Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013
Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Land Throws Up A Ghost, an exhibition of new paintings by Clive van den Berg that continue his exploration of the landscape of South Africa, both above- and underground, and develop further the notion of a hidden terrain that is inscribed with all that came before. Of the paintings, the artist writes:
“I suppose there is some symmetry in the fact that, as the son of a miner, I would be interested in the underground, the space underneath the visible landscape. In truth I love both the above-ground landscape and the more elusive below-ground space, but for this exhibition I have made paintings that explore the underneath as a place where an archive of our distempers resides.”
To arrive at a visual vocabulary to engage with this archive, van den Berg looked to the diagrams and mapping techniques of archeologists and prospectors, and the resulting landscapes challenge our sense of perspective, and invite us to reconsider our orientation.
Clive van den Berg was born in Zambia in 1956, and lives and works in Johannesburg. He has held six previous solo exhibitions at Goodman Gallery, and his projects include commissions for the Johannesburg Biennale, the Bath Festival in England, a public sculpture in Braamfontein, an award-winning mosaic for Nandos in London and several others. He has contributed as artist and designer for permanent exhibitions at the Workers’ Museum in Newtown, the old prisons at Constitution Hill, and Freedom Park in Pretoria, and he is currently completing the installation of a permanent exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. His work is held by numerous public collections, and he was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2010.