Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011

About

In Soundings, In Passage – a solo exhibition of recent work at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg – Clive van den Berg explores new as well as familiar terrain. Characteristically, he is not bound by medium, presenting monoprints, paintings, as well as a large-scale sculpture. Many of these works – both physically and conceptually – are the result of time spent in the United States, where van den Berg was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research fellowship, and worked at the LeRoy Neimen Center for Print Studies while on a residency at Columbia University in New York City.

In the catalogue Clive van den Berg: Unlearning the Grounds of Art (published by Goodman Gallery on the occasion of Soundings, in Passage), Rosalind C. Morris refers to Clive van den Berg’s insistence “that he is seeking a new kind of language, that he is attempting to break syntax without relinquishing its necessity." Morris continues to to explain that the "enormous range of works, the multiplicity of media, the vacillation between saturated colour and simple lines in monochromatic prints, the darting between allegory and abstraction: these tensions and polarities arrest and then excite the viewer, who encounters in the artist’s abundant new offerings the residue of earlier concerns but, equally, the determined departure from them. The title of the 2011 show gives voice to that mobility, and suggests an exploratory moment. But with its improbable invocation of the practice of maritime measurement (in relation to an corpus that is primarily concerned with the earth, the underground, and the landscape of a landlocked city, Johannesburg), we are alerted to the fact that this exploration requires something more than the well-trained eye. We must find our way, or plumb the depths, feelingly. Not with sentiment, but with a kind of heightening of the senses, and, more importantly, a re-oriented vision.”

Clive van den Berg is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and was born in Zambia in 1956. He is an artist working in various disciplines. Besides his studio practice he devotes much time to the curation and design of heritage projects, sometimes on his own and sometimes through trace, a company comprising professionals from different disciplines, including architects, historians, writers and artists. They design, research and curate exhibitions, public art projects and museum developments. Many of these are projects of redress, activating reflection on the past and future envisioning. These include The Worker’s Museum and Women’s Gaol in Johannesburg and he is currently working on the exhibit design for Freedom Park in Pretoria. His art has been shown around the world – in South Africa, Berlin, Charleroi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, London and Stockholm. It has also earned him several major prizes, including, internationally, a Civitella Ranieri fellowship and a Smithsonian Artist Research fellowship.

  • Broken Syntax, Land IV

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land IV, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    75 x 101 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land II

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land II, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 45.5 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land X

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land X, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 45.5 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land XI

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land XI, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 45.5 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land VI

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land VI, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 150 cm

  • Tracings III

    Clive van den Berg

    Tracings III, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    45.5 x 60 cm

  • Speaking Love

    Clive van den Berg

    Speaking Love, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm.

  • Ghosts Scratching in a Pile of Lines

    Clive van den Berg

    Ghosts Scratching in a Pile of Lines, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56cm

  • Saint Firmin III

    Clive van den Berg

    Saint Firmin III, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Saint Firmin IV

    Clive van den Berg

    Saint Firmin IV, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • St Firmin and Ghost

    Clive van den Berg

    St Firmin and Ghost, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm.

  • St Firmin

    Clive van den Berg

    St Firmin , 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Genus II

    Clive van den Berg

    Genus II, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Johannesburg Scene I

    Clive van den Berg

    Johannesburg Scene I, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 50 cm

  • Johannesburg Scene II

    Clive van den Berg

    Johannesburg Scene II, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 47 cm

  • Man Flails with Maps II

    Clive van den Berg

    Man Flails with Maps II, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    101 x 75.5cm

  • Burdened Ghost

    Clive van den Berg

    Burdened Ghost, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 45.5 cm

  • Gleaning

    Clive van den Berg

    Gleaning, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    22.5 x 30.5 cm

  • Mapping Memory

    Clive van den Berg

    Mapping Memory, 2011

    Oil on Canvas

    43 x 33 cm

  • In Limbo: Man with Glands

    Clive van den Berg

    In Limbo: Man with Glands, 2011

    Oil on Canvas

    250 x 151 cm

  • Cartography I

    Clive van den Berg

    Cartography I, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56 cm

  • Piles of Lines

    Clive van den Berg

    Piles of Lines, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56 cm

  • Cartography II

    Clive van den Berg

    Cartography II, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56 cm

  • Limbo I

    Clive van den Berg

    Limbo I, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56 cm

  • Ghosts in Many Guises

    Clive van den Berg

    Ghosts in Many Guises, 2009

    Monoprint

    111x 76 cm

  • Lovers Histories

    Clive van den Berg

    Lovers Histories, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Leaking

    Clive van den Berg

    Leaking, 2009

    Monoprint

    111x 76 cm

  • Within a Ghost's body

    Clive van den Berg

    Within a Ghost's body, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Mapping Internal

    Clive van den Berg

    Mapping Internal, 2009

    Monoprint

    111 x 76 cm

  • Well Built Man

    Clive van den Berg

    Well Built Man, 2009

    Monoprint

    75 x 56 cm

  • The 3 am Dream

    Clive van den Berg

    The 3 am Dream, 2009

    Monoprint

    76 x 56 cm

  • Cyber Erotics II

    Clive van den Berg

    Cyber Erotics II, 2009

    Monoprint

    76 x 56 cm

  • Young Man Recalls

    Clive van den Berg

    Young Man Recalls, 2009

    Monoprint

    76 x 56 cm

  • Sketch

    Clive van den Berg

    Sketch, 2009

    Monoprint

    76 x 56 cm

  • Limbo II

    Clive van den Berg

    Limbo II, 2009

    Monoprint

    76 x 56 cm

  • Negotiations of Love VI

    Clive van den Berg

    Negotiations of Love VI, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29 X 21 cm

  • Man Thinks Back

    Clive van den Berg

    Man Thinks Back, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29 x 21 cm

  • Man Thinks Deep

    Clive van den Berg

    Man Thinks Deep, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29 x 21 cm

  • Johannesburg I

    Clive van den Berg

    Johannesburg I, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29 x 21 cm

  • Johannesburg II

    Clive van den Berg

    Johannesburg II, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29.5 x 21 cm

  • Underfield II

    Clive van den Berg

    Underfield II, 2010

    Watercolour on paper

    29 x 21 cm

  • Man Loses History

    Clive van den Berg

    Man Loses History, 2011

    Wood jelutong with pigment and wax

    176 x 70 x 60 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land VII

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land VII, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    220 x 150 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land XII

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land XII, 2011

    Oil on Canvas

    150 x 230 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land XIII

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land XIII, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    75 x 101 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land III

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land III, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    101 x 75 cm

  • Tracings I

    Clive van den Berg

    Tracings I, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    35 x 27 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land VIII

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land VIII, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    101 x 75 cm

  • Soundings in Dust

    Clive van den Berg

    Soundings in Dust, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x50 cm

  • Scarecrow II

    Clive van den Berg

    Scarecrow II, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 50 cm

  • Field

    Clive van den Berg

    Field, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    35 x 25 cm

  • Scarecrow I

    Clive van den Berg

    Scarecrow I, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 50 cm

  • Cartography III

    Clive van den Berg

    Cartography III, 2011

    Jetutong wood with pigment & wax

    97 x 122 cm

  • Broken Syntax, Land V

    Clive van den Berg

    Broken Syntax, Land V, 2011

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 46cm

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  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Soundings, In Passage / 2011]