Known and Unknown Knowns and Unknowns, 2010
Fluorescent yellow acrylic on six panels, three hit with a hammer
20 inches high x 116.5 inches wide overall, each panel 20 x 16 inches
Private Collection, Melbourne, Australia

Exhibitions:
Colour Light Time
Curated by David Thomas
Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010

Colour Light Time
Curated by David Thomas
Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2011

This work was informed by an infamous quote by former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on February 12, 2002. Rumsfeld’s statement concerned the absence of evidence linking the Iraqi government with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups.

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.”

His statement was widely criticized as an abuse of language, but also defended as reflecting a profound, almost philosophical truth. I deliberately used fluorescent yellow for this work, which to me is the visual equivalent of highly abstract thought.

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