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Title

Study for 'Activated still life'


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

'Chrysalis or parcel at back. Bay of wind - escaping mysteries. Blew him? Ulysses? out of his course. Aggressive form - lava. Lower half - potential action - bulky forms of still life yet capable of activity. The lower half is going to be a dangerous form of activity ...', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

'Study for 'Activated still life'' suggests weaponry, fuselage or other invented metallic structures. Inspired by various sources from Gleeson's subconscious, the works of the early to mid 1980s often resemble the imagery associated with science fiction.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 83.


Details


Date

1983


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on light grey/green laid paper


Dimensions

30.5 x 47.7 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., charcoal "Gleeson 17.12.83".


Credit

Gift of the artist 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

161.2001


Artist information

James Gleeson

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 82 (colour illus.), 83. cat.no. 33