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"Jared Ginsburg’s studio practice offers a repertoire of hesitations and inventions, a material study of perhaps and what if. With sculptures, video works, drawings and prints — or, as the artist says, with remains, traces, instruments, and devices — Ginsburg notates the time spent making, discarding, and making again. In Ginsburg’s studio, everything presents itself as potential material; off-cuts and waste, even old and forgotten artworks, are repurposed and reimagined as ‘found objects’. This is perhaps most evident in his kinetic sculptures, which carry traces of their previous lives as other wor ...
An ongoing series of sculptural drawings composed of bamboo, rubber and string, the Hanging Drawings began as an attempt to translate an ink drawing into three-dimensional space, and soon they became exercises in composition in and of themselves. In an attempt to solve a problem of storing eight individual pieces, the suspended drawings were hung together in a group on a rack against the wall. This chance layering of the drawings produced a moment wherein new compositional possibilities were realised, and the installation at
"Lines come to rest in Ginsburg’s Hanging Drawings, fashioned from strips of black rubber suspended in frames with lengths of string. The potential for movement, however, remains; the works easily rehung and redrawn, each composition uncertain and unstable. As such, these ‘drawings’ describe only two variations among countless others." - Lucienne Bestall, 2018
Grounded in experimentation and recalling a Povera visual language, Ginsburg’s practice draws out latent possibilities in objects and materials. In pursuit of this, he creates rules, games and exercises that propel him into states of play, catalysing reactions from his materials. Incorporating these strategies, his works often refer to the principles of drawing and line making.
To date, Ginsburg (b. 1985, Cape Town) has had six solo exhibitions, most recently Hanging Drawings at the Maitland Institute in Cape Town. Group shows include The thing itself exists everywhere at blank projects, Cape Town (2021), 021 - 2021 at Stevenson, Amsterdam (2021), the head the hand at blank projects, Cape Town (2019), and More for Less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town (2018). Ginsburg’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, A4 Arts Foundation, and the Rennie Collection. The artist lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.