[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View
[Working Title] / 2013
27 July - 19 August 2013
Installation View

Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke J Van Vueren

Uncles and Angles, 2013 Nelisiwe Xaba: Choreography and performance Mocke J van Veuren: Video, cinematography and sound design With music by João Orecchia Costume by Strangelove Filmed at the Soweto Theatre, 2013 Special thanks to UJ Multimedia and ASE Screen Arts

Eve Rakow & Justin McGee

Untitled 2 (Bathroom), 2013 digital print in pigment inks on photo fibre paper A2

Murray Turpin

Time Machine II, 2013 Photographic print

Murray Kruger

Tropitone, 2013 Towl, towel rack, red underpants Dimensions variable

Haroon Gunn-Salie

Working Title, 2013 in collaboration with Dereleen James Site-specific installation

Vusi Beauchamp

All roads lead to rome, 2013 Silkscreen and acrylic on board 122 x 80cm

Vusi Beauchamp

Art is dead, 2013 Silkscreen and acrylic on board 80.5 x 80.5

Jaco Bouwer

Phase 14 (photograph by Liza van Deventer), 2013 Triptych; pigment prints on cotton paper, Di-Bonded Each panel : 110 x 112 cm

Eve Rakow & Justin McGee

Untitled 4 (multi limbed icon), 2013 Digital print in pigment inks on photo fibre paper A2

Johan Thom

Plate 4 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Johan Thom

Plate 5 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Gerald Machona

Friend Best Girl's A Are Diamond's Blood :Bling Bling, 2013, 2013 Decommissioned Currency ( Zimbabwean Ten billion dollar note, Ghanaian Five hundred Cedi note, South African One Pound note, Angolan Fifty Escudos note, Mozambican One Hundred Escudos note ), Velvet pouch, Pleather Executive Attaché briefcase Dimensions variable

Johan Thom

Panopticon, 2008 Installation, Video projection on salt, mounted unpolished half-round glass shelves

Plate 2 (from the Animal Series)

Plate 7, 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Johan Thom

Plate 3 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Misheck Masamvu

Holding the Line, 2018 Oil on canvas

Johan Thom

Rack of Pipes/ Throwing Bones , 2010 Modified found object. Used smoking pipes and pipe rack, 23ct gold leaf and embossed with text inscriptions Dimensions variable

Gerald Machona

Y.O.L.O, In Profit We Trust?, 2013 Decommissioned Zimbabwean Five billion dollar notes, Triplex, Double sided tape, Velvet pillow, Pleather Executive Attaché briefcase Dimensions variable

Eve Rakow & Justin McGee

Untitled 3 (bedroom wall), 2013 digital print in pigment inks on photo fibre paper A2

Vusi Beauchamp

As seen on TV, 2012 Silkcreen and acrylic on masonite 80.5 x 80.5cm

Tiffany Mentoor

Untitled (speaker box extended), 2013 Car Sound, Speaker boxes (superwood, fiberglass, body filler, automotive paint) Dimensions Variable

Cuss Group

Untitled (Johannesburg screen saver), 2013 Single-channel film

Gerald Machona

A Sheet Of Cotton Paper Crumpled Into A Ball, 2013 One US dollar note ( Used in Zimbabwe as legal tender), Pleather Executive Attaché briefcase. Dimensions variable

Misheck Masamvu

Democratic Arrow, 2013 Oil on canvas 90cm x 105cm

Johan Thom

Plate 1 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 71.5 cm

Murray Turpin

Void, 2013 Mixed media installation Dimensions variable

Thenjiwe Nkosi

Funeral, 2013 Oil on canvas 30 x 35cm

Eve Rakow featuring Vintage Cru

Untitled (Shrine), 2013 dressing table, mirror, pigment prints, LED lights, pink curtains and found objects with soundtrack from MOTH variable

Tegan Bristow

Coming and going but never leaving, 2008 Interactive video

Thenjiwe Nkosi

The one and the many, 2013 Oil on canvas 30 x 35cm

Vusi Beauchamp

Horsing around, 2013 Silkscreen and acrylic on board 122 x 80cm

Johan Thom

Plate 6 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Murray Turpin

Black void- death screen 13, 2012 Serigraph

Vusi Beauchamp

Conundrums (Winnie Mandela), 2012 Silkscreen and acrylic on masonite 80.5 x 80.5cm

