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The Church of the Magic Square

7 February 2020 - 26 February 2020

blank is pleased to announce The Church of the Magic Square, a special project by German artist Thomas Zipp to coincide with Cape Town Art Week. 
Produced in part during a three-month residency in Cape Town last year, the project will be completed in situ in an empty warehouse next to blank projects in Woodstock, combining painting, installation and performance. 
Zipp will build a temporary chapel inside the empty warehouse to house twelve paintings from his series, A. O. Magic Square Face. These paintings are based on his engagement with the mathematical model 'Magic Square of Four' which American architect and theosophist Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866 - 1946) describes in his 'Higher Space Theory (A Primer of Higher Space)', dealing with the fourth dimension as a principle of growth and the change of time and space, inspired by Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity and the reflections about the space-time continuum.
In visualising his various theoretical concerns, Zipp works with different techniques in layers on the canvas, and in each painting, an abstracted human head forms the background for a different diagram mapping the calculations of possible sequences of the 'Magic Square of Four'. 
The chapel, constructed out of cheap materials, painted black, and situated between the existing columns of the space, introduces a religious aspect related to the artist’s interest in the psychophysic theories of German philosopher and medical scientist Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801 - 1887), whose research was concerned with the calculability of human responses to external stimuli, and how those predictable responses are translated into human behaviour. In The Church of the Magic Square, Zipp’s explores whether religious belief can likewise be made calculable, mathematical, and in an accompanying performance, the artist asks whether medicine or religion is more efficient.

Participating: Thomas Zipp


Address: 10 Lewin Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 462 4276 || Cell: +27 72 198 9221
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00. Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 or by appointment.



Participating: Tom Cullberg

Opening: Tuesday 3 March 2020 - 7 April 2020

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