Background

Year: 2013
Ontology: standalone

Medium: Watercolour and lead pencil on paper, pigment on cotton rag, oil on wood

HxWxD cm: scale 1:20
Components: 3
Collection: Private collection: Canberra, 2013

Framed photocopy of Varvara Stepanova— the caption reads:

The caption reads: ‘Photocopy of Varvara Stepanova in her studio wearing a dress made with fabric of her own design c. 1924; photo: Alexander Rodchenko

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF A BACKGROUND

A debate ensues. Not until a pedestal’s missing corner is found, can a framed photocopy of Varvara Stepanova be placed on top. Some argue the background of Stepanova completes the pedestal. Others argue the very room within which one stands is the background that completes the pedestal. Meanwhile, the eleventh hour approaches and the exhibition has soon to open.

[floorplan detials]

  •   entry from an art history photocopy room;
  •  photocopy of Varvara Stepanova;
  •   ledge;
  •  pedestal without a background;
  •   encyclopaedia
Qty ID Medium HxWxD cm
1 watercolour

Watercolour and lead pencil on paper (framed)

48.5 x 48.5 x 4.5
1 print

Archival Pigment on 100% Hahnemuller cotton rag (epson 11880 ultrachrome inks) (framed)

31 x 48.5 x 12.5
1 plinth/pedestal

oil on wood

31 x 60 x 60
Notes:

The 1.5 x 2.7 cm corner of the righthand painting in the background of the Varvara Stepanova image taken by Alexander Rodchenko, is scaled 1:20 to the dimensions of the actual room (based on the pedestal).