Selected Works

No compensation is possible (working diagram), 2018
Wallpaper, chalk, found objects
Variable Dimensions
excerpt: constellations (Black Liberation Zodiac), 2017
Wall mural installation
Variable
String Sequence (Black Liberation Zodiac), 2018
Annotated wallpaper - cotton fibre, ink on paper, archival notes, journal notes
Work: 360 x 360 cm Variable Dimensions
xenolith I, 2018
Soil, steel armature, books
Work: 135 x 40 x 40 cm
xenolith II, 2018
Soil, steel armature
Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm
xenolith III, 2018
Soil, steel armature
Work: 100 x 40 x 40 cm
xenolith IV, 2018
Soil, steel armature, adapted globe
Work: 142 x 40 x 40 cm
xenolith V:prepositions, 2018
Soil, steel armature, soil residue
sculpture: 100 x 40 x 40 cm text: 212 x 105 cm
Biko/Fanon, 2018
2 receipt printers, microcontroller, shelf
Variable Dimensions
Nomzamo, 2018
Receipt printer, microcontroller, shelf
Variable Dimensions
return (mayibuye), 2018
Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper
Work: 65 x 50 cm
working through (nand gate) , 2018
Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper
Work: 65 x 50 cm
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
prop.5 [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
Single event upset, 2018
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 46 x 61 cm
after-land (broken string theory), 2018
Pencil and collage on paper
Work: 84.1 x 59.4 cm
after-world I (proof), 2018
Pencil and collage on paper
Work: 84.1 x 59.4 cm
Dark Places III, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 71 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Dark Places II, 2016

Work: 70 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Dark Places I, 2015
Ink and collage on paper
Work: 69.5 x 50 cm Frame: 81 x 61 x 4 cm
Another Country VIII, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm
Another Country VI, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Another Country V, 2015
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 25.5 x 3.5 cm
Another Country I, 2015
Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
Another Country III, 2016
Ink on paper
Work: 29 x 21 cm Frame: 34 x 26 cm

Biography

Nolan Oswald Dennis 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).