Mail & Guardian: Gerhard Marx’s sculptural works map distance and detail

Titled Near Distant, this is Marx’s fifth solo show at The Goodman, his most recent being the 2019 exhibition Ecstatic Archive, also at the Johannesburg branch of the gallery, and also dealing with (among other things) the complexities of the South African landscape. In Near Distant, one of the central motifs for this body of work is that of distance. For Marx, distance can be many things — loss, longing, uncertainty, and more. The challenge, he says, “is to engage distance without it turning into nearness”.