David Tremlett Green 1972

Artwork details

David Tremlett born 1945
Date 1972
Medium Slide, 35 mm, 81 slides, projection, colour
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Not on display

Catalogue entry

David Tremlett b.1945

T01743 Green 1972

81 thirty-five mm. colour slides to be projected continuously. Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1973.
Exh: Museum of Modern Art, New York, March–April 1973.
Lit: As for T01742.

The following notes, based on conversations with the artist in May 1973 and April 1974, have been approved by him.

Like T01742 (‘The Spring Recordings’), T01743 is concerned with Tremlett’s response to the countryside. The two works complement one another. Most but not all of the colour slides in T01743 were taken on the journey during which ‘The Spring Recordings’ were made, but no such slide is necessarily of a location at which a sound recording was made, there is not one slide per county, and Tremlett does not have a list of the locations. The subject of the work is greenness.

The Tate Gallery has the set of 81 master slides, which are not to be shown, but from which duplicates can he made as required for display. The slides are numbered from 1 to 81 in the order in which they were taken. In display, the slides are to be projected continuously in the numbered sequence, each slide being held on the screen for seven seconds and divided from the next by a brief interval of uniform duration. The slides are to be projected from a circular caroussel so that one presentation of the sequence merges with the next without interruption.

Tremlett subsequently made other works involving slide projection, but T01743 was the first work to use this medium.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.

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