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Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Gallery Peztel, Berlin
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Vienna, Belvedere 21st House and The Winterpalais, Love Story, 15 June – 5 October 2014, exh. cat. (illustrated)
Appropriating material from the public domain is Kelley Walker’s expertise. Untitled consists of collaged magazine pages, covered with a horizontal pattern of white bricks. The painting is further disrupted by a vertical band with a diagonal stripe of grey bricks, resulting in a colossal flat structure that conveys a sense of three-dimensionality. Through the repurposing of printed iconic cultural images, Walker criticises the banality of information in Western society and denounces modern consumerism and the supreme force of advertising and media.
Kelley Walker's now famed brick paintings explore the intersection between authorship and reproduction, as well as the manipulation of images. Walker’s process consists in scanning bricks he purchased online, and then stacking and silk-screening each individual image. The four-colour printing model used by the post-conceptual artist is known as CMYK. The technique used by Walker since 2005, connects and unifies the layer of magazine pages with the layer of silkscreened bricks, creating a medium that questions the limitations and ambiguous distinction between analog and digital technologies in fine art.
London Auction 8 March 2017 5pm GMT