The Marks We Make / 2010

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Ryan Arenson | Walter Battiss | Deborah Bell | Justin Brett | Lisa Brice | Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin | Adam Broomberg | Kudzanai Chiurai | Marlene Dumas | Claire Gavronsky | Robert Hodgins | William Kentridge | David Koloane | Moshekwa Langa | Alexandra Makhlouf | Brett Murray | Sam Nhlengethwa | Walter Oltmann | Jonah Sack | Kathryn Smith | Jaco Spies | Clive Van Den Berg | Diane Victor | Jeremy Wafer | Sue Williamson

For many artists, drawing forms part of a larger process – a loose way of visualizing an artwork before committing to it in a more permanent medium. But the act of drawing itself remains one of the oldest and most eloquent forms of artistic expression. Goodman Gallery Cape is proud to present a group exhibition of drawings entitled ‘The Marks We Make’, exploring notions of mark-making as assertions of ownership and expressions of violence, memory and play.

Drawing usually refers to pencil marks on paper. In this exhibition we approach the term more loosely, featuring a range of media to question what constitutes a drawing and what gives it power. Works will include photographs from the Red House series by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, depicting the marks left behind by prisoners of Saddam Hussein in Iraq; wire and sculptural elements by Walter Oltmann and William Kentridge; installations by Jeremy Wafer, Jonah Sack and Justin Brett, as well as more traditional pencil, oil and charcoal drawings by Sue Williamson, Lisa Brice and Sam Nhlengethwa.

‘The Marks We Make’ brings together South African artists to explore the ways in which marks shape our environments and inform our perspectives. Bodies are circumscribed, silenced or marginalized by the invasive marks of violence. But these marks can also be used to express an identity, stake out a position or form communities. Territory is claimed, land contested, and ownership asserted through the use of marks, both physical and symbolic. The exhibition seeks to interrogate the ways in which these marks act to create the contingent, political spaces within which we form ourselves, and the role they play in shaping our personal and cultural memories.

  • A Woven Landscape with Clay Ox and Dolosse

    Jaco Spies

    A Woven Landscape with Clay Ox and Dolosse, 2009

    Charcoal on Fabriano paper

  • A woven landscape: Errata

    Jaco Spies

    A woven landscape: Errata, 2010

    Ink transfer, charcoal and oil on Fabriano paper

  • D-light

    D-light, 1999

    Mixed Media

    29.5 x 21 cm

  • Suite Of 9 small drawings for artists book BREATHE

    William Kentridge

    Suite Of 9 small drawings for artists book BREATHE, 2008

    Indian Ink on pages of Russian encyclopedia

    36 x 46.5 cm each

  • Fynbosboek

    Jonah Sack

    Fynbosboek, 2009

    Brush and ink on paper

    102 x 410 cm

  • Papeete

    Papeete, 1972

    Ink on paper

    41 x 59 cm

  • Untitled I (Mining Series)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Untitled I (Mining Series), 2009

    Charcoal on paper

    25 x 26 cm

  • Untitled II (Mining Series)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Untitled II (Mining Series), 2009

    Charcoal on paper

    25 x 26 cm

  • Untitled III (Mining Series)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Untitled III (Mining Series), 2009

    Charcoal on paper

    25 x 26 cm

  • Aggregate II

    Gerhard Marx

    Aggregate II, 2010

    Cut and reconstituted map fragments

    80 x 78 cm

  • Dustman

    Diane Victor

    Dustman, 2010

    Dust on paper

    150 x 94.5 cm

  • Nightswimmer

    Nightswimmer, 2010

    201 x 75.3 cm (drawing) 300 x 110 x 66 cm (sculpture)

  • Cinderella is pissed

    Cinderella is pissed, 2010

    Chappies, bubblegum and saliva

  • Luminousness

    Deborah Bell

    Luminousness, 2010

    Mixed media on paper

    158 x 121 cm

  • Red House #15

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Red House #15, 2006

    C-type print

    150 x 120 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Graves of the Cradock Four

    Sue Williamson

    Graves of the Cradock Four, 1989

    Print from a lost drawing made in situ in Cradock in 1989

    83 x 60.5 cm

    Edition of 6

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  • Wing

    Jeremy Wafer

    Wing, 2010

    Site specific pencil and varnish drawing on wall

    130 x 340 cm

  • Children

    Walter Oltmann

    Children, 2010

    Aluminium wire

    220 x 220 cm

  • Untitled Drawing

    Ryan Arenson

    Untitled Drawing, 2009

    pencil on paper

    65 x 50.5 cm

  • Untitled Drawing II

    Ryan Arenson

    Untitled Drawing II, 2009

    Pencil on paper

    65 x 50.5 cm

  • Untitled Drawing III

    Ryan Arenson

    Untitled Drawing III, 2009

    Pencil on paper

    65 x 50.5 cm

  • Untitled Drawing IV

    Ryan Arenson

    Untitled Drawing IV, 2009

    Pencil on paper

    65 x 50.5 cm (both)

  • An Arcadian park scene

    Robert Hodgins

    An Arcadian park scene, 2009

    Watercolor on paper

    53.5 x 84 cm

  • A little god scrambling for white prayers

    Robert Hodgins

    A little god scrambling for white prayers, 2009

    Watercolor on paper

    100 x 80 cm

  • Red House #2

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Red House #2, 2006

    C-type print

    100 x 76 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Psychogeographies: 24 Cromwell Street; Heather/Fred/Rose

    Psychogeographies: 24 Cromwell Street; Heather/Fred/Rose, 2008

    Solid-cast lead with letterpress

    approx. 9 x 9 x 9 cm

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  • Installation picture [The Marks We Make / 2010]
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  • Installation picture [The Marks We Make / 2010]
  • Installation picture [The Marks We Make / 2010]
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