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Matthew COUPER

Hastings, New Zealand born 1976

Grinderman. 2015 Place made: Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, woodcut, printed in black ink, from one block Support: medium-weight smooth off-white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: 1/15
Edition: edition of 15

Edition Notes: Matthew Couper performed 'Over, Over, Over, Over, Over, Over & Over' at Sydney Contemporary in September 2015. This performance utilsed the repetition of printmaking to complete 4 new prints, each in an edition of 15 during the art fair. Tha artist was dressed as a Nosferatu character (a symbol of the undead) and hand-made the relief prints one-by-one, burnishing the paper with an old spoon and assessing whether the works would make it into the edition. If the works did not make it into the edition they were torn up on the spot. The durational performance also follows themes of weight, pressure and portability, explored by other PAUL NACHE artists at Sydney Contemporary 2015.
Primary Insc: signed lower right below image in black pencil, 'Matthew Couper'. dated lower right below image in black pencil, 'SC 201415'. titled lower centre below image in black pencil, 'Birth of a Grinderman'. inscribed lower left below image in black pencil, '1/15'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 27.4 h x 17.3 w cm sheet (deckle-edged) 40.5 h x 30.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2016
Accession No: NGA 2016.314.5
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2016.