|Cube Tower detail|
I had the opportunity to present work in the Factory 49 project space in Paris. The project is running for three years showing solo exhibitions of mostly Australian artists. Each exhibition runs for a month with either the artist doing a residency in the space for the duration; or for three months of each year, Pam Aitken installs and sits the space during the exhibitions. I went over for two weeks, installing the work and meeting up with many artists during the time I was there, with the exhibition continuing for a further two weeks.
The exhibition consisted of 7 gouache on paper works and 4 oil on canvas works from the 'Nothing to Say Here' series, and a box work 'Cube Tower'. The 'Cube Tower' was constructed from as many flat-pack boxes as would fit in my suitcase.
I called the exhibition 'Comprendre Pas' which translates as 'Understand Not'. I wanted to refer to the misunderstanding/non-understanding of the 'Nothing To Say Here' works which are created from words and appear to follow a code, but do not follow any consistent system. There is then a second level of misunderstanding when these works are shown in Paris as it depends on the viewers understanding of the English language, and my lack of knowledge of French. And as a local pointed out, the phrase should correctly read 'Pas Comprendre' - I was aware of this but simply said that I comprendre pas?
|Cube Tower installation|
|4 x gouache on paper, 29cm x 29cm each, 2015-2017|
(works nos 1, 2, 3, 4, see list of works below)
|3 x oil on canvas on board, 42.5 x 42.5 each, 2019|
(works nos 8, 9, 10, see list of works below)
|Purpose Of Art Is Mystery-Magritte, oil on canvas on board, 34cm x 34cm, 2019|