Vaux, Marc (40 of 76).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 40: Tape 21: Side B: Marc Vaux [MV] discusses a piece on the 1994 Redfern invitation entitled ‘SQ6S(3)’; on the difficulty of photographing work of this kind; intends to build pieces on floor and look on them from high stepladder; on Norbert Lynton’s writing in relation to this in catalogue for Centre for International Contemporary Arts (CICA) in 1990. MV comments on his works and “the point at which viewer is ‘in the eye of the piece’; wanting people to find this for themselves”; thought pieces were never hung at right height – too low at Redfern; on how MV calculates the viewing point. MV comments on method of doing construction pieces and relief painting; previously been doing flat painting; concern by limitations that they could only work on white surfaces; more on construction pieces. MV comments on problems with layout of Redfern Gallery; bars going round the walls; remarks on Gordon Samuel who used MV’s complaints as excuse to revamp gallery; on piece on Redfern Gallery invitation (‘SQ0/6 1994’). MV comments on pristine quality of his works also true of his own appearance; reflections on inability to do expressionist work as a student; mentions page 12 of CICA catalogue from 1963 with piece, ‘Nesting Red’. MV’s response to Lanyon and other Cornwall artists; MV no interest in doing naturalistic paintings; on Paul Feiler’s work; on Mondrian.

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