Michael MacGarry

   
When Enough People Start Saying the Same Thing.
Solo exhibition at Art Extra, Johannesburg
16 – 16 August 2008

 

For the exhibition, When enough people start saying the same thing, I showed a comprehensive body of new work that continues my overarching concern with the machinations of imperialism in Africa, working in various media, from sculpture to large-scale photography and editioned bronzes. The title of the exhibition, When enough people start saying the same thing, functions as a binary definition of the tipping point in power dynamics as a means to effect broad-based political will in both democratic societies as well as fascists regimes.

My working methodology in the past was dominated by a conceptually-based dogma that excluded the material manufacture, exhibition or manifestation of any artworks or art objects. Using this aspect - titled All Theory. No Practice. – I wrote about ideas, concepts, artworks, themes, film treatments, etc but never produced them, exhibited them as material objects or made them. Over time this dogma presented serious challenges to my ability to function as an artist, and ultimately to produce anything at all (ideas included). Recently I have moved away from this methodology, instead producing props, ephemera and stand alone sculptures from these fictional films. I have also produced large-scale photographs that in a sense act as stills from these unrealised films. It is these films, existing only as treatments and ideas and scripts, that generate all of my tangible artworks at present. So the shift from not producing material works at all, to producing props from these fictional films means that I am now able to produce, make and market art objects for the first time. I find the role of the sequential filmic narrative, the conceptual process behind thinking of a film and the strange dual function of the props and objects themselves as a useful, intriguing and productive new means of working.

 

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Installation view

 

Installation view

Installation view

 

Installation view

From left:
Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki
from: Champagne Socialists series

H.F. Verwoerd
from: TippEx Politics series

 

L’Étranger
From left:

Young Liars 6

Young Liars 7

Young Liars 5

Young Liars 8

Young Liars 9

Young Liars 10

Fetish IV
Fetish V
Teeth Fetish
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Michael MacGarry