Background: material space 2017 first appeared in 9 X 5 NOW Exhibition: ART150 at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery (cur. Elizabeth Gower), Melbourne, in 2017. Background: material space is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes watercolour and lead pencil on wood, and comprises of one component measuring, overall, 23 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm. Background: material space is in a private collection: Perth, 2018.
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The two sides of this conversation in Background: material space, 2017, are separated by a gulf of space that is, in figurative painting, recognised as the background. This space, though, is cut into the picture plane. It is a channel of real space we share while standing in front of the split conversation. At the same time, it is also a channel of pictorial space we cannot share. One half is ‘an expected conversation’ while, unexpectedly, the other half it is an ‘actual conversation’.
By the Treasury (1889) oil on wood panel
23.6 x 14.2 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through the NGV Foundation with the assistance of The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation, Founder Benefactor, 2002
From the exhibition’s page (accessed 6/08/2020):
– half of an expected conversation
– other half of the actual conversation