ADAM NORTON

Library of Truth and Fiction

2010


The work consists of 16 acrylic paintings and 16 found objects or books. The paintings are facsimiles of a range of small instructional books, arranged with their corresponding pair on five narrow shelves. The title of the work confuses the different meanings between a painting and a book. A painted copy of a book is not a book so therefore it must be a lie to pretend it's a book.

However, some of the books are of marginal instructional worth and therefore not completely true either. Also, as the paintings are close enough copies of their books, a nice little perceptual feedback loop is set off as the viewer is drawn into checking to see which of the pair of works is the book and which is the painting.

Library of Truth and Fiction, 2008 - 2010

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Library of Truth and Fiction, 2008-2010, found objects, synthetic polymer paint on board, 160x180cm approx