Jessica Webster

Grace, 2013 Mixed media on canvas 155 x 159cm

Jessica Webster

Writing Grace, 2013 150 printed cards on steel shelving Dimensions variable

Eve Rakow & Justin McGee

Untitled 1 (Blue Face), 2013 digital print in pigment inks on photo fibre paper A2

Murray Kruger

Palms II, 2013 Photograph and magnets Dimensions variable

Vusi Beauchamp

Skull (Maikuin), 2012 Silkscreen and acrylic on masonite 80.5 x 80.5cm

Johan Thom

Plate 7 (from the Animal Series), 2013 Ink-jet print on photo fibre paper Image size: 47 x 32 cm

Vusi Beauchamp

A Bee, 2013 Silkscreen and acrylic on board 80.5 x 80.5cm

Murray Turpin

Time Machine I, 2012 Photograph, spray-paint and glitter

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Vusi Beauchamp / Jaco Bouwer / Tegan Bristow / The Brother Moves On / Cuss Group / The Frown & Vintage Cru / Haroon Gunn-Salie in collaboration with Dereleen James / Murray Kruger / Gerald Machona / Misheck Masamvu / Tiffany Mentoor / Thenjiwe Nkosi / Johan Thom / MJ Turpin / Jessica Webster / Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke van Veuren

In July this year Goodman Gallery Johannesburg will present the group exhibition [Working Title] 2013. This is the second installment of the annual group exhibition of the same name, the first of which premiered at Goodman Gallery Cape Town in 2012 and was curated by Federico Freschi. The [Working Title] exhibitions are part of a new initiative by the Goodman Gallery aimed at supporting young artists, curators, independent projects and major installations and performances.

In the past Goodman Gallery has collaborated with independent curators such as Simon Njami and Bettina Malcomess, who curated the US exhibition, part of which was shown at Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main in 2009. In 2010 independent curator and academic Nontobeko Ntombela curated the exhibition Layers at Goodman Gallery Projects as part of her ongoing research into the creative strategies of women artists, in particular those that aim to contextualise socio-political issues. In 2011 Goodman Gallery curators Tony East and Claire van Blerck produced The Night Show, a 3-part exhibition staged at Goodman Gallery Cape Town, which sought to destabilise the notion of the white cube and to engage with contemporary art practice on its own terms, courting the spontaneous and embracing the ephemeral.

Previous projects also include the site specific street performance Cut / Cute by Joel Andrianomearisoa, which premiered in Johannesburg as part of SA Fashion Week, and Nelisiwe Xaba and Mocke van Veuren’s performance Uncles and Angels, which was presented at Goodman Gallery Projects as part of the Dance Umbrella.

Goodman Gallery continues to collaborate with academics and theorists, and has hosted lectures by Jane Taylor, Federico Freschi and Alfredo Jaar – whose lecture coincided with his 2012 exhibition at the Goodman Gallery Gold in the Morning – and panel discussions with David Goldblatt, Ivan Vladislavic and Marlene van Niekerk.

While Goodman Gallery Projects closed at Arts on Main in 2012, the [Working Title] exhibition series exists as a resolution to the Goodman Gallery’s continued interest in independent and collaborative projects and allows for the continuation of previous projects and relationships, as well as the introduction of new artists, theorists and creatives into the Goodman Gallery. Each year the [Working Title] exhibition will have a new curator, either from the Goodman Gallery or through collaboration with an invited external curator.

This year’s [Working Title] is curated by Emma Laurence and includes artists who are pushing the limits of the contemporary South African art scene and who have produced work that is at the cutting edge of current art production. The exhibition is concerned with works that are born out of dynamic and independent practice. Included in the exhibition are artists who work across disciplines and who bring into the perceived elite gallery space sub-cultural aesthetics and standpoints.

The show incorporates artists working in various and perhaps unconventional media such as 3-D cinema, interactive gaming, short stories and punk inspired performance, as well as artists who begin to interrogate modes of representation and viewing in painting and photography. During the run of the show, a series of scheduled events will take place as part of [Working Title] and will include an off-site project by Cuss Group called Video Party, a performance after the opening by The Frown and The Brother Moves On and an opening address and lecture by distinguished theorist Achille Mbembe, who will speak on “The Postcolony Revisited”. Professor Mbembe’s lecture is co-sponsored by WISER (Wits Institute for Economic Research).

