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Vulgar Planet VI ; ; Luise Fong; 1995; 95/14

Vulgar Planet VI
; Luise Fong; 1995; 95/14
Vulgar Planet VI

About this object
If we consider this painting in terms of its title, we might read it as a view through a telescope of a planet’s surface, or perhaps even multiple planets in a solar system. Fong is interested in the concept of the microcosm and macrocosm, that the same patterns are reproduced in all levels of the cosmos. Knowing this, the painting could also be read as a view through a microscope onto a slide carrying blood. Also of interest to Fong are feminism, the human body, cosmology, astrology, biology, pathology, and her own experiences and responses to the world and cultures around her. This wide range of sources offers many possible meanings, resulting in ambiguity" (Exhibition label from: "Are you right not to like Modern art" by Nicola Jennings)

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Date Made
Medium and Materials
Chinese ink, watercolour, gouache, synthetic flocking on canvas

Place Made
New Zealand
Inscription and Marks
Signed verso, centre, in pencil "Luise Fong"
Dated verso, upper centre in pencil "1995"

Diameter 764mm

Subject and Association Description
"Luise Fong trained initially as a textile designer in the early 1980s, before undertaking further study in printmaking. Fong is known for her abstract paintings, which demonstrate an interest in surfaces. She often introduces media other than paint, including the fabric used in this painting, and sometimes physically cuts into the surface also."(Exhibition label from: "Are you right not to like Modern art" by Nicola Jennings)

Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust
Credit Line
Purchased, 1995. Image courtesy of the artist and Te manawa Museums Trust.

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Chinese ink on canvas
Luise Fong
microcosm and macrocosm
multiple planets
planet’s surface
synthetic flocking
the human body
Vulgar Planet VI

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