Edge of Silence / 2015

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
23 July – 29 August

Broomberg & Chanarin / Carla Busuttil / Nolan Oswald Dennis / mounir fatmi / Kendell Geers / David Goldblatt / Haroon Gunn-Salie / Alfredo Jaar / William Kentridge / Kapwani Kiwanga / Liza Lou / Gerald Machona / Lorna Simpson / Mikhael Subotzky / Hank Willis Thomas / Jeremy Wafer

Edge of Silence is a group show featuring artwork by some of Goodman Gallery’s leading contemporary artists.

The title is taken from a light box with transparency created by Alfredo Jaar that illuminates the words ‘OTHER PEOPLE THINK’, a quote from the youthful writings of John Cage in which Cage “affirms silence as an opportunity to learn what other people think.” Jaar’s light box follows this practice with a kind of silence opens up a space for listening by disrupting our thoughts and perceptions, inviting us to step outside ourselves.

Sleeping, a recurring motif in Kentridge’s work, is used as a metaphor for a state of self-imposed blissful ignorance in which the outside world may be forgotten as the sleeper closes herself off into her internal world. This notion, coupled with the fragility and transparency of glass, evokes a dangerous situation leading to a painful, if not actually destructive, moment of awakening and recognition in Kentridge’s series of prints Sleeping on Glass.

Liza Lou’s Untitled bead canvases emphasize repetition, formal perfection, and materiality, but thrives on the tension between silent beauty and the presence of traces of bodily residue in the beaded strips that establishes many of the social themes, such as uncelebrated women’s work, that underpin her work.

Works on exhibition reference cultural moments and artistic practice that is at times interrogative, celebratory, or a means of bearing witness. Yet in all instances they complicate and remediate so as to bring about a new framework for understanding or experiencing that which exists already.

Artists include Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Carla Busuttil, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Mounir Fatmi, Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Kapwani Kiwanga, Liza Lou, Gerald Machona, Lorna Simpson, Mikhael Subotzky, Hank Willis Thomas, and Jeremy Wafer.

  • Other People Think

    Alfredo Jaar

    Other People Think, 2012

    Lightbox with b/w transparency

    152 x 152 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Untitled, #15

    Liza Lou

    Untitled, #15, 2011

    Woven glass beads on linen

    66.5 x 68.5cm

  • Untitled, #14

    Liza Lou

    Untitled, #14, 2011

    Woven glass beads on Linen

    66.5 x 68.5cm

  • Spirit is a bone  - Series 3

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Spirit is a bone - Series 3, 2013

    Glass, paint, C-type print, string

    40 x 50 cm each - installation size variable

    <...

  • Passage

    Nolan Oswald Dennis

    Passage, 2014

    Plywood and wax

    122 x 195 x 92cm

  • Calligraphy of Fire, Tribute to Brion Gysin

    Mounir Fatmi

    Calligraphy of Fire, Tribute to Brion Gysin, 2012

    Steel calligraphies, clamps

    42 x 48 x 48 cm

  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Kendell Geers

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience , 2012

    2 OTR truck tyres and paint

    200 x 150 cm

  • The Monolith

    Gerald Machona

    The Monolith, 2012

    Wooden Door, Gold Leaf

    211.5 x 120 x14 cm (base 100x 100 x 10cm)

  • The First Movers

    Carla Busuttil - Charles

    The First Movers, 2012

    Oil on canvas

    180 x 300 cm

  • Measure

    Jeremy Wafer

    Measure, 2007/2014

    Paint and wood

    220 x 10 x 10

  • Ifa Organ

    Kapwani Kiwanga

    Ifa Organ , 2013

    Organ paper

    Edition of 5

  • Half-Mast

    Haroon Gunn-Salie

    Half-Mast, 2014

    M1 Casts With Automative Paint and Steel Cable / M1 marble and fiber-glass aggregate casts with automotive paint and ste...

  • BHJ, Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape.

    David Goldblatt

    BHJ, Richtersveld National Park, Northern Cape., 2003

    Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper

    Edition of 10

  • 15 Mouths

    15 Mouths, 2002

    Portfolio of 15 Iris prints on velour paper, mounted on Hahnemuhle copperplate paper with letterpress printed text on each page, plus 1 ...

  • God is Dead

    Mounir Fatmi

    God is Dead , 2007

    HD, B&W Film, no sound

    Edition of 5

  • Sleeping On Glass

    William Kentridge

    Sleeping On Glass, 1999

    Set of 6 Etchings

    Edition of 60

  • Sticky-Tape Transfer 12, House and Home, 1960 (0972)

    Mikhael Subotzky

    Sticky-Tape Transfer 12, House and Home, 1960 (0972), 2014

    Pigment inks, autostereogram and J-Lar tape on cotton paper

    106.5 x 77....

  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Edge of Silence / 2015]