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Black Square (from Ponoka portfolio) by Gillian Carnegie

Black Square (from Ponoka portfolio) by Gillian Carnegie 
Accession Code: wu0874
Title
: Black Square
Date completed
: 2003/2004
Classification
: Print
Medium
: Etching
Height
(mm):
295
Width (mm): 293
Depth (mm):
Inscription:
Location Name: Mead Gallery
Location Description:
Location Floor:

 

Carnegie has taken this complex interplay between subject and medium to an extreme in her series of black paintings which are referenced here in a print. These night-time woodland scenes refer explicitly to Kasimir Malevich's infamous Black Square painting of 1913. But Carnegie counters the modernist tradition of the monochrome by placing a landscape within it.

This series of accomplished etchings was inspired by Carnegie's visit to Ponoka, a town in Alberta Province, Canada whose name is a transliteration of the native people’s word for Black Elk.