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)

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

Aporia I, 2016 Light box (plywood, fluorescent lighting and utility blanket)

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

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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 (b. 1988, Zambia) 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).