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Brock Enright, out there, 2015

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Brock Enright, out there, 2015

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Brock Enright, out there, 2015

650.00

Brock Enright
out there, 2015
Cast pigmented linen and cotton pulps
17 1/2 x 26 inches
Variable Edition of 35

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out there is a cast paper bas relief, is a series based on the classic Ouija talking board. Enright worked collaboratively with Artistic Director Paul Wong to hand paint 35 individual board backgrounds with pigmented linen paper pulp. Each edition is accompanied by a cotton ‘oracle’ or planchette based on the device for maneuvering around the board to answer questions or spell words. 

The Ouija Board, invented in the late 19th century as a parlor game, has a reputation as an occult means of communication between the living and the dead, while at the same time is a staple of grade school sleepovers and sold in toy stores. Enright’s work walks a line between the innocent and immoral, between spirituality and commodity, surface beauty and a seedy underbelly, echoed in this hand-crafted version of a mass market product. 

The artist’s work has taken many forms, using disparate materials for aesthetic ends in paintings, immersive installations, and objects. Recent works incorporate biodegradable items (fruit, Ritz crackers, Doritos chips), with traditional media, like oil paint on fabric, or pastel on paper, mounted on board. These familiar processes are employed to create works based on anarchic, violent, or occult phenomena. Enright has previously worked with paper as a substrate for drawings that imitate industrial materials (such as iron pigment to approximate a metal throwing star). 

Working in collaboration with Paul Wong brings a new approach to the artist’s work paper. The 35 editions of out there were created with a hand-carved rubber mold to form text with black cotton, which was pressed onto base sheets of paper painted with pigmented linen pulp. Drawing from the artist’s personal collection of vintage Ouija boards, some works in the edition mimic the original wood versions from the turn of the century, while others have psychedelic, swirling colors based on models from the 1970s.