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Robert Irwin on Painting between 1957 -62

The relevance of painting today is being explored by some, and there are a few things about a ‘good’ painting that don’t date, including the ideas within this piece of genius by Robert Irwin which he wrote between the Fifties and sixties, where painting left off. This is an excerpt from his writings,  ‘Through The Early Lines, on the inner life of a painting;

“Shapes on a painting are just shapes on a canvas unless they start acting on each other and really, in a sense, multiplying. A good painting has a gathering, interactive build-up…….That’s what a good Vermeer has, or a raku cup, or a Stonehenge. And when they’ve got it, they just jump off the goddamn wall at you. They just,bam!”

Weschler, L. Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, 2008. P. 64


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RAYGUN PROJECTS is an artist run initiative run by artists Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean located in the CBD of Toowoomba, Australia. 2011-2018.

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