Interactive Painting Installation

Morality - Making Your Mark.’ is an interactive painting installation that is a response to current affairs and the progression of painting off the canvas as evident with such artists as Katarina Grosse, Otto Zitko, Richard Wright and Jim Lambie. The attached Pdf explains the context for the work and the instructions for installation and management. The motif of the work has been derived from Robert Motherwell’s ‘Open’ series and is informed by his writings. He wrote and presented a lecture ‘The Modern Painter’s World’ originally titled  ‘The Place of the Spiritual in a World of Property’ presented at a conference in Massachusetts in 1944 which was moderated by Andre Masson. In it he relates Modern Art to the individuals freedom, its relationship to the working class and its differences in that the artist’s experiences of freedom are generally individualistic and not social. He discusses, Guernica, the middle class origins of the majority of Modern artists and the response of the middle class to Modern art, Surrealism (He often wrote about Ernst and Breton), Dada. He quotes Caldwell ‘ Reality and Illusion’ and outlines his opinions on the isolation of Modern artists from society. In my opinion his observations regarding the difficulties facing Painting are very poignant today even though the landscape has changed from the 40’s and 50’s and for me gives validity to the Abstract.
With the forthcoming elections in the UK we will be asked to, given the opportunity to, participate in a process of constructing governance by making a mark on a form. The making of this mark is partly informed by our own morality and the assessment of the morality of those that wish to govern us. ‘Morality’, the painting, models the form by which we construct morality in society. The interactive realisation of the painting makes the participants and audience question the moral impact of decisions in a visually significant way.  The form of the painting constructs a recognised optical effect that whilst being drawn, balanced and contained, remains in flux.

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