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Calum Colvin (1961-)
Lot 66 Details
Calum Colvin (1961-), Scottish
CENOTAPH TRIPTYCH, 1988
Three colour Cibachrome prints (triptych); each given to the artist, titled, dated 1988 and numbered 3/10 to the Salama-Caro Gallery label verso
Each/Sheet/Sight 60 x 47.6 in — 152.4 x 120.9 cm
Salama-Caro Gallery, London, UK, Stock #: A904C labels to each verso;
Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica, CA labels to each verso;
With Christie’s, New York labels verso;
Prominent Private Collection
Andreas C. Papadakis, Art & Design, Vol, 5, Issues 1-8, AD Editions Ltd., University of Michigan (Ann Arbour, MI), 1989, p. 74
An early interest in sculpture led Calum Colvin to create unique assemblages of ‘constructed photography’, which are small sets created using various objects to resemble domestic interiors.
The constructed sets of the Cenotaph create a dizzying sense of continuum but are not without a sense of horizon and spatial disposition. The triptych is on a large scale, nearly life size. The result is a presentation to the viewer to enter the sets and wander around. If one does look closer, one sees amongst the claustrophobic squalor, items of both fine art and kitsch – “’pictures with mirrors and icon-crowded sanctuaries.’” In Cenotaph, Colvin makes us look at the unusual shapes and peculiar combination of items, allowing the viewer to see the objects in a different way.