An image of The image of the king riven by a bolt of lightning, is revealed as a silo of spaghetti

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

The image of the king riven by a bolt of lightning, is revealed as a silo of spaghetti

Location
Not on display
Further information

James Gleeson’s main interest as a devotee of surrealism was to open up the realm of the imagination, by expanding our conceptions of reality beyond the materially visible. He favoured collage for its ability to generate new, unfamiliar and unexpected forms, through chance and juxtaposition. Collecting photocopied images from books, magazines and newspapers, including illustrations of human and animal anatomy from medical texts or insect life under a microscope from science journals – he selected each element for its shape or texture.

This collage also incorporates frottage and decalcomania (rubbing and transfer techniques used by a number of surrealists, including Max Ernst) creating electrically charged visions of the bizarre and fantastical. It is from Gleeson’s most important series of collages of the late 1970s,
'Locus Solus suite', which took its title from a surrealist novel by French author Raymond Roussel.

Year
1978
Media
Drawing, Collage
Medium
synthetic polymer paint, photocopy collage, brush and ink, relief printing, wash, frottage on paper
Dimensions
102.5 x 68.8 sheet; 129.7 x 94.3 x 3.7 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black ink "Gleeson 78".

Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1987
Accession number
553.1987
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation