Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016
07 April - 04 May 2016
Installation View
Carla Busuttil
Security Guard (Worker's Revenge), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Find your Ancestors , 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Brown Tucours, 2015

Frame: 59.5 x 42.3 x 3.5 cm Image: 52 x 35.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
Monocycle, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
Horned Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - Bad Lady, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
49.9 x 74.11 cm
Carla Busuttil
Glitsauce, 2015

Frame: 59.5 x 42.3 x 3.5 cm / Image: 52 x 35.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
A weak link indeed, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 180 x 200 cm
Carla Busuttil
General Piss-Eye, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Glitblablow, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Ops, 2015

42 x 59cm
Carla Busuttil
Latrica, 2015

Frame: 59.5 x 42.3 x 3.5 cm Image: 52 x 35.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
Soldier in Pom Pom Field, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Seeker, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Girl with a Luminous Smile, 2016
Paper Mache, resin and oil paint
Dimensions variable
Carla Busuttil
Hedgehog Mask (No More History), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Zalute, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
No More History (Horse Mask), 2015
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Carla Busuttil
Kleingeld, 2015
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40cm
Carla Busuttil
Lick your Lips, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil
Object 2, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
It was better when we were dancing, 2015
Oil on Canvas
90 x 100cm
Carla Busuttiil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - We protect Assets, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
36.16 x 54.4 cm / 36.16 x 54.4cm
Carla Busuttil
Gogo Nngo, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 76 x 56 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Fall, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - We Protect Lives, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
36.16 x 54.4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Mama Isah, 2015
Oil on Canvas
130 x 150cm
Carla Busuttil
Smutyeller, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
Moustachioed Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Thug, 2015

Frame: 59.5 x 42.3 x 3.5 cm Image: 52 x 35.5 cm
Carla Busuttil
Gelukszoekers, 2015
Oil on canvas
Work: 200 x 300 x 4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Roly Poly Mask, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50 x 50cm
Carla Busuttil
Bad Boy Baptist , 2014
Watercolour
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil
Girl with a Luminous Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Kraken, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil In collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - Defending your territory, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
49.9 x 74.11cm
Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - We protect Data, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
36.16 x 54.4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Red Mask (No More History), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Snout, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Big Boss, 2016
Oil on canvas
100 x 100cm
Carla Busuttil
Lord Milner, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil
Greenback Flashback, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
Polish Your Speech, 2015
Oil on Canvas
80 x 100cm
Carla Busuttil
Poet Mask (No More History), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Credo Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Trout Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Gary Charles
The Credo, 2014
HD Video

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - The Gallery Guard, 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
96.15 x 64.1 cm
Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles
Mosquito Lightning - Rigorous Physical Training , 2016
Fine art inkjet print on tecco textures fineart rag 300gsm
49.9 x 74.11cm
Carla Busuttil
Reneral, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
Magda, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 21 x 15 cm
Carla Busuttil
Trout Mask, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50 x 50cm
Carla Busuttil
Crank, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Inking, 2014
Watercolour
Work: 15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Sangoma, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil, in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles. Cinematography and editing by Ross Maxwell
Mosquito Lightning , 2016
HD Video

Carla Busuttil
Glitblablow Three, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Thag, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
Choice Click Bait, 2015
Oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm
Carla Busuttil
See your enemies in a mirror, 2016
Oil on canvas
150 x 180cm
Carla Busuttil
Glitblabow, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Hordes Mask, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50 x 50cm
Carla Busuttil
If you've looked twice. Call it in., 2016
Oil on canvas
180 x 150cm
Carla Busuttil
F-F-Face, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Glitblablow Two, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Socktapus, 2015

42 x 59 cm
Carla Busuttil
The Hordes (ahead), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Roly Poly Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Hold Back the Hazmat Suit, 2015
Oil on Canvas
90 x 40cm
Carla Busuttil
YODO, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50 x 50cm
Carla Busuttil
Field (Pompom at Distance), 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21 cm
Carla Busuttil
Swazi Superbowl Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
Hordes Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
He wants to impress his mum, 2016
Oil on canvas
33 x 39cm
Carla Busuttil
Pompom Mask, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm
Carla Busuttil
East, 2015
Oil on Canvas
Work: 130 x 150 x 4 cm
Carla Busuttil
Mkulumutu 2, 2016
Oil on canvas
55 x 75cm
Carla Busuttil
Object 1, 2014
Watercolour
15 x 21cm

