Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Field Painting

A very difficult work to capture adequately on camera. It really is one of those
pieces you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.

Field Painting, for example, pivots references both to art-making and Johns’ own career. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are spelled out in letters hinged perpendicularly to the canvas, where they also appear in stencil-like doubles. Attached to them are various studio tools. The Savarin coffee tin and Ballantine beer can both allude to Johns' studio paraphernalia and to his appropriation of them as motifs in his work. Passages of smeared and dripped paint, a footprint, light switch, and a neon “R” collude with other visual codes to multiply the possibility of associations.


  1. A bit to comment, lots of colours anyway.

  2. I think you may be right RR.. are the 'objects' mentioned in the title actually three dimensional objects?

  3. The colours here are amazing to see.

    All the best Jan


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