rosenclaire / Speechless / 2018

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
3 March – 6 April 2018

Speechless marks rosenclaire’s fourth solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery in which Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky question the power of words to represent and relate to our surroundings.

In the words of the artists: ‘this exhibition registers an inability to comprehend and articulate the political, social and ecological crises experienced around the world today. This implies the breakdown of all secure structures including language, communication and materiality itself. We approach the ‘unspeakable’ from a position of warning but also of wonder.’

Speechless takes its cue from current discourse on the Anthropocene, described by writer Robert Macfarlane as ‘the new epoch of geological time in which human activity is considered such a powerful influence on the environment, climate and ecology of the planet that it will leave a long-term signature in the strata record.’ Macfarlane warns that ‘we have become titanic geological agents, our legacy legible for millennia to come’ in an attempt to urge human beings to consider the implications of our actions in terms of ‘deep time’ – beyond the here and now.

Deploying different visual languages, rosenclaire propound a shared belief in the world as an ever-shifting fusion of equal components, always in state of becoming. Their work can be read as part of a wave of artists, philosophers, scientists and anthropologists who ask that we look to new ways of relating to each other and to nature or else face extinction.

Shakinovsky’s semi-abstract prints strip back stock media images of recent natural disasters and social upheavals, including the fire in London’s Grenfell Towers, the Syrian refugee ‘crisis’, wildfires in California and the Natal floods, to create ‘a composition without balance or symmetry, mirroring the incoherence and collapse of the social and revenge of the natural’.

Within these alluring works, Shakinovsky boldly attempts ‘to represent the new visual language that may define these times,’ as she puts it, looking to re-represent ‘the underlying structure of disaster and the visual forms it takes.’

Gavronsky’s delicate pastel works posit a deflated colonial male figure as humbled in the face of nature and, at times, crippled by remorse as he is positioned on his knees before people exploited over the ages. In one work a man kneels before a flock of imposing Dodos, joining them in extinction.

Other paintings by Gavronsky evoke a scrapbook, or perhaps a crime wall, mapping key moments of human technological ‘progress’, from industrialization in the 1800s to the ‘Great Acceleration’ of the 1950s through to the present. Current world leaders, such as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, loom large within this enmeshed narrative assemblage whereby human beings and natural resources continue to be exploited.

rosenclaire began collaborating in the 1980s when they moved from South Africa to Italy, where they run a residency program for international artists. Their collaboration is defined by two distinct artistic languages which grapple with their shared concerns. They have exhibited individually and collaboratively around the world, most recently in the group exhibition Right To The Future (2017) at the Museum of the 20th and 21st Century Art in St. Petersburg. They have collaborated with William Kentridge on a number of occasions and are known for producing public participatory works, such as the Soap Boxes sculpture commissioned by the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2003.

  • Miscalibrated – the sixth extinction

    Claire Gavronsky

    Miscalibrated – the sixth extinction, 2017

    Oil on cotton

    Work: 200 x 100 cm

  • Congress of the last attempt

    Claire Gavronsky

    Congress of the last attempt, 2017

    Oil on cotton

    Work: 200 x 100 cm

  • Holding our breath

    Claire Gavronsky

    Holding our breath, 2017

    Oil on cotton

    Work: 130 x 190 cm

  • Anthropocene from 1790

    Claire Gavronsky

    Anthropocene from 1790 , 2017

    Oil on linen

    Work: 160 x 100 cm

  • Anthropocene from 1850

    Claire Gavronsky

    Anthropocene from 1850 , 2017

    Oil on linen

    Work: 160 x 100 cm

  • Anthropocene from1950 – The Great Acceleration

    Claire Gavronsky

    Anthropocene from1950 – The Great Acceleration, 2017

    Oil on linen

    Work: 160 x 100 cm

  • Anthropocene from 2017 - Future of no Future

    Claire Gavronsky

    Anthropocene from 2017 - Future of no Future , 2017

    Oil on linen

    Work: 160 x 100 cm

  • The deer forgives the hunter

    Claire Gavronsky

    The deer forgives the hunter, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • Riding the pit mule home

    Claire Gavronsky

    Riding the pit mule home, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • The last man joins the dodos

    Claire Gavronsky

    The last man joins the dodos, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • Creating the homeless

    Claire Gavronsky

    Creating the homeless, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • The slave trader's remorse

    Claire Gavronsky

    The slave trader's remorse, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • The Weight of Empathy

    Claire Gavronsky

    The Weight of Empathy, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • BREAD! LAND! EQUALITY! 1917-2017

    Claire Gavronsky

    BREAD! LAND! EQUALITY! 1917-2017, 2017

    Set of nine drawings in ink and tempura on paper with titles adhered

    Each work : 25 x 32 cm...

  • Migrants Lampedusa 1 2014

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Migrants Lampedusa 1 2014 , 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Migrants Lampedusa 2 2014

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Migrants Lampedusa 2 2014, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • ALEPPO 2015

    Rose Shakinovsky

    ALEPPO 2015 , 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Nepal Earthquake 2015

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Nepal Earthquake 2015 , 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Brussels Airport Bomb 2016

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Brussels Airport Bomb 2016 , 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Tulips 1

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Tulips 1, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Trees 1

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Trees 1, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Dark Garden 1

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Dark Garden 1, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Words Fail

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Words Fail, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Under Construction

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Under Construction, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 110 x 75 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Run Rabbit Run

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Run Rabbit Run, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 37 x 105 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Bali Volcano 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Bali Volcano 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • California Wildfires 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    California Wildfires 2017, 2017

    Ink jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Hurricane Maria 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Hurricane Maria 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Natal Floods 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Natal Floods 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Hurricane Ophelia 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Hurricane Ophelia 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Pretoria Riots 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Pretoria Riots 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Thermal Refugees 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Thermal Refugees 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Tornado Vaal 2017

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Tornado Vaal 2017, 2017

    Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

    Work: 20 x 30 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Speechless

    Rose Shakinovsky

    Speechless, 2017

    Lightbox

    Work: 150 x 85 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Laboratory of Post Natural History

    Claire Gavronsky

    Laboratory of Post Natural History, 2017

    Pastel on TNT spun fiber

    Work: 130 x 90 cm

  • After Malevich, Evolution

    Rose Shakinovsky

    After Malevich, Evolution, 2017

    Supawood, enamel paint

    Variable Dimensions

    Edition of 3

  • Parable

    Rosenclaire

    Parable, 2018

    Elements variable. Potted Spathiphyllum plants, pedestals, and instructions with contract

    Variable Dimensions

    Edi...

  • Exhale

    Claire Gavronsky

    Exhale, 2017

    Corten steel base with oil on plaster, cloth and resin

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  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Speechless / 2018]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Speechless / 2018]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Speechless / 2018]
  • Installation picture [rosenclaire / Speechless / 2018]