BOBBIE OLIVER Untiled 1977 - x +

CN: OliB1977unti

MT: mixed media: tinted wax on paper (28x38)

TX: signed with marker at rear lower right <B. Oliver / 1977>

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2010

LC: ACG Art Storage

CM: Bobbie Oliver presented this work at the Painting as Percept group exhibition at Ericson Gallery, New York. Upon the ACG Art Curator's enquiry, Oliver said: "This artwork was made in the mid-1970s, when I had just come to New York after living for some time in London. Though I had studied painting, I had some ambivalence to it and decided to work with wax and pigment, non-painterly materials. I would make a shape and then change it by carving back in, while the wax was still soft. It satisfied my desire to make a flat image, but it also related to sculpture. I wanted the material to speak for the work and to be create a direct relationship between the image and its objectness. In the 1970s there was much in the air about sculpture and ‘objecthood’.  I was after avoiding European ideas about image and space. The atmosphere in New York at the time, living in a loft, finding materials often on the street, building materials all around was also a huge influence on my work. It seemed that much of the art from the 1970s actually came from the neigbourhood of Soho where there was still light manufacturing going on. It was a very stimulating time for a young artist to be living in New York."

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2010]