Carla Busuttil / Post-National Bliss / 2013

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by South African-born and UK-based artist Carla Busuttil. In her first exhibition in Cape Town, titled Post-National Bliss, the artist imagines and explores the rituals and conflicts of a fictional world perpetually on the brink of chaos.

Busuttil writes: “This world is flat, and its inhabitants are a generation lost: unhinged aristocrats, powerless lawmen, scoundrel children, otherworldly victims – all lurching towards some unrecorded fate. It is a time after history. Left in the wake of this carnival of unseen faces lies a dystopian vacuum consumed by superstition and fervour. This imagined future (or alternative present) is a world derived from history but extrapolated to an exaggerated end.”

In Busuttil’s vivid and unsettling canvases and watercolors, figures and images from the edges of historical and current events are edited, divorced from prior context and re-imagined in a different world where new histories are allowed to emerge. In an accompanying video piece, titled No More History, figures from this world recur and jostle for attention. The mask appears as a motif throughout the exhibition, acting alternately as a disguise, a symbol of identification, and an object that bestows power, and freedom.

Carla Busuttil was born in 1982 in Johannesburg, and lives and works in Oxford in the UK. Her work has been featured on numerous group exhibitions around the world, including Newspeak: British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Saatchi Adelaide, and she has held several solo shows in the UK. Busuttil will begin a residency at the NIROX Foundation in November. Post-National Bliss is her second solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery.

Exhibition opens Saturday 2 November at 11H00
Public walkabout with the artist Wednesday 6 November at 11H00

  • Here Are My Thoughts On Heart Disease

    Carla Busuttil

    Here Are My Thoughts On Heart Disease, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    40 x 30 cm

  • You Don’t Want To Die. Don’t Be Born.

    Carla Busuttil

    You Don’t Want To Die. Don’t Be Born., 2013

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 70 cm

    Available

  • The Day After the Fall (Pockets Full of Ora)

    Carla Busuttil

    The Day After the Fall (Pockets Full of Ora), 2013

    Oil on canvas

    50 x 70 cm

    Available

  • Orania

    Carla Busuttil

    Orania, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60 cm

  • Only Daylight Between Us

    Carla Busuttil

    Only Daylight Between Us, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    40 x 30 cm

    Available

  • No Country for Poor People

    Carla Busuttil

    No Country for Poor People, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    100 x 80 cm

  • Border Disorder

    Carla Busuttil

    Border Disorder, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    40 x 30 cm

  • Forth To War (The Supreme Being)

    Carla Busuttil

    Forth To War (The Supreme Being), 2013

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60 cm

    Available

  • A Finite Number

    Carla Busuttil

    A Finite Number, 2013

    Oil on Canvas

    100 x 80 cm

    Available

  • Small Devil (Reggae Reggae Sauce)

    Carla Busuttil

    Small Devil (Reggae Reggae Sauce), 2013

    Oil on canvas

    20 x 15 cm

  • Powdery Cheek

    Carla Busuttil

    Powdery Cheek, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    40 x 30 cm

    Available

  • No Colonel Blimp

    Carla Busuttil

    No Colonel Blimp, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 100 cm

  • China’s Got Talent

    Carla Busuttil

    China’s Got Talent, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    180 x 300 cm

    Available

  • The Secrets Holding Paint Together

    Carla Busuttil

    The Secrets Holding Paint Together, 2013

    Oil on canvas

    150 x 180 cm

  • Do as we do

    Carla Busuttil

    Do as we do, 2013

    Watercolour on paper

    21 x 14.8cm

  • Fictional Warfare

    Carla Busuttil

    Fictional Warfare , 2013

    Watercolour on paper

    21 x 29.7 cm

  • Crusaders

    Carla Busuttil

    Crusaders, 2013

    Watercolour on paper

    21 x 14.8 cm

  • The Song of Modern Mars

    Carla Busuttil

    The Song of Modern Mars, 2013

    Watercolour on paper

    21 x 14.8 cm

  • Trophy Kid

    Carla Busuttil

    Trophy Kid, 2013

    Watercolour on paper

    21 x 14.8 cm

  • Installation picture [Carla Busuttil / Post-National Bliss / 2013]