This work’s delicate red mesh pattern shimmering out from under the fine, uneven layer of silver surface creates a seductively tactile quality. Employing formal methods, such as colour and composition, the artist creates a lattice-like permeation of line and colour which seems to draw the viewer in by what could be described as a sublime artistic creation. Stingel confronts this traditional notion of artistic greatness with his mechanised painterly process, outlined in step-by-step detail in his 1989 artist-book Instructions. These instructions, however, are essentially misleading; his book cannot teach you to produce a replica of a “Rudolf Stingel” work, instead it is intended to empower the viewer to create their own unique painting. Challenging the common perception of the artist as master craftsman the instructions embody Stingel’s belief in the democratisation of art.
Highlighting Stingel’s pioneering artistic and philosophical commitments by exemplifying the artist’s distinctive technical approach to colour, surface and medium the present work gives a riveting insight into what proved to be a seminal series within Stingel’s oeuvre.
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