Artistic duo Guyton\Walker creates a Warhol-inspired exhibition at the BMA. by Cara Ober
The first thing you will notice is the paint cans. Hundreds of them. Some are stacked in rows under a large table, and others sit on the ground, underneath actual paintings, lining the edge of the Front Room exhibition space at the BMA. None of the paint cans appear to have been used for their intended purpose—there’s not a drop of paint on any of them. Instead, they bear fastidious labels in a rainbow of hues, emblazoned with images of exotic fruits and checkerboard patterns, but no text.
Many artists in recent art history have used industrial or house paint in their fine artwork (think Jackson Pollock slinging paint out of a can). In this particular exhibit, though, the paint cans symbolize a method of art making that has been abandoned. None of the ‘paintings’ on the walls were made with traditional materials; the artists managed to achieve luscious painterly results strictly through digital processes.
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BMA:Front Room is Guyton\Walker’s first major American museum show, but the pair has created site-specific works in New York, Paris, and Germany. To find out exactly what the artists had in mind, you can attend an Artful Conversation on Nov. 13 at the museum with curator Kristen Hileman at 2 p.m. The event is free and sponsored by the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art. A Third Thursday Curatorial Tour also led by Hileman is also open to the public on November 18 at 1 p.m.
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