Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed
22 May - 19 June 2004
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed
22 May - 19 June 2004
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed
22 May - 19 June 2004
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed
22 May - 19 June 2004
Installation View
Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed
22 May - 19 June 2004
Installation View
Willem Boshoff
What is our oil doing their sand?, 2004

2440mm (w) x 1220mm (h)
Willem Boshoff
Lebab, 2004
94 Texts on paper, framed behind glass
295 x 522mm
Willem Boshoff
Jerusalem Jerusalem, 2004
Sculpture
3000mm (l) x 400mm (w) x 700mm (h) Base 3050mm (l) x 450mm (w) x 600mm (h)
Willem Boshoff
War and Peace, 2004
Cemnet, steel, wood, glue, sand
1600mm x 1020mm
Willem Boshoff
Liberte Egalite, 2004

660mm x 470mm
Willem Boshoff
Cacoethes Scribendi, 2004
Manure, glue, wood
3000mm x 2100mm
Willem Boshoff
Nothing is obvious, 2004
Cement, sand, steel, wood, glue
950mm x 950mm
Willem Boshoff
Skoob, 2004
Stones, wood, 96 full Bibles, 36 New Testaments and 1 Pentateuch/Haftaroth
Dimensions Variable
Willem Boshoff
Cheap Labour, 2004
7 well-used shovels
2500mm x 900mm
Willem Boshoff
Far Far Away, 2004

42cm x 29.7cm
Willem Boshoff
Sillographist, 2004
Cement, steel, wood, glue, sand
950mm x 950mm

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed - Installation View

22 May - 19 June 2004

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed - Installation View

22 May - 19 June 2004

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed - Installation View

22 May - 19 June 2004

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed - Installation View

22 May - 19 June 2004

Willem Boshoff / Nonplussed - Installation View

22 May - 19 June 2004

Willem Boshoff

What is our oil doing their sand?

Willem Boshoff

Lebab

Willem Boshoff

Jerusalem Jerusalem

Willem Boshoff

War and Peace

Willem Boshoff

Liberte Egalite

Willem Boshoff

Cacoethes Scribendi

Willem Boshoff

Nothing is obvious

Willem Boshoff

Skoob

Willem Boshoff

Cheap Labour

Willem Boshoff

Far Far Away

Willem Boshoff

Sillographist

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.