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Attempts 11

ArtistRichard Maloy
Production Date2010
Mediumcolour photographic print
Size1200 x 800 mm
ClassificationPhotograph
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date23 Mar 2011
Accession NoC2011/1/5
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2011

Description

These works are a 1:1 scale photographic print of art school studio tables. They operate as a recorded document of a particular moment in a studio tableʼs ongoing life. In my recent works I have been extending my investigation into art making processes and their cultural and social value. I have been exploring this in relation to both the art school and traditional art studio environment. I have been interested in how the photographic camera has an ability to both record, and through photographic printing an ability to present back residue from art making processes. I have been using photographic techniques which I have developed from my investigation into traditional modes of art documentation, like those employed by art galleries and museums to catalogue and reproduce art works and artefacts from their collections. I am interested in how the art works I have created using these techniques carry a connection and relationship to the original photographed source, and how the work is seen, understood and functions as a unique art work in its own right, and its relationships and play to art historical readings. Statement by Richard Maloy

Chartwell Notes

Richard Maloy’s series Attempts references and documents the practice of making within an art school environment, and also calls to mind abstract and expressionistic modernist painting. Attempts 11 was shown at the Sue Crockford Gallery from the 9th – 27th November 2010, and acquired in 2011. The Attempts series is a documentation of art-school students’ studio tables, which bear the remnants and chance marks left over from different art projects. The photographs are to-scale replicas of the tables and out of the series as a whole, four were taken from Elam School of Fine Arts where Maloy was a tutor. In Attempts 11, the minimal, monochromatic marks and colours embody a sense of time and movement, and are given status through Maloy’s photography process. Like modernist colourfield painting, the painterly marks in Attempts 11 are not referential, allowing the viewer to create their own meaning and respond to the combination of gestures in an individual way. Since the acquisition of Attempts 11, two other works from this series have been added to the collection, Attempts 16 and Attempts 18. The series of three photographic works allows for Maloy’s critical discussions and artistic practice to be well-represented and documented within the Chartwell Collection. (RW, 2014)

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