Ad reinhardt's Abstract Painting
Ad Reinhardt's Abstact Painting
Black Sanwa JLF joystick, IPAC, Power Mac G4,
Flash Application, digital projector, wood, paint
36" x 18" x 18"
December 11, 2008
Black paint on canvas
60" x 60"
Scale reproduction by Patrick LeMieux
Ad Reinhardt's Abstract Painting
Ad Reinhardt's Abstract Painting (2008) invites the player to pilot Reinhardt's most recurrent comic character within the landscape of his signature painting, Abstract Painting (1953-1967). As the player wanders the ostensibly black surface, the cartoon gallery goer recites dialogue sampled from Reinhardt's comics while the score increases. Faint red, green, and blue tint demarcate the painting's surface and form a subtle grid embedded in the black paint which directs the question and answer session. This three by three grid, originally used to infuse the monochrome with abstract geometry becomes a game board—perhaps for checkers or tic-tac-toe.
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At the J. Wayne Reitz Union
in Gainesville, FL on February 16 to March 7, 2009
in Gainesville, FL on December 12, 2008