Diane Victor / Transcend / 2010

About

Goodman Gallery is pleased to host Transcend, an exhibition of new drawings, lithographs, and etchings by Diane Victor. The works presented in this exhibition convey a strong sense of moving on, crossing boundaries, and leaving behind old ideas. The visual language is familiar but the works offer new interpretations of well-tried themes. Transcend signals a vital infusion of energy into the work of an already accomplished artist.

The exhibition includes several long-awaited additions to Victor’s ongoing series Disasters of Peace. These searing etchings continue Victor’s commentary on society and its ills but introduce new imagery and concerns: horses as symbols of potency and spirituality figure strongly. They are powerful, charging creatures, carrying unusual passengers. Their presence in the works suggests a fresh symbolic approach from Victor, though not without her signature absurdist humour.

Also included are two groups of new drawings. The first series continues Victor’s acute observations of the human body. The frank renditions of human subjects show us the body as a document, a record of actions and the effects of time on flesh. For these, Victor uses a powdered mixture of ash and charcoal to create a delicate surface on paper. The ash is the residue of burned willow wood and copies of old books like War and Peace, Ulysses, and Great Expectations, so that Victor’s method is a literal reconstitution of histories. She has used stencils and fixatives to make new narratives out of old, combining the unpredictability of dust with careful technical control of the material. The words ashes to ashes and dust to dust come to mind and are given substance in this treatment of loss and decay.

The second major new series, Birth of a Nation, is drawn from Victor’s studies of classical works made while travelling in Europe. The series takes a familiar set of classical stories and superimposes on them African and South African themes and landscapes. The abduction of Europa, for example, is transposed into a story about the ravaging of African fauna and flora. Here, Zeus the bull is a rhino, and rather than carrying Europa off to rape her, he is prone beneath a prosaic huntress whose AK-47 leans against his flank. The story of Leda and the swan becomes a violent encounter between a semi-autobiographical female figure and a white-backed vulture – not unlike the stork who menaces the infant Ganymede (in a visual pun on the story of the stork who delivers the baby).

In Transcend, Diane Victor shows once again that her rigorous processes are directly linked to the themes and concerns she explores. These new works demonstrate an extraordinary control of materials and subjects but also show that Victor is willing to work in new mediums. Her characteristic confrontational style is given new weight with the allusions to mythology and the introduction of a host of powerfully symbolic figures

Press

  • Birth of a Nation Series: Mithras: The bull-killing

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation Series: Mithras: The bull-killing, 2010

    Charcoal and sepia wash on paper

    95 x 140 cm

  • Birth of a Nation Series: Romulus and Remus

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation Series: Romulus and Remus, 2009/10

    Charcoal and sepia wash on paper

    100 x 140 cm

  • 4 Horses: Bare back

    Diane Victor

    4 Horses: Bare back, 2010

    Etching, embossing, digital printing and drawing

    171 x 121 cm

    Edition of 1

  • And all the books she had planned to read

    Diane Victor

    And all the books she had planned to read, 2010

    Charcoal on paper

    90 x 150 cm

  • Birth of a Nation Series: Arachne and Athena

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation Series: Arachne and Athena, 2010

    Charcoal and sepia wash on paper

    95 x 140 cm

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  • Inglorious Bastards: Armless

    Diane Victor

    Inglorious Bastards: Armless, 2010

    Pencil on found pages

    49 x 56 cm

  • Inglorious Bastards: Boer rider maquette-broken

    Diane Victor

    Inglorious Bastards: Boer rider maquette-broken, 2010

    Pencil on found pages

    49 x 56 cm

  • Inglorious Bastards: Re-cycle

    Diane Victor

    Inglorious Bastards: Re-cycle, 2010

    Pencil on found pages

    49 x 56 cm

  • Inglorious Bastards: study for the four riders- after Drüer- De la Rey, Botha, 
Pretorius and king

    Diane Victor

    Inglorious Bastards: study for the four riders- after Drüer- De la Rey, Botha, Pretorius and king , 2010

    49 x 56 cm

    49 x 56 cm

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  • Inlgorious Bastards: Study for the four riders-after Druer-De  la Rey, Botha, Pretorious and king

    Diane Victor

    Inlgorious Bastards: Study for the four riders-after Druer-De la Rey, Botha, Pretorious and king, 2010

    Pencil on found pages

    49 x 56 ...

