Gordon Bennett

Non Swimmer - The Inland Sea


In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
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

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A tap attached to an ‘ultramarine blue monochrome’ canvas pours thin red paint onto a blank canvas lying horizontally below. A pump allows the paint to be reused like water in a fountain. The blue canvas refers to the blue monochrome paintings of French artist Yves Klein. Bennett refers to the ways in which Westerners see Aboriginal people through anthropological ‘abstractions’ and racist myths of ‘purity’. These abstractions cause real human suffering. The blank canvas being soaked in the blood-like red paint suggests that this violence can itself generate more ‘abstractions’.

Gallery label, July 2021

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