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil / Choice. Click. Bait / 2016 - Installation View

07 April - 04 May 2016

Carla Busuttil

Security Guard (Worker's Revenge)

Carla Busuttil

Find your Ancestors

Carla Busuttil

Brown Tucours

Carla Busuttil

Monocycle

Carla Busuttil

Horned Mask

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - Bad Lady

Carla Busuttil

Glitsauce

Carla Busuttil

A weak link indeed

Carla Busuttil

General Piss-Eye

Carla Busuttil

Glitblablow

Carla Busuttil

Ops

Carla Busuttil

Latrica

Carla Busuttil

Soldier in Pom Pom Field

Carla Busuttil

Seeker

Carla Busuttil

Girl with a Luminous Smile

Carla Busuttil

Hedgehog Mask (No More History)

Carla Busuttil

Zalute

Carla Busuttil

No More History (Horse Mask)

Carla Busuttil

Kleingeld

Carla Busuttil

Lick your Lips

Carla Busuttil

Object 2

Carla Busuttil

It was better when we were dancing

Carla Busuttiil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - We protect Assets

Carla Busuttil

Gogo Nngo

Carla Busuttil

The Fall

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - We Protect Lives

Carla Busuttil

Mama Isah

Carla Busuttil

Smutyeller

Carla Busuttil

Moustachioed Mask

Carla Busuttil

Thug

Carla Busuttil

Gelukszoekers

Carla Busuttil

Roly Poly Mask

Carla Busuttil

Bad Boy Baptist

Carla Busuttil

Girl with a Luminous Mask

Carla Busuttil

Kraken

Carla Busuttil In collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - Defending your territory

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - We protect Data

Carla Busuttil

Red Mask (No More History)

Carla Busuttil

Snout

Carla Busuttil

Big Boss

Carla Busuttil

Lord Milner

Carla Busuttil

Greenback Flashback

Carla Busuttil

Polish Your Speech

Carla Busuttil

Poet Mask (No More History)

Carla Busuttil

Credo Mask

Carla Busuttil

Trout Mask

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Gary Charles

The Credo

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - The Gallery Guard

Carla Busuttil in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles

Mosquito Lightning - Rigorous Physical Training

Carla Busuttil

Reneral

Carla Busuttil

Magda

Carla Busuttil

Trout Mask

Carla Busuttil

Crank

Carla Busuttil

Inking

Carla Busuttil

Sangoma

Carla Busuttil, in collaboration with Chris Saunders and Gary Charles. Cinematography and editing by Ross Maxwell

Mosquito Lightning

Carla Busuttil

Glitblablow Three

Carla Busuttil

Thag

Carla Busuttil

Choice Click Bait

Carla Busuttil

See your enemies in a mirror

Carla Busuttil

Glitblabow

Carla Busuttil

The Hordes Mask

Carla Busuttil

If you've looked twice. Call it in.

Carla Busuttil

F-F-Face

Carla Busuttil

Glitblablow Two

Carla Busuttil

Socktapus

Carla Busuttil

The Hordes (ahead)

Carla Busuttil

Roly Poly Mask

Carla Busuttil

Hold Back the Hazmat Suit

Carla Busuttil

YODO

Carla Busuttil

Field (Pompom at Distance)

Carla Busuttil

Swazi Superbowl Mask

Carla Busuttil

Hordes Mask

Carla Busuttil

He wants to impress his mum

Carla Busuttil

Pompom Mask

Carla Busuttil

East

Carla Busuttil

Mkulumutu 2

Carla Busuttil

Object 1

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
7 April – 28 April 2016

In her latest solo exhibition, Carla Busuttil reflects on the parallel themes of growing wealth inequality and information abundance. Concerned with a global shift toward increasing wealth and technology-based isolation, Busuttil seeks to uncover and skewer the historic and present day foundations of this observed trend.

