Redwedge [#1] 1981 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 88 x 115

signed, dated and titled [l.r., below image: ‘Redwedge Howard Arkley 81’]

Private collection, Melbourne

The composition is close to that used for Logitex (a hooked rug) (1981) [3/M], as exhibited at Tolarno 7/81 and later incorporated into Logitex (table and chair tableau) (1980-84) [3/M].

The slide of the work taken at Monash in 1991, reproduced here, shows the signature etc. below the image. However, installation photos taken at both Tolarno and Solander in 1981 show that the drawing was originally exhibited the other way up, and Arkley’s original archive slide, with process date Oct81, does not show any inscriptions at all (these were apparently added later).

There are also several related minor working drawings in Arkley’s archive.


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  • HA Tolarno 7/81, cat. 11: as a component of  ‘Red Wedge (carpet and drawings’)
  • Solander 10/81, cat.12
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.27 (as ‘Study for Red Wedge carpet 1980’, but noting sd+t on reverse, and giving size as 78 x 56)