Nolan Oswald Dennis / Furthermore / 2016

Nolan Oswald Dennis / Furthermore / 2016
14 April - 18 May 2016
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country II, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country X, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country XI, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
01- Nation State / 02- Native State / 03- Imperial Stasis / 04- Settler TYD, 2015
Chalk on paper
Image: 21 x 14.3 x ea cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places I, 2015
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 69.5 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Aporia II, 2016
Light box (plywood, fluorescent, utility blanket)
170 x 80 x 80 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places II, 2016

Work: 70 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country III, 2016
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country V, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country VIII, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Dark Places III, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 71 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country IV, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country VI, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country IX, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country XII, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country XIII, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Furthermore, 2016
Installation :4 re-worked ceremonial flags (each 250 cm high) : Lightbox : plywood, fluorescent lighting, utility blanket (80 x 400 x 80 cm)
variable
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country I, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Another Country VII, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Furthermore, 2015
Chalk on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Radical Empathy, 2016
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Class Suicide, 2016
Chalk on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
06 - Colonial Stage , 2016
Chalk on paper
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
No conciliation is possible I, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
150 x 120 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
No conciliation is possible II, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
150 x 120 cm
Nolan Oswald Dennis
No conciliation is possible III, 2016
120 x 100 cm
Ink and collage on paper
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Nothing means nothing, 2016
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis / Furthermore / 2016 - Installation View

14 April - 18 May 2016

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country II

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country X

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country XI

Nolan Oswald Dennis

01- Nation State / 02- Native State / 03- Imperial Stasis / 04- Settler TYD

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Dark Places I

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Aporia II

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Dark Places II

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country III

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country V

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country VIII

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Dark Places III

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country IV

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Another Country VI

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country IX

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country XII

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country XIII

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Furthermore

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country I

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Another Country VII

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Furthermore

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Radical Empathy

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Class Suicide

Nolan Oswald Dennis

06 - Colonial Stage

Nolan Oswald Dennis

No conciliation is possible I

Nolan Oswald Dennis

No conciliation is possible II

Nolan Oswald Dennis

No conciliation is possible III

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nothing means nothing

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
14 April – 18 May 2016

In Furthermore, his first solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery, Nolan Oswald Dennis continues to explore the ever-fluctuating conditions of place and time. The ostensible certainty of chronology and territory is negated in meticulous line drawings, inscribed wax sculptures and printed textiles of a re-imagined South African Flag.

The idea of becoming forms a major theme in the works, which attest to the still transitional state of South Africa’s fledgling democracy. In speaking about the works, the artists states ‘this is a re-examination of the political technologies of memory and forgetting that are mobilized in the becoming of (South) Africa.’ Becoming, then, is a future state and Dennis’ exhibition marks the process of attempting to determine his own place in the always collapsing social fiction that marks the community of the late rainbow nation.

Engaging the urgent reemergence of decolonization and resistance discourses, Dennis identifies specific objects, infrastructures and texts through which he imagines new ways of mapping this critical moment. Dennis locates this body of work at the intersection of imperial time , contested memory and spacial neoliberalism so that they become a series of propositions for dissecting a long term transition – for existing in a constant state of becoming.

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. His practice explores what he calls ‘a black consciousness of space’ : the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization.

His work questions the politics of space and time through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach. He is concerned with the hidden structures that pre-determine the limits of our social and political imagination. Through a language of diagrams, drawings and models he explores a hidden landscape of systematic and structural conditions that organise our political sub-terrain. This sub-space is framed by systems which transverse multiple realms (technical, spiritual economic, psychological, etc) and therefore Dennis’ work can be seen as an attempt to stitch these, sometime opposed, sometimes complimentary, systems together. To read technological systems alongside spiritual systems, to combine political fictions with science fiction.

He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a Masters of Science in the Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).