War Monochromes, 2007-present
Spray paint on canvases and wall, colors include red, black, green, fluorescent orange, silver and yellow
Dimensions variable

Matthew Deleget – War Monochromes
Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, Australia, 2007

Matthew Deleget – War Monochromes
Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2009

Matthew Deleget – War Monochromes
The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010

Splendor of Dynamic Structure
Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2011

For my project at SNO, and later on at RMIT and Massey, I wanted to focus on the Iraq war and Bush’s “Coalition of the Willing”, which unfortunately includes Australia, led by conservative Prime Minister John Howard. The six works I made for the show are part of a new body of work called War Monochromes. The painting installation was site-specific and the colors were based on those found on the deck of an aircraft carrier (war paint?). To make the piece, I purchased simple, low profile, ready-made canvases, hung them on the walls, and then sprayed an entire can of spray paint across the face of each. The spray paint coated the surfaces of the canvases and spread out onto the wall on all four sides, creating a kind of blurry aura. Graffiti artists refer to their practice as “bombing” and this certainly informed my thinking. Here, the spray paint hit its target, more or less, much like the munitions dropped by a Navy warplane.

War Monochromes, 2007-present | 2009 | work | Comments (2)

2 comments en “War Monochromes, 2007-present”

  1. alejandra von hartz says:

    I like this

  2. Valerie Samuel Henderson says:

    In 2016 this series of work still has resonance.

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