Mayfair: 18 Signs, 18 Paintings Green Lizard Double Sars and Maidens Blush for D.R.M., 1997 – 2005

Reported by Felicia

Robert Machpherson, an artist who takes deep interest in making visible connections between formal rules and the modernist painting’s aethetic values, also the contemporary art with the less exalted creative acts of office workers, manual laborers and unsung backyard craftsmen. The handpainted vernacular signs that I saw in the exhibition are often seen by rural roadsides in Australia. After seeing those signs, he immediately dreams of what most atist could dream. He sees relics of Boredom, made from masses of items he collected as an office cleaner and laborer in the late 1970s, as physicalevidence of the tactile need that make everyone an artist.

From my visit to the bienale, I see his design work myself and fund it really interesting as it immediately caught my eyes with it’s loud designs with all his simple and bold signs with black and wite colour contrast. Before I read the decription I somehow notice the signs remind of of some hotel signs or bar signs which I never see before. All the signs really are interesting and even the daily typical rural signs could turn into a piece of artwork.

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