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

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Print K - Version VIII - Ian McKeever

Ian McKeever, Print K - Version VIII, 1997, woodcut on paper, 1129 x 798 mm, Tate.

McKeever has been exploring a lattice motif punctuated by torn voids for some years now.  This woodcut is more void than lattice, so maybe isn't that exciting, a bit like zooming in on the boring bit in a fractal picture.  If you look at it as part of the larger 'Eight By Twelve' series it comes from however, the emergence of the deep blue space has power.  Indeed, the collection as a whole carries a lot more weight than any isolated work from it.  It is the Exile on Main Street of the woodcut world.

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