Front Room Archives: Todd Tremeer, August 2011

July 22 to August 27, 2011

Todd Tremeer, Detachment, etching (kit/multiple sheet), 30 x 24 cm, 2010 and Detachment, etching, installation of 100 paper soldiers, variable dimensions

Todd Tremeer, Detachment, etching (kit/multiple sheet), 30 x 24 cm, 2010 and Detachment, etching, installation of 100 paper soldiers, variable dimensions

I call my work history painting. It is a conscious decision evoked somewhat ironically and after the twentieth century has deemed the genre’s old ideological intentions suspect. In representing representations of the past rather than the event itself, my intention has been to explore the construction and dissemination of historical narrative. In my work the “minor” artist mediums of the past (pencil, gouache, watercolour and print) echo the demise of history-painting as a persuasive force today. My “history-paintings” strategically fall short of the old grand narrative tradition but are instead little narratives that play with history and recall war’s representation via film, illustration, toys and models. Most urgently, by representing the constructiveness of history, I allegorically suggest how our current military actions around the world may be “represented” in the future. My project may raise questions regarding war’s representation but denies to the subject simple prescriptive solutions and conclusions.

-Todd Tremeer

Adjunct to his installation piece Detachment, Tremeer included a paper kit/print is a “do-it-yourself” that invited viewers to play with art/war.

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