An image of 52 displacements (nos 25, 31, 37, 43, 50, 52)

Imants Tillers

(Australia 30 Jul 1950 – )

52 displacements (nos 25, 31, 37, 43, 50, 52)

Location
Not on display
Further information

The canvas panels from this series were painted after American artist Frederic Waugh's 'Paintings of the sea', which were reproduced in Walter Foster's 'How to draw' series. Imants Tillers copied one painting each week for the period of a year from the reproductions in Foster's book, including their gold frames. Six canvases from the resulting series are displayed here in a grid format.

From 1973 Tillers had begun working with images derived from artworks by other artists as he moved towards an appropriation-based art. His practice was influenced by the prevalence of artwork reproductions and their role in mediating the experience of art. Paradoxically, his work reveals how each reproduction exists as a unique version of the original artwork, with inconsistencies of colour and tone intrinsic to each reproduction.

Year
1979-1980
Media
Painting, Installation
Medium
gouache on canvas (six paintings), text (six framed panels)
Dimensions
Installation dimensions variable according to wall size :
a - No. 25 [painting]; 34.2 x 42.5 cm; canvas
b - No. 31 [painting]; 34 x 42.5 cm; canvas
c - No. 37 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.5 cm; canvas
d - No. 43 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.8 cm; canvas
e - No. 50 [painting]; 34 x 42.2 cm; canvas
f - No. 52 [painting]; 34.5 x 42.5 cm; canvas
g - No. 25 [text]; 17.7 x 19.9 x 1.3 cm; frame
h - No. 31 [text]; 18.3 x 23.2 x 1.3 cm; frame
i - No. 37 [text]; 18.3 x 21.9 x 1.3 cm; frame
j - No. 43 [text]; 17.7 x 20.6 x 1.3 cm; frame
k - No. 50 [text]; 18.1 x 23.1 x 1.3 cm; frame
l - No. 52 [text]; 18.1 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm; frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1980
Accession number
16.1980.a-l
Copyright
© Imants Tillers