Taken from one of her paintings, the title Choice. Click. Bait. refers to modern methods of delivering and receiving information. With multiple 24-hour news networks, social media, free daily papers, and the infinite expanse of the Internet, we have almost unlimited access to information about the world we live in. And each source competes for our attention. Yet this access does not always result in clearer understanding, or a more informed outlook. Instead we experience a sense of confusion induced by the incessant blur of conflicting data. Yet the act of painting, by definition, slows this fast-paced consumption of imagery, information and pressing concern. The interaction between Busuttil’s painted and digital worlds forms the visual backdrop to much of Choice. Click. Bait.

South Africa is used as a starting point for investigating the impact of increased global wealth inequality. The tendency towards societal retreat is explored in an ongoing project realised in collaboration with fellow artists, Chris Saunders and Gary Charles. Modelled around a fictional company, Mosquito Lightning, the work evokes the present-day obsession with private policing in South Africa. The project explores the realities and absurdities related to an industry many have come to accept as normal, or everyday. “I see these companies as a device, or totem, reflecting one of our most important contemporary socioeconomic issues – inequality and the wealth gap,” says Busuttil. The project is represented in the show through installation, replete with company branding, advertising, fabricated uniforms, a website, social media, photo, video and a secured area with sentry shed and boom. The work is a result of research conducted into the private security industry; engaging with firms, undergoing training regimes, and appropriating the real-life visual language and marketing messages for their own creation, Mosquito Lightning.

In addition to present day concerns, Busuttil seeks to explore historical foundations that may serve to expand upon current debate. Through paintings and film, Busuttil directly questions the legacy of British colonial action in Africa – an unresolved debate, as evidenced recently by the emergence of the #rhodesmustfall movement. Busuttil states, “My work deals with the politics of power. The content of my work tends to reference historically charged spaces. Issues around race, gender, status and nationality are key to our understanding of how power can be used to shape and control societies.” Through the use of masks and crude, often humorous, imagery, Busuttil seeks to neutralise the characters that appear in her work. This process allows for the distortion of identity, and the erosion of potential sources of classification. “I feel it allows the viewer to get closer to the subject matter”.

Although she is branching out in new directions – installation, conceptualism, as well as performative video work – Busuttil’s exhibition Choice. Click. Bait. centres on her inimitable style of painting. “Painting remains my default mode,” Busuttil says, “and regardless of what other avenues I investigate, painting seems to be my route in and route out.”

Carla Busuttil (b.1982, Johannesburg, South Africa) completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools, London following a degree in fine art at University of Witwatersrand. She has held solo exhibitions in London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Milan and Seoul, and has featured in major exhibitions including Newspeak: British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London and British Art Now at Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Her work is included in the Deutche Bank Global Art Collection, Saatchi Collection, Kabin Collection, and the Franks-Suss Collection, London. Busuttil also features in the recent publications 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson), Painting Now (Thames & Hudson) and Picturing People (Thames & Hudson). She lives and works in Oxford, UK.

Carla Busuttil

Carla Busuttil has created and collaborated on works in multiple mediums, though her practice has a core focus on the materiality and medium of painting. Busuttil’s work negotiates historical figures, the shadows and spectres of colonialism and wealth inequality. She is particularly interested in notions of private versus public space, mapping and illustrating these often competing worlds – having recently developed a collaborative project on the topic of private security and the corporate entities that operate in that industry. While she is based in the UK, much of her work is influenced by the context of growing up in late apartheid South Africa. Often the subject matter she chooses to explore is a reflection on contemporary versions of segregated settings as well as sites of exclusion and privilege – gated communities, private schools, tax havens – and their impact on society and the various groups occupying these settings.

Busuttil (b.1982, Johannesburg, South Africa) completed the Postgraduate Programme at Royal Academy Schools, London, following on from a BA (Hons.) in Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her work has featured in group shows, including: Newspeak: British Art Now, at the Saatchi Gallery, London and AGSA, Adelaide, and in the Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize, Jerwood Space, London and the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. She has held numerous solo shows including Josh Lilley Gallery, London and Space K, Seoul as well as Goodman Gallery Johannesburg and Cape Town. Busuttil features in recent publications 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Painting Now, and Picturing People (Thames & Hudson). Last year Busuttil took part in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition in the UK as well as in a group show at the Artist Alliance Gallery in New York. She currently lives and work in Birmingham, UK