Thursday, 10 February 2011
RUTH CLAXTON /// POSTCARDS SERIES
Taking postcards of historical paintings, Claxton explores the complex nature of ‘the Gaze’ by manipulating the top layer of the card and slicing into its surface to create entirely new artworks which, with their intricate patterns, simultaneously entice and frustrate the viewer. Claxton’s postcards hover in an ambiguous territory between two dimensions and three, the auspicious survivors of a process plagued by inherent failure – one quick slice of the scalpel blade can instantly 'finish' an individual work - in either the best or worst possible sense of the word.
☁ RUTH CLAXTON @ INGLEBY GALLERY