Gordon Bennett

Through the Void (Diving Board)


In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
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

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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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