An image of Conversations with the bride

Imants Tillers

(Australia 30 Jul 1950 – )

Conversations with the bride

Location
20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Imants Tillers' installation 'Conversations with the bride' 1974-1975 stages a critical dialogue with Marcel Duchamp's famed painting 'The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even' 1915-23, also known as 'The large glass'. Tillers' 'Conversations with the bride' comprises a system of 112 miniature paintings and photographs, fixed atop of 'coupled' aluminium tripods. Each image is appropriated from Duchamp's 'The large glass', as well as Hans Heysen's emblematic Australian landscape watercolour 'Summer' 1909 in the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection, and textbook illustrations of gum trees.

The work exemplifies Tillers' postmodern strategy of 'intertexuality' whereby the relationship between artworks, artists and viewers is explored through the layering of historic and contemporary references from art and literature.

Year
1974-1975
Media
Installation
Medium
gouache, synthetic polymer paint on paper, type C photograph, aluminium
Dimensions
dimensions variable :
a-hhhhh - 112 paintings; 12.7 x 18.3 cm; each painting
iiiii-ppppppppp- 112 tripods; 163 cm; each tripod [height)
qqqqqqqqq-wwwwwwwww - 7 framed photographs; 43 x 58 x 3.3 cm; each frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1976
Accession number
235.1976.a-wwwwwwwww
Copyright
© Imants Tillers