Diane Victor / Which Hunt?

Diane Victor / Which Hunt?
23 June - 21 July 2018
Installation View
Diane Victor
Jumping the Shadow, 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Image: 43 x 80 cm Paper: 63 x 91 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Bok, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Sparrow, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
If she drowns, she is a woman, but if she succeeds, she is an overambitious, domineering bitch, 2018
Charcoal on paper
Work: 54 x 79 cm
Diane Victor
Instigator, 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Image: 28 x 20 cm Paper: 28 x 20 cm
Diane Victor
The Fall 2, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 273.5 x 108 x 5.5 cm Work: 255 x 90 cm
Diane Victor
If she speaks against you, drive her out, 2018
Charcoal and ash on paper
Work: 181 x 132 cm
Diane Victor
The Middleman, 2018
Single colour lithograph
Work: 66 x 50.5 cm
Diane Victor
Jane Doe: 2 Pounds of Bone / 907g of Burnt Currency II, 2018
Charcoal and burnt currency on paper
Work: 70 x 98 cm
Diane Victor
The Fall 1, 2017
Smoke on paper
Frame: 273.5 x 108 x 5.5 cm Work: 255 x 90 cm
Diane Victor
Little Dystopia , 2017
Lithograph
Image: 53 x 40 cm Paper: 66 x 56 cm
Diane Victor
Practicing Saint, 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Image: 29 x 23 cm Paper: 43 x 34.5 cm
Diane Victor
The Fall 3, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 273.5 x 108 x 5.5 cm Work: 255 x 90 cm
Diane Victor
Ships in the Night , 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Paper: 41 x 35 cm
Diane Victor
Sweeping the Table, 2018
Etching and charcoal on paper
Work: 123 x 82.7 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Monkey, 2017
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
Altarpiece for the Damaged, 2018
Carbon on glass
Work: 146.5 x 107.5 x 5 cm
Diane Victor
Between The Old Man and The Deep Blue Sea, 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Image: 30 x 26 cm Paper: 40 x 35 cm
Diane Victor
The Little Side Show, 2018
Carbon on glass
Work: 126 x 272.5 x 6 cm
Diane Victor
End and Anderson, 2 a.m., 2018
Charcoal and charcoal dust on paper
Work: 76 x 103 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Cockroach, 2017
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
He shows the little woman, 2018
Lithograph
Work: 40.5 x 56.5 cm
Diane Victor
The Load and The Land, 2018
Charcoal and ash on paper
Work: 181 x 132 cm
Diane Victor
Wound Couple, 2017
Charcoal on paper
Work: 54 x 79 cm
Diane Victor
Come to daddy, 2018
Etching
Work: 49 x 66.5 cm
Diane Victor
Scorched, 2018
Hand coloured lithograph
Work: 56.5 x 76 cm
Diane Victor
Showing Truth to Power , 2017
Lithograph
Image: 53 x 40 cm Paper: 66 x 56 cm
Diane Victor
Strange Fruit hanging from a Cedar Tree, 2017
Charcoal on paper
Work: 54 x 79 cm
Diane Victor
The Trial, 2018
Charcoal on paper
Work: 129 x 157 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Hyena, 2017
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
Wound Woman, 2017
Charcoal on paper
Image: 163.5 x 114.2 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Squealer, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
A tragic comedy, a comic tragedy, 2018
Etching
Work: 47 x 66 cm
Diane Victor
The Swimming of a Witch, 2017
Charcoal on paper
Work: 54 x 79 cm
Diane Victor
Jane Doe: 2 Pounds of Bone / 907g of Burnt Currency I, 2018
Charcoal and burnt currency on paper
Work: 70 x 98 cm
Diane Victor
After the Fact, 2018
Carbon on glass
Work: 172.5 x 129.5 x 14 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word – Swine, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
Bad Word - Bitch, 2017
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
Diane Victor
Because she took her chances, 2017
Etching
Work: 49 x 66.5 cm

Diane Victor / Which Hunt? - Installation View

23 June - 21 July 2018

Diane Victor

Jumping the Shadow

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Bok

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Sparrow

Diane Victor

If she drowns, she is a woman, but if she succeeds, she is an overambitious, domineering bitch

Diane Victor

Instigator

Diane Victor

The Fall 2

Diane Victor

If she speaks against you, drive her out

Diane Victor

The Middleman

Diane Victor

Jane Doe: 2 Pounds of Bone / 907g of Burnt Currency II

Diane Victor

The Fall 1

Diane Victor

Little Dystopia

Diane Victor

Practicing Saint

Diane Victor

The Fall 3

Diane Victor

Ships in the Night

Diane Victor

Sweeping the Table

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Monkey

Diane Victor

Altarpiece for the Damaged

Diane Victor

Between The Old Man and The Deep Blue Sea

Diane Victor

The Little Side Show

Diane Victor

End and Anderson, 2 a.m.

