- Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
- Etching, watercolour and graphite on paper
- Image: 195 × 148 mm
- Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
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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