Double Perspective is a body of work that addresses the means by which a viewer ‘sees’ information. The works that comprise the series deal with moments in media history that have divided opinion; the term perspective is used as a double entendre, referencing both its visual and cognitive meanings. Each work consists of a painted surface, a printed object that stands or hangs at a distance in front of the painting, and a stage in front of the work. At the apex of the stage, the audience member’s eye will see the printed surface exactly overlap the painting, creating a physical exercise in perspective, and in each work two characters are visually ‘doubled’ with each other in this manner. For the works I researched the media representation of Cassius Clay, the fighter becoming Muhammad Ali; the political objector who refused to fight; as well as the reception of the shooting of Andy Warhol by Valerie Solanas. The research is presented on ‘background’ paintings constructed from collages of newspaper pages reporting on the events.
Double Perspective was the result of a production grant in conjunction with the 2010 Dorothea von Stetten art prize shortlist.