  • Rain horse

    Diane Victor

    Rain horse, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing with digital printing

    106 x 200 cmcm

  • Transcend series V

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series V, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    200 x 115 cm

  • Transcend series VI

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series VI, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Transcend series IV

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series IV, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Transcend I

    Diane Victor

    Transcend I, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Transcend series IV

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series IV, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Transcend series V

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series V, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    200 x 115 cm

  • 4 Horses: Bearer

    Diane Victor

    4 Horses: Bearer, 2010

    Etching and digital printing

    105 x 199 cm

    Edition of 25

  • 4 Horses: Baited

    Diane Victor

    4 Horses: Baited, 2009

    Etching, digital printing

    105 x 200 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Birth of a Nation series: Actaeon dreams

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation series: Actaeon dreams, 2010

    Drypoint

    37.2 x 47.4 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Birth of a Nation series: Apollo and Daphne

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation series: Apollo and Daphne, 2010

    Drypoint

    37.2 x 47.4 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Birth of a Nation series: Ganymede
  • Birth of a Nation series: Leda and the white-backed vulture

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation series: Leda and the white-backed vulture, 2010

    Drypoint

    37.2 x 47.4 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Birth of a Nation series: Romulus and Remus

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation series: Romulus and Remus, 2009

    Drypoint

    37.2 x 47.4 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Birth of a Nation series: The Rape of Europa (Africa)

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation series: The Rape of Europa (Africa) , 2010

    Drypoint

    37.2 x 47.4 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Disasters of Peace series: And live off the fatta the land
  • Disasters of Peace series: And live off the fatta the land
  • Disasters of Peace series: Bleeding  hearts and lawyers

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Bleeding hearts and lawyers, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Blind-Rise

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Blind-Rise, Etching

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Eradication Plan

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Eradication Plan, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Fish in a barrel

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Fish in a barrel, Etching

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: General Mayhem

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: General Mayhem, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Give a woman enough ribbon

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Give a woman enough ribbon, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Human enclosure

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Human enclosure, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Justice for All
  • Disasters of Peace series: Out and about

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Out and about, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Out and about

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Out and about, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: She was killed like a goat, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: Waste accumulation agents, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace series: You strike the woman

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace series: You strike the woman, 2005-2010

    Etching

    30 x 35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Disasters of Peace: series: Hypoxis Rooperi ( African Potato)

    Diane Victor

    Disasters of Peace: series: Hypoxis Rooperi ( African Potato), 2005/2010

    4500

    30 x35 cm

    Edition of 25

  • Hunting I

    Diane Victor

    Hunting I, 2010

    Monotype

    70 x 90 cm

  • Hunting II

    Diane Victor

    Hunting II, 2010

    Monotype

    70 x 90 cm

  • Our Lady of the Bromeliads

    Diane Victor

    Our Lady of the Bromeliads, 2009

    Lithograph

    665 x 51 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Our Lady of the Stains

    Diane Victor

    Our Lady of the Stains, 2009

    Lithograph

    65 x 51 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Safe as Houses

    Diane Victor

    Safe as Houses, 2009

    Etching

    38 x 48

    Edition of 30

  • The Swing of the Pendulum

    Diane Victor

    The Swing of the Pendulum, 2008

    Etching

    40.5 x 47.5 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Transcend series II

    Diane Victor

    Transcend series II, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Transcend I

    Diane Victor

    Transcend I, 2010

    Ash and charcoal dust drawing

    151 x 100 cm

  • Birth of a Nation Series: Springbokkie Trojan

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation Series: Springbokkie Trojan, 2010

    Drypoint

    35 x 40 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Birth of a Nation Series: Death of Adonis

    Diane Victor

    Birth of a Nation Series: Death of Adonis, 2010

    Drypoint

    35 x 40 cm

    Edition of 30

  • Installation picture [Diane Victor / Transcend / 2010]
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  • Installation picture [Diane Victor / Transcend / 2010]
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  • Installation picture [Diane Victor / Transcend / 2010]
  • Installation picture [Diane Victor / Transcend / 2010]
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