Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012
19 July - 18 August 2012
Installation View
Kendell Geers
Bladerunner XXXI, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
120 x 51 x 51cm
Kendell Geers
Ecce Homo 142, 2007
Indian ink on paper
105 x 64.3 cm
Kendell Geers
The beautiful ones are not yet born, 2012
Concrete and razor mesh
Work: 30 x 30 x 30 cm
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XXI, 2012
Plaster cast and patina
15.5 x 13.5 x 20 cm
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XX, 2012
Plaster cast and patina treatment
12.5 x 21 x 14 cm
Kendell Geers
Past, Imperfect Tense VIII, 2012
Crystal cast and patina treatment
10 x 10.5 x 11.5 cm
Kendell Geers
Bladerunner XVII, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
120 x 51 x 51cm
Kendell Geers
Bladerunner XVIII, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
120 x 51 x 51cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XII, 2012
Rust on paper
101.5 x 66 cm
Kendell Geers
Lines of Flight 299, 2012
Wall installation with paint
334 x 354 cm
Kendell Geers
Bladerunner XIV, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
120 x 51 x 51cm
Kendell Geers
Bladerunner XXX, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
120 x 51 x 51cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XIII, 2012
Rust on paper
99.5 x 65 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XIX, 2012
Rust on paper
Image: 102 x 66 cm Frame: 118 x 82.5 x 6 cm
Kendell Geers
Songs of Innocence and of Experience , 2012
2 OTR truck tyres and paint
200 x 150 cm
Kendell Geers
Mutus Liber 39 , 2009
Ink, resin and paint on Found object (Twilight of the Idols)
24 X 7 X 7,5 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XIV, 2012
Rust on paper
100.5 x 66 cm
Kendell Geers
Cardiac Arrest VIX, 2012
26 cast glass batons
236 x 210
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XXII, 2012
Plaster cast and patina
10 .5 x 14 x 21 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XX, 2012
Rust on paper
101.18 x 65.5 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XVI, 2012
Rust on paper
100.5 x 65.4 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XXII, 2012
Rust on paper
102 x 65.5
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XV, 2012
Plaster of paris and patina

Kendell Geers
Handgrenades from my Heart 9, 2010
Bronze
24 x 9 x 8 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XXI, 2012
Rust on paper
102 x 65 cm
Kendell Geers
Rietveld Waiting for the Barbarians, 2012
Mild steel, razor mesh and concrete
Work: 207 x 66.5 x 85 cm
Kendell Geers
Age of Iron XVII, 2012
Rust on paper
102 x 66 cm
Kendell Geers
Ecce Homo 140, 2007
Indian ink on paper
102 x 65.5 cm
Kendell Geers
Ecce Homo 141, 2007
Indian ink on paper
102.3 x 65.5 cm
Kendell Geers
Ususiu Omnibus XIII, 2011
Bronze and rose
23 x 11 x 11 cm
Kendell Geers
Kernunnos XVII, 2012
Enamel paint on skull
54 x 22 x 26cm
Kendell Geers
WaitingWantingWastingWorking, 2012
Razor mesh, mild steel and concrete
Work: 143 x 182 x 86 cm
Kendell Geers
Handgrenades from my Heart 11, 2010
Bronze
18 x 6 x 4 cm
Kendell Geers
Past,Imperfect,Tense VII, 2012
10 x 10.5 x 11.5 cm
Crystal cast and patina treatment
Kendell Geers
Kernunnos XVIII, 2012
Bronze
25 x 44,5 x 8 cm
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XVII, 2012
Plaster of paris cast and patina
13.5 x 18.9 x 13.5 cm
Kendell Geers
House of Spirits II, 2012
Mild steel and razor mesh
Work: 110 x 110 x 110 cm
Kendell Geers
Kaput Mortuum XIV, 2012
Plaster of paris cast and patina treatment
15.5 x 15.5 x 23 cm
Kendell Geers
Graft, 2011
Bronze
12 x 61 x 11 cm
Kendell Geers
Country of my skull, 2010
Ink on found object
12 x 12.5 x 22 cm

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers / Songs of Innocence and of Experience / 2012 - Installation View

