Nolan Oswald Dennis’ “Options” at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, is showing Nolan Oswald Dennis’ “Options,” on display through March 9, 2019. The exhibition showcases Dennis’ new series of drawings, diagrams, and systems.An interdisciplinary artist from South Africa, Nolan Oswald Dennis’ work explores, according to him as written in the official release, “‘a black consciousness of space’: the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization.’”Politics of space and time is questioned through a system-specific approach rather than a site-specific one. The artist is “concerned with the hidden structures that pre-determine the limits of our social and political imagination.” He explores a hidden landscape of systematic and structural conditions that organize our political sub-terrain through a language of diagrams, drawings, and models in order to “read technological systems alongside spiritual systems and combine political fiction with science fiction,” states the release.According to the artist, artwork act 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,” states the release.“Options” signifies our present political moment where the 20th -century social fiction re-emerges. Relating this to the linguistic and visual limits of the (post) colonial language, Dennis through his works maps the terrain of local and global power relations 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,’” the release states. This exhibition is on view from January 24 through March 9, 2019 at Goodman Gallery, 3rd Floor, Fairweather House,176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town.For details please visit: on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition. Louise Blouin   



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