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b. 1976, South Africa

Gerhard Marx Biography

Gerhard Marx (b. South Africa, 1976) develops his projects through an engagement with pre-existent conventions and practices. This process entails careful acts of dissection and rearrangement, which allow Marx to engage the poetic potential and philosophical assumptions of his chosen material, developing original drawing, sculptural and performative languages. Marx completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT and received his MA (Fine Art) (Cum Laude) from Wits School of Art, Johannesburg.

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Ecstatic Archive is Marx’s sixth solo project with the Goodman Gallery. Marx’s work is shown regularly at international art fairs, held in numerous public and private art collections and was included on the South African pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Marx has been involved in the making of numerous public sculptures, including The World On Its Hind Legs, a collaboration with William Kentridge (Beverley Hills, LA), Vertical Aerial: JHB, (the Old Ford, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg), The Fire Walker, in collaboration with William Kentridge (Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Johannesburg) and Paper Pigeon, in collaboration with Maja Marx (Pigeon Square, Johannesburg). In 2018 Marx participated in the third season at the Centre for the Less Good Idea with his project Vehicle, in collaboration with musicians Shane Cooper and Kyle Shepherd. Vehicle is scheduled to form part of the Holland Festival in June 2019.

He has extensive experience in theatre, as a scenographer, director, filmmaker and playmaker, including REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony (directed by Marx, interactive film by Gerhard Marx and Maja Marx, composed by Philip Miller), performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London (2010), the Market Theatre, Johannesburg (2008) and the 62’Centre, William College, Massachusetts (2007).

Marx is a fellow of the Sundance Film Institute, the Annenberg Fund and of the Ampersand Foundation.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, To: The Moon (2014). Single-channel animation. Courtesy Goodman Gallery.

Gerhard Marx Featured Artworks

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Centrifugal Cartographies (II) by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Gerhard MarxCentrifugal Cartographies (II), 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
50 x 60 cm
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Intersection Cartography by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Gerhard MarxIntersection Cartography, 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
50 x 60 cm
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Square Expanse by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Gerhard MarxSquare Expanse, 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
50 x 60 cm
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The same place three times by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Gerhard MarxThe same place three times, 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
50 x 60 cm
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Hinged Expanse by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Gerhard MarxHinged Expanse, 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
60 x 80 cm
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Two Horizons by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Gerhard MarxTwo Horizons, 2021Reconfigured map fragments on canvas
60 x 80 cm
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Doubled Landscape (Variable Globes) by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork sculpture
Gerhard MarxDoubled Landscape (Variable Globes), 2021Plywood and reconstituted map fragments
25 x 40 x 25 cm
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Landscape Object (Variable Globes) by Gerhard Marx contemporary artwork sculpture
Gerhard MarxLandscape Object (Variable Globes), 2021Plywood and reconstituted map fragments
38 x 64 x 66 cm
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Gerhard Marx Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Gerhard Marx Represented By

Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa Goodman Gallery Cape Town, East Hampton, Johannesburg, London
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