Luanne Martineau

Parasite Buttress

2005
Luanne Martineau's densely layered sculptures relate to themes as diverse as comics, modernist abstraction, minimalism and feminism. Made out of raw wool, its thickness built up by the repeated jabs of a serrated needle, "Parasite Buttress" is a hybrid of feminized, aggressive handiwork and sculptural bravura that seethes with energy. Here, pink knots, twists and tiny braids erupt among what appear to be human fingers, mouths and toes to playfully combine what the artist terms "the heroic Vertical with the bestial Horizontal." Referencing iconic works of modern art such as Robert Morris' minimalist felt sculptures, postwar paintings by Philip Guston and, in particular, Barnett Newman's "Voice of Fire", this limp architectural form refuses - or perhaps cannot sustain - its supporting role in the gallery.
Title
Parasite Buttress
Date
2005
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
needle-punch felt and mattress foam
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2007
Accession number
42152