Edge of Silence is a group show featuring artwork by some of Goodman Gallery’s leading contemporary artists.
From a light box made from transparency by Alfredo Jaar, the words ‘OTHER PEOPLE THINK’ are illuminated, and thus this exhibit was born. Featuring works from the likes of William Kentridge, Liza Lo, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Carla Busuttil, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Mounir Fatmi, Kendell Geers and David Goldblatt, among other profoundly talented artists, it’s an excellent collection of works.
The quote ‘Other People Think’ is from the writings of John Cage in which Cage ‘affirms silence as an opportunity to learn what other people think.’ Jaar’s light box follows this practice with a kind of silence and opens up a space for listening by disrupting our thoughts and perceptions, inviting us to step outside ourselves.
Similarly, the display of art does indeed create a space for contemplation and a challenge to our perceptions.
Works on exhibition reference cultural moments and artistic practice that is at times interrogative, celebratory, or a means of bearing witness. Yet in all instances they complicate and remediate so as to bring about a new framework for understanding or experiencing that which exists already.
In the beautiful gallery space of the Goodman, between its tranquil white walls and industrial finishes in Cape Town’s Woodstock, the calibre of work and the presence that such works evoke, is a definite testament to contemporary African art and artists.