It’s a bit strange being out here; it’s the same as in England, but just that little bit different. Like for instance it is a Bank Holiday here today, which seems really strange to be having one at this time of the year. But  the other strange thing is the isolation, not in a bad way, it’s just that the world continues moving around you without you being aware of it. If I hadn’t been told today was a Bank Holiday I would have no idea, days and weekends have no meaning here.

Anyway enough of that, today I have decided to share with you my progress on the “diptych stretcher” I have been working on. Hopefully the image above will help to clear up some of the confusion the one that I posted on Day 41 caused. As you can hopefully see from these images it is a six-sided stretcher with 90° corners. It is not strictly hexagonal, it only appears to be when viewed from certain angles. What it actually is, is the simplest 3 dimensional representation of a cube reduced to liner form. This means that when it is stretched the canvas forms natural curves as it passes from one side to the other. The added feature is also the fact that the piece is stretched with canvas on both sides, which you can hopefully see from the image below. Because of this, as an “object”,  there are actually eight different ways in which it can be presented  and considered. I say an object because of course for me although these pieces all started with their heritage in painting they have achieved that form of objecthood which I think was perhaps best referenced by Donald Judd in Specific Objects,(1965). The “cubic” nature of the piece also references Judd own objects as well. But these have now very definitely become objects in every sense, not just as paintings are objects but also as sculpture and even architecture. I will share more developments as they progress.

Source: Thomas Kellein, Donald Judd: Early Work, 1955-1968 , New York: D.A.P., 2002. Originally published in Arts Yearbook 8, 1965.