CHRIS SOAL

CURRICULUM VITAE




GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2023 - l’Art de Rien,
CENTRALE
Brussels,
Belgium

2022 - To Whistle Back,
Oude Leeskamer, Stellenbosch,
South Africa


2022 - A Quiet New Focus,
Villa Legodi Centre for Sculpture,
Johannesburg, South Africa

2022 - Seeds of the Fig, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, curated by RESEVOIR, Tulbagh,  South Africa

2022 - Earth Power!,
Montoro 12,
Brussels, Belgium


2022 - The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Finalists Exhibition,
Norval Foundation,
Cape Town
2021 - In Times Like These...and Other Stories,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape
Town

2021 - Witness, curated by Natasha Becker
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami

2021 - 40 under 40, curated by Igsaan Martin.
Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh

2021 - Margins of Error
Nirox Sculpture Park, 
Johannesburg

2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery
Cape Town

2019 Process
BKhz,
Braamfontein

2019Il est une fois à l’Ouest
Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA 
Bordeaux, France

2018Germination
RAW Material Company
Dakar, Senegal

2018Forward?
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018 Fresh Voices 
Guns and Rain Gallery
Johannesburg


2017 NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum 
Johannesburg

2016Activate/Captivate: Collections  Re-engagement
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg


COLLABORATIONS

2020 – Selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.


AWARDS

2021 – Finalist, Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Cape Town, South Africa.

2020 – Recipient of The Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant.

2019 – SEED Award
Presented by the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) - For career acknolwedgment

2018 – PPC Imaginarium Award, Overall winner, and winner of the Sculpture category


RESIDENCIES


2022 - SAFFCA.EU, La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium

2021 - Nirox Foundation Residency, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg

2019 Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

2018 Fellow of the RAW Academié Session 5, directed by Otobong Nkanga. RAW Material Company. Dakar, Senegal

2018 Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art. Co-resident with Minnette Vari. Entabeni Farm, Knysna


COLLECTIONS

Chris Soal has work in numerous private and public collections, both in South Africa and Internationally. Notable collections include:

The Brooklyn Museum, USA.

The Bunker Artspace, (The Beth Rudin DeWoody collection), USA.

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany.

The Darlene and Jorge M. Perez Collection, Miami, USA.

The Kelly and Scott Mueller Collection, USA.

The Renee and Robert Drake Collection, Netherlands.

Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection - Cloud Seven, Brussels.

Scheryn Art Collection, South Africa.

Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), South Africa, France, Belgium.


Kavita Chellaram Art collection, London, Lagos.

Martin Nielsen Collection, Denmark.

MONA - The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia.

The Trevor Noah Collection, South Africa & USA.


LAM Museum, Lisse, Netherlands.

Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal; Toronto; New York.

MACAAL Museum, Morocco.


Francesca Lavazza Collection, Turin, Italy.

BIOGRAPHY


Chris Soal (b. 1994) is an award-winning, emerging South African artist.

Soal’s studio-based practice is sculptural in its output, working with objects and materials in ways which show not only a conceptual engagement with the contexts and histories of the objects, but that also re-enforce the body as a site for knowledge reception and production.

Soal’s works seek to make a poetic statement through the simplest of means, engaging the viewer’s spatial awareness and perception while challenging societal assumptions of value.

Through his use of discarded and mundane ephemera, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, along with concrete, rebar, electric fencing cable and other industrial materials, Soal’s work intuitively develops the familiar to the point of the uncanny. Soal’s works can be considered as a social abstraction that is deeply rooted and reflective of having grown up in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Specifically, the artist’s work with beer bottle caps explore the legacy of gold mining in the city, with the illusory concavities and convexities of his spiralled wall pieces becoming suggestive of the appearance and disappearance of mine dumps and sinkholes. Foregrounding pressing ecological concerns, the artist’s works with toothpicks primarily consider and seek to expose the paradoxical relationship humankind has with nature, that of simultaneous dependence and domination.



Portrait by Jem Rose. 



NEWS


FEBRUARY ‘24- CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

After his solo exhibition at WhatIfTheWorld galley, the Cape Town art fair will welcome Chris’ new œuvres. The exhibition takes place from the 15th
to the 18th of February 2024.


FEBRUARY ‘24- SOLO EXHIBITION x WHATIFTHEWORLD

Watch the space for updates pertaining Chris Soal’s exhibition scheduled for beginning of February 2024. Chris Soal’s new body of work is debuting at WhatIfTheWorld gallery in the new year.


NOVEMBER ‘23 - CENTRALE

Pop in to see one of Chris Soal’s works, titled ‘You pulled me close to tear me apart’ (2019) exhibited at L’Art de Rien in the CENTRALE art centre in Brussels. The exhibition takes place from the 22nd of November 2023 to the 17th of March 2024.

CURRICULUM VITAE


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 - l’Art de Rien,
CENTRALE
Brussels,
Belgium

2022 - To Whistle Back,
Oude Leeskamer, Stellenbosch,
South Africa


2022 - A Quiet New Focus,
Villa Legodi Centre for Sculpture,
Johannesburg, South Africa

2022 - Seeds of the Fig, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, curated by RESEVOIR, Tulbagh, South Africa

2022 - Earth Power!,
Montoro 12,
Brussels, Belgium


2022 - The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Finalists Exhibition,
Norval Foundation,
Cape Town
2021 - In Times Like These...and Other Stories,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape
Town

2021 - Witness, curated by Natasha Becker
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami

2021 - 40 under 40, curated by Igsaan Martin.
Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh

2021 - Margins of Error,
Nirox Sculpture Park,
Johannesburg

2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery
Cape Town

2019 Process
BKhz,
Braamfontein

2019Il est une fois à l’Ouest
Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA
Bordeaux, France

2018Germination
RAW Material Company
Dakar, Senegal

2018Forward?
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018 Fresh Voices
Guns and Rain Gallery
Johannesburg


2017 NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg

2016Activate/Captivate: Collections  Re-engagement
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg


COLLABORATIONS

2020 – Selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.

