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Painters 11, 2005

The Average Size of the Paintings by Individual Members of the Painters 11
between 1953-60 with a Tendency Towards Bigness

The exhibition Hide In Plain Sight coupled my work with that of painter Peter Dykhuis. Having noted our mutual interest in the relationship of abstraction to camouflage, curator Gil McElroy devised an exhibition in which our pieces were set alongside modernist works of the Painters 11. The juxtaposition informed on the language of abstraction and how a current generation of artists is now deploying that language to different ends.
As well as presenting some older works, I created 40′ mural directly on the wall of the gallery using signage vinyl. The mural was a graph showing the size of the canvases being painted by members of the Painters Eleven between 1953 and 1960, the dates of their association. Coincidence and humour was found in that the graph itself resembled an abstract expressionist composition and that the information in the mural, although appearing official, had no real bearing on the aesthetics of the work.

The Average Size of the Paintings by Individual Members of the Painters 11 between 1953-60 with a Tendency Towards Bigness, 2005. Signage Vinyl, 11 x 40', Robert McLaughlin Gallery

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