Sunday, May 09, 2010

Two to Tango

graphite, putty eraser, wax crayon & watercolour/30x20cm

With more than a passing acknowledgement of Jasper Johns' early encaustic painting-collage entitled 'Tango' (which word appears as a formal element of, at top left), the latest found 'roadkill' object inspired a tweaking to the norm in the process of its representation, with both planes of its compressed form featuring within the picture plane, the two visible fragments of its brand name forming the whole by dint of such compositional device.
The blue cast to the watercolour 'ground' - a suggestion of a tarmac road surface - is intended to pay further homage to the colouration of Johns' 'Tango', whilst the obvious presence amongst the accompanying 'soundtrack' of Gotan Project's 'La Revancha del Tango' might be taken as a nod towards the hidden presence of a musical box as an element of 'Tango's form, activated by the turning of a key protruding from the painting's surface, an example of the interactive aspect as featured in some of Johns' early works


Young Marble Giants 'Colossal Youth'
Pavement 'Brighten the Corners'
Wire 'A Bell is a Cup Until it is Struck'
& 'On Returning'
Go-Betweens 'Spring Hill Fair'
& 'Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond Express'
Gotan Project 'La Revancha del Tango'

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