AWARDS

2021 – Finalist, Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Cape Town, South Africa.

2020 – Recipient of The Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant.

2019 – SEED Award
Presented by the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) - For career acknolwedgment.

2018 – PPC Imaginarium Award, Overall winner, and winner of the Sculpture category.

RESIDENCIES

2022 - SAFFCA.EU, La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium

2021 - Nirox Foundation Residency, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg

2019 Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

2018 Fellow of the RAW Academié Session 5, directed by Otobong Nkanga. RAW Material Company. Dakar, Senegal

2018 Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art. Co-resident with Minnette Vari. Entabeni Farm, Knysna

COLLECTIONS

Chris Soal has work in numerous private and public collections, both in South Africa and Internationally. Notable collections include:

The Brooklyn Museum, USA.

The Bunker Artspace, (The Beth Rudin DeWoody collection), USA.

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany.

The Darlene and Jorge M. Perez Collection, Miami, USA.

The Kelly and Scott Mueller Collection, USA.

The Renee and Robert Drake Collection, Netherlands.

Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection - Cloud Seven, Brussels.

Scheryn Art Collection, South Africa.

Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), South Africa, France, Belgium.

Kavita Chellaram Art collection, London, Lagos.

Martin Nielsen Collection, Denmark.

MONA - The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia.

The Trevor Noah Collection, South Africa & USA.

LAM Museum, Lisse, Netherlands.

Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal; Toronto; New York.

MACAAL Museum, Morocco.

Francesca Lavazza Collection, Turin, Italy.


PRESS


REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES

PALIMPSEST: CHRIS SOAL’S SCULPTURES REVEAL MANY MEANINGS
︎ by Drew Haller for That Eclectic

INTERVIEW 
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

INTERVIEW
︎ on As below so above for Tongues

INTERVIEW
︎ with Emilie Froment for Habitat Magazine

AMORPHOUS - THE SCULPTURES
OF CHRIS SOAL

︎ by Andrew Lasane for COLOSSAL

JOHANNESBURG ARTIST’S TOOTHPICK SCULPTURES POINT WAY FOR AFRICAN ABSTRACTION
︎ by Graham Wood on Wanted Online

FIELD OF VISION REVIEW
︎ by Ashraf Jamal on ArtThrob

INFORMATION



BIOGRAPHY



Portrait by Jemma Rose Mould. 


Chris Soal (b. 1994) is an award-winning, emerging South African artist.

Soal’s studio-based practice is sculptural in its output, working with objects and materials in ways which show not only a conceptual engagement with the contexts and histories of the objects, but that also re-enforce the body as a site for knowledge reception and production.

Soal’s works seek to make a poetic statement through the simplest of means, engaging the viewer’s spatial awareness and perception while challenging societal assumptions of value.

Through his use of discarded and mundane ephemera, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, along with concrete, rebar, electric fencing cable and other industrial materials, Soal’s work intuitively develops the familiar to the point of the uncanny. Soal’s works can be considered as a social abstraction that is deeply rooted and reflective of having grown up in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Specifically, the artist’s work with beer bottle caps explore the legacy of gold mining in the city, with the illusory concavities and convexities of his spiralled wall pieces becoming suggestive of the appearance and disappearance of mine dumps and sinkholes. Foregrounding pressing ecological concerns, the artist’s works with toothpicks primarily consider and seek to expose the paradoxical relationship humankind has with nature, that of simultaneous dependence and domination.



CONTACT

CHRIS SOAL
︎ Instagram
︎ Email


NEWS

FEBRUARY ‘24- CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

After his solo exhibition at WhatIfTheWorld galley, the Cape Town art fair welcomed Chris’ new œuvres. The exhibition took place from the 15th
to the 18th  of February 2024.


FEBRUARY ‘24- SOLO EXHIBITION x WHATIFTHEWORLD

Chris Soal’s solo exhibition showing at WhatIfTheWorld gallery from the 3rd
February to the 9th of March. Catch this new body of work while it is still on display.


NOVEMBER ‘23 - CENTRALE

Pop in to see one of Chris Soal’s works, titled ‘You pulled me close to tear me apart’ (2019) exhibited at L’Art de Rien in the CENTRALE art centre in Brussels. The exhibition takes place from the 22nd of November 2023 to the 17th of March 2024.


PRESS


PALIMPSEST: CHRIS SOAL’S SCULPTURES REVEAL MANY MEANINGS
︎ by Drew Haller for That Eclectic

INTERVIEW
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

INTERVIEW
︎ on As below so above for Tongues

INTERVIEW 
︎ with Emilie Froment for Habitat Magazine

AMORPHOUS - THE SCULPTURES
OF CHRIS SOAL

︎ by Andrew Lasane for COLOSSAL

JOHANNESBURG ARTIST’S TOOTHPICK SCULPTURES POINT WAY FOR AFRICAN ABSTRACTION
︎ by Graham Wood on Wanted Online

FIELD OF VISION REVIEW
︎ by Ashraf Jamal on ArtThrob