Geometric and spare, Clay Ketter’s R.T.P.18.B is part of his Renovation Trace Paintings series, initiated in 1995. Constructed out of common building materials including wallboard, paint, and joint compound, this large panel resembles an actual section of a wall with a doorway flanked by cupboards.
The image is enigmatic, in a number of ways: The wall could be in the process of either construction or demolition, the place either real or imaginary. Moreover, the muted tones and streamlined aesthetic recall both Bauhaus design and Minimalist sculpture. And, as both object and image, R.T.P.18.B straddles the categories of sculpture and painting. Whatever the object’s significance, the artist’s experience as a carpenter informs the subject and materials of his work.
Latex paint, net, enamel paint, plastic laminate, wallboard compound and steel corner bead on gypsum wallboard
71 x 70 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (180.3 x 180 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
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Clay Ketter (American, born 1961). R.T.P.18.B, 1999. Latex paint, net, enamel paint, plastic laminate, wallboard compound and steel corner bead on gypsum wallboard, 71 x 70 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (180.3 x 180 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carol and Arthur Goldberg Collection, 2009.67. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the donor, CUR.2009.67_donor_photograph.jpg)
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