Carla Busuttil / Post-National Bliss / 2013

Carla Busuttil / Post-National Bliss / 2013
02 November - 07 December 2013
Installation View
Carla Busuttil
Powdery Cheek, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 40 x 30 x 2 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Song of Modern Mars, 2013
Watercolour on paper
Work: 21 x 14 cm Frame: 31 x 25 x 4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Here Are My Thoughts On Heart Disease, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 40 x 30 cm
Carla Busuttil
No Colonial Blimp, 2013
Oil on canvas
90 x 100 cm
Carla Busuttil
You Don’t Want To Die. Don’t Be Born., 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 70 x 60 x 4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Trophy Kid, 2013
Watercolour on paper
Work: 21 x 14.8 cm Frame: 31 x 25 x 3.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Day After the Fall (Pockets Full of Ora), 2013
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm
Carla Busuttil
Orania, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 60 x 60 x 3 cm
Carla Busuttil
Cheap Grin, 2013
Watercolour on paper
21 x 14.8 cm
Carla Busuttil
Only Daylight Between Us, 2013
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
Carla Busuttil
China’s Got Talent, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 180 x 300 x 4.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Secrets Holding Paint Together, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 180 x 140 x 3 cm
Carla Busuttil
No Country for Poor People, 2013
Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Carla Busuttil
Border Disorder , 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 30 x 40 x 3 cm
Carla Busuttil
Forth To War (The Supreme Being), 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Carla Busuttil
Do as we do, 2013
Watercolour on paper
21 x 14.8cm
Carla Busuttil
A Finite Number, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Work: 100 x 80 x 4.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
Fictional Warfare , 2013
Watercolour on paper
21 x 29.7 cm
Carla Busuttil
Small Devil (Reggae Reggae Sauce), 2013
Oil on canvas
20 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil
Crusaders, 2013
Watercolour on paper
21 x 14.8 cm

Carla Busuttil / Post-National Bliss / 2013 - Installation View

02 November - 07 December 2013

Carla Busuttil

Powdery Cheek

Carla Busuttil

The Song of Modern Mars

Carla Busuttil

Here Are My Thoughts On Heart Disease

Carla Busuttil

No Colonial Blimp

Carla Busuttil

You Don’t Want To Die. Don’t Be Born.

Carla Busuttil

Trophy Kid

Carla Busuttil

The Day After the Fall (Pockets Full of Ora)

Carla Busuttil

Orania

Carla Busuttil

Cheap Grin

Carla Busuttil

Only Daylight Between Us

Carla Busuttil

China’s Got Talent

Carla Busuttil

The Secrets Holding Paint Together

Carla Busuttil

No Country for Poor People

Carla Busuttil

Border Disorder

Carla Busuttil

Forth To War (The Supreme Being)

Carla Busuttil

Do as we do

Carla Busuttil

A Finite Number

Carla Busuttil

Fictional Warfare

Carla Busuttil

Small Devil (Reggae Reggae Sauce)

Carla Busuttil

Crusaders

Goodman Gallery Cape Town is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by South African-born and UK-based artist Carla Busuttil. In her first exhibition in Cape Town, titled Post-National Bliss, the artist imagines and explores the rituals and conflicts of a fictional world perpetually on the brink of chaos.

Busuttil writes: “This world is flat, and its inhabitants are a generation lost: unhinged aristocrats, powerless lawmen, scoundrel children, otherworldly victims – all lurching towards some unrecorded fate. It is a time after history. Left in the wake of this carnival of unseen faces lies a dystopian vacuum consumed by superstition and fervour. This imagined future (or alternative present) is a world derived from history but extrapolated to an exaggerated end.”

In Busuttil’s vivid and unsettling canvases and watercolors, figures and images from the edges of historical and current events are edited, divorced from prior context and re-imagined in a different world where new histories are allowed to emerge. In an accompanying video piece, titled No More History, figures from this world recur and jostle for attention. The mask appears as a motif throughout the exhibition, acting alternately as a disguise, a symbol of identification, and an object that bestows power, and freedom.

Carla Busuttil was born in 1982 in Johannesburg, and lives and works in Oxford in the UK. Her work has been featured on numerous group exhibitions around the world, including Newspeak: British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Saatchi Adelaide, and she has held several solo shows in the UK. Busuttil will begin a residency at the NIROX Foundation in November. Post-National Bliss is her second solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery.

Exhibition opens Saturday 2 November at 11H00
Public walkabout with the artist Wednesday 6 November at 11H00

Carla Busuttil

Carla Busuttil has created and collaborated on works in multiple mediums, though her practice has a core focus on the materiality and medium of painting. Busuttil’s work negotiates historical figures, the shadows and spectres of colonialism and wealth inequality. She is particularly interested in notions of private versus public space, mapping and illustrating these often competing worlds – having recently developed a collaborative project on the topic of private security and the corporate entities that operate in that industry. While she is based in the UK, much of her work is influenced by the context of growing up in late apartheid South Africa. Often the subject matter she chooses to explore is a reflection on contemporary versions of segregated settings as well as sites of exclusion and privilege – gated communities, private schools, tax havens – and their impact on society and the various groups occupying these settings.

Busuttil (b.1982, Johannesburg, South Africa) completed the Postgraduate Programme at Royal Academy Schools, London, following on from a BA (Hons.) in Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her work has featured in group shows, including: Newspeak: British Art Now, at the Saatchi Gallery, London and AGSA, Adelaide, and in the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize, Jerwood Space, London and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. She has held numerous solo shows including Josh Lilley Gallery, London and Space K, Seoul as well as Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town. Busuttil features in recent publications 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Painting Now, and Picturing People (Thames & Hudson). Last year Busuttil took part in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition in the UK as well as in a group show at the Artist Alliance Gallery in New York. She currently lives and work in Birmingham, UK