19 July - 18 August 2012

Kendell Geers

Bladerunner XXXI

Kendell Geers

Ecce Homo 142

Kendell Geers

The beautiful ones are not yet born

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XXI

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XX

Kendell Geers

Past, Imperfect Tense VIII

Kendell Geers

Bladerunner XVII

Kendell Geers

Bladerunner XVIII

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XII

Kendell Geers

Lines of Flight 299

Kendell Geers

Bladerunner XIV

Kendell Geers

Bladerunner XXX

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XIII

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XIX

Kendell Geers

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Kendell Geers

Mutus Liber 39

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XIV

Kendell Geers

Cardiac Arrest VIX

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XXII

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XX

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XVI

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XXII

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XV

Kendell Geers

Handgrenades from my Heart 9

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XXI

Kendell Geers

Rietveld Waiting for the Barbarians

Kendell Geers

Age of Iron XVII

Kendell Geers

Ecce Homo 140

Kendell Geers

Ecce Homo 141

Kendell Geers

Ususiu Omnibus XIII

Kendell Geers

Kernunnos XVII

Kendell Geers

WaitingWantingWastingWorking

Kendell Geers

Handgrenades from my Heart 11

Kendell Geers

Past,Imperfect,Tense VII

Kendell Geers

Kernunnos XVIII

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XVII

Kendell Geers

House of Spirits II

Kendell Geers

Kaput Mortuum XIV

Kendell Geers

Graft

Kendell Geers

Country of my skull

In his first solo exhibition in his home city since 2003, Kendell Geers will present Songs of Innocence and of Experience at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg. Primarily comprising sculpture, Geers’ new body of work contemplates his birthplace and its history in relation to contemporary experience.

“For too long now", says Geers, "my work has been considered ‘suspect’ by the South African audience and I have been haunted by the ‘enfant terrible’ reputation I earned myself two decades ago. I wonder when will South Africa allow me the freedom to grow up with elegance ? Songs of Innocence and of Experience will be my first exhibition in Johannesburg in almost a decade. I selected the title as homage to William Blake as well as in protest against misguided misinterpretations of my working and my thinking processes. Songs of Innocence and of Experience heralds a return to the ‘Country of my Skull’, a return to my roots, a meditation upon what it means to be a white African and a Working Class Afrikaans South African. The cultural logic of my identity, the history and politics of my cultural inheritance are woven together with experience and with delightful innocence into an exhibition that places sculpture at its core.”

Geers returns to his signature use of Razormesh as an exploration of local legacy. “Razormesh and security fencing mark our suburban lives in South Africa, protecting us from hidden nameless enemies banging at our gates. We live in compounds imprisoned by our desire to be free and safe within a space etched out from the environment by razorblades and electric fences. The world patent for Razormesh remains in the hands of a South African corporation and it is our unique product, a cultural weapon exported to every single political flash point on the planet, an economic success story that cut its teeth in our dark history.
“Without irony and in the absence of violent scourge of parody and cynicism, I have created a body of work that is a meditation upon my personal cultural heritage, my roots and in reflection upon my community, a modern unspoken heritage, a cultural icon that we are blinded to. Songs of Innocence and of Experience is a mature exhibition of sculptures, an exhibition built upon the painful foundations of experience without losing my innocence.”

Moreover, in defence of fellow artist Brett Murray and in defence of the right of every artist to speak with a sharp tongue in your cheek, Kendell Geers will present a homage to “The Spear” bringing his own unique vision on the controversial subject of the penis.

Kendell Geers

South African-born, Belgian artist Kendell Geers changed his date of birth to May 1968 in order to give birth to himself as a work of art. Describing himself as an ‘AniMystikAKtivist’, Geers takes a syncretic approach to art that weaves together diverse Afro-European traditions, including animism, alchemy, mysticism, ritual and a socio-political activism laced with black humour, irony and cultural contradiction.

Geers’s work has been shown in numerous international group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2007) and Documenta (2002). Major solo shows include Heart of Darkness at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town (1993), Third World Disorder at Goodman Gallery Cape Town (2010) and more recently Songs of Innocence and of Experience at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg (2012). His exhibition Irrespektiv travelled to Newcastle, Ghent, Salamanca and Lyon between 2007 and 2009. Geers was included on Art Unlimited at Art 42 Basel in 2011. Work by Geers was included on Manifesta 9 in Genk, Limburg, Belgium and a major survey show of his work was exhibited at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany in 2013. Earlier this year Geers held a solo exhibition, The Second Coming (Do What Thou Wilt), at Rua Red in Dublin.