Nicholas Kersulis


monochrome intervention is made up of a group of square canvases hung vertically floor to ceiling without gaps. The surfaces of these white monochromes are the same, but the depth of the individual canvases varies according to a rake—a sloped or inclined angle that goes from two to three inches across its vertical axis. The sides of each canvas are painted repeatedly two inches from the back of the stretchers, which form a very thin ‘frame’ made up of many layers of polished high gloss oil-based paint. This oil-based paint forms a virtual stripe down the side of this totemic installation.

The matte surface of the paintings contrasts with the faux frame, and creates an illusion that the rake of shaped canvases and their painted surface become one material: white pigment. Observable in person, but not so much in photographs, this detail engages the viewer in real space.

monochrome intervention (white) installed at 6114Venice, Los Angeles, California, 2015; acrylic and oil on canvas; composed of five parts; 110 × 24” overall; depth variable, some canvases rake from two to three inches
monochrome intervention (white) detail
monochrome intervention (white) detail; this image also shows a small segment of the wall drawing that went around the base of the gallery walls of Venice6114
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