- Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
- Etching on paper
- Image: 295 × 198 mm
- Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Bennett’s use of abstract colour blocks refers to the paintings of Kazimir Malevich. Bennett has stated that Malevich’s ‘abstract works are sometimes related to [religious] icons. However, Malevich was most certainly trying to get [...] to a kind of spiritual essence that was common to all humanity. [...] It is clear that in reality black and indigenous people [...] - trampled, enslaved, exploited and discarded [...] - were not to be joining Europeans on their great journey to that glorious sunset [...]. My intention was to imbue such commendable spiritual aspiration with a little physical realism...’.
Gallery label, July 2021
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