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Whose whose: Chad Rossouw & Matthew Benedict

By M Blackman on 02 August

The Amersfoort, with a Cargo of Slaves, Arrives at Table Bay & Aground

Chad Rossouw & Matthew Benedict
The Amersfoort, with a Cargo of Slaves, Arrives at Table Bay & Aground, .

Chad Rossouw and Matthew Benedict's work operate on very similar aesthetic and intellectual levels. Both artists are interested in the representation of history and how its aesthetics both inform and rub against contemporary visual culture. Benedict's work however, more often than not, is interested in culturally and socially specific ideas. He questions the form and subject that historical representations have taken and their relationship to the present. Conversely Rossouw's work contains a triadic relationship to the present introducing a science fictional or an ahistorical displacement. 

While Benedict in a work like Jason (2014) – a painting of the wreck of a whaler on a map of wrecks – questions the relationship of ‘the museum’ to art and contemporary morality, Rossouw’s work contains another worldliness to it. In Bougain Villas (2014) Rossouw produces a early renaissance style woodcut of a city, however, the city itself is not 15th century Nuremberg or Florence but instead is 21st century ‘Century City’, the Greco-Roman-Style shopping and residential monolith that sits on the outskirts of Cape Town.

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Bougain Villas

Chad Rossouw
Bougain Villas 2014, Woodcut on rice paper, 30 x 30 cm
























Matthew Benedict
Jason 2014, gouache on printed paper, 88.3 x 110.5 cm




















Chad Rossouw
Skull 2014, Lamda Print,













The First Murder

Matthew Benedict
The First Murder 2005, Gouache and wax varnish on wood panel, 152 X 213cm

















Past the Sovereign Galaxies (After Hoban)

Chad Rossouw
Past the Sovereign Galaxies (After Hoban) 2014, Copper and reclaimed Oregon pine, 122.5 x 11 cm


















Installation view of Cobweb Castle

Matthew Benedict
Installation view of Cobweb Castle 2005, Photograph,
















Matthew Benedict was born in Rockville, Connecticut in 1968 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The New School for Social Research, New York.

Chad Rossouw was born in Cape Town in 1982 and studied both his undergraduate and masters degrees at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.