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May 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Gnomon offers up a fresh batch of Timekeepers – the ongoing series of larger-than-life, layered portraits on acrylic glass. A tribe of unshakable observers, striking figures rendered in O’Flynn’s characteristic “re-pop” style, and for the most part covered in frenetic and portentous tattoo-like markings. In Gnomon, O’Flynn takes a few moments to pause and reflect, most clearly in Timekeeper 78 who, with her Magdalene-esque way, opens the series up to an additional role as gatekeeper of multiplicity in the future.

The title of the show refers to the arm of the sundial that casts a shadow, thereby making it possible to tell the time. It also refers to a novel by Nick Harkaway, set in a future of distributed surveillance democracy, which ultimately goes awry. The reference fittingly propels O’Flynn’s work past pop and settles it in the company of cultural near-future imagineers. From the Greek gnomon, translating as ‘one that knows or examines’ – Gnomon sums up O’Flynn’s perceptive anxiety about our collective fast-pace toward an apocalypse and hints at an existence beyond it.

Gnomon opens on Cape Town’s popular First Thursday’s on 3 May 2018.


May 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am
May 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm