b. 1968, South Africa

Kendell Geers Artworks

Using an abrasive punk sensibility, Kendell Geers often exploits in his sculpture politically loaded materials associated with state violence, resistance, and control, such as razor wire, broken glass, tyres, batons, and gunshots. These he ironically, poetically, and wittily mixes with his own autobiographical history as a descendant of the Boers. He aims for a moral ambiguity in his very layered practice and not always predictable ethical positioning. Social issues such as class, racism, power imbalance, and spirituality are reoccurring themes.

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Seminal Artworks and Developments

Bloody Hell (1990) was a very early performance where the artist washed himself with copious quantities of his own blood, acknowledging his blood ties to Boer racism and Dutch imperialism.

Self Portrait (1995) presents a smashed-off neck from a green Heineken beer bottle, a vicious barroom weapon that is, as its label says, 'Imported from Holland'. The title raises disturbing questions about the artist's psyche—a penchant for spontaneous violence perhaps.

Jesusfuckingchrist (2006) has a traditional Northern European crucifix of Jesus in his death throes, covered with the joined-up reversed and inverted letters of the word 'fuck'. Through decorative and graphic means, it expresses anger at the repressive and torturous values of Christianity.

Master Mistress of My Passion (2010), with sharp glass shards projecting out from the white body of a meditating naked woman, blends eroticism, attraction, repulsion, and fear. Contradictions abound in this ambivalent exploration of sexual desire and introspective examination.

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Petals of Blood 8232 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Kendell Geers Petals of Blood 8232, 2020 Acrylic on paper
102 x 66 cm
M77 Contact Gallery
Untitled (Koons - New Shelton, Wet/Dry) by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork print
Kendell Geers Untitled (Koons - New Shelton, Wet/Dry), 1995 Monoprint reproduction
58 x 92 cm
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Between the Devil and the deep blue Sea by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork installation, moving image
Kendell Geers Between the Devil and the deep blue Sea, 1999 12 video tapes, 12 television sets (56cm) and recorders, 8 Euro-palettes (used), white or orange electrical cable.
231 x 122 x 102 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 1315 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 1315, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 6455 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 6455, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
170 x 105 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 6446 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 6446, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
160 x 99 cm
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Garden of Forking Paths 7352 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork print
Kendell Geers Garden of Forking Paths 7352, 2020 Lenticular print
100 x 70 cm
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Garden of Forking Paths 7320 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork print
Kendell Geers Garden of Forking Paths 7320, 2020 Lenticular print
100 x 70 cm
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Garden of Forking Path 7286 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork print
Kendell Geers Garden of Forking Path 7286, 2020 Lenticular print
100 x 70 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 1312 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 1312, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
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Purple Prose Buys Another Name by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork sculpture
Kendell Geers Purple Prose Buys Another Name, 2013 Murano glass
58 x 36 x 4.5 cm
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Mutus Liber (Fetish) 7880 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Mutus Liber (Fetish) 7880, 2009 Indian ink and gesso on lost object
41 x 15 x 12 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mail 8205 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mail 8205, 2020 Acrylic on paper
102 x 66 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 1318 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 1318, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 6442 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 6442, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
170 x 105 cm
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Les Fleurs du Mal 8222 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork painting
Kendell Geers Les Fleurs du Mal 8222, 2020 Acrylic on paper
102 x 66 cm
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Mutus Liber (Fetish) 7892 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork sculpture
Kendell Geers Mutus Liber (Fetish) 7892, 2009 Indian ink, nails, gesso on lost object
41 x 9 x 8 cm
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Age of Iron XCIX by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork works on paper
Kendell Geers Age of Iron XCIX, 2013 Rust on paper
110 x 74 cm
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Blows Blind Another Tame by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork sculpture
Kendell Geers Blows Blind Another Tame, 2015 Lead batons and iron base, unique
73 x 32 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Flesh of the Spirit 205 by Kendell Geers contemporary artwork sculpture
Kendell Geers Flesh of the Spirit 205, 2016 Bronze
33 x 20 x 7 cm
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