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Between 1968 and 1975, Marc Vaux made a number of paintings known as the Item series. These are large canvases that contrast a large expanse of a single hue with an ‘item’, which is a tiny rectangle of three or more bands of distinctive colour.

The contrast between the two was essential to the visual phenomena that Vaux wanted to create. The ‘item’ draws viewers close to the canvas, where their peripheral vision is drenched in colour. Our sense of space is stimulated by the expanse of colour that fills our visual field.

September 2004