'Taking the Trouble to Sound It'

1970
Donagh, Rita
Taking photographs from a 1964 edition of Life magazine featuring-- police photographs of nightlife on 42nd St, New York, the artist abstracted a series of studies which lie at the centre of the painting. These were overlaid by the visual representations made from the soundings to record the depth of Walden Pond made by the American author Henry David Thoreau in 1846. In this and subsequent works, Donagh utilises the tools of the cartographer to record and analyse society through a specific form of visual representation. Tom Heaven
  • Artwork Details: 91.4 x 121.9cm
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  • Material description: oil and coloured pencil on board
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  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 1256

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