Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

About

History Doesn’t Laugh is Hank Willis Thomas’s first solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The show highlights the artist’s interest in representing photographic ideas through unconventional materials.

For this exhibition, he scoured numerous publications and archives looking for graphics, images and audio that exemplify, through popular culture, South Africa’s recent history. The result is a fascinating combination of installations, objects, and prints that present the visual complexities of the not so distant past.

Thomas is debuting a series of photo-derived sculptures cast in aluminum, silicone and bronze that reframe the original image by focusing on the impact of hand gestures. In his more familiar style, he appropriates graphically striking political buttons and increases them in size to large-scale wall hangings. The show also includes screen-printed images from various magazines re-contextualised in a manner that exaggerates the hyper-reality of the time in which they were originally produced.

  • Raise Up

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Raise Up, 2014

    Bronze / Bronze cast

    204 x 30 x 30 cm / 204 x 30 x 30cm / 285 x 25 x 10 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!)

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!), 2014

    Bronze and copper shim

    7 life cast arms holding pass books

    Editi...

  • We Have Had Enough

    Hank Willis Thomas

    We Have Had Enough, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    91cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • The People shall Govern

    Hank Willis Thomas

    The People shall Govern, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • Amandla

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Amandla, 2014

    Silicone, fiberglass, metal finish

    130 x 80 x 50cm

    Edition of 2

  • Freedom in our lifetime

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Freedom in our lifetime, 2014

    prefabricated dry walling, security wire and spray paint

    2.5m x 4m x 49 cm

  • Victory is certain

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Victory is certain, 2014

    Assegai wood

    108 x 8 x 8cm

  • Peace and Freedom

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Peace and Freedom, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • An injury to one is and an injury to all

    Hank Willis Thomas

    An injury to one is and an injury to all, 2014

    Fiberglass and aluminum

    89cm in diameter

    Edition of 3

  • A Luta Continua

    Hank Willis Thomas

    A Luta Continua , 2014

    Alimunium

    80 x 320 x 50cm

    Edition of 5

  • Hank Willis Thomas

    History doesn't laugh, 2014

    Ink Print on white retroflective material / Photo reflective print

    103 x 123cm / 99 x 119 cm (38,98...

  • Black Righteous Space

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Black Righteous Space, 2014

    4m wide sound activated video projection

    Edition of 10

  • Terrific

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Terrific, 2014

    Carborundum print

    96.5 x 127cm

    Edition of 5

  • My pleasure

    Hank Willis Thomas

    My pleasure, 2014

    Carborundum print

    96.5 x 127cm

    Edition of 5

  • Stretch Mark Cream

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Stretch Mark Cream, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    76 x 45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Muscle Builder

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Muscle Builder, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    76 x 45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Protect-O-Stick

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Protect-O-Stick, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    76 x 45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Exciting Offer

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Exciting Offer, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    Edition of 1

  • Develop Striking Power

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Develop Striking Power, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    Edition of 1

  • Massage Bra

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Massage Bra, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    76 x 45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Stitch Everything

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Stitch Everything, 2014

    Inkjet print on Museum etching paper with carborundum flockin

    40.6x76cm

    Edition of 1

  • Long Hair

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Long Hair, 2014

    Inkjet print on Museum etching paper with carborundum flocking

    76x45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Quartz Watch

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Quartz Watch, 2014

    Inkjet print on Museum etching paper with carborundum flocking

    63.5x76cm

    Edition of 1

  • Varicose Veins

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Varicose Veins , 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    76 x 45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Engraving Tool

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Engraving Tool, 2014

    Inkjet print on Museum etching paper with carborundum flocking

    76x45.7cm

    Edition of 1

  • Cobra Pistol

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Cobra Pistol, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    50 x 76cm

    Edition of 1

  • Afro American mail order

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Afro American mail order, 2012

    Carborundum print

    29.7 x 152.45cm

    Edition of 1

  • Kung Fu

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Kung Fu, 2014

    Digital C-print with Carborundum

    50 x 76cm

    Edition of 1

  • Invisible Body Wrap

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Invisible Body Wrap, 2014

    C-print with Carborundum

    55.8 x 76cm

    Edition of 1

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