Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019

Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View
Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options/ 2019
24 January - 09 March 2019
Installation View

Nolan Oswald Dennis

xenolith V:prepositions, 2018 Soil, steel armature, soil residue sculpture: 100 x 40 x 40 cm text: 212 x 105 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

return (mayibuye), 2018 Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper

Nolan Oswald Dennis

after-world (schema), 2018 Coloured pencil, washi tape, embossed label, ink, marker on paper Work: 105 x 190 cm Frame: 121.5 x 84.5 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

prop.5 [prou(k)n], 2018 Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board

Nolan Oswald Dennis

prop.10 [prou(k)n], 2018 Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board

Nolan Oswald Dennis

the last rhodesian (interspace north), 2018 Coloured pencil,washi tape, ink,embossed label,marker on cotton paper Work: 61 x 45.7 cm 68.5: 71.5 x 55.6 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

prop 7 (alpha) [prou(k)n] , 2018 Graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board Work: 78.7 x 101.6 cm Frame: 89 x 109 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

xenolith IV, 2018 Soil, steel armature, adapted globe Work: 142 x 40 x 40 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

prop. 8 [prou(k)n], 2018 Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board Work (each): 61 x 45.7 cm Frame (each): 68.5 x 53.2 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

the last rhodesian (interspace south), 2018 Coloured pencil,washi tape, ink embossed label marker on cotton paper Work: 61 x 45.7 cm Frame: 71.5 x 55.6 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

xenolith I, 2018 Soil, steel armature, books Work: 135 x 40 x 40 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

xenolith II, 2018 Soil, steel armature Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm

Nolan Oswald Dennis

xenolith III, 2018 Soil, steel armature Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
24 January – 9 March 2019

Options is Nolan Oswald Dennis’ second solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery. Consisting of a new series of drawings, diagrams and systems, the exhibition presents work synonymous with its title.

Dennis suggests thinking of artwork as prepositions rather than propositions. Prepositions are defined as a class of words used to express spatial or temporal relations. Combining this definition with the ‘option theory of decolonisation’— summed up by the statement “the world we want is a world in which many worlds exist”— Dennis envisions his work ‘not as a catalyst for the future or reflection on the past, but as a shadow or diagram of the longness of now (or as the late keorapetse kgosistile describes it – the pastpresentfuture)’.

Options in turn works through our present political moment in which 20th century social fictions have re-emerged. Dennis considers this idea in relation to the linguistic and visual limits of (post)colonial language, attempting to map the terrain of local and global power relations through work that subverts our idea of linear time and space.

For Dennis, this approach is an intrinsic part ‘of thinking, being in, making, fixing, breaking, changing, or ending the world’. Central to Options then is a vision of a transformed world that exists, in the artist›s words, ‘somewhere beside the dream’.

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).