Found Object, Plaster, Steel
160 x 120 cm
In the 1920s the Russian suprematist El Lissitzky developed a series of abstract, geometric paintings he referred to as Prounen. The exact meaning of â€˜Prounâ€™ was never fully revealed, but at some point he ambiguously defined it as being â€œthe station where one changes from painting to architectureâ€.
This work is based on a found object; an unknown recipientâ€™s name and a warning as to the fragility of the contents on the backside of the work, points to the panelÂ´s previous use as a lid of a crate.
Where El Lissitzkyâ€™s Prounen moved from painting to architecture, the appropriation and manipulation of this found object cause it to oscillate between a number of different categories. It is at the same time a container, a flat lid, a section of a wall and a painting. It evokes both the artisanâ€™s pragmatic carpentry skills and the abstract expressionistâ€™s sensitive use of surfaces, but is, in fact, neither of these.