frances goodman: banner series

© Frances Goodman
Banner Series, 2007
Sequins, Embroidery thread, Satin, Hardboard
Sizes vary

Goodman’s Banners are an extension of her interest in language, and focus on how we ‘read’ objects. There is a play between text and texture, surface and content, sincerity and irony. The obsessively worked and highly decorative sequined surfaces declare a gaudy shallowness, which seems at odds with the sincerity of the bodybuilder’s life affirmations.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975, Frances Goodman studied Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, after which she moved to London to join the MA course at Goldsmiths College, graduating in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 she lived in Antwerp, where she was artist in residence at HISK, Higher Institute for Fine Art. The most recent solo exhibitions include: Morbid Appetites, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Careless Whispers, Gallery Specta, Copenhagen, 2008; Project Space, Aeroplastics, Brussels, 2008; Wishful Thinking, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 2007. Frances lives and works in Johannesburg. Her work will be shown in Lingering Whispers exhibition from the 6th of May 2010 in London.

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