Gerhard Marx: Ecstatic Archive
Ecstatic Archive presents new work from Gerhard Marx’s engagement with a series of discarded and decommissioned cartographic archives. Marx addresses these archives with an interest in landscape as a social construction, how space is constructed and in turn, constructs us. Through acts of fragmentation, rupture, transplantation, migration, agglomeration and collage, Marx disrupts the boundaries of the maps to construct new spatial imaginaries that investigate ‘the formal and fictive possibilities of perspective’ (Alexandra Dodd). Marx’s meticulously constructed, impossible geometries take inspiration from the spatial implications and contradictions of the globalised world. The result are maps in which geographies and time periods are conflated, distances collapse, there is here, then is now, and everything is everywhere.
‘At its core, Marx’s work is about courting a form of madness in that it centers on nurturing vaguely understood compulsions; inventing ontologies in order to learn how to simultaneously float, slide and remain planted. … Having poured over these artworks, and visited Marx in his studio, it is clear that for him to achieve this material form demands giving over to a demonic compulsion to cut into the (old) world and restage it as a fractal offering with endless potentialities.’ (Prof Edgar Pieterse).
Ecstatic Archive runs from January 26 to March 9, 2019.
October 27, 2020
October 26, 2020