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Marcus Neustetter (September 2014)


Marcus Neustetter
Defining lines

20 September 18 October 2014
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Lines define much more than cartographic representations of territorial boundaries, Marcus Neustetter seems to be suggesting with his new series of drawings at GALLERY AOP. They are both noun (naming) and verb (making): they define space as much as they are definitions of space. The lines define conflicts and conquests and they are simultaneously definitions of global and local political and economic strife.

In these drawings Neustetter attempts to imbue the mark with the kind of real world impact that a line on a territorial map has. Abstracting and isolating the line is as much about the escape of the realities of borders of separation and zones of conflict, as it is about contemplating the line itself and the spaces it creates. Suggestions as to what the line divides and what the spaces are that it separates are presented to the viewer through the titles of works like Wall I and Wall II, No Man's Land, and a title consisting of a long list of the names of countries representing places of conflict: Tunisia, Afghanistan, Italy, Rwanda, Nigeria, Thailand, Algeria, Iraq, Mali, Greece, India, Kenya, Burma, Somalia, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Bangladesh, France, Peru, Egypt, Ecuador, Russian Federation, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Chad, Libya, Colombia, Angola, Yemen, China, Senegal, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Central African Republic, Northern Ireland, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Israel, Philippines, Iran, Ukraine, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.

Neustetter, however, pushes beyond the confines of borders, looking for a creative impulse that might be sparked when two lines run uncomfortably close to each other, giving rise to a series of colour explosions in the in-between spaces where definition and defining appear to be equally nebulous endeavours.

Born 1976 in Johannesburg, Marcus Neustetter obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2001 from the University of the Witwatersrand. As an artist and cultural activist, Neustetter has produced his projects in gallery spaces, as well as in the public and virtual domain. A consistent focus in his art practice has been the intersections of art, science and technology. His practice ranges from drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, video and multimedia to site-specific and socially engaged interventions. He has exhibited in South Africa and extensively in different parts of Europe, Africa and North America. In partnership with Stephen Hobbs, Neustetter is the co-director of The Trinity Session.

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Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Tunisia, Afghanistan, Italy, Rwanda, Nigeria, Thailand, Algeria, Iraq, Mali, Greece, India, Kenya, Burma, Somalia, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic... 2014. Ink on canvas. 1800X1600mm
Marcus Neustetter. Tunisia, Afghanistan, Italy, Rwanda, Nigeria, Thailand, Algeria, Iraq, Mali, Greece, India, Kenya, Burma, Somalia, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic... 2014. Ink on canvas. 1800X1600mm
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Friction. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1805X1660mm
Marcus Neustetter. Friction. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1805X1660mm
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Tunisia, Afghanistan, Italy, Rwanda, Nigeria, Thailand, Algeria, Iraq, Mali, Greece, India... - fractured. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1780X1655mm
Marcus Neustetter. Tunisia, Afghanistan, Italy, Rwanda, Nigeria, Thailand, Algeria, Iraq, Mali, Greece, India... - fractured. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1780X1655mm
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Abrasion. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1700X1665mm
Marcus Neustetter. Abrasion. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1700X1665mm
Click the image for a view of: Installation view 03
Installation view 03
Click the image for a view of: Installation view 01
Installation view 01
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Border Study I - X. 2014. Ink on paper. 593X420mm each
Marcus Neustetter. Border Study I - X. 2014. Ink on paper. 593X420mm each
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Defining Spaces I - VIII. 2014. Pen & ink, watercolour. 420X295mm each
Marcus Neustetter. Defining Spaces I - VIII. 2014. Pen & ink, watercolour. 420X295mm each
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Proximity I, Wall I, Proximity II, Wall II. 2014. Ink on paper. 1115X815mm each, framed
Marcus Neustetter. Proximity I, Wall I, Proximity II, Wall II. 2014. Ink on paper. 1115X815mm each, framed
Click the image for a view of: Marcus Neustetter. Lesion. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1715X1655mm
Marcus Neustetter. Lesion. 2014. Ink on canvas. 1715X1655mm
Posted: 9/17/2014 (2:42:58 AM)


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