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Cockroach

Diane Victor

He shows the little woman

Diane Victor

The Load and The Land

Diane Victor

Wound Couple

Diane Victor

Come to daddy

Diane Victor

Scorched

Diane Victor

Showing Truth to Power

Diane Victor

Strange Fruit hanging from a Cedar Tree

Diane Victor

The Trial

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Hyena

Diane Victor

Wound Woman

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Squealer

Diane Victor

A tragic comedy, a comic tragedy

Diane Victor

The Swimming of a Witch

Diane Victor

Jane Doe: 2 Pounds of Bone / 907g of Burnt Currency I

Diane Victor

After the Fact

Diane Victor

Bad Word – Swine

Diane Victor

Bad Word - Bitch

Diane Victor

Because she took her chances

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
23 June – 21 July 2018

Which Hunt? presents visceral new work in which Diane Victor grapples with South Africa’s gender-based violence epidemic and considers the complex social structures that underpin patriarchal power relations worldwide.

Victor does not claim to speak for all victims of the history of violence against women. She makes the point that the phenomenon is not new, but rather that ongoing scourge is currently being paid much greater attention. In this exhibition, Victor examines the pervasive effects of blame culture in society alongside depictions of women who have been made to bear responsibility for the abuse inflicted on them.

Deploying Victor-esque (dark) humour and characterisations drawn from real life, the artist considers universal traditions of violence against women, from the history of witch-hunts in Europe and America, to ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa today.

A drawing, titled Punching Judy, is inspired by the puppet show ‘Punch and Judy’ in which gender-based violence is trivialised. For Victor, the show is laced with a ‘horrifying absurdity’ as ‘children are encouraged to laugh at a baby being battered and a woman beaten to death.’ She seeks to expose these everyday narratives for instilling feelings of guilt and shame in men as well as women.

In her practice, Victor is renowned for boldly confronting taboo subjects and for rendering her subjects in affecting detail with masterful, mark-making across various mediums. This exhibition features etchings and lithographs, which were made during residencies in America and France last year, as well as large-scale drawings, smoke on glass and drawings made with candle smoke and ash as well as other burned materials.

Last year, Victor did three international residencies: the Helen Frankenthaler Print Residency at the Connecticut Centre for Contemporary Print (USA), Fondation Blachere Creating Residency (France) and the Cill Rialaig Residency Project (Ireland). Recent awards include the international print prize at the 2013 Guanlan International Print Biennale (China) and the Krakow Print Triennial award (2006). Her work recently featured on FUIR Exposition en Fondation Blachère Centre d’Art: Ten Artists Interrogate Exile in France.

Victor has exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally at MoMA (New York), the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Oslo) and at Yale University Art Gallery. Her work is held in collections, such as MoMA NYC, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Wits Art Museum, Durban Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, Iziko SA National Gallery in Cape Town and the SASOL Collection. Victor has lectured in Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Pretoria where she currently teaches printmaking and drawing.

Diane Victor

Diane Victor (b. 1964 in Witbank, South Africa) has established herself as a major figure in the South African and International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draughtsmanship. Victor positions herself within the South African art scene through her bold confrontations with difficult and at times taboo subject matter. Her large scale drawings and etchings demonstrate a command of mark-making, which she uses to render her subjects in affecting detail. At times, her work seems to pose challenges to social and political life in contemporary South Africa, considering issues of corruption, violence and an unequal power distribution.

Having received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a major in Printmaking, and graduating with distinction – Victor has gone on to win various prestige awards including the Sasol New Signatures Award in 1987. In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, France. Over this period, Victor was able to work collaboratively with other experienced printmakers and to observe and reflect on a society very different from her own.

Victor has exhibited at numerous venues around South Africa and internationally, some of which include the UNISA Gallery, Fried Contemporary, MoMA New York, Faulconer Gallery, The Highpoint Center for printmaking, The Gus Fisher Gallery, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Yale University Art Gallery, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and Australia and Adelaide Central Gallery. Victor’s work is part of a number of important collections, including Sasol, Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art Museum and Santam.

Since 1990, Victor has been a lecturer, teaching Fine Art, at various South African institutions including the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.

Victor lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. At present, she is a senior Fine Art lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Art.