Sunlight on Table and Floor, 1991
wood, paint, metal
259.1 x 301 x 264.2 cm assembled
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36139)
© Murray Favro
At first sight, "Sunlight on Table and Floor" appears to be an ordinary domestic interior, but on closer inspection we realize that the impression of light cast onto the table and floor is illusory. By sanding and painting the wooden surfaces, the artist has replicated the pattern of sunlight entering through a window, playing with light and shadow just as a painter would in a naturalistic work. The result is startling in its realism, yet we are made aware of the artifice and the gallery setting. The piece captures an ephemeral moment and demonstrates Favro's exploration and reproduction of objects and perceptual phenomena.