Lisa Brice ‘Night Vision’
Now living and working in London and Trinidad, one of South Africa’s internationally acclaimed artists, Lisa Brice, will have first solo show here at the Goodman Gallery since 2000. ‘Night Vision’ is a new series of paintings and drawings which opens on Saturday 21st January 2006 at midday.
Brice, known for her iconographic installations on the issue of criminal violence and the disruption of domestic life, is now turning to a more personal examination of her past. Her earlier work has been shown on biennales, art fairs and museum shows across the world, and is part of such public collections as the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Billiton collection.
From early childhood, film provided an escape for Brice. As an artist working in Trinidad, she became a regular at the weekly gatherings of the Studiofilmclub (SFC) run by artists, Peter Doig and Che Lovelace. Night vision photographs taken by Brice during the screenings were used to illustrate and record the atmosphere of the SFC nights in a catalogue printed by Walter Koenig, for an exhibition of Doig’s painted SFC posters at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Kunsthalle, Zurich, 2005
The new work, on canvas, board and paper, range from postcard size pieces to large scale paintings, installed in ways which recall the story boards used in television and film production. Brice investigates such diverse subjects as airline/death row meals (as featured in 10 Years 100 Artists) and the fears that manifest and take form in childhood to become emotional baggage in adulthood.
Whilst drawing on her usual accumulation of imagery from media sources, the work is also informed by the hundreds of night vision photographs that Brice has taken over the last few years, during her exploration and new found fascination with the medium of photography. The almost monochromatic greenish palette of the night vision mode on video cameras suggests, apart from the eeriness of the desaturated colour, a sense of intrigue and an invasion of privacy.
This investigation reveals the variety of forms fear takes on, like a shape shifter, forms often found in folk law, religion, film, children’s stories, politics as well as in our personal mythologies… the work is intended to suggest a struggle in which hope and magic have the possibility of prevailing.
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Lisa Brice (b.1968, Cape Town, South Africa) negotiates the precarious terrain of artistic production, as she moves between practices of spontaneous drawing and figure painting. She makes use of unexpected painting and printing techniques on a variety of surfaces, which include canvas and tracing paper. For Brice, the act of tracing often leads her to a repetition of similar motifs or figures in her work, sometimes biographical, and at other times art historical: ‘I am attracted to the idea of repetition,’ Brice remarks, ‘Chasing that high, stories told and retold.’
In 2006 Brice had her first solo exhibition of paintings at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, titled Night Vision, in which she reflected on the uncertainties of childhood. In 2009, a solo show, More Wood for the Fire, was presented at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg; the exhibition detailed Brice’s relationship with the island of Trinidad. In 2011, Brice’s work was included in the Vitamin P2 publication, Phaidon’s major anthology of international painting. In 2012, Brice presented a solo exhibition titled Throwing the Floor at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town. She has had subsequent shows at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg in 2015 titled Well Worn, and in June 2016 she was included on a show at Camden Art’s Centre in London Making & Unmaking curated by Duro Olowu. Brice had her first solo museum exhibition in the UK at the Tate Britain in 2018, where she exhibited large scale paintings which addressed the longstanding art-historical tradition of the female nude.
The artist lives and works in London, UK.