Nagashigake Green II

Johannes Scott


Oxidation Earthenware With Lead Glaze, 2017


93cm x 50cm

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Johannes Scott was born in Cape Town in1960 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 are minor collections of 17th century Chinese and Japanese porcelain vases. These are mostly remnant inventories that the Dutch East India Company shipped from the Far East to Europe, via the replenishment port Cape of Good Hope. The artist used these vases as 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.”

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.