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MBAC/NGC, 2010

David K. Ross
Canada, 1966
latex print on canvas
254.3 x 200.9 cm
Purchased 2011
National Gallery of Canada (no. 43242)

David K. Ross is known for installations, videos and photographs that elucidate the life of artworks in fascinating ways. "MBAC/NGC" and "CCA" initially read as large monochrome paintings, yet, they are actually photographs derived from a colour-coded crating ID system used by Canadian museums. Borrowing a red NGC crate and a blue unit from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Ross photographed a tiny portion of each, enlarging the print to fit the original crate - conceivably to ship the resulting artworks. Painting and photography are conflated in Ross' "Attaché" project that melds "two accidentally parallel events - the ascendency of Colour Field painting and the implementation of a coloured crate identification system."

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