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Iceberg

Caspar Fairhall

oil on Belgian linen

Caspar Fairhall’s multidisciplinary art practice over almost 25 years covers painting, painted constructions, video and interactive video art. Best known for hard-edged but painterly works with rich surfaces, much of Fairhall’s work can be seen as asking questions of the viewer such as: What does it mean to represent space in an image? How does the space in an image relate to the space and time outside the image? What does it mean to both look into and at an image? The complex, layered paint surfaces and often unresolvable pictorial spaces—what curator Margaret Moore described as propositions for perception—are tools that Fairhall uses to address these questions. Iceberg ambiguously either floats out from the picture surface or recedes back into it, playing with illusory space. Isolated in a void, the iceberg is both flat and has depth; it appears both fragile and robust. Despite its monumental form, it’s a transient object executed in a permanent medium. Even the water that surrounds it is finite and paradoxical.
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