CUTOUT: Greg Curnoe, Shaped Collages 1965-68
January 01 to April 16, 2011
From 1965 to 1968, Greg Curnoe produced almost 50 shaped object-collage works, in series of repeated “face” elements and one-of-a-kind objects.
Curnoe had been making collages for many years, but the cutout collages featured in this exhibition departed from his previous methods in several significant ways. Rather than framing them, using conventional wooden frames as he had done previously, he mounted these collages on cutout, painted wooden shapes. He also introduced the idea of a group of works that collectively form a coherent representational whole.
In CUTOUT, guest curator and former London artist, Robert Fones revisits this under-examined aspect of Curnoe’s work. Indicating an important bridge between the artist’s interest in early Dada and his later shaped paintings, the exhibition will add an important chapter to the understanding of Curnoe’s life and work. Concurrent to the cutout works, Curnoe worked on several larger paintings, including Kami-Kazi and The Heart of London, which are also included in this exhibition.
CUTOUT will be accompanied by a publication featuring essays by Robert Fones and writers Ben Portis and Carol-Ann M. Ryan.