Carl Beam

Time Warp

1984
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The monumental "Time Warp" presents Carl Beam's complex vision of the world as a panoramic cultural mindscape. A contemporary artist and philosopher of both Anishnaabe and French-Canadian heritage, Beam was uniquely positioned to reflect on both the incongruities and similarities within indigenous and Western thought. The immense scale of "Time Warp" emulates the span of time and world views it encompasses as Beam folds past, present, and future into the painting's conceptual space. Images hang on the surface and recede into the depths - the skeletal anatomy of a horse, staring faces from archival photographs, areas of energetic painting, enigmatic passages of text, and recurring images - all compete for the eye of the viewer. There are multiple possible points of entry into this work's ambitious intellectual, pictorial, and textual topography.
Artist
Title
Time Warp
Date
1984
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on linen
Dimensions
3.04 x 12.19 m
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2007
Accession number
42060