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The Fallen and the Drowned

Pierre Fouche
The Fallen and the Drowned, Invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Undo 1 (Detail)

John Murray
Undo 1 (Detail), Acrylic on canvas , 200 x 140 cm

SEE LISTING Composition with Painted Bricks

Nico Krijno
Composition with Painted Bricks, Archival inkjet print on cotton rag ,


Bogosi Sekhukhuni
Untitled, Jpeg ,

SEE LISTING Untitled (Pink Towel)

Lakin Ogunbanwo
Untitled (Pink Towel), Archival inkjet print on cotton rag , 56,6 x 84 cm


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Pierre Fouche at Whatiftheworld / Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present 'The Fallen and the Drowned' a new solo exhibition by Pierre Fouché.

'The Fallen and the Drowned' is an exhibition of intimately scaled laces, embroideries, drawings and video in which Fouché revels in the traditional materials and formats of the techniques he employs as well as their optical and narrative potential.

The works, mostly figures in landscapes, scrolls, are consciously crafty and immersed in the world of male representation and desire. Fragile silk laces express the beauty of relationships and the arbitrary mass of representation that surround-, and come to define them, while drawn and pulled thread embroideries expand the male nude’s incarnation as digital object with the anguished and fearless desire of exhibitionism.

The figure is absent but implied by the locations represented in a series of reverse graphite drawings on black paper and a pinhole photography slideshow video: Solitude Park on the Rhine’s banks in Basel, and the hike route towards Sandy Bay outside Cape Town.

The body of work culminates in rope, braid and twine abstracts that indicate a shift from the others’ figuration and textuality to the realms of intuition and form.

04 February 2015 - 21 March 2015

John Murray at Whatiftheworld / Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present 'Undo All', a new exhibition of painting by John Murray.
John Murray is a South African painter living and working in Cape Town South Africa. Working in oil on canvas he creates abstract compositions rendered in a way that still hints at representational forms beneath the surface. His paintings have evolved into an ongoing series that allude structures that are simultaneously in the process of forming or perhaps disintegrating.

'I used to take my dog for walks to a specific beach in Sea Point. On one of these walks I picked up a ceramic shard from what could have been a pot or a vase. The following day I noticed another piece of ceramic. Over the years it became a habit to look out for these shards, like a treasure hunt, trying to find them in between the masses of broken shells.

After my walks I would lay them out on the kitchen table. I liked the way the different shapes, colours and patterns of these fragments interacted with each other.
These shards have a nostalgic presence. What intrigues me is their ability to resonate long after the original objects have been shattered. They trigger the imagination to think of their history, function, previous owners and ultimately the transience of things.

This body of abstract paintings continues an ongoing interest in fragments as a representation of undoing or loss.' - John Murray

04 February 2015 - 21 March 2015

Group Show at Whatiftheworld / Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present 'Uncertain Terms', a group exhibition showcasing the work of fifteen artists from across four continents. The exhibition brings together a group of artists who engage with changing dynamics, either in response to formal issues of materiality within their practice, or as a reaction to broader socio-political themes.

In all cases the work is a reaction to dominant hegemonic structures. Whether it be through the direct questioning of western depictions of history, colonialism – and its attendant capitalist enterprises, as in the work of artist Frowhawk Two Feathers, or as in Nico Krijno’s work: which destabilizes the primacy of certain modes of production and the objects through which they manifest. For Krijno a curtain ring or sponge becomes something fantastic and visually tantalizing. Whilst in the work of Chloë Hugo-Hamman a 'family sized' chip packet becomes a monumental almost religious object. Removed from the clutter of the supermarket shelf it becomes a signifier for both class and consumption. Rodan Kane Hart continues this reinvention of the banal - the humble and unsophisticated braai grid becomes an aesthetic homage to hard edge modernism.

Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa also adapts unlikely objects, taking his cue from Arte Povera (literally poor art) he transforms the remnants and waste of everyday consumer products into fascinating talismanic objects that are a warning against thoughtless consumption.


Assume Vivid Astro Focus?, Dan Halter?, Chloë Hugo-Hamman, ?Rodan Kane Hart?, Oliver Kruger?, Nico Krijno?, Marcia Kure?, Daniella Mooney?, Athi-Patra Ruga?, Cameron Platter?, Rowan Smith, Lakin Ogunbanwo, ?Moffat Takadiwa?, Frohawk Two Feathers

27 November 2014 - 24 January 2015

Bogosi Sekhukhuni at Whatiftheworld / Gallery

In 'Unfrozen: RainbowCore' Sekhukhuni presents a video and sound installation. The work is the culmination of the Dream Diaries, a suite of six video works begun in early 2013.

Embedding the viewer in a faux plush environment the installation evokes what Sekhukhuni considers to be aspirational aesthetics, or as he describes it Rainbow Core. Creating a subliminal almost psychic space, Sekhukhuni invites the viewer to meditate on the dream deferred.

27 November 2014 - 24 January 2015

Lakin Ogunbanwo at Whatiftheworld / Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to introduce Lakin Ogunbanwo, a dynamic new contributor to our gallery programme.

Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70's.

08 October 2014 - 15 November 2014