Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ian Whittlesea – Asymptote: Text in the Expanded Field




Text in the Expanded Field, an interview with Ian Whittlesea by Simon Morley about his recent publication Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in the current issue of Asymptote Journal:
www.asymptotejournal.com

IW: When I first started making text paintings one of the important things was that it allowed me to side step any debate about abstraction and representation. When you paint letters you are making the thing itself: as you paint a letter X you aren't making a representation of a letter X, it just is the letter X.
Now I guess my work could be called 'text in the expanded field'. So it would be possible to describe The Demonstration of Gentleness (a recent video that shows identical twins performing an esoteric judo kata) as a text work by virtue of its relationship to my translation of Yves Klein's book on judo that describes the same kata.


Now I guess my work could be called 'text in the expanded field'. So it would be possible to describe The Demonstration of Gentleness (a recent video that shows identical twins performing an esoteric judo kata) as a text work by virtue of its relationship to my translation of Yves Klein's book on judo that describes the same kata.

excerpt from Asymptote interview

Ian Whittlesea will have the forthcoming exhibition Becoming Invisible at Marlborough Contemporary, London, 22 March – 20 April 2013

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