Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013 - Installation View
21 September - 26 October 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.
Clive van den Berg is an artist, curator, designer, writer and teacher, who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
As a designer, van den Berg has worked both alone and with some of the nation’s top architects and civic planners to create unique buildings and public spaces in post apartheid South Africa. Combining museum design, curatorial practice and environmental art, Clive van den Berg has worked to produce a distinctly South African aesthetic for numerous public spaces, which is both sensitive to local traditions and creative of new possibilities.
Among his major projects are Freedom Park, the Northern Cape Legislature buildings, the museums at Constitution Hill, and several major Mandela Foundation exhibitions.
As a visual artist he is interested in both formal beauty and conceptual depth. His extensive body of work ranges in size and format, and includes paintings, prints, multi-media sculpture, landscape installation, and videography. His art is both known and respected Internationally, being included in many public and private collections, and his work has garnered him several major awards and prizes.