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Title

The image of the king riven by a bolt of lightning, is revealed as a silo of spaghetti

1978


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

James Gleeson’s main interest as a devotee of surrealism was to open up the realm of the imagination, by expanding our conceptions of reality beyond the materially visible. He favoured collage for its ability to generate new, unfamiliar and unexpected forms, through chance and juxtaposition. Collecting photocopied images from books, magazines and newspapers, including illustrations of human and animal anatomy from medical texts or insect life under a microscope from science journals – he selected each element for its shape or texture.

This collage also incorporates frottage and decalcomania (rubbing and transfer techniques used by a number of surrealists, including Max Ernst) creating electrically charged visions of the bizarre and fantastical. It is from Gleeson’s most important series of collages of the late 1970s,
'Locus Solus suite', which took its title from a surrealist novel by French author Raymond Roussel.


Details


Date

1978


Media categories

Drawing , Collage


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint, photocopy collage, brush and ink, relief printing, wash, frottage on paper


Dimensions

102.5 x 68.8 sheet; 129.7 x 94.3 x 3.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black ink "Gleeson 78".


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

553.1987


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

501


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Ken Wach., James Gleeson: beyond the screen of sight, 'James Gleeson and Surrealism: the inexhaustible murmur', Sydney, 2004, 36 (col. illus.), 37-38.

James Gleeson: beyond the phenomenal world, 1987. cat. no. 1

James Gleeson: images from the shadows, Sydney, 1993, 152 (illus.). figure 25