Hurdle for Art Lovers, 9 April 1962
assemblage of wood, cast iron, plastic belt, oil-based paint, ink, silver knives, stainless steel knives with wooden and plastic handles, aluminum knitting needles, bamboo stick, silver spoons, steel screwdriver blade, and mastic knife
99 x 158.5 x 26.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37241)
© Estate of Greg Curnoe / SODRAC (2013)
With great wit, Curnoe challenges the public to take the same risks as the artist. Influenced by Dadaism, the artist assembled this work from everyday objects such as Christmas tree stands, knives, knitting needles and spoons. Using rubber stamps that he also used in his paintings at this time, he dedicated the work to individuals from his personal pantheon, mainly people from the world of sports and the arts. The names are ranked in columns as on monuments to the war dead. Curnoe received a set of letter stamps as a Christmas gift when he was ten years old, and this technique later became a significant part of his practice. This piece is the earliest example of his stamped work in the collection.