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Chris Denovan | Big Weirdo

  • 99 Loop Gallery 99 Loop Street Cape Town, WC, 8000 South Africa (map)
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99 Loop is delighted to be showing ‘Big Weirdo’ by Chris Denovan.

Seemingly calling of a staged chaos, fragments detonate outward from its centre, until reaching a point of suspension- at the apex where they hover.

 Revealing a fascination with comic-books and the anti-hero, Chris Denovan’s sixth solo show, self-reflexively titled, Big Weirdo, exhibits a space in which the excessive and the impossible are held together through montage and paint. Iterating processes of transfiguration and translation, Denovan’s subjects become a persona, each performing within a larger, non-prescriptive narrative. Violent gestures shift to the carnivalesque and comic.


Oscillating between themes of sexuality, identity and belonging, Denovan employs colour and gesture to subliminally subvert recognisable symbols of heteronormative masculinity and authority. Possibly these mercurial, shape-shifting characters are extensions of the artist himself; portraits like mirrors held back to the one who looks out.



Earlier Event: February 27
Clare Menck | Encounters
Later Event: April 30
Mia Darling | Things To Hide Behind