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

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biko.cabral by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork sculpture
Nolan Oswald Dennis biko.cabral, 2020 Receipt Printer, microcontroller
Pace Gallery
notes for recovery (touch) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nolan Oswald Dennis notes for recovery (touch), 2020 Two ink and graphite on paper drawings
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
untitled (schema) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nolan Oswald Dennis untitled (schema), 2021 Ink and pencil on paper
76 x 57 cm
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Goodman Gallery
untitled (for Achebe) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nolan Oswald Dennis untitled (for Achebe), 2021 Ink drawing on altered map
46 x 63 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
untitled (a forth world comes) by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nolan Oswald Dennis untitled (a forth world comes), 2021 Ink and pencil on paper
76 x 57 cm
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Goodman Gallery
un voile with pillar by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork sculpture
Nolan Oswald Dennis un voile with pillar, 2021 Altered calabash, black primer, cowry shell veil on steel and aluminium stand
167.5 x 21.2 x 21.2 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
un voile inflation model by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork sculpture
Nolan Oswald Dennis un voile inflation model, 2021 Compound PET plastic globe model, synthetic stone finish, black primer and cowry shell veil
54.2 x 20.8 x 20.8 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
studio notes 4 by Nolan Oswald Dennis contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nolan Oswald Dennis studio notes 4, 2021 Ink, pencil, velum on paper
31.2 x 40.1 cm
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Goodman Gallery

Nolan Oswald Dennis Recent Exhibitions

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Nolan Oswald Dennis Represented By

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

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