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encaustic, silver leaf, oil, mixed media on panel
24” x 24”
Value: $3,000 Opening Bid: $550 Current Bid: $575
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“At the prelude of this show, I will be en route to Italy and a dream come true to see Venice. This painting is a tribute to Venice and the opportunity to see La Biennale di Venezia. I have worked on this panel for a long time, twelve years in fact. I was not entirely satisfied with it at each stage but through the years I have returned to it, scraped it back and revised it again and again. It finally came together for me as a prelude to my journey. This years Biennale title, The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by the NY's New Museum curator, Massimiliano Gioni, was inspired by a fellow Italian, Marino Furiti. His 1950's vision of a building where all the knowledge of the world would be contained was conceived to be built on the National Mall in Washington DC. It was never realized but the original architectural model will be on display in one of the pavilions of the Biennale. For the Futurist, Furiti, this complete body of knowledge housed in a single building seemed quite plausible. Presumably it would have been a world library filled with books. Today, in the age of electronic information exchange, perhaps all we need is a virtual library.
When Julia Mandeville came to pick up this piece at my studio, I asked her what "WORD" meant to her. She said, "Everything." I like that. Yes, it can mean your favorite book or film, a poem, the dictionary, an encyclopedia of knowledge, life, death yes, everything. Moreover, "WORD" is you, as your refection moves through it as you move between it and the light. You are WORD.”
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