STEVENSON is pleased to present a special project by Simon Gush, Nightfall, which will take place in the Johannesburg gallery’s fifth floor space.
Nightfall is a compilation of four pieces made between 2013 and 2016 that focus on Gush’s prevailing interest, work, in relation to darkness and the shadows of night. Gush writes:
The night, when I am home from my job, is a productive time for me. It has provided space in which to think. I am interested in what becomes visible when we are not blinded by daylight.
His new essay film, Without Light, explores the links between work and light, electric and natural. Shot from the window of Gush’s home after-hours, the video looks at the way in which work and labour linger with us even after our jobs have ended.
The show includes a three-channel installation of the ongoing video series After the Work Stopped, and a new slideshow, Workers Leaving the Factory. Photographed in Maseru in 2014, the slideshow continues the artistic tradition of paying homage to what is often considered the first film ever made, the Lumière brothers’ Workers Leaving the Factory of 1895. Gush’s 2013 video After Hours completes the nighttime selection, with Sunday Light (2013) playing during the daylight hours of the show.
The show will be viewable after-hours only on the following evenings: Thursday 21 July, 6-8pm, and Thursday 4 August, 6-9pm.
Daytime visitors during the run of the show will be able to view Sunday Light. The gallery’s daytime hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.