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Juggernaut by John Walker


Walker's print relates to a set of paintings entitled Juggernaut which began in 1973. These paintings collaged sections of metallic-looking canvas on a massive scale. Chalk-dust and gel added atmospherics while conspicuous handling (developed in his immediately previous blackboard pieces) played with the sense of shape. Each of Walker's two silk-screened images is a section of the ground plane projected forward by means of drawn edges whereas, in the paintings, shapes are more conspicuously placed against the ground (although there is still clearly much figure ground juggling). Walker's practice of plastic automatism emerged out of a serial procedure. When he came to work with the lay-out of his Juggernauts, a double image involved additional screening in different colours, marks and surfaces. This extended improvisation to a print-medium associated in the 1960's with either the manipulation of given media imagery or else highly formal abstraction. A series of five small lino-cuts, published the same year in an edition of ten, also derived from the Juggernaut paintings. (Three are illustrated in John Walker Prints, Arts Council, 1975, cat.39-41.)
Artist:John Walker
Artwork type:silkscreen print
Material:screen ink on paper
Measurements:1041 X 1575 mm
Technique:two images printed through silk screens alongside one another on a large sheet of paper
Date:1964
Location:Arts & Humanities Research Council, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2AE. View by appointment; please contact the AHRC's Facilities Manager on 01179 876 500
Rights owner:Artist's Estate
Rights status:Courtesy of the artist and Knoedler & Company, New York
Institution:Council for National Academic Awards

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