Identical Shapes: Mirror Pairs
by John Carter RA
This work is part of the Keeper’s House display John Carter RA: In Print, on show in The Belle Shenkman Room from 12 September 2019.
|Dimensions||41 x 35.5cm|
|Fabric & material||Screenprint|
|Supplier VAT Number||GB239367631|
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“To me, printmaking has become an adjunct to drawing and another way of expressing my ideas in relation to my three-dimensional work.”
John Carter RA, 2019
John Carter RA is well known for his three-dimensional work: angular, plywood forms which are often described as a “dialogue between painting and sculpture”. His printmaking has a strong relationship with these works, containing all of the signature elements of his practice: mathematical proportions, rotated shapes and flat coloured planes. Chosen for their dynamic composition, the prints selected for In Print range from earlier woodblock prints to more recent screenprints and etchings.
Identical Shapes: Mirror Pairs is composed of one of the enduring motif’s in Carter’s practice; his ‘Identical Shapes’. These are squares which are truncated by shaving off one side, to give the shape an orientation. The new shape can then be manipulated; rotated and flipped, unlike a square which appears the same irrespective of its orientation.
In Identical Shapes: Mirror Pairs the Identical Shapes are assembled in four rows of opposing pairs, framed by a mid-tone background. Each square is the mirror image of its right-hand neighbour, in both colour and form.
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About John Carter RA
John Carter RA is best known for his abstract sculptures. His work is frequently described as being a dialogue between painting and sculpture. It consists mainly of constructed “wall-objects”, often with a mathematical basis. Fully three-dimensional works have been less frequent in his output.
Carter was born in Middlesex in 1942 and studied at the Twickenham School of Art from... Go to artist page