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

Saturday, 9 March 2013

#6 - Sean Scully

Sean Scully, #6, 1992, aquatint on paper, 123 x 178 mm, Tate.











This is the kind of Licorice Allsort-resembling work by Scully that would have bored me not so long ago, but in the context of an illustration for Heart of Darkness speaks to me of the scuttling, imprisoning insanity of Colonel Kurtz.  You could argue that it's not much of an abstract image that requires a narrative framework in order to be appreciated, but that's a bit like saying Ghostbusters wouldn't be much good if it didn't have Bill Murray in it.  But it did, so everything's fine.  It will be interesting, however, to see what I make of Scully's work outside the Heart of Darkness series if and when I encounter it.

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