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Wallace, Ian
Hotel Petit, The Hague
1989

Ian Wallace has an international reputation as a photo-conceptual artist. His practice, based in Vancouver, is perfectly in step with his activities as an historian and a theorist. In Hotel Petit, The Hague, one of a series of works, fuses a photo-emulsion image of a view from a hotel window with a monochrome painting. By fusing together an emblem of high modernism, in the form of abstract painting, with photography, the indexical nature of which once heralded an end to representational painting, Wallace comments on the tensions inherent in these modes of representation. This piece also demonstrates the artist’s role as an observer and commentator within society. Wallace’s photographic images are constructed to highlight the banality of everyday experience.

 
Wallace, Ian
Born Shoreham, England, 1943
Hotel Petit, The Hague
1989
photoemulsion, acrylic on canvas
height / width: 122.00 x 122.00 cm; 48.03 x 48.03 in.
Gift of Thomas H. Bjarnason, 1996
39-064

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