NEWTON'S PRISM: LAYER PAINTING: 6-28 February 2003
Public opening and reception: Thursday 6 February at 3 PM.
Talk by Doug Lewis Wednesday 12 February at NOON.
Talk by Eric Cameron Thursday 13 February at NOON.
Talk by Cliff Eyland Wednesday 26 February at 7 PM.
Curated by Cliff Eyland.GERALD FERGUSON
Click to view an essay about Gerald Ferguson's painting of the early 1990s, of which the work 50 Fish is an example. (In that essay Eyland refers to Ferguson's work as being "alliterative.") The e-mails below are part of an ongoing discussion about layer painting.
ABOVE: Gerald Ferguson's50 Fish, 1994, latex and enamel on linen, 24 x 24 x 1-1/2 inches Photograph by Bob Talbot, courtesy Gerald Ferguson.
From: Gerald Ferguson
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Subject: Re: Layering
Sounds good but you know I was not a "layer" guy. Jeff initiated thatterritory followed by Garry [Neill Kennedy] and then Eric [Cameron].
My 50 Fish painting from 1994 is "layered" but was not intended to be a"layer" painting. I was simply taking my stencil repertory and serializing it until the image disappeared except for a hint in raking light or a clue at themargins of the canvas. I was doing an inversion or ironic twist on Mies'"Less is More" - 50 Fish was/is "More is Less". 50 Fish led me to thehyperbolic 1,000,000 Grapes which turned into something else.
Don't mean to be fussy. Just want you to know my feelings on the locationthe my work and my understanding of Jeff's initiation of a rich practice.
From: Jeffrey Spalding
Subject: RE: Layering
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2002
Hey, sounds like layering to me!
Sequential applications of paint as discrete units simultaneously coveringand concealing prior activities whilst accumulating and revealing-congealing as a new visible form.
...for that matter Jerry, your early two part process dot paintings function on a relatable plane. Each 'layer' as distinct act and identifiable visualentity separating plus combining visually to confound the surface image.
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