ABOUT JOHANNES SCOTT
Johannes Scott was born in Cape Town in 1960 and lives and works in the historic district of Bo Kaap, Cape Town. The artist founded the TAB Studio for Ceramic Art in 1991 and graduated with a BA degree in Theory of Literature at University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2010. Johannes completed his postgraduate honours studies at UNISA in Theory of Drama in 2013, Narratology in 2014 and Critical Theory in 2015. Previously he attended and graduated from the Pretoria School for Art, Ballet and Music.
In Cape Town there are historic minor collections of 17thcentury Chinese and Japanese porcelain vases. These are mostly remnant inventories that the Dutch East India Company that were shipped from the Far East to Europe, via the replenishment port of the Cape of Good Hope. Scott uses these vases as an inspiration and it is the template of the Chinese vase and the Japanese decoration technique of nagashigake (dripping glaze) that Johannes employs as simulacrum and palimpsest.
“My education in literary theory includes Lacan’s theory of psychoanalysis. Lacan theorized aesthetics in terms of sublimation and the Thing as anamorphic object of desire. The Thing is a remnant of the Real and lacks symbolisation. By looking awry at the Thing, the gaze of desire misrecognises it as symbolic promise. Fantasy, as in the construction of convention, coordinates desire and aesthetic sublimation.
The content of my imaginary vases represents the Thing as brute geological element prior to the symbolic index of conventional glaze. Content always poses as contingent threat to symbolisation – as in psychosis, volcanic eruption, or ejaculation, it threatens to spill over and dissolve the body that holds it together. By the fantasy of the ceramic convention of nagashigake, the anamorphic contingent embodies the pleasure of aesthetic desire.”
– Johannes Scott, 2018
2019 ‘REGARDING THE VASE’, EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK
2016 SELF-I. THE GALLERY AT GRANDE PROVENCE, FRANSCHHOEK.
2010 SPIER CONTEMPORARY. CITY HALL, CAPE TOWN (AWARD FINALIST).
2007 SPIER CONTEMPORARY. SPIER WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH (AWARD FINALIST).
2006 THE KEBBLE AWARD. CAPE TOWN CONVENTION CENTRE (AWARD FINALIST).
2002 MALE ORDER. NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, ALBANY MUSEUM. GRAHAMSTOWN.
2002 AU79. KKNK. CP NEL MUSEUM, OUDTSHOORN.
2001 CORPUS. ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, BELVILLE.
2000 FLESH & MEMORIES. ALFRED MALL GALLERY, V&A WATERFRONT.
1999 FLESH & MEMORIES. ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, PRETORIA.
1998 CAPE LOAD. DIANA YIULIA GALLERY, ATHENS, GREECE.
1998 GAROP. KNYSNA FINE ART, KNYSNA.
1997 KAAPSE LADING. KKNK GALLERY, OUDTSHOORN.
1997 HISTORIOGRAPHY II. AVA METROPOLITAN LIFE GALLERY, CAPE TOWN.
1996 VOLKSKAS ATELIER AWARDS. PRETORIA ART MUSEUM, PRETORIA (AWARD FINALIST).
1995 HISTORIOGRAPHY I. SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, CAPE TOWN.
1995 VOLKSKAS ATELIER AWARDS. SASOL ART MUSEUM, STELLENBOSCH (AWARD FINALIST).
1992 CAPE TOWN ART FESTIVAL. DOCK ROAD, VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT.
1991 APSA COROBRICK. ARTSCAPE, CAPE TOWN (PREMIER AWARD).
1988 FIGURATIVE CERAMICS. SANG ANNEX, CAPE TOWN.
1986 PAINTINGS. GALLERY INTERNATIONAL, CAPE TOWN.
1985 CERAMIC SCULPTURE. GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG.
1984 PAINTINGS. REMBRANDT GALLERY NEWTOWN MARKET THEATRE, JOHANNESBURG.
1979 THE MACHINE. VOLKSKAS GALLERY, PRETORIA.
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND AWARDS
DURBAN ART GALLERY
SPIER ESTATE COLLECTION
THE LEEU COLLECTION
COROBRICK PREMIER AWARD