Accidental Mewling Gul, 2010
Exhibition: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, September 2010 – January 17, 2011
(Exhibition of the 8 finalists for the Foster Prize, the ICA Biennial Award and Exhibition Program)
The painting Accidental Memling Gul is a hybrid, a blend of cultural and historical elements that doesn’t respect its original sources. Its painted sky brings to mind the artifice of baroque strategies for the transformation of interior spaces. The introduction of the Memling rug into the carefully painted sky looks like it could be a spill or a splash.
With this gesture, I blend traditions, histories, times, and meanings as if by “accident.” The piece was specifically planned to cover the entire exhibition wall and unfold onto the floor determining the circulation of visitors in the space. My intention was to create a sort of backdrop and allow for the visitors to participate and complete the image.
Accidental Memling Gul is a continuation of my work with the accidental skies and adds a political and historical dimension to the already present psychological implications.
The Memling rug I painted on top of the accident was used in many of Hans Memling’s paintings including, among others, La Vierge et L’Enffant entre Saing Jacques et Saint Dominique and on St John Altarpiece.