniging, South Africa, in 1951 and now lives in Johannesburg. Boshoff studied and taught at the Johannesburg College of Art and the Witwatersrand Technikon (now the University of Johannesburg). He is both a wordsmith and a maker of images and objects. A self-taught dendrologist, his interests range 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 of words, names, plants, and objects (both natural and synthetic), from which he constructs his art. 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. 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. In a performance at Art Unlimited in Basel in 2009, Boshoff presented Big Druid in his Cubicle, literally setting up residence in the exhibition space provided for the duration of the show. His solo shows and permanent installations include Blind Alphabet; Nonplussed; dictionaries and cryptic writings such as Bangboek; the ever-growing Garden of Words and his massive sculptures in stone.

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.