Throb (2017)

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Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, installation view

acrylic paint, dimensions of space 7.1 x 14.3 meters

a throb of pleasure/to throb with pain

For the exhibition, The Art of Joy, I chose to use a mirroring of undulating lines to create a pulsing pattern that flows through the space, with the intent of offering an immediate optical experience to the viewer.

heart throb/heart ache

The undulating lines were retraced directly on the walls from large drawings developed in my studio. The red paint, a colour of blood (our life force) was applied freehand following curving rhythms. Straight lines were prepared in the hard edge tradition - meticulously taping along the drawn lines - before brushing on multiple layers of paint. This labour intensive, all encompassing project served as a meditation and homage to the most kind hearted, humble, generous, creative and hardworking person I had the incredible privilege to have known - my Dad, Hank Graber (1936 - 2015).