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Item Name: Installation
Title: Douglas Morton, Fractured Black, from Untitled Exhibition
Maker: Turner Prize*
Year: 2012
Country: Canadian
Materials: plexiglas
Measurements: I: 160 cm x 110 cm; II: 120 cm x 108 cm; III: 120 cm x 89 cm; IV: 94 cm x 15 cm
ID Number: PC2014.4
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This work, created by Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, and John G. Hampton, members of the artist collective Turner Prize*, was produced as part of an exhibition held at Dunlop Art Gallery in 2012 to celebrate the Gallery’s 50th anniversary. The artists of Turner Prize* collectively chose one artwork from five exhibitions, one from each decade, and made five new “cover” versions that paid homage to the original artworks. For this work, Turner Prize* created a cover version of a 1963 painting by Douglas Morton, Fractured Black. Douglas Morton, a member of the Regina Five, a highly-acclaimed group of painters that rose to national attention in the 1960s (others include Ted Godwin, Ronald Bloore, Kenneth Lochhead and Arthur MacKay), exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in 1966. Despite having no found documentation of the exhibition or a list of works from the exhibition, Turner Prize* imagined that Fractured Black may have been included in the exhibition. “…so we deconstructed a Morton painting called Fractured Black (1963) that we are conjecturally stating MAY have been in the exhibition. We've pulled this painting apart, and are rendering each shape in the composition as a plexiglass wall sculpture.” – Blair Fornwald, Turner Prize* More about this exhibition can be found in the publication DAG Volumes No.1 (2012), available at the RPL Central Library. Members of Turner Prize*, artists Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, and John G. Hampton have explored properties of the “creative act,” focusing on the slippages between ideas and their representation. Formed in early 2008 in Regina, they have exhibited and presented performance across Canada and the United States, as well as in Berlin, Germany.