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Natasa Dzinkic

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Artwork title
Absolute
HSC year
2006
ARTEXPRESS year
2007
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

The crisis in the picture reached a logical conclusion or climax in Russia in 1914 when Kasimir Malevich painted a black square. This was for him an absolute statement of pure painting.

In 1921, Alexander Rodchenko painted three monochromes in the primary colours, he saw them as demonstrations of pure paint. For him, they represented a full stop to painting’s history.

Marcel Duchamp: 'I wanted to get away from the physical aspect of painting. I was much more interested in recreating ideas [of] painting. For me the title was very important. I wanted to put painting once again at the service of the mind. It is interesting – considering how painting has been so often seen as the butt of conceptual art’s mockery.’


Collection connections

Explain the term conceptual art and discuss how it relates to the work of Natasa Dzinic, Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden. A number of modernist and post-modern artists have grappled with the difficulty of conveying ideas through visual imagery. Examine how each of these three artists has approached the notion of representation. Discuss the role that language plays in these works both as an image and as an idea.