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b. 1988, South Africa

Nolan Oswald Dennis Biography

Nolan Oswald Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. His practice explores what he calls ‘a black consciousness of space’ : the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization.

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His work questions the politics of space and time through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach. He is concerned with the hidden structures that pre-determine the limits of our social and political imagination. Through a language of diagrams, drawings and models he explores a hidden landscape of systematic and structural conditions that organise our political sub-terrain. This sub-space is framed by systems which transverse multiple realms (technical, spiritual economic, psychological, etc) and therefore Dennis’ work can be seen as an attempt to stitch these, sometime opposed, sometimes complimentary, systems together. To read technological systems alongside spiritual systems, to combine political fictions with science fiction.

He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a Masters of Science in the Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Nolan Oswald Dennis Featured Artworks

radical (empathy) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisradical (empathy), 2019100% cotton blanket
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biko.shabazz (al.ways/means) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisbiko.shabazz (al.ways/means), 2019Receipt printer and microcontroller
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biko.shabazz (ways/means) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisbiko.shabazz (ways/means), 2019Receipt printer and microcontroller
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Biko / Césaire (Come Away) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald DennisBiko / Césaire (Come Away), 2019Receipt printers, microcontroller, shelf
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prop 7 (alpha) [prou(k)n] by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisprop 7 (alpha) [prou(k)n], 2018Graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board
78.7 x 101.6 cm
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working through (nand gate) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisworking through (nand gate), 2018Ink, pencil painters plastic, digital print on paper
65 x 50 cm
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prop.5 [prou(k)n] by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald Dennisprop.5 [prou(k)n], 2018Set of two drawings: graphite, washi tape, marker on butter board
61 x 45.7 cm
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Another Country I by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork
Nolan Oswald DennisAnother Country I, 2015Ink on paper
29 x 21 cm
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Nolan Oswald Dennis Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Did you ever think there would come a time? at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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19 December 2020–20 February 2021 Group Exhibition Did you ever think there would come a time? Goodman GalleryCape Town
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Living Just Enough at Goodman Gallery, London
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6 October–19 November 2020 Group Exhibition Living Just Enough Goodman GalleryLondon

Nolan Oswald Dennis Represented By

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

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