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Untitled (from Ponoka portfolio) 08 by Gillian Carnegie

Untitled (from Ponoka portfolio) 08 by Gillian Carnegie 

 

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.