Misheck Masamvu

Part of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free generation’, Misheck Masamvu (b. 1980 in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe) explores and comments on the socio-political setting of post-independence Zimbabwe, and draws attention to the impact of economic policies that sustain political mayhem. Masamvu raises questions and ideas around the state of ‘being’ and the preservation of dignity. His practice encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture.

Misheck Masamvu studied at Atelier Delta and Kunste Akademie in Munich, where he initially specialised in the realist style, and later developed a more avant-garde expressionist mode of representation with dramatic and graphic brushstrokes. His work deliberately uses this expressionist depiction, in conjunction with controversial subject matter, to push his audience to levels of visceral discomfort with the purpose of accurately capturing the plight, political turmoil and concerns of his Zimbabwean subjects and their experiences. His works serve as a reminder that the artist is constantly socially-engaged and is tasked with being a voice to give shape and form to a humane sociological topography. Masamvu will be taking part in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in 2020.

Masamvu’s work has been well-received and exhibited in numerous shows including Armory Show 2018, Art Basel 2018, Basel Miami Beach 2017, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2016, São Paulo Biennale 2016, and the Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavillion 2011.

Jessica Webster

Jessica Webster (b. 1981) was raised on the mines of the Free State and in Benoni. From a young age her proliferate painting and drawing practice was recognised as provoking the stranger qualities of the everyday: at sixteen, she sold her first major painting to the MTN Gallery in 1997. Webster entered Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2002 where she studied painting under established painters Malcolm Payne and Virginia MacKenny, attaining the Judy Stein Prize for painting upon graduation in 2005, and coming first in her class for academia and practice. In 2006, Webster survived an act of extreme violence in a shooting which left her paralysed from the waist down. Within six months of the shooting, she was being wheeled from hospital into Master’s supervision and mentorship with Penny Siopis at the University of the Witwatersrand, which resulted in her first solo show in 2009 at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg. 

The show met with great acclaim: the Johannesburg Art Gallery acquiring the centrepiece painting of the exhibition and the bulk of the work being sold to experienced collectors. Art critic Michael Smith described her work in Mail & Guardian (2009) as ‘light years ahead of the simply sensational’. At the same time, Webster embarked on an in-depth study of painting and philosophy for her Master’s degree that has resulted in the expected fulfilment of her PhD in philosophy and painting in 2017. The relationship between writing and practice has been an intensive aspect of Webster’s career thus far, which has gained her critical recognition in the form of awards from both the Oppenheimer and Mellon Foundations. In 2013, Webster was assigned as part of the Goodman Gallery’s stable of artists, upon which they have published a number of her creative writings in 2013 and held her first solo show with the gallery in 2015. Referring to the intensity of the affect from the show, art critic Sylvia McKeown writes that ‘Some objects are steeped in emotion that is so powerful that onlookers can sense the soul of the object’s creator…in everyday life we call it great art.’ This relationship between states of consciousness in painting and the power of life experience to affect form was continued in her show Wisteria at Goodman Gallery Cape Town in April 2017, a year which proved to be full of success for Webster ,who also curated the ‘Emerging Painter’s exhibition at the Turbine art Fair, and was awarded her her PhD in Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand with no corrections.

Gerald Machona

Gerald Machona is a Zimbabwean born Visual artist with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, completed at the Michaelis School of fine art. Machona’s work has been included on several prominent international exhibitions, which include the South African Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy, All the World’s Futures and at the 20th Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. Machona’s work has also appearedin exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town.

Machona works with sculpture, performance, new media, photography and film. The most notable aspect of his work is his innovative use of currency—particularly decommissioned Zimbabwean dollars—as an aesthetic material. Machona’s current work engages with issues of migration, transnationalism, social interaction and xenophobia in Africa.

In 2013, Machona featured in Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South African’s supplemental and was selected by Business Day and the Johannesburg Art Fair in 2011 as one of the top ten young African artists practicing in South Africa. In 2019 Machona was included on the group exhibition Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town.