Staring at art from the Tate's collection and thinking about it

Monday, 25 February 2013

#5 - Sean Scully

Sean Scully, #5, 1992, aquatint on paper, 312 x 258mm, Tate.

More watery abstraction from Scully's Heart of Darkness series.  This time the yellow ochre brings to mind the muddy bottom of the river.  I can imagine what it would be like to sink a pole into this.  It feels like we're going deeper and deeper into the Congo here.  It's an ominous image, full of sickly heat.  Once again, the deep contrast holds you back from relaxing into it, while the vertical and horizontal lines suggest imprisonment.  There's no gap through which to escape.  We've gone too far.

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