In ‘Untitled (Adrift)’, Timothy Silver documents the demise of a boat made of pigment. In three poetic moments, the object subsides from vessel to vapour - evoking not only profound meditations on materiality, but also on temporality.
Across his career, Silver has utilised perishable materials. In works like this, these materials are used to unite mediums - paint makes a sculpture, which acts as an installation before being photographed. The genre of landscape - given to fixedness, is also made fluid and ellusive. And rather than gliding across water, Silver’s boat succumbs to it. In these subtle subversions, there is a sense that all objects, regardless of appearance are fallible. Rather than being nihilistic however, this exercise in decay acts as a reminder of the preciousness of time. As the boat decomposes, it evolves into a watercolour - suggesting that from death, new life begins.
Other impression from Silver’s ‘Untitled (Adrift)’ are represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Timothy SILVER (1974 - )
'Untitled (Adrift) 1 - 3' 2004
Archival Ink on Archival Watercolour Paper
Edition of 10
Image Size: 46 x 65 cm
Dimensions: 63 x 83 x 4 cm
Condition: As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.