Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013

About

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.

  • Underneath I

    Clive van den Berg

    Underneath I, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 150 cm

  • Underneath II

    Clive van den Berg

    Underneath II, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 200 cm

  • Underneath III

    Clive van den Berg

    Underneath III, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 150 cm

  • Ocular Ghost

    Clive van den Berg

    Ocular Ghost, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 150 cm

  • Taking Measure

    Clive van den Berg

    Taking Measure, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    250 x 150 cm

  • A Kingfisher Passes

    Clive van den Berg

    A Kingfisher Passes, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    250 x 150 cm

  • Man Loses History II

    Clive van den Berg

    Man Loses History II, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 200 cm

  • Land Throws Up A Ghost III

    Clive van den Berg

    Land Throws Up A Ghost III, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 200 cm

  • Untitled

    Clive van den Berg

    Untitled, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 150 cm

  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]
  • Installation picture [Clive van den Berg / Land Throws Up a Ghost / 2013]