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‘A triptych is a very challenging format.’
Clairmont combines three perspectives, and gazes upwards and downwards. The dizzying views suggest that the space itself is experiencing a continuous vertigo. These stairs are thrilling and scary at the same moment. Danger and delight are ever present – like an especially thrilling movie.
Exposed light bulbs highlight the jagged blackened reds, scorched yellows and the midnight-blues. Clairmont’s use of dry, fractured colour further communicates a mood of exalted delight. This staircase possesses an authentic drama, as if a real physical entity is about to be encountered.
(Self and Other, 2003)
- Staircase Night Triptych
- Production date
- acrylic and oil on jute
- 1775 x 2820 mm
- C1994/1/197.3=primary: signed & dated l.r.cnr., acrylic, "P. CLAiRMONT/ MAY 1978 AUCK"
- Credit line
- Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987
- Accession no
- Copying restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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