Huxley-Parlour KATE GOTTGENS Huxley-Parlour Maddox Street

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21.9 – 21.10 2023

Kate Gottgens:A String of Signs

45 Maddox Street

Kate Gottgens:A String of Signs

21.09 – 21.10.2023

Closed

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

45 Maddox Street
London
W1S 2PE

Huxley-Parlour is pleased to present A String of Signs, the first UK exhibition by South African artist Kate Gottgens. With a focus on the suburban domestic, Gottgens explores nostalgia, entropy and the ephemeral. Her work is, in part, inspired by writings of Roland Barthes, for whom all images carry the possibility of multiple meanings: a ‘floating chain of signifieds.’

Comprising 12 new canvases, and a group of new monotypes, the exhibition consists of imagined scenes constructed from de-contexualised imagery drawn from an extensive archive of found, vernacular photographs. Gottgens interrupts an otherwise photographic sense of reality in her canvases with passages of indistinction, self-cancellation or abrasion, echoing the faded, degraded nature of the photographs that gave rise to them. In reappropriating historic imagery, Gottgens seeks to reduce time to a single moment, captured in a single frame of past, present and future. Using intense colour and washes or veils of paint she disturbs and effaces her scenes and figures, resisting the fixity or certainty of objecthood and subjecthood.

The Exhibition

9

The Works

21

1

Kate Gottgens

Paper Moons

2023

Monotype

2

Kate Gottgens

The Trick of Living

2023

Monotype

3

Kate Gottgens

Saturday Sun

2023

Monotype

4

Kate Gottgens

Fairer through Fading

2023

Oil on canvas

5

Kate Gottgens

A Door in Water

2023

Oil on canvas

6

Kate Gottgens

Her Glittering Embrace

2023

Oil on canvas

7

Kate Gottgens

Ruby Twilight

2023

Oil on canvas

8

Kate Gottgens

Shady Pines

2023

Oil on canvas

9

Kate Gottgens

Breakfast Sketch

2023

Oil on canvas

10

Kate Gottgens

Bare Bones

2023

Oil on canvas

11

Kate Gottgens

A Lost Summer

2023

Oil on canvas

12

Kate Gottgens

Holding Back a Lake

2023

Monotype

13

Kate Gottgens

Figures at a Pool

2023

Monotype

14

Kate Gottgens

Night Expanding

2023

Monotype

15

Kate Gottgens

Spirit and Water

2023

Monotype

16

Kate Gottgens

Her Glittering Embrace

2023

Monotype

17

Kate Gottgens

Little White Cat

2023

Oil on canvas

18

Kate Gottgens

Camper

2023

Monotype

19

Kate Gottgens

The Devil’s Daughter

2023

Oil on canvas

20

Kate Gottgens

The Next Mutation

2023

Oil on canvas

21

Kate Gottgens

Paper Moons

2023

Oil on canvas

Kate Gottgens

B. South Africa1965

Kate Gottgens Huxley-Parlour

B. South Africa1965

Biography

Built from multiple de-contextualised, vernacular sources, Kate Gottgens’ compositions reject specification in time and location. Gottgens’ artistic practice exorcises the malaise that stems from the superficiality of suburban life, understanding ‘entropy and collapse’ to be central to the contemporary experience. 

Gottgens was born in Durban, South Africa in 1965. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 1987. She has exhibited her work internationally, in Europe, India, South Africa and the United States. Her work has been included in 100 Painters of Tomorrow (2014) and In the World : Essays on Contemporary South African Art (2017). In 2019 she won the Ampersand Fellowship Award. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

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