KATHARINE T. CARTER Untitled 1980 - x +
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CN: CarK1980unti

MT: acrylic on canvas 3x(77x77x4)

TX: each picture signed with felt pen at rear upper center <TOP / Katharine T. Carter>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2008

CM: Katharine T. Carter's paintings - famed to be outrageously simple - are articulated cleanly with black paint on mottled raw canvas. Her Unititled triptych of 1980 configures three possible variations of an Aztec-like pyramid. This pyramid is three-stepped (the first step consisting of eight squares and the third of four) and crowned by a cone (two squares tall). Articulated on an 8x8 square grid, each of Carter's pictures juxtaposes a balanced variation of half the pyramid on one side with its negative other half on the other side. Hence, the first part of the triptych presents a black pyramid against the grid; the second presents a grid pyramid against the void; and the third presents a black pyramid against the void. The aesthetic variety between any parts of the triptych seems to be following some basic but essen tial conceptual formula. The workmanship is pure as opposed to complex and its content is self-referential as opposed to meaningful. The ensuing result is one of a mysterious puzzle for a narrative that is surely evoked but definitively lost in the process of production.

[Megakles 01/2008]

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