Gordon Bennett

Through the Void (Diving Board)

1993

In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Artist
Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
Medium
Etching, watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Image: 195 × 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Reference
P15033

Display caption

This series was based on drawings created by Bennett during a residency in France. He later turned these into etchings, adding further annotations. Some were realised as larger paintings, sculptures or installations. This sketch for an installation includes a stepladder with the words ‘culture’, ‘history’ and ‘self’ inscribed on each step. At the top, a diving board suggests that the viewer may ‘jump into’ an abstract motif. The image recalls the black square painted by 20th-century Ukrainian painter Kazimir Malevich. Bennett ironically questions the idea of freedom associated with Malevich’s square.

Gallery label, July 2021

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