Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites

About

Historically seen as criminal, or sinful, the idea of dependency as an illness is a recent one. Morbid Appetites is Frances Goodman’s upcoming exhibition at the Goodman Gallery Cape that takes its name from an antiquated term for addictions. In keeping with her long-running interest in obsessions, this exhibition is an objective study in sound, text and sculpture of what happens to the human condition when a psychological line is crossed. On their most basic level, Goodman’s pieces are a detailed examination of how contemporary society is able to transform harmless activities like eating, shopping and taking medicine into deadly vices. More critically, her works comment on the economic and cultural conditions that accelerate this perversion.

Mother’s Little Helper are a series of six sculptures that are, in fact, precise models of the molecular structures of the most over-prescribed prescription drugs on the market. The adornment of these unfamiliar forms in jewel-like pins and crystals is more than a matter of keeping up appearances. It’s a paradoxical reference to the absence of the packaging that would allow us to recognise these microscopic machines on our shelves. Viewers are invited to search for a correspondence between the forms within the shiny surfaces and their effects on the psyche.

The layered works of StealthWealth are the authentic shopping bags of fashion boutiques, which Goodman has upholstered, using and morphing the materials of the fake designer handbags of the same label. These grotesque hybrids are a study of the in transience of brand loyalty, in a recessionary context in which certain high-end outlets have actually stopped marking their carrier bags as a response to their customers reluctance to be seen consuming.

‘Nothing Tastes as Good as Being Thin,’ and ‘Starve Me Sane’ are just two of the slogans of the text pieces Goodman has crafted from the hook-and-eye fastenings typically used to make clothing tighter or looser. Entitled Bodycopy, the series is an investigation of eating disorders, and the subcultures they have produced. The slogans themselves come from websites that ‘Pro-Ana’, (pro anorexia) girls host online. Again, there exists within the work a reference to addiction, but in this instance the emphasis is on deprivation, rather than indulgence. At same time the pieces intimate that there is a certain amount of luxury implicit in choosing not to eat.

The exhibition will culminate in the sound installation MINDONTHEMONEY. Branded, sequined suitcases, with their notions of physical and social mobility, are static before the visitor as Goodman unfolds a soundscape composed of the calls of the hawkers who peddle ‘fake’ goods from suitcases because of their need to evade the authorities quickly when necessary. It is up to the listener to decide whether those who cannot, or will not part with the money for the authentic should be the objects of derision or praise, but more profoundly MINDONTHEMONEY illustrates the irony of the way in which the brand-dream, and the addiction to the label, unite humanity from sweatshop to boutique.

  • Bovega Tinetta

    Frances Goodman

    Bovega Tinetta, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    40 x 16 x 30cm

  • Chantal

    Frances Goodman

    Chantal, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    40 x 16 x 30cm

  • Chimmie Choo

    Frances Goodman

    Chimmie Choo, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    42 x 17 x 30 cm

  • Guest

    Frances Goodman

    Guest, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    30 x 15 x 36 cm

  • Moscowni

    Frances Goodman

    Moscowni, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    25 x 10 x 30cm

  • SLY

    Frances Goodman

    SLY, 2009

    Carrier Bag, Handbag

    38 x 12 x 29 cm

  • French Curve I

    Frances Goodman

    French Curve I, 2009

    Wood, organza, thread, hooks

    47 cm diameter x 2 cm

  • French Curve IV

    Frances Goodman

    French Curve IV, 2009

    Wood, organza, thread, hooks

    42cm diameter x 2cm

  • French Curve V

    Frances Goodman

    French Curve V, 2009

    Wood, organza, thread, hooks

    36cm diameter x 2cm

  • Starve Me Sane

    Frances Goodman

    Starve Me Sane, 2009

    Wood, Organza, Thread, Hooks

    47cm diameter x 2cm

  • Judgment is Jealousy

    Frances Goodman

    Judgment is Jealousy, 2009

    Wood, Organza, Thread, Hooks

    49cm diameter x 2cm

  • Trigger Image I

    Frances Goodman

    Trigger Image I, 2009

    Wood, Organza, Thread

    46 x 71 x 2cm

  • Blueberry

    Frances Goodman

    Blueberry, 2009

    Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread

    78 x 48 x 29cm

  • Fandti

    Frances Goodman

    Fandti , 2009

    Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread

    85 x 56 x 32cm

  • Lewis Vittone

    Frances Goodman

    Lewis Vittone, 2009

    Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread

    85 x 56 x 32cm

  • Chantal (II)

    Frances Goodman

    Chantal (II), 2009

    Sound/Sculpture Installation Suitcase, Sequins, Material, Thread

    50 x 105 x 28cm

  • Lorex

    Frances Goodman

    Lorex, 2009

    Sound/Sculpture Installation Briefcase, Cardboard Tube, Sequins, Material, Thread

    88 x 48 x 32cm

  • Phentermine

    Frances Goodman

    Phentermine , 2008

    Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene

    67 x 35 x 30cm

  • Zoloft

    Frances Goodman

    Zoloft, 2008

    Sculpture

    70 x 60 x 48 cm

  • Vicodin

    Frances Goodman

    Vicodin, 2008

    Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene

    62 x 39 x 26cm

  • Valium

    Frances Goodman

    Valium, 2008

    Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene

    dimensions variable

  • Ritalin

    Frances Goodman

    Ritalin, 2008

    Crystal Beads, Pins, Needles, Steel, Polystyrene

  • Dear Ana

    Frances Goodman

    Dear Ana, 2009

    Sound Installation Fridge, lights, speakers, DVD player, amplifier

    185 x 60 65cm

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  • Installation picture [Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites]
  • Installation picture [Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites]
  • Installation picture [Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites]
  • Installation picture [Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites]
  • Installation picture [Frances Goodman / Morbid Appetites]